You know the old saying, if you want to learn how to do something, go look on Youtube! There are thousands, if not millions of how-to videos. Wanna learn how to put on make-up? There's a Youtube video for that! Wanna learn how to French braid your hair? There's a Youtube video for that! And yes, if you want to learn how to give yourself your IVF meds, there's a Youtube video for that as well.
Initially I had planned on taking my clinic's shot teaching class. It's been several years since my last IVF cycle and I felt a little rusty on the ins and outs of correctly administering the shots. Given how much is at stake, I didn't want to take any chances of screwing it up. When talking to the IVF nurse, she was surprised that I wanted to take the class. She understood but also suggested I could just watch a Youtube video on it. This week I decided to take a gander myself and see what was out there. After all, what could it hurt? And I could save myself another trip to the clinic (each trip is at least 25 minutes each way).
So off I went in search of any videos. I stumbled upon a couple of really good ones done by a nurse at a fairly well known reproductive medicine clinic. I have posted the links below in case you are curious.
Subcutaneous shot Intramuscular shot
As I watched the short videos, it all came back to me and I found myself nodding along, the scenes all too familiar. Here I thought I had forgotten, but no, the information was stored in the part of my brain that stores the rest of my IVF memories; the things I can rattle off with almost no effort at all. The upside? I don't have to make that extra trip to the clinic any more. I am confident in a way I didn't think possible that I won't screw it up. I can do this again; the memories are there. The strength is there. Right where I left it.