I have so much information in my head that I want to get it all down on here before things become jumbled.
We had our phone consult with Dr. G. in Texas at 4:30. It was surreal talking to him again. I don’t know, there’s just something weird about talking to your fertility doctor while the other baby he helped create was watching The Lion King in the next room, but there it is.
So what’s the plan? Well, actually the plan starts really freaking soon which means we need to get going on the calls with the insurance and choosing a clinic to do our monitoring appointments at.
I’m supposed to get my period next week, and when I do, I need to call the office and that’s when everything starts.
I knew October was coming up, but now it looks like things are coming up here really quickly which I guess is good because it’s less time to think. Or, brood, whatever.
After I make the call, the testing will start. The baseline ultrasound, prenatal bloodwork, and saline sonohystogram will be scheduled for a few days out. I’ll start taking baby aspirin and folic acid supplements for the MTHFR mutation.
And I’ll start birth control pills. The last time I did these for a transfer was for my third IVF that was canceled due to sky-high blood pressure from the steroids. But luckily, with my supposed perimenopause diagnosis, I had a good six months to be on birth control again, and since all was well with my blood pressure, we’re good to go on this round.
I’ll be on six weeks of birth control, give or take, and the good thing is this time we’ll get to decide when we go and have more flexibility when it comes to our travel arrangements. We can essentially choose which week in October we want to go.
Then, in October, I’ll have one last ultrasound to make sure everything is going well, on a Friday, and then the following Wednesday, we’ll do the transfer.
So what about the embryos?
Well, there’s three. One that was rated “Good-Fair” and two that are “Fair-Fair” which of course I asked him about these two and he said he feels really good about them and would “transfer them with gusto” which was the same thing he said to me during my transfer with Olivia and her twin, so I guess that’s a good sign, right? He also said he can count on one hand the number of times he had an embryo not survive the thaw.
The plan this time around is to transfer the Good-Fair embryo and then the other two at a later date, preferably in a few years, mkay? That would be ideal.
I’ll be on Lovenox again, the blood thinner injection, again once we transfer. And of course PIO injections. NBD, right? Actually, check out the article I wrote for Fertility Smarts on doing injections during IVF when you hate needles. Not that I have issues with needles anymore because I’ve done 5,476 of them since 2012.
And of course, estrogen. Probably gobs of estrogen, like last time when I was putting estrogen into every orifice and I’m not exaggerating on that.
As I said in my post last week, I’ve been waiting on the insurance company to see if they will cover the infertility therapist I want to see before transfer.
Here we go. Well almost. Look for the post here soon where I share with the Internet that I got my period.