Nothing New

This should be quick because I don’t have anything new to report 🙂

My lawyer is out of the country until next Tuesday which is fine because it’s unlikely that the first draft will be sent to her by then. My guess is that it will take at least until next Wednesday if not the next week (factoring in the holiday next Thursday). It’s no big deal. I’ve accepted that we won’t be transferring until September which is totally fine. My preference for August was mostly so that if the first transfer failed, we could get another one in before my “blackout” dates. I’m available for a transfer from August to mid October, but then I need to wait until January so that I’m not due in the middle of next summer as we always have a lot of summer plans. I don’t want to disrupt my kids’ summer fun too much if I don’t have to. Obviously things can come and we would deal with those, but I’m not going to make plans now that will cause them to miss out on fun things.

Either way it really is fine and I actually liked being pregnant in the summer so I’m not too worried about it. It’s more about the excitement and anticipation and not being patient about it (which is exactly why I ended up applying 4 months before I originally planned too haha!).

In the next 32 days we are gone 19 of them and the ones that we are here for are going to be filled with planning, packing, cooking, work, swim lessons, Olivia’s birthday, and her summer preschool program. Now we just need the weather to realize that it’s summer and knock off the cool temperatures and thunderstorms…actually just the cool temps because I certainly don’t mind a summer thunderstorm as long as it’s still warm out!

Have a great week!

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Lets Make It Legal

Last Friday the coordinator at the clinic sent out an email saying that as long as we had psych clearance we were medically cleared to move to the legal phase. She also said that my urinalysis tested positive for antidepressants and asked if I was taking them. She didn’t sound concerned about it and said that if I was that then we might just need to adjust the dosage prior to starting meds. Thing is…I’m not taking antidepressants and never have. I wrote her back and let her know that I’m not taking them. I have since found out that allergy medicine (I take an occasional Zyrtec and Benadryl) and, while I don’t remember specifically, it’s pretty likely I either took a Benadryl the night before or a Zyrtec that day. The agency case manager and I have both tried to reach out to the coordinator via email to see if I need to retest or not, but she is absolutely terrible at returning emails so I’m going to have to call either this afternoon or tomorrow to get an answer. I really hope she’s not like this the entire time she’s our coordinator, if she is I might have to ask to switch to the other one because in my dealings with him he is always responsive and answers emails within a reasonable amount of time (within 24 hours).

So now we’re starting the contract portion of this wild and crazy journey! I contacted the lawyer I used last time and she let me know that aside from a business trip at the end of this week she is available all summer. Hopefully it doesn’t take the IPs lawyers too long to get the first draft over to her. I always get kind of jealous when I see other GCs getting their contracts busted out in less than a month. I know that’s not necessarily the norm, but it sure would be nice haha! Either way I know everything will happen when it’s supposed to, the waiting is just hard. It would be really great if we could get them completed before we head out on our long camping trip on July 18th, but that would be pretty impressive. Considering all the things that need to be done between now and transfer, including 6 weeks on medication there’s really no way to have an August transfer so I’m hoping that mid September will be what we’re looking at. Again, if it doesn’t happen in August, then there’s a reason for it. I’m not religious, but I do subscribe to a bit of a fatalistic view (to a point to be sure) and I think that things usually work out how they were meant to. So I will just have to see where this journey goes and believe that the timing will be how it’s supposed to be.

We have a lot of fun stuff coming up that will keep me busy and occupied so I won’t be just sitting around wondering about it. Honestly the only time I do that is when I’m working in the office because I’m uncharacteristically sitting still for a long period of time and my mind has a chance to wander a bit. If I were to read these blog posts as an outsider it would probably seem that this has my entire life wrapped up in it. I promise that’s not the case. I work and have 2 kids plus it’s summer so we are go, go, go most of the time. If we’re not on a trip we’re getting ready for one. We’re taking the kids and a couple of their cousins to Great Wolf Lodge next week and the week after we have a camping trip. Once we get home it’s only 10  days until our long camping trip so I will busy prepping and planning!

