Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I remember something about cruddy sperm. Something about hormone suppression, injections, ultrasound monitoring, and ICSI. I remember getting a few lab tests, good FSH, plenty of antral follicles hanging around. A repeat dwindling SA. A 2-hour GTT. I remember a vaginal exam, and STD check (all clear, whew!). I remember an ultrasound, my uterus, healthy ovaries. I remember a diet counseling session and a Metformin education session that I didn't need. A list of psychologists for a looney and coping skill evaluation. Woooooooosh.
Then I got a call from the NP. "Dr. P has reviewed your file, and you've been approved for IVF. Just give Sheila a call and she'll start you on birth control pills with your next cycle!"
What the fuuuuuuuuu....?
I'm sorry. Am I missing something? Have I gone from 'TTC' to 'IVF' in a mere 45 days? Uh. Does everyone else at the fertility clinic know what's going on but me? Is this a joke where they laugh at me when I walk by and say, "she soooo doesn't even know who Sheila is" because who the hell is she? Don't I get a new-girl orientation, or was my seminar the extent of it.
Ok. Yes. They gave me a book to read and a DVD to watch, all made by their clinic, which promises a "personal approach" to IVF. Yeah, well, I guess anyone who looks at your vagina that often can claim they are taking the "personal approach" right? And it's not that they haven't been nice...it's just that they seem to be very well informed. I just feel like that 'new girl' on the block who didn't get the orientation letter.
I feel like it's my first day of school in a new town full of people who have never lived anywhere else. I don't know who Sheila is and why I should call her. I don't know why my plan just accelerated from a snail's pace to warp speed. Hellllooooo? Don't you guys even want to know how you're going to get money for this? Don't I get to talk to some kind of car-salesman credit plan woman who handles all your Mo-neh?
Who is Sheila? Sheila is Dr. P's IVF nurse. She'll handle everything from here on out.
What is her phone number? Her extension is blah blah blah.
We were thinking of waiting until next Spring to start IVF. Should I call her now? Waiting? Oh. Well. If you want to wait that's fine. Just call Sheila to start you on BCPs when you're ready.
Is it really that easy?
Maybe it just seems so fast-tracked to me because for us there is NO other option. Maybe other people have a chance to get their feet wet first with things like Clomid and IUIs, then slowly work their way into IUI with injectables, then when it finally comes time to "Call Sheila with your next cycle" it doesn't seem so wacky speedy? or maybe everyone feels this at first?
Maybe I'm just slow?
One question. If we are planning on waiting until Spring for IVF, should I go ahead and call Sheila now just to get a game plan in order...or should I just sit on it for awhile?
Also, am I the only one so head-spinning-in-circles-it's-all-so-fast about all of this?
Conceived by: 'Murgdan' at 9:01 PM