Saturday, January 3, 2009

Let the Roller Coaster Ride Begin! (With a Twist of Irony, Of Course)

Yesterday I called the Clinic and left a message that my cycle start date was 12/31 and that I wanted to see about getting orders from Dr. A. so we could start moving forward. I presumed I wouldn't start anything until Lupron around the 20th of Jan.

Couple of hours later I received a voicemail (I missed the call - UGH!) from the nurse saying that Dr. A. has written our orders and that since she's changing our protocol for this cycle (which I didn't know until I received this message), we just missed the "window of opportunity" for this month but would have "plenty of time" to get things started with my next cycle.

Ummm, no, waiting is not an option.

She said that if we had questions, we could call back. Due to their reduced Holiday hours, they would be leaving at 4:30, and would return to full hours on Monday.

It was 4:26 when I received this message. So, I called back, no answer.

I freaked out for the next few minutes and then decided to call back again. It was 4:32.

The nurse answered (for which I'm convinced she deserves the Nurse Nightingale Award).

She said that Dr. A. wants to change my protocol, which means birth control pills beginning on cycle day 3. Since we connected, we're going to be able to proceed this month, and the nurse agreed to call in my birth control pills.

But, birth control pills? Seriously?

I've read that this is a standard sort of thing for IVF, but in my mind, it is the ultimate irony. I can't believe I'm officially back on the pill. I popped my first one last night.

So, I'm 34 years old, have been trying to conceive for 26 cycles and I'm taking the pill again. This roller coaster sucks.

We still have some kinks to work out on Monday about the stims she wants to use, but IVF attempt #2 is officially in motion.

Will keep you posted.


Alex and Jill said...

I know...crazy that we take the pill to help us achieve pregnancy!

Praying this is the one for you guys!

'Murgdan' said...

It is ironic, isn't it. That's great you got in touch with her and didn't have to wait an extra month, though.

Emily said...

I love the idea of new year, new cycle...
BCP is standard for most and it is all together too ironic.

Thanks for your recent comment - I appreciate it. Wishing you all the best this year!

Lea said...

So glad you got back in touch with them and don't have to wait. I know, taking BCP just seems wrong. I hope this is it for you!!!

womb for improvement said...

Oof, thank goodness you got in touch in time. Another month to the docs wouldn't have meant anything but to us, it makes a massive difference.

I Believe in Miracles said...

I like your top 10 list.

The irony of bcps. We didn't do that because we did a fast start to our cycle. Maybe it would have helped prevent my OHSS? No idea. We just had to use "protection".

My heart felt like it stopped when I read this post. That twist sucked! Man I would have freaked and cried big time.

Praying this is it for you!

Faith said...

WHOA -- so thankful that nurse answered the phone!!! Yes, BCPs seem to be "normal" for IVF at our clinic too, and it just seems WEIRD.

KandiB said...

It is crazy, isn't it? It's crazier to think that the BCPs, as well as all the meds they give you helps control your body and your cycle down to the HOUR! Kinda freaky, but, it works! Good luck and so glad you were able to continue forward with this month. I'll be reading!

Megan said...

I know that the nurses at my RE's office have a knack for calling just when I leave my desk or don't take my cell phone to a meeting.

I took BCP for the first time during IVF...funny, I went on the pill in order to try and get pregnant.

GOod luck on your cycle!!!

amy said...

I never took the pill...until I was trying to get pregnant through IVF. It seemed so counterproductive.
Glad you got a hold of your nurse and don't have to wait another month...that would've sucked.


Mo and Will said...

Wow - so glad you got that nurse on the phone - I would have gone off the deep end to be pushed back another month because of lack of communication!

And yeah, bcps are ironic in this context, aren't they? But hey, whatever gets the job done!

Hope this cycle is the one for you!


Penny said...

oooh, good luck! Yea, I was on BCPs as well, totally stank. The irony was not lost on me either (I actually wrote about it in my Calendar).

BCPs supposedly shrink any cysts, though, so there's that. Glad the nurse was able to get you going this cycle, waiting totally blows.