Monday, June 1, 2009

You see... there's this list and WE'RE on it!

My heart was racing. Palms sweaty. Me, my phone and a small notebook stepped away from my desk this afternoon and snuck off to an empty suite where I would make "the" phone call. The call that makes it officially, official.

When the time came, I was happy and fully prepared to relay my CC # to my clinic; today was "down payment day." Refundable if something happens and we need to back out; otherwise it will be applied to the lump sum. Even that I've learned to accept. By now I've come to the realization that no company health insurance will be there for us in our time of need. It's up to us to turn over hard earned cash accumulated over the last year and will be up to us to pay off the remainder owed during the next several months. It's worth it because THIS - August IVF at SIRM St. Louis - is OUR chance. Our long awaited shot at having OUR baby. I was pumped and ready!

What I was not prepared for was what came next.
I was told final payment would be due July 8. I doubted that in and of itself will be a problem, but it did make me curious. The clinic cycle calendar I was given in early January of this year said final payment would be due July 22 - approximately one week prior to starting meds. My next natural thought was... so, is the August cycle date still August 17th (like my previous post stated)?

To which she said "No. No it's not. The new, correct date is now August 3rd." However, even that date isn't when I'll start meds. That date is for the actual retrieval.

Come again. Retrieval on August 3? Yep. "And you'll start meds around July 15th." :-|

Basically what you're telling me is the entire August IVF process is ONE MONTH SOONER than I'd originally expected?! It was then that my blood pressure sky rocketed, a wave of heat came over me and then cold sweats. THIS IS IT! It's really happening! And SOON!

To celebrate I first did what must have looked like the stupidest happy dance ever (good thing I was in a room by myself :P) and then I told a few close friends and relatives. I don't think the high left me for several hours. I'm not sure I've ever felt this type of combined excited and totally scared in my life!!

That's all fine and great, but what's next?
I was told to call Mary on Day 1 of my next cycle. Since I'm a very irregular cycler, I asked what if I didn't start my cycle by a certain date and she said I should e-mail her to find out what to do in that situation. So, that e-mail will go out tonight.

On a related note, Dr. Ahlering just so happened to e-mail me yesterday to see if everything had been addressed properly during our last meeting, which I think means he had an old e-mail of mine in his inbox and noticed he hadn't seen me come up on any of the recent IVF cycles. I'm just glad he saw my name and thought of our situation, especially for being as busy as he is. I did let him know I will be coming his way soon! I feel so fortunate to be able to cycle under his care!

For tonight, I will rest better knowing that somewhere there is a list with OUR name on it, and that list is titled "August IVF". For the time being, that alone makes me beyond happy.

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Anonymous June 2, 2009 at 4:53 AM  

Well done on gettign dates!! we'll be nearly cycle buddies, my ER is scheduled for the 23rd of July!

Cathy June 2, 2009 at 9:15 AM  

Oh how neat! Looking forward to exchanging the ups and downs and hopefully (prayers said, fingers crossed) our BFPs together!!

Clare June 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

Congrats - looking forward to following how it all goes. Hugs.

The Swann's June 3, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

YIPPEE!!!!!! I'll say it again and again, I'm so over the moon excited that this step has been taken and there is a list with you guys' name on it!!!!! :-) I'm sorry I had to cut the call short, stupid Lowe's. haha! Many prayers for you two!

Aunt Becky June 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM  

Wonderful news! July 15 is my birthday, so I have an excellent feeling about this!

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