The problem with having weekend inseminations is that there is only one nurse there to do the IUI. And when you have a wonky cervix, you don’t want that one nurse to be new and inexperienced.
To end things with a bang, today’s insem was probably one of the worst, the nurse was a new one and not terribly experienced with IUIs. As usual, we told her to use the sidney ivf catheter (much more rigid and thinner than the usual, cheaper ones) but she couldn’t even get that far. She was really nice but really struggled with the speculum and couldn’t even see the cervix. She tried different speculums, but luckily realised she was out of her depth after about 20 minutes (believe it or not we’ve had one nurse try for an hour before we demanded someone else).
So she phoned one of the doctors who happened to be shopping and only a few minutes away. The doctor (not our usual) came into the room like a rock star and got the speculum in the right place almost straight away. Unfortunately instead of just going ahead with it she took it back and showed the nurse how she did it. And then couldn’t get it in the right place again.
Fast forward another 20 minutes or so, a belly ultrasound to see if she could tell which direction the apparently very long and curly cervix was facing, and our 12th IUI is done. Thank goodness for that. It was a pretty big ordeal for K, especially after the last few going so smoothly. Not sure at what point it happened but there was also some spotting on the bed when K got up – not good at all.
The nurse was actually really nice, very apologetic and when we were waiting for the doc to turn up she offered to let us punch her lights out (her words) for it hurting so much. I know they have to get experience some how but at least she had the sense to know when she was out of her depth and get help – that was comforting. We told her that there only seems to be 2 nurses there that can do it easily, we also told her we really don’t like Nurse Bobble Head and she started cracking up – made us think that maybe it’s not just us!
So yeah – 13 days pregnant and now hopefully the special ingredient is doing it’s thing.
Tonight we’ve got our first telethon in NZ for about 15 years so we’re relaxing at home in front of the fire. K is still very sore so taking it very easy on the couch with a blanket, her laptop and our princess cat who is very happy with the whole situation right now.
One way or the other we’re done with that business now! Feels a bit weird really..