Saturday, May 28, 2011

RE fabulous!

We had our appt with the RE on Monday and it was fabulous! Dr. M is so laid-back and down-to-earth. He broke down our options in detail and was so patient with all of our questions. We *heart* Dr. M!


Okay, to backtrack a bit, I got a phone call on Friday from the insurance company to find out they had closed my file because Momma B works for one of a few awesome fertility-friendly companies that will approve everything without constant authorizations. The RE's office is still a little skeptical, but they're willing to go along with it.

Initially I had told Dr. M we weren't ready for IVF just yet because for some reason I really didn't think Momma B was ready for that ... turns out, she didn't realize how lucky she's had it and how much her insurance covers. (I don't want to come across as boastful, but I do have to say we're extremely blessed because it's made this entire process so much easier and less stressful. AND makes us finally feel like success is within our reach!)

I'm jumping ahead of myself ...

As Dr. M discussed each step of the process from less to more involved, Momma B and I just sat and listened. Since I'd taken IVF off the table, he didn't cover that, but thank goodness for Momma B ... she wanted to know all about it. And that is where the light bulb turned on. Discussing the process and then the numbers she looked at me and asked, "why wouldn't we do it?" I was so shocked, I didn't know how to respond. I was thinking more IUIs with different meds, then we'd see. BUT the numbers spoke for themselves. IVF, strangely, turns out to be far more cost effective. And, let's be honest, that's a big part of this process. I want children, yes, but I don't want to dig ourselves into a hole along the way. 

So Dr. M talked us through it and every word starting spinning around in my head. It was all too much to take in. Before I undressed for the ultrasound, I just looked at Momma B and it was all I could do to keep from breaking down in tears of happiness. 

The ultrasound was just amazing too. I hadn't had a chance to see my ovaries up to this point and seeing all those black dots on the screen was a happy moment. Even Dr. M commented on how many eggs were showing up. I was able to calm my head down a bit as I stared up at the screen (which, looking back on it, is a odd time to be calm when some strange man is sticking something up your vagina ... but whatever).

The calm didn't last long, unfortunately, because before we left we sat down with another woman that deals with the financial aspect and she went over the costs with our insurance. Momma B and I just looked at each other and then told her almost in unison, we want to do IVF! My head was in a full-on spin cycle by this point. We decided so quickly, but we just knew it felt right.

So we're done with the IUIs and are moving directly on to IVF. I haven't been able to blog about it until now because it's taken me awhile to slow my head down and let the shock of it all settle. Now the excitement and the possibilities have taken over and I'm ready to go right now! Too bad there's some prep time involved. 

I'm still waiting for the IVF nurse to contact me about our schedule and arranging all the medications, but in the meantime I need to get a prescription for one month of birth control pills soon because AF is due in just a few days. I'll be on BCP for the month of June, so that means July it's go time. OH wow! This is just too amazing. 

In the meantime, I'm reading back into more and more blogs that went with IVF also. Reading those along with medical and fertility websites has helped me feel more prepared emotionally. I have enough Type A in my personality that preparation is a requirement to prevent a mental and emotional meltdown!



IVF we go!  

7 comments:

  1. Super Exciting! Yay for July IVF BFPs!!

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  2. That's great! We're right behind you (if this month doesn't work). I wish that we had been able to go straight to it after the first couple IUIs didn't work--wait and see is a hard game. Congrats on the excellent coverage and good RE! :)

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  3. I am so extremely excited for you Momma's! Everything is going to work out great, especially with a great RE at your side.
    LOL @ man sticking something up your vagina, but whatever; You're hilarious! Totally picture you saying that with that cute look on your face! haha!
    Thank you so much for posting that video, very helpful. It really dumbs it down for less knowledgeable people such as myself.
    Can't wait for July!
    XOXO

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  4. I’m excited for you! July is just around the corner!

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  5. Congratulations on having excellent insurance! One less thing to worry about on this stressful journey.

    I completed my first IVF cycle in March and am, hopefully, having a FET tomorrow. These are just some of the things I wished someone had told me before I started my IVF.

    I found the prep time of IVF so excruciatingly slow. It seemed those three weeks of BCPs would never end. But once I started the injections, it flew by. Get used to the vagcam and needles, once you're stimming, you'll be getting blood work and ultrasounds almost daily to monitor your E2 levels and size and number of follicles. Once those follicles get up there in size, it gets rather uncomfortable.

    And please be prepared for the emotional toll of IVF. I had undergone 5 IUIs before we moved to IVF. The IVF 2ww was unbearable. Sadly my BFN crushed me. I felt gutted.

    Best of luck and I look forward to following your journey to a BFP.

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  6. That is so awesome your insurance makes ivf a possibility. If I had it to do over again, I would have gone straight to ivf, the odds are just so much better!! (and it worked for us!!)

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  7. Misty and Isa ... Thank you so much for the encouragement and I wish you both happy BFPs in the very near future as well!!

    Mama J ... <3 you! I can't wait for June. I just know Mommy N's gonna pop a BFP soon too. =)

    L and anofferingoflove ... Thank you. Your support is always graciously received!

    Kanis ... I wish you the best as well. Thank you for sharing all of that, I know it can't be easy. It humbles my expectations, which is a good thing because I can go a bit overboard! I'll send a little prayer up for you. Since you don't have a link to your blog, I would love to know if it works! =)

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