Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Put the pill where?

I figured you would all get a kick out this. As I shared with you in my previous post, I have to start several medications on November 2 to prepare for the egg donation. Here is a list of those medications:
1 baby aspirin once daily
1 mg Estrace orally twice daily (Estrace is basically estrogen. Since my ovaries are shut down from the Lupron, I'm not making enough estrogen. Estrogen is important for thickening my endometrial lining. That's the inside of my uterus. It's where the embryos will hopefully attach, and they need a nice, thick fluffy place to burrow into. Without the Estrace, my uterus would not be very welcoming.)
.2 ml Lupron injected subcutaneously once daily

Okay, not so bad yet, right? Well, on November 7th, I'm supposed to bump up the Estrace to 2 mg orally twice daily plus 2 mg vaginally twice daily. I called the pharmacy to fill the vaginal Estrace prescription because I have oral Estrace from a previous cycle.

Tangent: All of these meds are so ridiculously expensive and not covered by insurance! The Lupron is $200 for a 14 day supply. I have to refill it twice. The Estrace is $198 for a 2 week supply. It's just all ridiculous.

Anyway, back to filling the Estrace prescription. I told the pharmacist I had the 2 mg pills, but I also had to take the estrace vaginally. She told me, "It's the same." I told her that she did not understand. I only had the PILLS that I had put in my mouth and swallowed, and I needed the cream or suppo or whatever went into the vagina. She told me again, "It's the same thing." I again had to make the point that the pill I had was small and blue and I would take it with water, sometimes Crystal Light, but usually water, and I put it in my mouth, swallowed, and it would go to my belly, without ever going through my vagina. She said the same little pill would be taking the quicker route to do it's job-through my lady business! (my words, not hers)


kmehawkeye said...

I knew there would be plenty of talk about your lady bizness but I wasn't prepared to read about pills being inserted there.....very interesting!

Les-Zig said...

Maybe I should I have named the whole blog "Leslie's Lady Business," since there's bound to be a lot of talk about that! I'm sure inserting the pill there won't be the worst thing that happens to that region.