It’s like Christmas came early this year! Check out this huge box full of meds that was delivered this past week and tell me that doesn’t fill you with anxiety. I dare you!
Over the weekend, to help ease my anxiety and to prepare myself for the upcoming weeks, I organized all of my meds so that when it comes time to begin my injections (Wednesday, eek!) I will know exactly what I need to take on a given day. This was recommended to me by a friend who had recently gone through the IVF process, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is beginning their IVF journey.
There are an unlimited amount of ways someone could organize their meds, and after scouring Pinterest for hours, I ended up combining what I thought were the best ideas into my process. Below is an outline of how I organized my meds, please feel free to give it a try yourself!
What you need:
- IVF Calendar (your RE will most likely give you a calendar outlining the first several weeks of your cycle, which should include the dates, times and what meds you should take on any given day).
- Plastic bin with lid
- Gallon-sized Ziplocs
- Quart-sized Ziplocs
- Labels (whatever kind you prefer, I chose neon colors)
- Permanent marker/pen
- Cotton balls
- Alcohol swabs
- Band-Aids (I found the small squared ones that are the perfect size for a needle prick)
- Meds (I am using a combo of Menopur and Bravelle, along with a diluent ((I have no idea how to spell that) of sodium chloride)
The first thing I did was label all of the gallon bags with the date, for example, I start my injects on 9/23 so my first bag was labeled September 23 and I went through to the end of my calendar (retrieval week). Next I labeled the quart-sized bags with the time of day (AM or PM) and the amount of each medication (Menopur – 2 vials, Bravelle – 2 vials).
I filled the quart bags with the vials of medication, along with one vial of the diluent, and closed them. Some of these bags included a syringe of Ganirelix. I put each of these bags into their corresponding date bag. Along with the bags of meds, I also dropped into the gallon-sized bags one syringe, one injection needle, a few cotton balls, two alcohol swabs and a Band-Aid. I followed the same process for every day on my calendar.
Once all of the bags were complete, I put them into the plastic bin in chronological order. Now, every day I will just grab the first bag in the box and I will know exactly what I need to take! Also, this can be adjusted if I need to add or remove any medications as well. I feel so prepared now and it is a lot less overwhelming than looking at a giant cardboard box filled with medications and chaos.