Finally the nurse ushered us into the waiting room. Took my weight and BP and complimented me on my weight loss. She seated us in a consulting room and we waited... and waited... in fact I dozed off and on in my chair. Finally, growing restless Mr. R checked with the nurse who sent in Dr. C's assistant who explained that the doctor was held over in surgery that had gone longer than expected. *sigh of relief followed by sadness for that poor woman who, it seemed, may be in a worse place than me right now* I agreed to wait a little longer and fell back asleep. It was now 1.5 hours beyond our appointment time and 2 hours since our arrival. Assistant came back in to say that we were welcome to go on home and she would have the doctor Skype us, since we live so far away. She asked for our phone number and we headed out.
We live in the COUNTRY and have no access to Starbucks so I wanted to stop and get a drink. (yes, yes, I know caffeine is like the devil when it comes to fertility. Don't judge me!) We just pulled into the parking lot when the phone rang, it was Dr. C and he said he had some good news... well, better than last time, but let's be real here, it's not hard to beat that news!
MAY, 2013 RESULTS:
He was happy about the improvements, surprised to see even that little improvement on the AMH and said it was looking more promising than last time. He is now willing to give us odds of about 25% but also said that this is based around our possibly not getting any useable eggs. He has no concerns about my egg quality given my age -- if you've read any blogs or forums you will know, like I do, that your physical age means nothing when it comes to egg quality! -- but he is more concerned about how many we might get, and how many will fertilize so he is being conservative with that figure. However, if we get 2-3 decent eggs fertilized for transfer, he is comfortable giving us back the 60% odds of conception. WOOHOO!!
(I think I am going to pop my test results, as well as what are considered "normal" readings in the side bar for quick reference. Check there if you want to know how far below "normal" I am).
"There is some bad news though..." *deep breath in* "... I am concerned about how much time has passed and given your numbers I want to stress to you that you do not have time to waste here. The estimates I have given you are based on taking action by Aug/Sep at the latest. How far are you with finances? Have you spoken with our finance department? There are excellent IVF lending programs out there."
Oh, the finances... They've bothered me from day 1. Honestly, for a person who is not at all concerned with the trappings of wealth, finances sure do trip me up a lot! We've both gone through divorces recently enough that our credit is still ruined. We both endured foreclosures on our homes and were left with sky-high credit card debt. Being the "leaver" comes at a high cost it seems! No bank in their right mind would loan us a penny right now. No, if this was going to happen it was going to be from the sweat of our brows and the kindness of family donations.
We sat for a moment and let the conversation sink in. Mr. R knows me well enough to know that I can be a tenacious b*tch when I have to be. He has witnessed it all through my weight loss. If I have a goal I immerse myself in it. I research it. I live it. I breathe it like air. He knew in that moment that I now had a goal, a cut-off date. And I think he knew right there that the next 60-90 days were going to be hell for him.