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..


About Tui

30-something kiwi-lesbian-stay at home-Mama, raising our toddler son with my wife, two cats and one dog.
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8 Responses to Done

  1. vee says:

    Ouch! I hope in 14 days or so you discover it was all worth it!

  2. luckylittle13 says:

    Ugh! I’m so sorry you had amateur hour at the doctors office. Happy 13 days of pregnancy! Now just stick it out for 9 more months little baby.

  3. Jen says:

    Eck. Sorry it was so painful. I have also had painful IUIs so I know where you guys are coming from. No fun. But, hopefully the magic is happening and it will be the last.

  4. Gayby Rabies says:

    Yikes, what an ordeal! So sorry to hear that the doctor tried to use you to teach the nurse. I hope the inexperienced nurse brought a bit of beginner’s luck to the situation and you get a BFP in two weeks.

  5. jands says:

    What a hideous day! Well done for getting through such a tough day. Glad K is resting up. take good care of her Tui, give her hugs from us!

  6. A. says:

    Ugh, sounds like a stressful IUI! You should both just take it easy and try and enjoy that nice fire.

  7. S. says:

    yikes, what a nightmare iui! hope you are both resting up and enjoying the rest of the weekend.

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