Have a great week!

Sort Of Officially Medically Cleared

Last Thursday I had my annual appointment with my OB and yesterday the hubs got his labs drawn and sent to the clinic. At my appointment with my OB-GYN I asked how long it usually takes to get the PAP results back because that was the last thing the clinic needed (as far as I know) to be able to officially medically clear me. I was a little disappointed when she said that it takes around 2 weeks. Whomp whomp…here I was all excited that my blood work came back within 2 days, when with the last clinic it was 2 weeks. I thought we’d have it much faster this time. She did let me know that she would put a note in to have the assistant fax it to the clinic when it came in instead of waiting for the results to be mailed to me and me sending it to the clinic. That would cut it down by a couple days at least.

Fast forward to this morning, I got a call from my doctor’s office saying that my test results were back and everything was clear. She said that they would be faxing the results to the clinic. I was pleasantly surprised it took less than a week to get them back! I emailed the GC coordinator at the clinic and my case manager at the agency to let them know that we should have official medical clearance soon.

The GC coordinator at the clinic had mentioned before that she doesn’t always get to her emails and calling is usually a better way to get a hold of her. After a couple hours I gave her a jingle just to see if they had received the info from my doctor’s office or if I needed to follow up with them tomorrow and make sure it got sent. The coordinator, after a little digging, said that they did have the report. She went through the checklist of things I needed to get done before medical clearance and said that she was going to double check, but she was pretty sure I had everything done.

We chatted a little bit about next steps as she mentioned that she would start looking at timing for medication start and a transfer. I told her that I wasn’t sure how they do things, but that the last clinic had to have legal clearance before they would even consider talking about timing. I let her know that the agency needs an “official medical clearance” before they will start working on contracts. She said that she would be happy to send the agency an email once she double checked all my stuff and let them know we can move forward. We’ll see if that actually happens in a timely manner. She seems a little flaky. I asked her to send me a copy of their sample med calendar that I saw when I was there and she said she was going to do that….that was a few hours ago and nothing. Maybe I’m the odd one out here, but at my job when I tell a patient I’m going to send them something I do it within 15-20 minutes tops. This combined with her never returning my emails until I call and she goes “oh yeah, I saw that” I’m a little concerned about her ability to do things in a timely manner. Hopefully this isn’t a problem when cycling and things become a little more time sensitive. I will say that if I call, I’ve been able to get the info I needed. However, I’m not always in a position to be able to make a phone call. A quick email is much easier for me during the day than a phone call.

So while I’m not “officially” cleared, I’m pretty much cleared (as far as I know anyway) and hopefully we can get into contracts soon. I’m really, really hoping they don’t take 2 months again. The delay last time was the drafting lawyer taking several to get the draft to my lawyer. Then my lawyer left the country (which she didn’t mention she was doing), then came back and was slammed with work. It took her like a month to get the first draft to me to review. Once we got into it I really liked her and the way she handles the contracts so I would actually like to use her again. However, you can bet I’ll be asking about any upcoming travel plans and estimate to get the draft to me.

That’s the weekly update! Hopefully I have a better idea of a timeline this time next week.

Medical Screening…check!

Yesterday I donned my lucky pineapple shirt and pineapple necklace and took the 40min flight up to PDX for my medical screening at ORM Fertility. I love that our little airport doesn’t require a lot of time on a Tuesday morning. I got there about an hour early, breezed through security (so much easier when you don’t have 2 kids and a stroller haha!) and had plenty of time to hang out before boarding.I arrived in Portland about 8am and grabbed some breakfast before finding a comfy(ish) place to hang out until it was time to catch the MAX (light-rail train) to the stop near the clinic. The ride was about 45 minutes and I really enjoyed seeing all the sites as I haven’t been to Portland for some time and I haven’t been there by myself is ages.

I love all the bridges over the river…although I only know a couple of their names

The train goes right past my old office building from when I worked at the Army Crop of Engineers (I’m pretty sure they’ve relocated somewhere else…or the building has just been completely renovated).

