We drove across Dublin and found parking in what could possibly be the tightest parking garage I have ever seen. Not fun in an SUV. I checked in at the clinic and was quickly greeted by a very kind nurse. She took me back to a room and went over the consents, side effects, etc. and took vitals. Another nice nurse came into the room and went to work. They had me sit in large recliner, put my feet up, and after a bit of searching, inserted the iv into my wrist. One of them brought my husband in and the four of us hung out for a little less than two hours. Every 15 minutes or so one of the nurses would check my vitals and adjust the flow rate of the intralipids. Other than having to sit still, it wasn’t that bad. I’ve been a bit dizzy since I finished and I was told to expect some minor side effects, particularly drowsiness. I go back to the clinic in two weeks for a second infusion.
On a very positive note, while I was chatting with the nurses, one mentioned the name of my clinic. That lead to a discussion of various infertility clinics around Ireland, particularly those in Dublin. Both nurses said that I was at by far the best clinic and seeing the best doctors, so I’m feeling very good about this. Of course as anyone who has gone through infertility knows, this is a roller coaster, so I'm sure the positive feeling will turn into doubt at some point in the next few hours ;)
The intralipids are mixed into a bag of normal saline fluid for infusion. The bag of intralipids was a thick, paste like substance, but once mixed with the saline, it looked more like non-fat milk.