The IVF Ball, It’s A-Rolling

I shall concoct you...a baby! [image credit]
I shall concoct you…a baby!
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Last week we had our official IVF consult with our new doctor’s office. It was awesome. As you know, I loved our old doctor, so the decision to switch was not easy. But we left last week’s appointment feeling, without a doubt, like we made the right choice. This place is just on a whole different level. Basically, they have their shit together.

Our new doctor is not warm and fuzzy and dressed to the nines like our old doctor. Nope. She’s abrupt, straight shooting and very serious, but I still think she’s the bees-knees. At the appointment, we expressed concern about our records transfer request and she asked us the name of the person we talked to in the office. Then she said she would go speak with that person herself to make sure everything was as it should be. You guys, she offered to do something outside the scope of her job. And then she did it. Right away. Half an hour after returning from the appointment, I got a message saying that the issue was resolved. I know this sounds like no big thing, but in my experience a willingness to go above and beyond is rare. In fact, the whole place is like that—from the nurses to the insurance coordinator to the people who answer the phones. Their unspoken motto seems to be, Why do this yourself when we can do it for you? This is such a change from where we were. It’s not like the people at the old place were a-holes. They just seemed to lack…focus.

Although we are taking this cycle “off,” there still is a bunch of stuff that needs to happen. We need to transfer records and work out insurance pre-authorization. We needed to have a day three ultrasound and blood work, so our new doctor could get a sense of what was going on with my bod.

Today, I had two diagnostic procedures—a mock transfer and a hysteroscopy. The mock transfer is where they go up in your business with a catheter and, like, pretend they are transferring embryos. This gives them the lay of the land when the time comes to transfer real embryos. The hysteroscopy is again where they go up in your business, but this time with a tiny camera. They are checking for polyps, scarring and other wackness. Both of the procedures went off without a hitch and everything looked normal. By far, the hardest part of the afternoon was having a full bladder during the procedures. At one point the doctor was talking to me, and then he stopped and said, “Are you ok? You look tired.” And I was like, “Nope, I just really have to pee.”

Next week, we have an appointment with a nurse, who will school us on the medications I’ll be taking. It’s a two-hour appointment, so I’m fully expecting my brain to explode.

So, yeah. Not really a month off at all. Woops. It’s cool, though. I’m glad we’re getting everything done now so there are no surprises at game time. I’m also excited. And hopeful. It feels good to be hopeful. What we were doing up until this point, IUI, had a 10% chance of working per cycle. IVF has a 50% chance. Sure, sure, IVF is a lot more intense and you pretty much have to get all mad-scientist on yourself to do it. But still: I do like them odds.

9 thoughts on “The IVF Ball, It’s A-Rolling

  1. I’m so happy to hear that the baby-making oven is on pre-heat! This is exciting. Aren’t we lucky that we live in a time/place where all of this is possible? Good luck with managing the details of it all. XOXO–Molly

    1. Hi, Molly! Yes, we are so lucky to live in a time when this is possible–I think about that all the time. And I think by time time our kids have grown they will have all but perfected this process. Hopefully our kids won’t need it, though! I hope all is going well with your new job. Miss you, xo.

  2. Yay! It all can be overwhelming, but I truly believe it gives us the best possible chance of getting those babies! Pray all goes well and as scheduled and you’ll be getting those babies settled inside you in no time!!! Hugs!

  3. Hi! Glad you found my blog & now I can follow yours too. Glad you are happy with your new Doctor, it makes a big big difference! Mine has a calmness about him but at the same time is straight talking, this is what I need and I have confidence in him. I need some of your positiveness to rub off on me! You seem to have a great attitude to it all. Keeping fingers and toes crossed for us both. 🙂

  4. Maybe I need to ditch my doctor and go see your new doctor. I have the same problem. The lack of people in my RE’s office actually wanting to do their job!

    1. Hi, thanks for commenting! I really think a bad doctor can make the situation so much worse. It’s already hard enough to deal with this stuff–a bad doctor’s office is like the icing on a crap cake. I’m guessing you don’t live anywhere near Philly, but if you do I’d be happy to give you my new doc’s info. I hope you are able to switch your care soon!

      1. Hahaha, no where close to Philly : ( And yes when going thru a miscarriage and having a doctor and staff that could care less about their job and takes almost a week to respond to a phone call just makes your situation seem twice as bad! And no to mention when you finally get someone on the phone you are beyond frustrated.

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