After some quick math from a couple different resources, we surmised that these 3 tests will cover between 90-93% of all the known and most frequently occuring physiological reasons that can cause recurrent miscarriage. We are saving the his-&-hers DNA karotype analysis, which affects between 7-10% of couples who have recurrent miscarriage and cost $800 a pop, for later.
"Are you available to come in today?"
And with that, we were officially whisked into the world of assisted reproductive therapy.
14 vials of blood, 2 perscriptions (one for mothers-little-helper Clomid & one for a pre-and post-HSG antibiotic) and one dildocam later, we were on our way.
Actually, I was on my way.
While Cowboy's been SUPER through this whole RE thing, he's nicknamed Cowboy for a reason. Sensitivity is not in his bag of tricks. Neither is talking about "lady" things. The poor guy already had a full scale drawing of a uterus and fallopian tubes shoved in his face during our initial consult with Dr. Stretch. So I wanted to spare him the dildocam experience.
Puh-lease. It's not like we have to share everything.
Although he would have been right proud because apparently I've got a "great looking uterus." What a random thing to announce. But, then again, I was proud of my ute and ovaries, which are housing 14 follicles at the moment. I don't do all that yoga, acupuncture and nasty Chinese herb swilling for nothing, you know.
Oh gosh, what's this?
Why, Ms. Planner, it sounds like something called, "hope." You know Hope. I believe you referred to her as a cruel, fucking evil mistress a few months back.
Oh, yes. Her.
Of course, there was Hope peering her head around the corner. She made me feel pleasant and bouncy on what is normally a lousy CD1. Like all of our baby problems would be solved by this RE's office.
The obviously despondent patient scanning her calendar in the reception area as I checked out brought me crashing back to earth.
You see, I was starting to expect that this might be easy street: Have a few tests; take a few drugs; do it on Day 12,13 & 14; and presto! pregnancy that makes it all 9 months.
But I MUST remember that this will be a much longer path to mom-hood. I'll need the endurance and positive outlook to make it in one piece.
The low down:
Day 1 FSH & Estradiol report back on 5/21.
Clomid taking commences 5/22 - 5/26.
HSG scheduled for 5/25.
CCCT part 2 on 5/27 - right in the middle of Memorial Day weekend.
Immunological results back on 5/30.
What a month May has turned out to be.
P.S. I have been tagged by a couple of my blog friends for the 8 Things and I AM memes. I promise I will work on them this weekend.