Thursday, May 12, 2011


Well, it looks like we have to push the IVF back into July/August.

The lab that the doctor uses in San Antonio won't take my insurance, which would require me to come up with $8900 (at least) and there is some question if I would get reimbursed. If I wait until July-August, we can use the new lab in Austin which will take my insurance.

I'm disappointed but a few months won't be a total deal breaker.

I had a horrible reaction to the saline ultrasound on Monday. I was in horrible pain all day and was running a fever. I stayed at work - and was relatively OK unless I moved around. I went home and slept for few hours - woke up feeling miserable, in pain and with a fever. No fun. Hated it.

Monday, May 9, 2011

I had my saline ultrasound this morning. It sucked. It still sucks.

Basically they inserted a catheter through my cervix and filled my uterus with saline so that they could see if my uterus was a snug & happy place (it is!) or contained polyps or other bad things (it did not!). The doctor had a hell of a time getting the catheter in which involved multiple speculums and multiple attempts. Once he got the catheter in place - which was unexpectedly painful, the saline injection was super painful/crampy/yucky. It was over quickly but it was an unhappy procedure - of all the procedures that we've done so far in this fertility journey, this was the worst.

I'm at work now, and am leaky (blood & saline) and crampy. Lame. I thought about going home and sitting on the couch but I want to save any sick time/work from home time until later in this process. I figured that if I could walk/talk/work - I might as well go into the office.

I spoke at length to the doctor about the IVF process - once we get into June we'll be looking at lots of ultrasounds, blood draws, many hormone injections, egg retrieval, embryo implantation, hormone replacements and hopefully pregnancy... June is going to be challenging, and freaking expensive. He told me that the lab (which is in San Antonio, UGH) won't take my insurance so I'll have to pay up front and then try and get reimbursed from my insurance company. He is going to have his financial people call me to let me know how much money I'll need to have up front, etc.

On my way to work after the appointment I started thinking about how much cash I can get in hand to complete this process. Ugh. I hate the idea of totally cleaning out my saving or, god forbid, have to take a loan or something, but I'll do whatever I have to do. It'll be extra shitty if I totally clean out all my savings and then don't get knocked up. I guess this is why a lot of people have a tough time dealing with fertility issues - it is totally stressful.

I'm hoping that I don't feel this shitty all day. OUCH!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Here we go.

I visited my fertility doctor this morning and we kicked off the IVF process.

The rest of May will be spent taking birth control pills and most of the fun stuff will happen in June.

I had 6 vials of blood drawn. I go back on Monday morning for a saline ultrasound, and to go over my blood test results, and then I'm off the hook until June when we begin all the crazy hormone shots, a zillion ultrasounds and blood draws, and then surgery to extract the eggs.

I'm excited and scared and hopeful, but not TOO hopeful.

About to take my first birth control pill. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Well, I got my period today. Accompanied by the worst cramps that I can remember having in the last few years. Yucky!

The fertility doctor is putting together a calendar for me to start the IVF process this month. Exciting!