Friday, October 23, 2009

first intralipid appointment

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.

all done


  1. I'm so glad you posted about your intralipid experience. I am having mine at 5 pm today! She's coming to my house (I may have mentioned that before) and I know it's going to be difficult for me to sit for 2 hours when I've got so much other stuff to do. If I went to a center it would be easier to just read a book.
    I've been taking ganirelix since last week and am now up to 4 shots per day (since lovenox is only once per day). I'm glad they were able to locate that pesky right ovary. You never know, that could be the egg that makes the baby!

    LOL! about your "calm the air" spray your vet recommends. I did try rescue remedy (which is sort of along those lines), but it did nothing for her. I have recently started giving her my wheat grass pills everyday and that seems to be helping her IBS issues. She thinks they are treats...shhh...I haven't told her otherwise. LOL!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Wow! I'm glad that everything went okay. :)

  3. This is all very interesting. I'm glad that you are sharing your experiences. Those lipids sure look a lot different. In the "old days" they came in glass bottles.

  4. Ok, now I'm so curious I have to know your clinic! Those nurses said the same thing to me when they heard where i was getting my fertility treatment! Delighted it went well and that you had no problem getting the IV in, enjoy the long weekend! Much love, Fran

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Good luck with your cycle!

  6. Sounds like everything is going well so far. Five shots a day? Yikes! Glad you are in good and kind hands!

  7. Wow, I have never heard of intralipid treatment before. That looks uncomfortable! You're brave to go through that, and I hope it helps. Good luck with your upcoming retrieval!


  8. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Feel free to come back anytime. :)

    What a trooper you are!! All of those injections would likely put me under the table as I am a huge wuss when it comes to needles! You are indeed a SuperWoman in my eyes.

    Best of luck to you on your cycle. Looking forward to hearing your good news...and soon!

    Have a great weekend and Happy ICLW!

  9. 5 shots a day, WOW! And I thought my 3 a day were bad.

    Glad to hear hubby could make the appointments with's always nice to have company!

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You too have dealt with a lot. Going through all those injections every day takes a lot of strength and courage.

    Looking forward to reading more about what's happening with you!

  11. I'm glad your intralipid experience was ok and that the nurses are supportive. Good luck with your cycle!