Julia, so true when the average person hears "IVF patient" they really have no clue. It's nice to have a comforting place to come to where everyone can relate to what you are going through. Still thinking about the acupuncture, maybe if I could be reassured that they are using brand new needles, idk the first time in trying anything is ALWAYS going to be nerve-racking! Maybe I should start off with a massage first...
but I do like hearing others talk about their acupuncture experiences...
Gina, I've been looking more at IVF Attain Program for Florida, we would get 3 regular IVF and 3 FETs for 17 grand with 70 % money back if we brought home no baby. Still hopeful to get approved, my doctor doesn't think I would be a good candidate though since we've already had one failed IVF cycle and that was all out of pocket last year with my local Panama City clinic. Had I been able to commute last year I would of done things so much differently. Oh well we shouldn't dwell on the past, right? We must keep moving down this path to our BFP and nothing else will matter.
Ninde, Sounds like it has been rather bittersweet with some of your patients, you shared so much together and It's tough to see them move forward when we feel we've had to take one step back. I try to be resillient too, but the sound of a baby even crying makes me wonder when will we have that chance to comfort a little one? I try to focus my attention on work and any possible distraction I can find, with anything to make time fly a little faster. It helps that dh has been supportive and he keeps telling me it's not over yet. In the end, I feel all of this treatment has taught us to be more patient and certainly as I said before made us stronger. I know when we're holding our own baby(ies) someday we will have a much bigger appreciation and gratitude too. We'll know everything that we went through to get there, "every bend in the road" was so worth it!
Lauren319, come on grow follicles grow! No, it's not over yet so keep them stimming!
Maria, This doesn't sound normal, forgive me for asking did you have a d&c? Normally right after the procedure you'll get a moderate period but I've never heard of this. Maybe the RE can give you better answers, but I hope you call him soon. I wish we all lived closer, we would definately treat you to a massage.
hopefulmommy, I've heard about possible birth defects with icis, it was on the news this time last year and I remember thinking really, what are the odds? If doctors were concerned about birth defects actually happening relating to icis wouldn't doctors not offer ICIS in the first place? My brother and his wife went through IVF using icis and now have a healthy baby boy so maybe I am bias but I think doctors try to "cya" or in a nicer way cover their butt with everything out there, yes there is always going to be a risk. There is a risk when they put to you to sleep in surgery, or even on an airplane for that matter, my point is sometimes we don't have control over every little thing and with a low sperm count (like my own dh) ICIS would be our best option. I think the way we have to look at it is, yes be cautious but at the same time what other choice do we really have? This time last year was my VERY first IVF and I was scared and more worried about multiples, but now I'm taking EVERY risk possible to make something happen. Like I said before what are the odds? I wish you THE very best!
Furmomma, I'm sorry to hear about this cycle not working out, I know you had high hopes and I understand the financial burden that comes with treatment. Yes more insurance companies should offer coverage. Dh is persistant on us keep going even though I'm one who worries how we are ever going to get our credit card paid off. It's ridiculously expensive! Sorry I had to vent, but I wanted to tell you I am sorry this didn't work out I wish more doctors would inform patients that IVF doesn't always work out on the first try. I was so devastiated too when I got our results back, you would think with IVF being as expensive as it is, it would have a higher success rate! Besides more doctors should offer us a payment program anything to help us reach our dream. Sometimes researching other clinics could give you more options. I'm praying God will open a door for you and dh to try again.
AFM: AF arrived today, baseline scheduled in the morning and my Mom is still coming on Nov. 3rd, this is only getting interesting. I did ask nurse today about my thyroid med, if we could lower it? She said once I get pregnant they will increase it, well I like her optimism to say the least.
GOOD NIGHT and happy weekend EVERYONE!