Friday, July 29, 2011

Still here!

Sorry for the MIA-ness of the blog lately.  I've been trying to get on with life and enjoy my summer without dwelling on my infertility.  Here's an update in bullet point form:
  • The Bunny turned the big 4-0 about a week ago.  It was a low-key affair, as he didn't want to have a party.  He's not pleased about this milestone, especially since we still don't have a baby.  But, I keep reminding him that he's the best-looking 40 year old I know and that hopefully soon we'll either start our family or move on.
  • My old clinic called me a month (!!) after my failed FET.  They had a meeting and decided that I should do a whole new fresh cycle, same protocol, and transfer 2 this time.  I guess it's one of those "keep trying, eventually hopefully something will work" clinics, but I'm not interested in a fresh cycle.  I told them thanks, and that I'm looking at other clinics.
  • I'll be starting BCP's for the next FET cycle in a few weeks, with the new clinic.
  • We're getting our house ready to put on the market.  We've lived in this townhome since before we were married (nearly 7 years).  We're finally in a position where we can afford a single-family home, though we're a bit worried about selling this place.  We hope we can get it on the market in the next 2 months.
  • I had my AMH level and alpha-17 progesterone blood work done in the last 2 weeks, still waiting to hear back on both.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Consult #2

Last week, I went for another opinion regarding my failed cycles.  It was at a large hospital system with a high success rate.  However, it is a total bureaucracy because it's part of a large network.  Just getting an appointment, I had to make three different phone calls, then was transferred 4 or 5 times before they actually gave me the appointment.  The doctor was very nice and well qualified (Ivy-league education).  He reviewed my records with me and made notes, but didn't have any explanation of why the cycles failed.  The only thing he noticed was that the 225 units of Follistim I was on was a "higher than average" dose, and that my AFC count varied pretty widely from one cycle to another (though he said that it could be human error - different docs read the ultrasounds differently).  I brought up the P4 / premature luteinization issue with him, but he didn't think that was an issue (though didn't seem to know one way or the other).  The only thing he recommended was to get my AMH level tested, which I have never done.  So, I'll do that this week.

Meanwhile, I got a thank-you note from the first doctor I visited!!  They made such a great impression on me, I've decided to go with the first clinic.  It's further away (about an hour drive from my house), but my mom only lives 30 minutes away, so if I have a very early appointment, I can stay at her place.  I'm going to write a nice thank-you note to my current clinic.  The plan at this point is to sit out at least one more cycle, then go ahead with the final FET maybe in September.  I'll have a hysteroscopy when I'm on BCP's for the FET.  (so many acronyms!)  Until then, we will be in complete r&r summer-enjoying mode!