Blue, I was recently on 3 consecutive Clomid/IUI cycles, with the last one being 2 cycles ago. There wasn't any injectibles or anything involved; in fact, it was unmonitored. I thought that number was rather high, too, but then I googled earlier tonight and found some charts that said there can be quite a range for what's normal in each woman; like you say, some women just have higher levels. When I had conceived my son through Clomid/IUI two years ago, that again was unmonitored and so I wasn't given a beta at the time, although I did get a beta done in Emerg when I was about 7 weeks because I was having this weird pelvic pain. So, nothing to compare to for this time period, unfortunately. My acupuncturist, when I talked with her by phone yesterday when I was freaking out, said I should ask for an u/s at 7 weeks just for reassurance. I see her on Friday, thank goodness, my other oasis in addition to this forum! Actually, when I talked with the clinic nurse today about the possibilty of this little one not sticking and us needing to start another IVF cycle, she said that quite possibly I would get offered treatment the following month if that were to happen early. Otherwise, things would need to be on hold for longer to get things back to normal, and then a further delay would likely occur because they are careful about the timing of IVF cycles when it comes to the week-long closure of the clinic over Christmas. Ugh. So matter-of-fact, over the phone... Why couldn't they have made some time for us to come in today, or even yesterday when we were there, how many minutes of someone's time would it have taken? I really like our RE, and their success rates are awesome when it comes to 'live pregnancies', but the clinic leaves a lot to be desired in other ways, like how they handle call-backs. I know it's because the demand for services is far greater than their capacity in terms of staff, space, etc.
Tear, yah, my comments at the end there is in line with what you are thinking... What exactly did they do that added up for $1050, plus the $250 admin fee that had to be paid to even get on the IVF waiting list. Yep, if they had just said 'Come on in to us for a beta tomorrow' I would have my results just hours later, but now I have to wait. On top of that, I was so confused because they phoned in the Rx for Estrace and Prometrium-- I didn't know how long to take it for-- so I ask the nurse today and she says I take it for 10 weeks. Why couldn't the nurse have told me that yesterday? I was wondering why there was so much, and it was only today that I had noticed there were repeats. She wasn't that helpful-- even with me taking the aspirin daily, when I asked if I should still take it, she said, 'see what your family doctor advises' ... Um, excuse me, that's not his specialty! WTH! And I don't even know why I need the Estrace if my estradial levels are so high. Oh, to add one more thing to my rant... then they tell me that our refund that we are going to get will be delayed, because they don't want our chart with some office manager, they want to have it on hand so they have easy access to it over the next couple of days.
Sorry, I hope I'm not offending anybody by sounding like I'm not happy I got my bfp, it's just that I'm so scared and I'm not getting enough answers and I'm just not impressed with how things are handled. We pay big money, the course of our lives is being determined at each step of the way on this IF journey... and I'm not about to make waves because I know that we have needed these people to get our DS (and who knows, maybe there is something in the previous months with the Clomid/IUI, or the recent HSG I had, or the IVF protocol that we did complete thus far, that helpd us get this bfp) and right now I'm just desperate to have them help us keep this pregnancy. So I'm doing whatever it takes to be the 'good patient'... I have to work within the parameters and work within that gatekeeper system (I know my RE would be great to talk to, if we could just get in to see her!). I do have periods of time where I am confident that things will work out, but then other times I have the worries come creeping up. All normal reactions, I am sure. I appreciate the time and space here to get my feelings out...
Blue, how is Abby doing? I hope she is recovering, poor pooch. You have had a lot of things happen, just when you are starting your cycle! When do you and Blue head to the Aunt's place?
Kewpie, a couple of times I hit a button or two and it brought me to your profile-- beautiful pics!
Speaking of pics, Renavoo, I love your new profile pic. The thoughts that come to my mind when I see it are... strong, united, loving, fun. I know that you two had a great time doing the shoot, and NYC is such a great backdrop. I was there a few years ago, and absolutely loved it. I can't wait to go back, but it's really expensive!
Aura, I hope you have an appointment to get in and talk with your RE. How are you doing?
April, your profile pic always make me smile... your smile is absolutely full of sunshine. How are you?
Purple, I'm so sorry to hear of what's been happening with your beta. That's heartbreaking. I hope you and your DH can come to some sort of peaceful resolution about getting through it together and deciding on a plan for what's next.
Belly, rcr, Keria... ? Haven't heard from you in awhile. Hope all is well!
Sorry if I've missed anybody. Off to bed. Night night!
P.S. If anybody has any experience on oral Estrace and/or Prometrium (vaginal suppositories), do you mind sharing what you know about possible side effects, etc.?
Oops, just saw how long my post is... I feel so narcissistic (I'm sure I spelled that wrong, but I'm too tired to look it up...)