A lot of shots

So far, I’ve completed 30 out of 60ish required for this cycle.

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Because of course

Wedensday was not a good day.

I went in to get a baseline ultrasound and estrogen #’s. I should be starting stims tomorrow.

I left furious. Upset.

The calendar provided to me by my clinic was wrong. Wrong for the past 6 weeks wrong.

Wrong as I’ve been shooting myself up with Lupron and Ganirelx wrong.

Wrong as I wasted all those medications and I wasted $100+ in copays and commuting costs wrong.

They are closing their lab early May, and forgot to notify staff, or my nurse, or me? Wrong.

It’s a pretty amateur move for the top clinic not only in NYC but in the entire state of NY.

There were hours of texting my husband, e-mails to the doctor, and telephone calls to both. Much of this happened as I was walking through Macy’s Herald Square (makeup halls of happiness, dammit). At some point, I found myself sitting on a chair in the ladies restroom (of Macy’s) with my calendar open and going “NONE OF THESE NEW DATES WORK AT ALL.” Queue the tears.

They handled it pretty casually, pushing us back weeks, until my husband and I firmly explained an important issue for us: we booked a few months of commitments and appointments (including a work conference for him and an extended family reunion trip where people are flying in from all over the country) around the “concrete” cycle dates they provided to us.

Since then we have had multiple, difficult, conversations with the head honcho doctor. “It’s very very early in our relationship to lose confidence in you? Does the lab shut down often? Are you always this disorganized?”

The doctor worked overnight (with the lab director and others) to figure out a new calendar that fit within our schedule and theirs. He apologized. He assured us a miscommunication would not happen again.

It is still not ideal, time wise for us.

In reality, I think this was a fluke. This clinic has a stellar reputation. The doctor is unparalleled. This is just our luck.

And I am back on lupron. Motherfuck.

IVF #7

IVF #7 started yesterday with Lupron.

I received an actual calendar with my medications and dates on it (6 IVFs behind me, and this is the first time I’ve received a calendar) and my protocol is extremely different than anything we’ve tried before.

Different, in our case is good. Change is good here. And hey, it can’t be worse than 3 cycles where the outcome is 0 embryos.

However, we have very realistic expectations as to the outcome of this cycle. If, by chance, there are any blasts on day 5 or 6, we will be having 24 chromosome genetic screening done on them via Natera in California.

I’ve received oh so many medication boxes in the past 4 years, and was surprised to see the 14 pre-filled syringes of Ganirelix that arrived at my house for this cycle.  I guess I should be grateful this Ganirelix heavy cycle did not take place 2 years ago when there was a shortage of this particular medication.

I have kept fairly detailed accounts of my prior 6 IVFs (dosages, estrogen, follicles and the like), so I am curious how my body will respond to this new medication protocol.

For those of you who are geekily interested, here is approximate overview of my meds calendar:
Days 1-8 – Lupin
Day 9-12 – Ganirelix in the AM
Day 13-16 – Ganirelix in the AM.  225 Follistim and 1 vial of Menopur in the PM.  60mg Lovenox.
Day 17-22 – Ganirelix in the Am.  225 Follistim in the PM. 60mg Lovonox.
Day 23 – HCG Trigger
Day 24 – HCG Trigger
Day 25 – ER