Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hiccup was hopefully just that.

So I've been fretting about this polyp.  This damn polyp.  This thing that's smaller than a freaking pea.

I talked to Sarah about it and I know they're in a tough spot.  Could it affect implantation?  Yes.  Is it $3000 no one planned on?  Yes.  Could they pull the plug on the entire thing?  Yes.  Would they?  Not sure....

So I called my doc yesterday and left a message with his nurse to see if she had heard if he talked to Dr. S (the RE) yet or not.  Not 2 minutes later my phone rang and it was my doc.  (okay, do normal people talk to their docs on the phone?  I never have.  Not complaining, but it's kinda cool considering he's got a huge patient load)

Anyway, my doc said he talked to Dr. S and sounds like everyone is comfortable with moving forward without removing the polyp!!

WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!

I'm elated.  Ecstatic.  So happy.

So, I texted Sarah and told her the good news.  I want her to confirm with Dr. S's office that they're okay with moving forward, but as of right now, I think we're good to go.

Next step is hormone level blood draws on day 3 of next cycle.  After that, I'll go in on day 21 of that cycle to start meds, learn how to do shots, etc...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

First big hiccup.

Remember that SHG I just had?  Remember how I said I had a polyp?

Well, apparently it's an issue for Dr. S (the RE, not my doc).  Said it could be an issue when it came to implantation.

So, Dr. S's office has recommended I have it removed. 

I'm fine with that, however....my insurance will not cover it (because it has to do with the surrogacy).  So, Sarah and Steve would have to pay for it....to the tune of $3000 (roughly).

UG UG UG

I spoke with my doc this morning and he doesn't think it's a big deal.  He said I'll probably be fine and we should just push forward.  Unfortunately, that's not his or my call.  It's ultimately up to Sarah and Steve.

I left a message for Sarah to call me and talk about this.  I'm 100% willing to work with them on this...I just don't know how they feel about it.  Are they willing to fork over the money to "let" me have the procedure?  Is this an end all to everything we've already accomplished?

The "surgery" is really not a big deal.  A couple incisions, remove the thing (do basically a D & C) and I'm done.

Oh, and the polyp....it's 4mm x 2mm.  Yeah. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Poked. Prodded.

As I made my way to the clinic today for the SHG and "routine" woman checkup, I was a little apprehensive, scared and excited.

Checked in for the SHG and a lovely nurse (Jill) took me back to an ultrasound room and asked me to drop trou.  I did and laid on the table, ready for whatever it was I was going to have happen to me (and really, I didn't have any clue).  She first did an ultrasound (NOT on my stomach, if that helps set the picture) and we chatted about her infertility issues many years ago.  She was very nice and it made what she was doing to me seem a little less "invasive".

When she was done she said "okay, I'll go get the radiologist and we'll get started".  WHAT?? Man, I thought I was done!

So, I waited a few minutes and in walked the Doc and Jill.  After some prep work, they were ready for the "real" test.

What is an SHG, you ask? 

The sonohysterogram, or saline ultrasound, is a procedure where saline is injected into the uterus while an ultrasound is performed. It is used to look for polyps, fibroids, and other uterine abnormalities that may get in the way of fertility.

Yeah, that's what I had done.  It took about 1/2 an hour...wasn't all that horrible.  A little cramping here and there, but it was fine.  They did find a very small polyp near the fundus (roughly 2 mm in length) and I'm not sure what's going to happen with that.  I'll wait for the RE to tell me what he thinks.  My doc thinks it won't be an issue, but we'll see...I truly hope it's not.

So, after that lovely experience, I headed up to the 3rd floor to see my OB doctor for my annual exam.

(okay, this next part has nothing to do with the surrogacy, but I have to tell it because it will give you a very clear picture on how cool my doc is)

After I disrobed, he walked into the exam room and we chatted for about 15 minutes about life, the surrogacy, a whole bunch of stuff.  When it was time for the exam, he stepped out to get a nurse to assist. When he came back into the room, he had his iPhone in his hand...was he making a call?  No.  He pulled up his music player and put on a Styx song!

Backtrack about 5 years...I had always been a Styx fan (a HUGE Styx fan) and after I had my son, as a gift to my doctor for being such a great doc, I bought him a Styx CD.  Well, with each baby after that, I bought him a Styx CD...I guess it's my "thing".  Strange?  Maybe.   He always seemed very appreciative of it, so I thought it was cool.

Back to the appt...so he starts playing a Styx song and does his "thing".  The nurse needed to be filled in on the whole reason why we were listening to music, but she thought it was cool too.

That exam went well.  All is good in the land of obstetrics.

So, he's excited for the surrogacy and hopes to see me in a couple months. I hope so too.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Aunt Flo.

I'm not going to tell you who my Aunt Flo is.  If you're reading this, chances are you know.

She was supposed to come visit yesterday. My sonohystogram scheduled for July 13 depended on her showing her face.  As I laid in bed last night, I was cursing her for not showing up.  At the same time I was cursing her, I was praying she'd make a visit just for me.

She came.  Had to show her face in the middle of the night, but she still showed up.

Normally I wouldn't like her visiting, but for the next couple months, she's welcome.

Sonohystogram is still on.