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Cycle Sisters


Our cat is diabetic – well – one of our cats is diabetic.  The cat that got me through the death of my first cat, the cat who got me through the move to Des Moines, the cat that my family and I literally had to save from starvation because she was too ferrel and sick to eat – that cat is diabetic.  She has been my rock for many years and was my home base before I met B.  Our other two cats are awesome and special, but Lily holds a deep place in my heart.

Lily was diagnosed with her diabetes a month before we first saw the RE.  She was diagnosed the month that we were diagnosed with infertility by my OB’s office.  I learned how to give subcutaneous shots on her.  Poor old girl.  I remember giving her her first shot thinking, “I’ll be doing this to myself someday soon.”  I was lucky and B did all of my shots for IVF #1 and our failed FET.  By the time we got to IVF #2, it was old hat and I could handle the SQ shots myself.

Lily is a trooper.  She’s been diabetic as long as we’ve been infertile – and she’s handled her diagnosis much better than I.  HA!  She loves her shots – they make her feel better.  If you forget to give it to her, she will come to you next to the counter that houses her needles and meow for her dose.  She lies down on the floor and spreads herself out for you to give her her shot, and gives you a quick meow when you’re done and a nuzzle on the nose.  It’s amazing – and special.  She’s special.  (I don’t give B a nuzzle after my shots.)

Tonight was my first injection of hopefully many.  I started the evening with putting Matthew to bed, then dosing the Lils, and then dosing myself.  I need to be very careful about giving the right medicine to the right patient.  Back during IVF #2, I almost gave her my lupron and gave myself her insulin.  I’m not kidding.  This would be very bad (more so for her than for me).  I don’t think she’d appreciate it  😉

Full FET drug protocol – this is nothing compared to full-on IVF

My injection went just fine.  I didn’t like doing it, and I almost threw up watching the needle go in, but it’s over and done and it was no big deal.  I just need to toughen up and get used to it.  B is out of town but was sending texts to make sure all was well.  He’s very sensitive to my needle phobia.

We got some possible alarming news on our Lils today from the vet.  Her diabetes are under control, but she may be in early kidney failure.  We need to get more tests run next week.  I tend to bury my head in the sand when it comes to Lily.  I don’t do that with anyone else, but with her, I’d rather not think about it.  Just writing this makes me tear up a bit.  She’s my old girl – she’s my life saver (cherry flavored, because that’s my favorite).

I think it’s so weird that we got this potential bad news on the same day I started injections for IVF #2 – it’s sort of like we’re cycling together again.  She’s definitely my first choice for a cycle sister 😉


Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

6 thoughts on “Cycle Sisters

  1. What a random coincidence!!! I can’t imagine nuzzling anyone after being given a shot! LOL.
    I hope it’s a false alarm and all is well with her.

  2. Good luck with your FET, I’ll be reading and cheering you on 🙂 Sorry about your cat … but its nice to have a cycle sista! Try not to throw the lupron her way!

  3. Aw. So hard! After my last doggie died, I just haven’t had the heart to go through all that again. Seriously heart breaking. But I hope it’s just a false alarm and that Lily’s really okay. I’m with you on the needle phobia, urgh. I have passed out from seeing needles before. My hubs had to do all my shots. I just can’t. 🙂 Anyway, hope it all works out. Good luck on the FET! And try not to mix up the injections! LOL.

  4. This is so sweet and sad that the two of you are cycling together. Fingers crossed about your sweet girl! And the FET!!!

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