I thought it had been a hot minute for my school update, but it really has been a steaming hot minute for my infertility update! Sorry about that, but as I mentioned in my last blog post about graduate school taking up so much time I have not gotten a chance to sit down and write on here. I do write in my journals (yes, that is plural lol) more frequently than I do on here. Those are more private but I will share some secrets today 😉 P.S. I should be doing homework right now shhh…..
So, where to begin…
I believe I left off before when talking about our first appointment at the fertility clinic along with my thoughts and feelings about that. There have been many thoughts and feelings since. Ones that I am unsure there are words for or that I could possible explain with words. There was ups and downs to our first actual fertility appointment. Mind you we have done 4 rounds of clomid with my Ob/gyn in 2015. We waited longer than we should have or at least that is what I have been thinking recently.
This might be too long to be made into one blog post!
We had our appointment August 24th, 2017. This was our initial appointment and we had no clue what to expect. It started off with a nervous wait in the waiting room. Then we was called back to talk about insurance then we was handed off to the nurse. She got both our weights, BP, etc. all those fun things. Then we went into the doctors actual office to sit down and talk. Let’s talk about awkward. He is a little on the odd side for sure, but we know those who have used him before so we was giving him a shot. He did not have very good ‘bedside’ manners as some calls it for my first visit. I hate having to explain the past 8 years of complications I have had to a new doctor, it is the worst. Thankfully, my husband was there beside me and took the reigns when I couldn’t. I’m giving you the shortened version of this, trust me. After an exam, him telling us I have to have this long list of tests done for the next five weeks, my husband giving a sample of his sperm, and finally making it to the lab to give blood.
I also had my first day of school for two of my classes this day and literally walked in totally unprepared and right on time, which is not like me at all. To say I was stressed was an understatement.
Anyway, we technically go back around the 18th of September for the full results and the doctors diagnoses from the ultrasounds and blood work. But I can say that with my psychology background, I can research. I looked up all the test to find out what they were and what they was testing with it then when my numbers came in online I compared what was considered normal for my age and compared. There are some that are low and some that are high. I was scared reading about them so that appointment cannot get here soon enough.
Also, I don’t think I mentioned that my doctors office has everything online which is pretty cool and also a pain lol.
He prescribed me Provera (a form of progesterone) so that I could start a period since I am unable on my own. I took that for ten days then had to go in for more blood work and an Antral Follicle Count (AFC) ultrasound on September 8th to see how many follicles I had on each of my ovaries. I had 13 on my right ovary and 10 on my left. From my research that is low for my age. This worries me and makes me want the results from the blood work even more. The blood work was for my Ovarian Assessment Report (OAR) that had to be done between days 2-4 of my cycle. This test will look at my ovulatory egg supply. All of these tests will ultimately give me a diagnoses and tell us our chances of conceiving.
I am not going to go into detail on my husbands semen analysis as that is his privacy.
From here comes the saline ultrasound or known as a SIS. This is supposed to be done on days 7-10. This is what I am waiting to hear back from the nurse to see when I need to drive the two hours again and hoping that I have someone who is able to come along. That drive gets lonely af. My husband is gone at work for two weeks at a time so that is why he is not able to come with me this time.
Well, I think I have talked your ear off enough for the time being. I am going to get some shut eye before I have to go get new tires for my Jeep in the morning. Then the dentist& school Tuesday. School Thursday as well and the SIS ultrasound somewhere in there. Help? Does anyone have a time machine? I just need a pause button. And a fast forward. And a rewind. Never mind.