So far, so good. I went in for a baseline u/s on Monday (CD2) and learned that 1) my small endometrioma did not grow this month 2) I have no new cysts 3) I have 10-12 follicles. So, all in all, it was good news and we were given the first green light. It’s a little anti-climactic as this green light really just means 3 weeks of birth control before all the action starts-we are on an ‘overlap’ protocol (vs a f’lash’ protocol), which I believe references the overlap of the birth control trial with the beginning of the Lupron. We start the rest of the meds on June 13th. Still, it’s the first step in the process and it means we’re. on. our. way.
The clinic actually mandates a little class for all IVF candidates and, while I was skeptical at first, M and I actually found it really helpful. The clinic staff give a really thorough presentation of the process and all the medications, along with how to mix and administer the injections. Everyone has their personal calendar as a reference and it was a nice forum for asking general questions and clarifying info, particularly about the meds.
The meds: Wow. I had a sense of what to expect (thanks to all of you) but I find myself still a little shocked every time I review the long list of crap that one must fill themselves with as part of this process. It’s a bit overwhelming. Not to mention the cost… Sadly, I did not qualify for the Compassionate Care program at the drug company which would have covered a lot of my meds. M and I were just outside the income guidelines, which is especially frustrating because they only base it on last year’s tax returns. Not an accurate picture of our current situation. Argh. Still, the nurse coordinator at the clinic has been wonderful and continues to search out various coupons for free follistim cartridges and so on. She also said the clinic will accept medication donations and that she would put an APB for any that came in. Every little bit helps, that’s for sure. She snuck in a reference to her lady partner this last visit which made me love her more (not that it should matter, of course).
Overall, I am hanging out in the positive zone. I spent the weekend at a cabin with friends and spent a full day soaking in hot springs and natural saunas and reading by the river. M’s birthday party is this weekend and we will celebrate with lots of friends, rollercoasters, marscapone cake and karaoke. I am Alice Domar’s book (shout out to you Boston IVFers) which is very very very hetero-focused but does have some helpful tools/reminders related to relaxation and mindfulness.
And now, I give you the muppets for this month’s inspiration and giggles…
‘Moving right along in search of good times and good news/
With good friends you can’t lose/
This could become a habit/
Opportunity knocks once, let’s reach out and grab it/
Together we’ll nab it…’ la, la, la, la, la!