PIO on the go

I had a plan!!!! My plan was to give myself the Progesterone in Oil (PIO) injection at Philadelphia airport lounge in between my two flights.  I would get some ice from the bar, put it in the ziplock bag I had packed and ice my backside to numb it.  I would then use the nice clean, usually quiet, restrooms to prepare and administer my injection – there are even sharps containers to dispose of my used needles.  It seemed perfect.

But nothing ever goes to plan in the land of infertility!!! Oh no!!!

My flight to Philadelphia got delayed once we boarded – we sat out on the pan for an hour, then they decided that the aircraft jet engine was actually broken (just as well we didn’t take off then??!) so we headed back to the terminal and de-planed.  Practically all the passengers on the flight were transfer passengers and because I was soooo desperate to pee I ended up at the back and so waited forever in the huge queue to figure out if it was possible for me to get my connecting flight to Amsterdam.  By the time I got to the agent, my flight in Philly to Amsterdam was boarding…so no, I wasn’t going to Amsterdam.  I explained to the agent that I didn’t mind flying the next day – but that flight was oversold already. Grrrrrr.  He was going to send me to Amsterdam via London – and I would need to stay in Heathrow airport for about 15 hours before getting to Amsterdam a day later.

Ummmm no.

So I asked about the possibility of getting to Brussels – my true destination.

After the attacks in Brussels I booked my flights via Amsterdam because there were still no direct flights with my preferred airline – American – from the US to Brussels.  But the agent said…hmmmmm I wouldn’t have thought about sending you to Brussels instead of Amsterdam, but if that is what you want then I can get you there via London tonight.  So I accepted the challenge of the additional transfer in London and decided what the heck, I’ll go to Brussels airport (I guessed it wouldn’t be that bad).  From that point onwards I was just unlucky with every flight and barely made the connections. My plan to do the PIO injection in a nice clean restroom went out the window, I was going to have to do it on the transatlantic flight.

I ended up doing the injection in the teeny weeny aircraft toilet.  Fortunately I got some ice so I was able to numb my backside whilst I prepared the injection.  It was pretty challenging to do all of this in the teeny toilet with no flat countertop space…., plus I just get the general heeby geebies about aircraft toilets (people are just so gross in them and never clean up after themselves -sorry grumpy frequent traveler whining!!!). Then there was the turbulence! Everything went slipping everywhere…the progesterone bottle…the needles…the alcohol swabs! Aghhhh!!!! Finally once I got the injection drawn up and ready to go, I got all flustered thinking about people waiting outside and wondering why the hell I was taking so long!  So it took me a couple of minutes to mentally – wooooohhhhsaaaaaaahhhhhh – breathe – relax.

I waited for the turbulence to calm down and I managed to finally give myself the injection and pierce the skin without any issues.  But of course it takes a few minutes for the oil to be injected because it is so thick…and whilst that was going on the turbulence came back!  I was hopping around the toilet trying to balance on one leg and not tense up my butt and leg muscles whilst the needle was still in it.  Very challenging indeed.

I then remembered it was the day to put on new vivelle dot patches (estrogen) on my tummy, as I was doing this I dropped everything on the floor.  Gross.

But despite all this, I barely had any blood after this injection (impressive considering all the joltyness), and I was super proud of myself for not completely freaking the f*** out.

Having said that….I don’t want to have to do that ever again!! I do not recommend to anyone doing this injection on the go.  I did the Lupron one in the plane toilet before and that was easy compared to the Progesterone.  If I’d been more organized I would have asked my doctor for some progesterone suppositories for the days I am travelling.

Anything to keep this little one growing inside me 🙂


If you are interested to know – my unexpected trip to Brussels airport wasn’t too bad, but it did trigger some thoughts.  I thought about that day as I went to pick up my luggage.  I thought about how that day there were many customs border staff stopping practically everyone to check their bags as they left the airport.  I recall that how at that time I laughed because I was one of the lucky ones who did not get my bag rummaged through.  But today as I went through customs there was only one man.  I thought about how if I had been stopped by customs that day, I probably wouldn’t have been upstairs in departures when the bombs went off.  It was then weird to walk out of the baggage area to see the boarded up area from where the damage had been caused from the explosions upstairs.  I recalled the images of this area in the media and matched it to what I saw today.  A shiver went down my spine as I tried to find my way out of the airport to the train station.  No starbucks for me today.  The route to the train station today brought us out through the parking garage I had found myself in immediately after the explosions, not knowing where the hell I was or where to go.  Today I found myself thinking back about my whole experience.  It was very solemn…but I was OK.


14 thoughts on “PIO on the go

  1. EmilyMaine says:

    Well you were pretty damn fierce today! Nice work on the PIO and I am so amazed you took the plunge and flew into Brussels. That must have been incredibly challenging mentally. You are very brave.


  2. Nara says:

    Well done you! Can’t believe you did it on a turbulent flight. I find it bad enough to inject in any bathrooms let alone tiny cubicles flying through the air!
    And well done for getting through the Brussels visit. That must have been tough. You got this!

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  3. ashleykyleanderson says:

    I feel so stressed just reading about all of this, but I’m glad you made it to your destination despite the extra hassles. And now you have a really great one-time-I-gave-myself-an-injection-in-the-airplane-bathroom story too! There are a few airports within decent driving distance of us and Philly is one of them, so if you should ever be stuck over here know that you have a place to stay and I will even do your injections for you! Much better than sitting in an airport somewhere. 🙂

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    • thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

      Hehe, yes I now have a few funny stories of “There was once this time I was injecting when……….” 🙂

      Thank you Ashley!! I’ll remember your offer!! I transfer in Philly most of the time I fly to Europe and have yet to actually get out of the airport and actually visit the city!!!!!


  4. lovingthemarriedlife says:

    you are super strong! I don’t know how I would have handled that situation! I hated having to do it while on a long road trip and having to pull over the side of the road to do it and how it was freezing and I was trying so hard not to shake! At that point I was having to do the shots super high on my hip and so I needed three hands which meant I was teaching my mom how to do it while on the side of a freezing highway and that expierence sounds way easier than what you just went through hugs just think it is all worth it for this little bean in your belly!

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  5. Babyscienceproject says:

    I’ve injected myself in many an airport, aeroplane, restaurant, conference hall and toilet stall. Not fun but there’s something a bit Bear Grylls about it all 😄. Well done for making a return trip to Brussels, good for the mental health I think.

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    • thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

      You are the female version of Bear Grylls when it comes to infertility/pregnancy adventures abroad my dear!!!

      I was thinking about whether I would actually do the injection by the sink or go into a toilet stall to do it, even if there were other people there. I think it’s kind of like women breastfeeding in toilet stalls – it shouldn’t have to be done like that!! Mostly because of the gross dirtiness of it! But then I remember how much of a needle phobe I am and imagine what would happen if I had walked in the toilet with a woman injecting herself with a giant needle! I suppose it is just not the done thing to do in public!!! :-s


  6. ourgreatestdesire says:

    Oh my goodness…I am so proud of you for managing to get that shot done because I’m quite sure I would’ve been to flustered and freaked out! I hope your trip goes okay and I’m sorry you had to deal with the Brussels airport unexpectedly. I can’t even imagine how hard that whole ordeal must be.


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