August 22, 2017
I’m back! It’s been a few months since I’ve written, but I’m excited to share the news that I’ve finally started my part of the testing for IVF. Up until this point, all surgeries and appointments have been for my husband, so it was finally my turn. They had told me to call on day 1 of my next cycle to start scheduling the various appointments they’d need to perform as my cycle progressed. So far I’ve scheduled 3 appointments that will take me through day 12. I had my first appointment today which had to be complete between days 2 and 4. They told me the appointment would last 45 minutes, so it would be quick and easy. All they were scheduled to do was take my blood and conduct a sonogram. It seemed easy enough…I’d be in and out.
So, I walked in the exam room of the doctor’s office and the first thing I saw was 6 empty vials laying on the table. They were all set up to draw my blood. Now normally watching someone draw my blood doesn’t bother me in the slightest, but the last time I got my blood drawn I almost passed out! So, my first feeling of seeing all those vials just got me a bit anxious from the start. But, I sat down and the nurse started opening the sterile packages that contained the needles. I told her politely that I didn’t want to watch, so I just turned my head as she carefully filled each vial. All I could think about was the fact that she was slowly draining the blood from my body; and I sat there wondering at what point would someone actually black out? It doesn’t help that I watch The Strain on FX either. Of course I started thinking about how the strigoi drain the blood from their human hosts to survive. And then I realized in that moment, ‘No wonder why I got light-headed the last time! I totally psych myself out!” I quickly tried to redirect my thoughts as she finished drawing my blood and also thought for a moment I may have to watch better things on TV, LOL. Anyway, in all she took 6 vials of blood (4 large capsules and 2 small ones) that will be used for various hormone testing. They’ll be sent to a lab and I’d get the results at a later date.
The next part of the appointment was the vaginal sonogram. I’ve never had a sonogram before so I had no idea what to expect. Let me tell you, it was very easy and it didn’t take long at all….maybe 5 minutes tops. The purpose of the sonogram was to count the number of follicles that were developing in my ovaries. The ideal number was 10 total; that is what they like to see anyway. Through the entire sonogram, the nurse was completely quiet. I thought she would say something, but she didn’t…not a single word . I thought for sure something was wrong. But, when she was done, I asked her how many I had. She said, “Oh, you have plenty! …9 on one side, and 12 on the other.” How exciting! I had 21! I didn’t expect to have any issues, but I have never been pregnant before, so you never really know until you know. I must say I am very relieved to have so many follicles present, especially since I’ll be 36 in a couple of weeks.
So, after I left the exam room, I scheduled my next appointment which will be 6 days from today. They will be doing a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG or ‘Dye test’). Yeah, exactly. No idea what that meant, lol. But, from my google search it sounds like it’s an X-ray that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes. So, we’ll see. They also gave me a couple of prescriptions to fill for my upcoming appointments. So, more to come next week!
Total cost for today was $751 (pus the additional lab work fee’s which I do not know yet). Insurance did not cover any part of this appointment.