Monday, October 21, 2013

Happy ICLW~ They Won't Give Me a Flu Shot..

Good Morning and thanks for taking time to stop on by if you are from ICLW. To catch you up if you either haven't been here in awhile or are new here. 

I am Kasey- I am 28 and I have PCOS

DH is Rob- He is 38 and he's good to go

Together we have been trying for 3yrs. 

This weekend was our 6th- and final, though that is subject to change depending on my mood- IUI attempt. Not that we are giving up, just rather going to be taking a break from continuous treatments to detox my body and my mind. Together we are exhausted. My clinic would like us to move forward with IVF if IUI 6 doesn't work. This is a choice we don't take lightly and so we will take the holiday's off to make that decision if IUI 6 is a bust.

So in other news- at my job we have to fill out a form to receive our annual Flu Shots. I work in a hospital system and at times with high risk patients. I would love to have a Flu Shot to protect, not only me, but my family. So anywho- I filled out my form with the medications I was taking and I am now denied my annual Flu Shot, because I am taking medications associated with pregnancy. 

Except I am not pregnant. 

Yippee. It doesn't matter though, because once your form is filled out and the verdict is read you are done-zo until next year. 



I'm annoyed. To say the least. I'll have to call my doctors office and see if they will give me a flu shot or go to CVS. Either way there should be a clause on the annual Flu Shot form for those of us that are taking medications to become pregnant, but aren't. 

 

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  1. Boo! That's super irritating...isn't there a vaccine safe for pregnancy that they could give you? Even though you're not pregnant, at least it would be something! I always get the flu shot because I am asthmatic and when I get sick, I get sssiiiiccckkkkkkkkk.

    My mom works in a hospital and she's all over that flu shot like it's chocolate...you know, since she spends all day being breathed on by very sick and contagious people. I don't blame her...not one bit.

    Happy ICLW!

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    1. Since I am not pregnant I should still be able to get the shot at my regular MD. The problem lays in that its so much easier to get it at work without having to make another doctors appointment and once you fill out the form at work there is no going back. Im going to talk to my RE since I go there this week and see if they give it at their office ? I've ended up with pneumonia and bronchitis one year when I didn't get the flu shot after getting the flu it progressed.. definitely gonna do whatever I have to in order to end with the shot in the end.

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  2. What's the reasoning behind the fertility meds making it a no go? So odd. Sorry you've got to make the extra trip to now, but you can also just walk into any CVS or Walgreens...no apt. needed. I am a big believer in getting one too!

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    1. I guess their reasoning is that they don't give the shots on certain days and they will not give you one if you are pregnant. I'm sure its a liability issue somewhere along the line, but its dumb if you ask me. I'm going to double check with my RE that there is no possible reaction with the medicines I am taking that I am unaware of and then either go to CVS or have my MD do it at some point.

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  3. That is strange?! I've never gotten a flu shot, but hope you can figure it out!!

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    1. I work with such a high risk group that I really need to get it. I did not get one last year because I was battling an infection and then ended up with the flu, which progressed into worse things. I was pretty ill for almost 3 months - I definitely don't want to go back to that again.

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  4. They might not want you to have it right now because you could be pregnant. If this IUI worked, and you are, I don't believe you're supposed to get flu shots in the first trimester. At least my primary care doctor told me no (I'm nearly 10 weeks). She wants me to wait until December when my second trimester is good and underway (though if you read articles online it says they are safe in every trimester). Maybe you want to hold off until you see how this cycle turns out? Also, there is a special flu shot for pregnant ladies that you might want to ask for since you're in the middle of treatments. I believe it's a single dose vial that is super duper preservative free. Good luck!

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    1. I'm definitely going to check with my doctors first. I always read it was best to get the shot then to not get the shot and end up with the Flu especially if you are at a higher risk for it. Either way Id like to have it if it would be okay. Just stinks they couldn't just give it to me at work.

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  5. Oh crap. I knew I should have gotten one before this cycle started. I should call my doctor. I thought flu shots were safe, and even recommended, for pregnant people!!

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    1. As far as I know they are definitely recommended... in talking with some people from work its just a liability thing. Its still very important I get mine due to the increased risk that I have.

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  6. Flue shots are absolutely sage and are *strongly* recommended for pregnant women. I even talked about it with my pharmacist last year and she said the only thing that pregnancy impacts re: flu shot is that a) they can't give you the live, nasal vaccine; and b) they give you the vaccine without the preservatives in it. Pregnant women are at an increased risk for flu, so it's especially important that they get the vaccine. I'm sorry your employer is being a pain about this! I hope it gets straightened out soon. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/qa_vacpregnant.htm

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    1. Im betting the issue is my job doesn't carry the one with the vaccine and will not provide it due to that risk. I will get it from my MD just a pain.

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  7. I also work in a hospital system (and also have PCOS btw) and the only thing they asked is if I WAS pregnant. (Don't you love the "is there any chance you could be.." question - isn't there always a chance?). I'm so sorry they're giving you a hard time about this - we all have enough on our plates without that kind of B.S.!

    My fingers are crossed for you that this cycle will be it and you'll be able to spend the holidays celebrating instead of contemplating hard decisions.

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    1. I had to list my medications this year and it said that my medications are recognized and associated with pregnancy. It would have been so much easier to just get it here at work, but I will still make sure to get it. I hope our holidays are spent celebrating too!

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  8. That is so unfair! :-( Keeping my fingers crossed for your IUI!

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  9. Wow!! I don't get flu shots but I know in your line of work you are expose to way more germs than the average person.

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    1. Way too many germs for me to not get it. Hopefully I can get it done soon before I am exposed to any sickies!

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  10. That sucks about the flu shot. :(
    IUI 6. Wow. I only did 2. I take my hat off to you. I hope you can find the right answers to all the decisions you need to make.

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    1. Thank you I think I am about done with IUI's at this point. At least for now. Who knows what the future will bring.

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  11. How frustrating! Last year I got a flu shot while on meds and during the TWW. They asked if I was pregnant and I said maybe, so they gave me one of the special preservative-free shots.

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    1. My guess is that they don't have any preservative free shots. Definitely frustrating!

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  12. Lame! Again another reminder of how clueless the general population is regarding infertility. Hopefully you stay healthy regardless of if you end up getting the shot or not :)

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    1. Agreed! I'm definitely going to get the shot, just going to go to my doctors for it and request the preservative free one.

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  13. You can have a preservative free shot. I don't know why they didn't tell you that. I went to my local grocery store pharmacy and they told me that. Ask about it. A clinic at a pharmacy should have this on hand, if not they can get you one.

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    1. I don't think they offer it and they won't even talk with you if your form says you aren't eligible. Thanks, I'm gonna go to my doctor for it.

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  14. ICLW here. I want to wish you the best on your 6th IUI! Maybe this will be the one? I know the emotional roller coaster you're on and the stresses that come with it. Funny how people will tell you to de-stress, but it's not so easy to do when it comes in infertility...at least it wasn't for me. Hopefully we'll see a BFP in a week or so?!

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    1. I sure hope so! Its definitely difficult to just de-stress. I am praying for a BFP! That would help me a little!

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  15. Hi from ICLW...good luck on your IUI cycle

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