Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Night Fever

In true Slackie fashion, I am spending Saturday night curled up on the couch with the cats. Professor is on his way to Paris for the week on business, so I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself. Sure I've been to Paris before and yeah it's only a week and he'll be in meetings for ten hours a day, but I'm spoiled. I would have preferred either to go with him or for him not to go at all.

So here I sit, fretting about the airplane he is on (which had a malfunction necessitating de-planing for a while) and focusing perhaps to an unhealthy degree on the likely next steps in our IF journey. God it's awesome being thirty-eight!

I'm doing a lot of thinking about IVF even though we still have one last IUI to do.  I've done a little more digging to see if there is anywhere in reasonable driving distance that we should consider for a proper second opinion, and all signs continue to point to our original clinic being the top IF group in our area. I can't help wishing that we had gotten a real second opinion. I feel like last week's appointment was mostly just a look at what not to do. I've revisited the IVF success rates for our Chosen Clinic versus our "Second Opinion" and the Chosen Clinic has much better numbers. In reviewing their standard protocols, it looks as though for patients my age (38) with my diagnosis (unexplained), they recommend both assisted hatching and ICSI.

I'm still waiting on the blood work results from the second opinion appointment. The AMH takes about ten days to get results because it has to be sent away for the test, so I'll be waiting a while yet. This Tuesday I have a saline sonohysterograph as I've never had one. I'm slightly nervous, but don't really expect to find anything problematic there. After that I will just wait for CD1,which will be around December 5th. Then it will be full steam ahead on injectible IUI#3! I bet I have my baseline the same day as the IVF info session at our clinic. Any takers? The timing will actually be pretty good, with stimming, monitoring and IUI all wrapped up just days before the family descend on us for Christmas. I'll know the outcome by New Year's.

I'm trying not to think about what the new year might hold.


  1. Well, it's good that the timing is working out well for this cycle - and I hope the new year brings some really happy and joyful news.

    Hope the week on your own doesn't drag too much x

  2. It's so hard to know what to do for the best, and IVF seems like such a big decision. I'm also 38 and have unexplained IF - somehow it seems harder when there's nothing obviously wrong & no clear answer. Not sure if you've had a look at my latest blog but just had my IVF consult and there may be some useful info for you there. Hope your week goes ok x

  3. *hugs* It sounds like we are in very similar situations. I hope this iui works for you and you don't have to do ivf. It is a scary thing to have to think about and plan.

  4. Well, I'm thinking of you and hoping that you get to wrap up this year with the best of news. Trying to make informed decisions through this process is incredibly trying and it's hard to not second-guess ourselves sometimes. But it seems reassuring that you are likely at the best choice clinic for you right now.

    I hope your week home alone is relaxing and quiet. Sometimes it's nice to just enjoy the solitude!

  5. Good luck with everything - the waiting is the worst. Hang in there Slackie!

  6. Wouldn't that be a great way to start the new year with a positive result! fingers crossed for your upcoming IUI cycle.