I got my first 17p shot last Saturday. The home health nurse who came out looked just like Anna Paquin and she made it very easy and painless! The needle is 22.5 gauge, so it's intramuscular. It can be shot in the hip (butt, really) or thigh. If Keith is out of town, I will be able to do it in the thigh.
They use the Z-track method where you pull the skin taut, inject the medicine slowly, and release the skin so it keeps the oil in sort of a pocket while it breaks down. The injection itself was not painful. My bum is a little sore a few days later; I haven't looked recently to see if it's bruised yet. I did get a VERY killer headache about 24 hours later, but Tylenol and a warm bath took care of it. She comes back this Saturday so she can watch Keith do it, then we're on our own!!!!
Tomorrow, they are coming out to set up the HUAM (home uterine activity monitor) that I will start doing 2x per day, 1 hour each. It monitors any activity and sends it to a nursing station in Houston, TX. I don't want that strip to EVER say, "Houston, we have a problem." Yikes.
So that's pretty much it. We chug away until March 2011 and go week by week, ultrasound by ultrasound.