Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dad Update

As I’ve posted about before – my dad is currently fighting cancer. Last Sunday, my husband, my sister and I followed my parents to OKC to get them moved in to a short term apartment. We knew my dad wouldn’t be able to help my mom much, so we decided it would be helpful for us to all go. We were able to get the apartment unpacked and organized. The following day, he started his chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Before starting the treatment they found ANOTHER tumor on his neck. It is very aggressive, and is the same tumor that was removed during the initial surgery. I’m told that the long term prognosis of the tumor coming back after radiation is high. If the tumor comes back after 24 months post radiation, it is going to be extremely difficult or impossible to eradicate. Since they found the tumor, they have bumped up his radiation treatments up to 6 times a week. Today will be Day THREE of treatment. I talked with my mom earlier and she said that my dad is just wanting to stay knocked out all the time. I can’t say I blame him. Praying that both he and my mom can find some comfort in the coming weeks.

CANCER SUCKS.

New View

Monday has come and went, and with that, came the meeting with the new doctor. What an extremely different experience this was!! On the way there, my blood pressure was definitely soaring…Talk about a nervous wreck! The thought of having to drop your pants for yet another person does not put me at ease.
The office was very nice, clean, and full of pregnant woman, babies and couples! (Good sign?!) This was a big difference from the original office I had been going to. The staff was extremely courteous and upbeat. I finally had an okay feeling and my BP was down just a bit. I got my paperwork filled out, and shortly after was called back to a room. After a decent wait, the doctor came in and introduced himself. He seems to have an awesome personality but talks extremely fast! We discussed my medical history and he gave me some statistics for IVF/IUI…and told me IVF was obviously the best choice – but not always the first choice. (In some situations!) He is going to have me come in on CD3 and check me out…and we will go from there. I am hopeful we can start off where we left off before…
Flashback – In April 2012, Dr. B performed the laparoscopy and hysteroscopy and determined I had endometriosis and I had signs of PCOS. After the surgery, I took 6 months of Lupron shots. Since having this happen, I have found 4 other bloggers who have had the same treatment as well as similar timelines…I say this because…At my appointment on Monday, the doctor verified that all of Dr. B’s patients he has seen have had the same treatment. I was the first patient he has seen that wasn’t diagnosed with a Uterine Septum. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uterine_septum) From the beginning – I had wondered if this was REALLY the correct diagnosis. I know that only time will tell, but I am intrigued. Just a coincidence or do all of the infertiles in T-town have endometriosis?
I should have another update (God willing!  J ) by the end of next week! The past 2+ years have literally FLOWN right by me and I am starting to feel it. I am ready for my husband and I to just be US in the very near future.
…With or without baby


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Switching things UP

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday, then as a gift to myself, I FIRED MY DOCTOR.
 Never did I see this coming! I loved my doctor, nurses and staff. They have ALL been extremely friendly to me and my husband since day one.
Now, let’s get down to the Nitty Gritty!
On August 13th my husband and I had a meeting with the doctor to discuss our options to conceive since the simple oral medication had not worked. We agreed that I would take two months of birth control and with the second month AF, I would call and let them know “SHE” was here. Fast forward to October 8th, SHE was here. I made the phone call and was told I would be getting a call back that day. That day ended – and no phone call. That was a Tuesday. I continued to call on Wednesday and Thursday – same story . . . no returned phone call. Friday I had given up and asked my husband to call. Same story, except this time, they guaranteed I would be called back by the end of business day. = NO CALL. This is the second incident that they have totally ignored my phone calls.
Yesterday, the 14th, I had the day off work so I thought I would give it yet another try! I was on Cycle Day 7. The nurse picked up the phone and asked me to HOLD, so I did. Then the receptionist came on the phone and told me she was the ONLY one in the office for the day – everyone else was out of town. (I don't know if that is true!?) I asked her why I was never called back and for the first time ever she was extremely rude! She said she was sorry and told me the answer to the question I had a week ago. They were going to have me come in in two weeks for the initial ‘baseline’ ultrasound. No – No…This was not the plan and by this point I had already ran out of all of the medication I was on, including the BCPs. By this point I should have already started on my injections and had the ultrasound!
After being with this clinic for almost two years, we are finally to the point where we can use injections and they wanted to put me off for another month.
In our meeting with the Dr in August, he said that he would give us 3 chances to try with injections then he would insist we use IVF. My husband and I agreed that we would not jump in to IVF so quickly and we let him know. My feelings tell me that his ‘baby’ is IVF and he really doesn’t want to help other patients unless they are going straight for that. He is good at what he does, as far as IVF goes, but it is heart breaking that he has led me on for so long, took so much of my money and is not willing to stick to his plans. As soon as this issue came up, I felt an immediate resistance from him and the office staff.
Although I was extremely upset this was happening, after becoming so comfortable with the staff – I was able to find a new doctor right away. I have requested my file for pick up, and will be having my first appointment with a new Dr on October 28th.
I still can’t believe we are switching doctors. I’m not one for firing and hiring doctors – or as some would say – a doctor jumper. But I just can’t stand to be ignored when medications and doctor visits are time sensitive!!!
I just needed to get this off of my chest. I apologize for the annoying post!