IVF Diary Vol III begins!

Here we are again.  It’s like deja vu, right?  Seriously, Christmas seemed like ages ago, but somehow IVF round 2 only felt like a week or two ago.  It’s all come around again quickly for us.  I don’t feel quite so ready for it – mentally, my mind has been at work, physically, my body has been at work (hahaha!) what I really mean is – I need to do some exercise!!!

I started my Birth Control Pills on Thursday evening and phoned the nurse who is covering for my nurse whilst she is on leave to schedule in my IVF cycle.  She gave me the important dates and told me she would order my medications.  I put down the phone with dates in my hand, excited…then a little later realised that she hadn’t asked me what meds I had left over from my last cycle! Aghhh!  And it was very late friday afternoon so I knew there was no chance of catching her in time.  Also, I haven’t received notification from the Pharmacy yet that my prescription has arrived with them  and I need my Lupron by Thursday morning!  I am in Washington DC for two days next week, so my only real day to receive by FedEx my giant box of medication goodies in time would be Monday.   Aghhhhhh!!!!! I hate this last minute panic thing!!! I am sure it will all be fine and the script will be with the Pharmacy today.  Zen Dani……Zen.

I had my last alcoholic beverage last night – a wonderful glass or two or red wine. Bye bye alcohol!  Although this cycle has creeped up on me, I am feeling excited.  This is it.  It’s all or nothing now!!!! Wish us luck!!!!! Eeeeeeek….

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IVF cycle 3 Calendar

Chris told me I was too graphic in my last post about my period, so here is a Too Much Information Warning…….!!!! Don’t read past here if you don’t like reading about periods! I’ve been popping the painkillers for my period and surviving OK, the short sharp pains have gone, thankfully, it’s just the typical period pains now.  But I did have something happen to me that I’ve never had before.  I passed a ball of old thick dark black blood about the size of a large grape.  It wasn’t clotty, but thick and sticky, kind of like a truffle!  I got a little freaked out, but then remembered that putting a camera into your uterus and taking a biopsy from the the uterine lining 9 days before your period is probably not a normal every month occurrence; so I should not be surprised my body is doing some weird things.  I have a post-op appointment next week, so I will mention it just to be sure.  (Things I never thought I’d write about and share to the public world – my period!)

Preparations for IVF Round 2

This week My nurse ordered my medications in preparation for IVF round 2.    Our doctor did tell us that she might up the stimulation drugs…but I didn’t know it might be DOUBLE 😦 Last cycle I took 300iu Gonal-F and 75iu Menopur.  This cycle I will be starting off with 400iu Gonal-F and 150iu Menopur.

Menopur is the one that frigging burns too 😦  The nurse said to me “Don’t worry, it’s still one injection.”  Well, I guess in that case I should count my blessings!

When I spoke to Freedom Fertility Pharmacy (my favourite people – not!) after telling them I am likely to be starting stims on 7th Jan, the lady on the phone said….”Great, should I schedule a delivery for your medication to arrive the 5th Jan?”.  Ummmm no, that is way too close for my comfort, and after your previous perfomances, I just don’t trust you!! (OK, so I didn’t tell her it quite like that!!).  I don’t need that stress again!

Now….just to wait for my period to start next week!  Fingers crossed all goes to plan.  But for now, this is me signing off the great pudding club hunt for a week of festivities.

Have a very merry and peaceful Christmas everybody!!! XXX

 

Freedom Fertility Pharmacy Fail

My nurse recommended freedom fertility pharmacy rather than my usual pharmacist, Walgreens, because the ovidrel trigger shots and progesterone suppositories are much cheaper if my insurance does not cover it.  Sounds great, I said, let’s do it!

So once my prescription was ready freedom fertility pharmacy dutifully called me via a robot, who then proceeded to tell me there were no free reps available at that time, please call back later.  Unfortunately, every time I tried to call them back their lines were busy and I was put on hold for aaaaaages.  Usually I don’t mind waiting if I can leave my phone on speaker and wait for a representative to pick up.  Unfortunately freedom fertility put in ads and notices over the music.  Something I don’t really want my colleagues around me listening to.  So I gave up.  Then there was the snow storm and they were closed.  Eventually when I did get through to them several days after they called me, I arranged delivery of my meds for 11th Feb (Cycle Day 9).

Later that day I had a missed call from freedom fertility.  I thought it was probably the robot that kept calling me to say I had to call them, so I ignored this.  If it wasn’t the robot I’d get another call.  And I did not get another call, so I wrongly assumed all was well.  This was until yesterday when I came home expecting my meds to have been delivered.  Nothing, nudda had been delivered.  I had no missed calls asking me where my house was (a frequent occurrence from delivery people) and no email saying delivery had failed.  So first thing this morning I called them up.

‘Oh’, the representative said, ‘your order was cancelled because your insurance card expired.’

My insurance card doesn’t expire! And no one bothered to check with me????!??!?!?!?!?! BAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

So I re-confirmed the insurance details, which went through correctly this time (why couldn’t the other lady have done that when I was on the phone last time??).  I said I needed the delivery ASAP because I will probably need to do the trigger shot this weekend.  ‘No problem’, the lady said ‘we will get it to you tomorrow, stay with your phone today in case we need anything else from you’.

As I am driving home this evening I had another missed call from freedom fertility.  So I call them back as soon as I could….

‘we are sorry, we are currently experiencing a high caller volume, please hold’ DOUBLE BAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Luckily for them someone answered within three rings.

The representative said ‘we have to have authorisation first’….Okaaaaaay….I said ‘sure you have my authorisation!’ I thought this was for payment as I had previously set a limit on my card.  Then there was this awkward silence.

‘So we can put the meds on hold then?’ the lady on the phone said.  ‘Ummmmmm, wait, what? No?  I don’t understand, we may have our wires crossed’ I asked thoroughly confused.

The lady realised she was talking to a bit of an insurance process idiot and explained that the Ovidrel shot required prior authorisation from my insurance company first.  I thought to myself, isn’t that what I checked with my insurance company the other day?  No – apparently the insurance company have to check with the doctors about something, they will do that within 24 hours. So you are telling me that even though a doctor has prescribed me some medication, they still have to check with them?  I am sooooo confused.

So let’s hope that my follicles aren’t quite big enough at tomorrow’s ultrasound and I can wait another day.  I am sure the clinic will help me figure it out tomorrow if I do need the shot sooner.

Eeeeeeeeeeek!  Why is it all so confusing???!?!