The stop I got off at to walk to the clinic was the stop for Providence Park which is where the Portland Timbers and the Portland Thorns both play.

The clinic was just a few blocks from the train stop. I arrived about 20 minutes early so I had to wait just a bit. The clinic is very clean and very nice. The patients there were even dressed really stylish and I stuck out like a sore thumb in my jeans and a t-shirt haha! Oh-well I had a lot of traveling to do so I wanted to be comfortable! The staff and doctor were really nice and professional. The medical assistant helping me was very bubbly and friendly. I asked her if she knew my friend who used to work there and now manages their clinic in Washington and she said “oh yeah! She called me yesterday to let me know you were coming and to make sure you got the “VIP” treatment!” I told her I only asked because I knew that she was a personality my friend would like and get along with so I was curious if they were friends. I’m sure everyone would have been great even if she hadn’t called, but I thought it was really sweet that she did! We’re both bummed that I’m going there now and she’s just left to take care of the clinic in Washington. It would have been fun to see her when I go there.

The saline infusion sonohysterography showed a nice healthy uterus with no polyps or fibroids. The blood flow was good and the mock transfer (where they put the catheter in like they would when they transfer an embryo) went smoothly as well. After that they took some blood (like 7 vials worth) and measured my height and weight. Then I met with one of the GC coordinators (mine is off on Tuesdays) to go over some information. He basically went over dos and don’ts, a sample calendar, and what to expect as far as how much bed rest they require after the transfer and that sort of thing. This med protocol is fairly different than the one I did before and it has a few more meds than my previous protocol. I made sure to ask if the RE is willing to try other protocols if my body doesn’t respond to this one. The coordinator said that he is flexible and would try other combinations before recommending a new GC. I have seen stories of RE’s giving the GC one chance and if her body doesn’t respond they will recommend she be dropped by the IPs because they refuse to adjust the meds or protocol. I think that’s absurd as everyone’s body responds differently and a little adjustment may just be necessary.

I was happy to learn that we won’t be needing to do a mock cycle which is great. They only do them when they’re transferring fresh embryos so they know that the GC’s lining will respond to the protocol.

After all that was done I had some time to spare so I rode the train down to the water front and walked along the water (I actually have a whole blog post idea about this part because I was full on nostalgic for the Rose City, but that’s for another day). Then I hopped back on the train (I really do love riding the MAX. It’s so easy and they run often so hopping from place to place is super easy).

I made it back to airport and grabbed some lunch at MOD pizza. It was the first time I had been there, it wasn’t too shabby. While I was eating I got an email from the GC coordinator saying that they had already got some of my test results back and my TSH, Free T4, and vitamin D all came back normal. Those first two things are what measure thyroid function. That’s one of the things I was a little nervous about (I mentioned it here). I was so glad to hear so quickly that the numbers were good so I didn’t have to wonder about it very long. The rest of the blood work should be back either today or tomorrow at the latest.

I wrote an email to A & O letting them know how it all went and that so far everything had come back great and we should be able to move forward soon. After sending that I headed down to my gate to charge my phone for a bit.

The flight home was a little bumpy, but we made it and I was able to go pick up the kids from daycare and school so my husband didn’t have to leave work early. It was a full, busy day, but I can’t say enough how nice it was to be able to do it one day. While I would love to have a night alone in a hotel room and relax the logistics are harder (not impossible, just harder) and knowing that we’ll be doing that for the transfer made it helpful that this time it was a quick trip.

Tomorrow I have my annual appointment with my OB. ORM will need the chart notes and PAP results from that and then my husband has to have some blood work done which we’ll get done this weekend. After that we should be able to get medical clearance and move onto contracts! Last time we had to wait 2+ weeks to get all my blood work back and get medical clearance. I’m hoping the PAP results come back in a timely manner as that’s the only thing left that might take some time.

Chugging right along!! I guess those pineapples still have some good juju left in them!

*as an aside…I never take the time to proof read my posts so there is pretty much guaranteed spelling and grammatical errors, ignoring these is much appreciated LOL