A lot has happened since I last wrote. In late April I had a polyp removed from my uterus. This was done at a surgery center a few miles from my new REs office. The surgery was fine, although I hate waking up from anesthesia! It’s like being inside one of those dreams where you are awake and aware of what is happening, but can’t move. Luckily that abated quickly, and hubby and I were able to drive down to San Diego to see his family for the weekend. We did make one stop, at my favorite tea house for a proper English Tea service.
Over the next two weeks I made the 90 minute drive to Dr As office three times. Once for a check up after surgery (cervix had healed nicely), once for an ultrasound on CD1, and lastly for a sonohysteriogram to ensure that the polyp was gone, which it was.
During my CD1 visit, my doctor asked me to pick a transfer date. After having previously always been assigned a date with no say in the matter, I was really excited, and picked a Friday that I already had off work. But then he mentioned starting blood thinners and birth control, and I knew that this wasn’t going to be the way I could do a transfer. My body has never cooperated with what it’s supposed to do on BC, which stresses me out, and the blood thinners, at $25 per day, are too expensive to be on for a month. So, we are doing a natural cycle, with just estrogen, progesterone, and blood thinners for a shorter time. I was a bit disappointed, but am mostly grateful that with Dr A, I have a choice about how I want to do my FET.
Speaking of the expensive blood thinner, I have the best news! Previously I had my RX filled at a mail order pharmacy, and they got my cost down to $23 per dose. This time I took my RX to Costco, assuming I would pay the same amount. Well, Costco is amazing. I PAID $5 FOR A 30 DAY SUPPLY!!! They told me the cost on a Thursday, but I refused to believe it until I had paid on Monday. I’m now wondering how much I could have saved if I had used them for all my other meds, but it’s ok, I’m just glad I now know to never get my RX filled anywhere else, ever again.
So, way back before my first IVF, Dr S had run some basic genetic testing, which revealed that I’m a carrier for fragile X. We saw a genetic counselor, who reassured us that this has an almost 0% chance of affecting our offspring. They had some additional tests run on my chromosomes, and it turns out that I have an inversion on my 21st chromosome. I was told that this carries a higher risk of miscarriage, but never told that there was anything we could do about it. To be honest, in all the drama of the last few years, I pushed most of this out of my mind.
Anyhow, Dr A brought up running some thorough genetic tests on me, so I brought him my records. Since the disease testing done by Dr S was pretty basic, I’ve decided to have the genetic testing done. Well, I’m just really glad that I brought the tests to Dr A, and that he took the time to look them over.
So, that inversion on my 21st chromosome? He called me and explained that the reason there is an increased risk of miscarriage is because it leads to extra genetic material in the embryos. He suggested genetic testing of the embryos. After thinking it over and talking about it with Hubby, we’re going to have our remaining embryos tested. They will thaw all 5 the day before my FET, do the testing and have the test results rushed, and transfer 2 healthy embryos. The unfortunate thing is that it could turn out that none of the embryos are healthy. Or some of them my not survive the test and refreeze. But, that is a risk I am willing to take to avoid a miscarriage.
I am PISSED that Dr S told me not to test the embryos after IVF, even when I asked him if we could. Hubby can’t even talk about Dr S without getting furious, and I feel the same way. I am so glad we switched drs!
So now, I wait for my period (about 2.5 weeks), and then start meds. In the meantime, I’m eating healthy again and cutting out caffeine. If we’re going to the expense of genetic testing, I’m going to do all that I can to make sure my body is healthy to receive these embryos. Wish me luck!!