I would be remiss if I did not mention some of the ugly side effects of the medication. In honesty, there have only been a few, but I am documenting this for my own memory, and for the use of others who may be considering surrogacy and end up stumbling across my site.
The Lupron shots are nothing. The needle is so tiny there is no pain, only the ick factor of putting a foreign substance in my body. After three days, I am already over that, and I just do it. The process is also a novelty to my girls, who seem to be in attendance for my shots if they know I'll be doing them.
The only real side effect so far has been the headaches caused by the Lupron. On Saturday, the day after my first shot, my headache was something resembling a migraine, sinus headache, and tension headache all at once. Because I am preparing for pregnancy, I can only take tylenol for this. Tylenol did take the edge off, and my oldest daughter (almost 11) offered to brush my hair while she watched tv to help me until the medicine kicked in. I know, I am so lucky. By the time she was done (She actually brushed my hair through an entire disney channel show) I was left with a dull ache, nausea, and fatigue. I fell asleep shortly after.
The next day, I had to get up early to go to my little sister's dance competition in Columbus. I woke with the memory of a headache hanging on as well as that nausea. I was also quite tired that day. No caffeine allowed, so I tried eating to help make it better. The headache wasn't too horrible. It was nothing like Saturday's when I wanted to cut my brain loose. I was just so tired. I actually stayed up to wrap some presents for my soon to be 11 year old, then took my meds and fell asleep quite quickly.
Sleep is another thing that has changed, but I don't know if it is psychological due to all of the changes or if it has to do with any of the medications. While I spent most of the weekend tired, I also tended to wake up super early and not be able to go back to sleep. This is a skill I have always possessed and been proud of. I am a good sleeper. When I am sick, I sleep until I am better. This means that my sick goes away faster because my body just rests so it can recover itself.
All in all, there is nothing I wasn't led to expect, and aside from Saturday, nothing I couldn't handle. Also, my dose of Lupron will be cut in half next Monday, so that will make it even better. I am still optimistic. :)
Update: AT about 2 in the afternoon I had to take more tylenol. The headache is creeping back in. creeper. everything from my glasses, to my pony tail feels like it is causing pressure on my skull. in just under three hours I get to go home. Yay!