About Me

My photo
Nashville, TN, United States
I am a mom to amazing twin girls, a wife, and I work full time. I battled infertility for 2 years and over the course of treatments, a twin pregnancy, and raising twins I managed to gain about 80 lbs. I’ve lost about 50 lbs so far and would like to lose another 50 in my quest to become a hot mama.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Let me share with you where NOT to give yourself an injection...


DH left to go out of town Wednesday morning.  Usually when this happens, I have one of the nurses I work with that knows about my pregnancy give me the shot in my hip.  Well for whatever reason, we both just forgot.  I have given myself the shot in my hip once before and it actually wasn't that bad. However, my growing belly is making it quite difficult to contort myself into a position that allows me to see my ass.  So I decided, hell "how bad could the thigh be."

So I looked up pictures on exactly where and how to give it to myself.  After several minutes of building up the balls to plunge that syringe into my thigh, I did it. 

I will admit the syrninge plunging into my skin was actually not as bad as I had anticipated.  Then came the fun part....pushing the progesterone.

After about 1/4 of the fluid went in, the pressure in my leg muscle was so intense I would have sworn I was about to pass out.  I decided to power through it and finish.  As soon as I pulled the syringe out, I was shooting blood out of my leg.  (Mind you...I pulled back on the syringe, so I know I wasn't in a blood vessel).  It took about 5 minutes to get the bleeding to stop.  My leg was sore afterwards..but nothing compared to what it was the next day.

When I woke up on Thursday, preparing for my flight to meet my husband...I could barely walk.  I had to phycially lift my leg into the car and I was limping horribly.  I felt like an idiot not being able to walk.  The limping lasted until today....I am finally able to walk straight.

It was hands down the most painful thing I have ever done to my leg.  Moral of the story...stick to the hip!!


  1. It's funny that you post this today! I just tried my Lovenox (blood thinner) injection in the thigh this morning, and it was NOT a great experience. And like you, it was the pushing the meds in that was the painful part. Blood thinners are of course much thinner than progesterone in oil, so I can only imagine that hurt!

    Problem is, I have to take the Lovenox for my whole pregnancy, and I'd moved to my side which was working but this past week or two it's been really hard to reach, and I couldn't pinch! So, I guess I'll just have to get used to the thigh. Ugh.

    Hope that otherwise your pregnancy is going well. :)

  2. OMG!!! It sounds like a horror movie! Blood squirting everywhere! And OUCH! That sucks. But, girl, I give you mad props because i could not have done it. I would have sat there for hours just looking at the needle, unable to go through with it. You rock! (and i hope your leg feels better soon...)

  3. God bless you PJ. You are a brave soul.

    Tracey...don't get me wrong...I sat there and contemplated for a LONG time driving that needle into my leg. There were a few false starts!

  4. You're making me shudder just reading about the experience. I hope you don't have to go through that again!

  5. I hate those shots!!! I think they are terrible in the butt...I can't imagine how bad the leg is! Sorry friend!!!

  6. oh no!!! that sound so PAINFUL!!! D did all of my IVF injections on my thighs (most of them were IMs) but I know I could never do the PIO in my thigh.. they are just too thick!!!! You are one brave girl!!!

  7. OMG OMG OMG I was cringing through this entire entry! I pictured myself trying to push PIO through my thigh and owwwww holy crap I cannot imagine the pain you were in. I honestly don't know how you did it on your own and IN YOUR THIGH!! (Can you tell I am still freaking out? lol) I hate PIO so much. You poor thing.

  8. I've gotten squirting blood on my backside a couple of times with PIO. You may want to buy a full length mirror if need be in the future to do the backside injection.

  9. Oh man that does not sound fun. Welcome home and keep to your rear my dear. hahaha

  10. Good to know, I thought it may be easier that way...