That’s all it took to start getting some answers. To feel like we’re finally moving forward.
At the end of the call, we hung up our land line phones, and Charlie looked at me and said:
I liked him! Seems like a really nice guy. I think it’s great he doesn’t just promote the big bucks IVF treatments. I mean, he doesn’t seem to think that there is that much screwed up with you… then again, that might change once me meets you.
He then burst into laughter. Turd.
So, the breakdown…
*He thinks that the straight Clomid treatment should be put to rest. (We’ve tried 4 cycles with no success.)
*Because of cost and age, he thinks we don’t need to go straight to IVF – my long cycles are an issue anyway (not good to stim for long, so if I ovulate super late it can “hard boil” the eggs…his words, not mine. Charlie almost puked at that. LOL)
*He thinks we should start stims… depending on the results of the glucose tolerance test he wants done, we’d do either
Also ordered would be:
*CD3 bloodwork (FSH/AMH/E2/LH)
*Other tests needed: TSH, Free T4, Prolactin, CBC, and 2 hr glucose test w/lipids
*CD6 do a baseline ultrasound, HSG, SA (Semen Analysis), and ASAB (Anti-Sperm Antibodies).
*When we’re in Denver doing all of that, we’d also meet with Dr. Surrey again and meet with the nurses to go over the treatment plan.
He also recommends a cystic fibrosis test (which I’m probably declining) b/c we’re both of northern European descent. Has anyone else elected to have this done?
There are a few other things (current pap, blood type test, etc) that I’ll just have done here.
Basically, it’s up to me how quickly we start this. I’m CD10 right now, so my choices are:
(1) start progesterone tomorrow for 10 days and as soon as I get the withdrawal bleed, call to schedule everything, drive up to Denver the next day.
(2) wait until I ovulate to start the progesterone… if I miraculously got pregnant, it won’t hurt the baby, and if I’m not pregnant, I’ll stop the progesterone after 10 days, get a withdrawal bleed, and call to schedule everything, drive up to Denver the next day.
Since I ovulate anywhere between CD19-30, I’m basically deciding between starting all of this testing in two weeks or giving myself a chance to conceive naturally this cycle and waiting 4-5 weeks.
The dilemma – I don’t want to “waste” this cycle, and what’s a couple more weeks at this point, right?
BUT, neither of us are working right now (so travel to Denver is easy), but hopefully by another 4-5 weeks from now, we’ll both be working again (again, hopefully), and that will require us both taking off 6 days of work to hang out in Denver.
See the problem? What would you do?
Finally, I now have my CC.RM Nurse direct contact info, as well as the business office direct contact info, so hopefully on Friday I’ll be talking to the business office to figure out what this is all going to cost us.
Either way, I just gotta say, 28 minutes with Dr. Sur.rey and 14 minutes with Nurse Suzie (all just on the phone!) was 100% worth the $250. We have a plan!