Busy Fertility Clinic Week

I was supposed to go for my blood test today, but it will be a total waste of time and money. My temps are showing a distinct dip today and I’m on the 15th day of my lutheal phase which is normally only 14 days so I’m pretty sure I’ll be on CD1 tomorrow.

So I’ve emailed Dr G and asked him to make a note on my file that I’ll be going for a CD2 scan on Wednesday/Thursday this week and starting another round of Femara and then we’ll be seeing him for a consultation on Friday and to discuss a POAgoing forward. I just didn’t want to waste this cycle doing nothing so we’ll be doing more of the same with perhaps another PC Test and then from next cycle we’ll do whatever we decide on in our meeting on Friday. I’m thinking a few IUI’s with some gentle stimms, but who knows.

I often wonder if he has a lot of patients like me? I mean most patients at least go for their blood tests when they’re told, I don’t. I know I’m not pregnant and therefore despite all their urging I refuse to go. People who have been doing this so long that we could, potentially do our own rounds of fertility treatment. As an example I emailed him this morning to ask that he make a note on my file that whoever scans me this week gives me a script for double dose of Femara to be taken from CD3 to CD7. I mean I know which meds I need, I know when they need to be taken, I know how the injections need to be administered. I can see my own follicles on the scan machine and can check my own lining as well. I’m sure all this experiencemust on some level make me a slightly more difficult patient. Also with my experience at my previous clinic, I have learnt to question EVERYTHING and accept nothing at face value and poor Vitalab are paying for the sins of my previous specialist. I’m sure Dr G would like nothing more than to see me get pregnant and carry past 3 months just so that he doesn’t have to constantly respond to my barrage of sms’s and email.

I dont’ want to do any hectic treatments a now, its only October and already the silly season as started. W and I are booked for something every single weekend till after Christmas so I really want to take it easy on the fertility front and just enjoy this time of year.


  • dee

    October 13, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Are you on prog? I see you tested this morning, sorry to see its a BFN. What about going for a few injections? I know they are hellish expensive but I remember you didnt think much of the Femara last time??

    Good luck for Friday, let us know what your POA is. And dont worry, Im even worse with Dr V!!!

  • Murgdan

    October 13, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Ick. Sorry for knowing another stinkin’ BFN is on the way. I always knew. No fooling this body.

    I do so wish I would’ve had you with me the other day though. I feel like I’ve been rushed through so many apppointments before I even KNOW whether or not I’ve got a question. This is all new and I have no idea why they think I know everything!

    My last phone call with the fertility clinic ended with “Ok, he’s approved you for IVF so just call Sheila with your next cycle and she’ll start you on birth control pills” UHHHH WHAT? *brakes screeching* Who the hell is Sheila and what is her phone number? Don’t I get to meet with someone about payment? What if we don’t want to start until next year? Whaaaaaat the hell is going on????

    On the upside this season (October to November) is my FAVORITE time of the year! It’s cold. We have Halloween, my Birthday, Thanksgiving, AND Christmas approaching…and I don’t really even want to think about damn fertility! (but I still am…hubby asked what I wanted for my birthday and I said, “IVF”)

  • eggorchicken

    October 13, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Ugh, sorry about AF 🙁 BUT you’re sounding upbeat and positive, and sounds great that you’re being so proactive in developing a POA! 🙂

    I guess at times it might be more complicated to have such an ‘informed’ patient, but I’m guessing a lot of the time they appreciate you being proactive and actually helping to fill in the blanks. Obviously you know your body best so it’s probably helpful to them!!!

    Still keeping my fingers crossed for this cycle, just in case!


  • samcy

    October 13, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Ever positive I am going to say it’s not over till it’s over… (plse don’t throw an egg at my head)…

    BUT that being said I’m sure that Dr G understands patients like you better than we think… hoping thayt the CD2 scan and femara etc does the trick next time… if you need it 😉

    ever hopeful pain in the ass

  • Maritza

    October 13, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    So…I will have company…yay! I mean err…sorry about the BFN, is it presumptuous to assume a BFN?…errr…*stuffing sock in mouth not to say anything more stupid*

    Ok, I side with Sam, it’s not over till it’s over! *dodging flying eggs*

    *Quietly thinking how cool it would be if you were indeed wrong* Hmmmmm…..

    See you soon!

    ever more hopeful bigger pain in the ass

  • Elana

    October 13, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I also used to skip my pregnancy blood test if I knew it was BFN. My clinic was 30 mins away, so it was a waste of time, money and precious gasoline! I knew they could do the test with my CD3 bloodwork, so why bother? I only really went when I knew I was pregnant or if I had a reasonable doubt. I also used to second guess my doctor’s dosages for the meds I was on. If he told me to take 50IU of follistim, I generally did 75 because I knew I’d only have one mature follicle on 50… 😀

    I hope you have much better luck on your next cycle!! I’m going to beat AF with a stick so she won’t come back next month!!!!

  • keystoclaritycoach

    October 13, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Good luck Sharon with the next cycle! I also am forever hopeful! Many times I have heard from fertility specialists that patients are sure they are not pregnant, get tested, and are a BFP! You’re an informed patient which on some level makes you the perfect patient (see one of my first blog posts!.. on this very subject!) but be careful in acknowledging that they have degrees and doctorates etc in this for a reason – maybe collaboration is the best approach!?
    Coach Louise
    PS I am also waiting for the new year now – can’t abide the thought of going through my next IVF through the silly season!

  • Sian

    October 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Well, I do hope that it is not a BFN. But if it is I hope that you have a better month with the Femara. I know what you mean about the festive season. This is also part of the reason why I only want to choose my donor then. Don’t want her going into an IVF after all the ‘silly season’


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