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Aug. 4th, 2005 @ 03:38 pm Oh the frustration
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We had our last meeting with the RE (Dr. C) around July 12th. At that time they suggested we make the appointments for our tests at least 2 weeks in advance of our next appt - Aug. 18. Hubby called yesterday to schedule his appointment, and the earliest date he can get is August 23rd!!! So our follow-up has now been bumped to September 8th, and they aren't sure they will have all the results back in time. I'm telling ya, every day, healthcare just seems to be getting worse in this province. And it's not like this is something covered by OHIP, we're paying for these tests.

Some days I just feel like this is never going to happen.

I've been bitchy since I found out yesterday afternoon. Some of it is directed to hubby, probably unjustly so. How would he know it would take 3 weeks to get an appointment? Grr.
Who does she think she is?
beheadings
From:my_kittykitty
Date:August 4th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
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*hugs!*
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From:neeroc
Date:August 5th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:radiostace
Date:August 4th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)

ivf

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I know you're going through hell, and yet I'd give anything to be in your position. At least you can still hope... :(
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From:neeroc
Date:August 5th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)

Re: ivf

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Thanks. This is our last cycle so it has me extra concerned. We've been at it 7 years, and that clock just keeps ticking louder and my hope keeps fading.

I'm sorry if this is sensitive for you.
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From:caramaea
Date:August 4th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Have you had any previous rounds of IVF or will this be your first? I hope everything goes well when you go in...
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From:neeroc
Date:August 4th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
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I've had 2 previous IVFs (one cancelled due to OHS), and 2 FETs (last one cancelled as the embryos didn't survive the thaw). This is our last attempt, so I'm getting extra freaked out about it.
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From:caramaea
Date:August 5th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
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What are OHS and FET? I am not too familiar with IVF terms.
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From:neeroc
Date:August 5th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)

Maybe more info than you ever wanted :)

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Sorry - OHS is Ovarian Hyper-Simulation and FET is frozen embryo transfer.

OHS isn't something you need to worry about at all now :) but I'm in a rambly mood, so if you want more info on what I experienced, read on *g*

OHS happens to about 1 in 200 people when trying IVF. I reacted really well to the stim drug and my ovaries produced many, many follicles/eggs (each ovary was over 10 cm). My E3 (estrogen) levels were through the roof for the last 2 weeks of the stim cycle, they actually had me 'coast' (no stims) for the last 3 days to see if they could get my estrogen back in line.
Once the eggs were retrieved, my ovaries began producing hormones (HcG) at really high amounts, this caused an electrolyte imbalance, and my abdomen filled with fluid (I was drinking ~3 liters of fluid a day, and basically voiding none of it). I went from a 28" waist to a 38" in three days. I was lucky in that even though I ended up in the hospital for 3.5 days I did not have to have the fluid drained, everything just came back into balance. This was the cycle where they froze the embryos, and I tried two frozen transfers from them.
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From:caramaea
Date:August 5th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Maybe more info than you ever wanted :)

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Well, in that case, I am hoping you can to a fresh transfer this time. I know some ladies who've had immediate success with that. I had a co-worker who tried IUI and it messed her up really bad, she ended up with fluid and huge cysts on her ovaries and the IUI was still unsuccessful.

If you don't mind my asking, how old are you?
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From:neeroc
Date:August 5th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)

Re: Maybe more info than you ever wanted :)

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Ya - I'm trying not to be too optimistic, I don't want to be disappointed, but I had some surgery last November to remove the last bits of my tubes (they were holding fluid) so there should really be no reason this doesn't work this time... whenever we get to try it again.

I'm 35.
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From:caramaea
Date:August 5th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Maybe more info than you ever wanted :)

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I really hope it works out. I can't even begin to imagine the pressure you're under.
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From:neeroc
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Maybe more info than you ever wanted :)

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Heh. I have my days where I'm a complete freak and then there are the days I feel pressure :)
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From:irisheyes77
Date:August 4th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
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I can understand how irritating and frustrating this is. I hope that at least by September 8th, you'll have some answers.
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From:neeroc
Date:August 5th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)

Thanks

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So do I! We've been at this about 7 years now, this is our last try at IVF so it is freaking me out a bit more than the others did.
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From:irisheyes77
Date:August 5th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Thanks

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It took us five years to get pregnant with our son, so I can kind of relate.
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