Well, I don’t have a schedule* yet, but I do have a plan.
Monday was CD 1 and I was so thankful for having a genuinely normal 30-day cycle, complete with 13 day luteal phase that I wasn’t even that upset that Big Red showed up. I called Dr. Salsa’s office and had The Talk with the IVF coordinator about timing.
And, once again, Mrs. X learned that ever important lesson: jumping to conclusions does no one an iota of good. Apparently, under their schedule I would start BCPs next Sunday and wouldn’t start stimming until the end of February which means that all of the important stuff that Mr. X needs to be around for happens in mid-March – precisely when we want it to. I don’t have specifics yet, but she assured me that his scheduled travel at the end of February will not cause any problems. Cautionary whew.
Part of the reason I don’t have any specifics, though, is that Dr. Salsa’s office is kinda sorta holding them hostage. The ransom? I have to attend their IVF class and do my upfront payment for the entire cycle. Some would call this extortion. I’m so far into IF treatment that I call it the cost of doing business. I choose to believe that they have legitimate reasons for doing it this way (getting their money to avoid nasty money battles later) and are not doing it just to cause angst and further stress on the part of already frayed nerves. I also choose not to extol on the breathtaking unfairness that I have to pay exorbitant amounts of money to get knocked up.**
So, guess what I’m doing Friday morning? I’m attending IVF class, because it was either Friday morning or wait until February to take the class and, duh, get my schedule. That was a no-brainer for me.
I am decidedly curious about this class. Dr. Uterus had no such protocol. During my tenure under his care, my only ‘class’ , if you could call it that, was a 5 minute lecture before my first injectible IUI cycle from Nurse to a T on how to fill a syringe and where to do the deed. Seriously. So, it will be very entertaining to see what they will attempt to educate me on that I haven’t already done. I’ve been through 6 injectibles cycles, 1 IVF and 1 FET with a bonus mock cycle. I have mixed my own medicine (no pre-filled syringes here, I’m afraid), I’ve given myself all of my own shots – PIO injections, HCG triggers, Lupron, Menopur, oh my! -, I’ve shot up in airport bathrooms, hotel rooms and relatives’ homes in at least three states, I can take medicine on a schedule (hello, phone alarm!), and I can follow directions. IVF is not a walk in the park, but what requires a 2 hour class to explain?
And good student that I am, I will bring along something with which to take copious notes and will raise my hand before asking a question. So far, my only question is “will there be a quiz?”
* Do any other Americans out there have a lovely chirpy British lady’s voice in their head who says ‘shedule’ whenever they read this word?
** Check back later, though. I may change my mind on that one.
image: Buster McLeod