Just spoke to the drug company. £436.78. Yaay for them! Now it may go up later as this assumes I only need 150mIU of Puregon a day for 14 days, but still, it's a much more manageable cost than I thought. I guess there are some advantages to doing this in the UK.
Which don't include my fun doctors at my clinic. I called today to check on when I should start Buserelin, given that I ovulated on day 11, and usually have 10-11 day luteal phases. The doctor (same one who sensitively finally cancelled our IUI cycle) asked what my usual cycle length was. About 25 days I replied. "Then," she said, "you should start buserelin on day 19 rather than day 21." I asked why, given it seems this cycle will be even shorter, I should only start the drug 2 days early. Because apparently I am an ignorant native who doesn't have a clue. Or, in her words, a combination of temperature shift, cervical mucous and OPKs don't actually signal ovulation. Oh, great. All that time and now she tells me. According to her all that indicates is that you ovulate a couple of days after that. Umm, what about the temperature rising because of the progesterone, which comes after ovulation? No, not according to her highness. She's right and I (and the rest of you and Toni Wechsler and everyone who ever wrote anything about this) am (are) wrong.
I pointed out that this cycle didn't look ordinary, and I guessed it was due to stopping the B6. She pooh-poohed that idea too and stuck to her guns. She said it's better to take an average cycle since I really didn't know that this one wasn't average. I pointed out that I've been monitoring cycles for 18 months and have never ovulated on day 11 before, so I didn't see why my average cycle was a good guide. Eventually I had to give up.
I tried a different tack, and asked if it would be a problem if my period was about to start the day I started Buserelin. She never answered that question, but kept telling me to start on day 19. I'm going to start on day 18, since at least that's logical (my average cycle is 3 days shorter than the standard 28 day one). I think I'm also going to take Dr Candour up on his offer and check with him. I so don't want to screw this up.
Faffing. Not sure it's in the dictionary but it means something like "farting around" - i.e. lots of activity for not much output. Somewhat, but not entirely, pointless activity. Extra energy expenditure than is needed to achieve level of output.
Feel free to incorporate into the American tongue as you see fit.
And I have to finally own up to having exaggerated my classmates' profiles somewhat. Other than the first one, which was almost verbatim (ok I added the bit about the teapots). I took elements of the others and jazzed them up a bit. But you enjoyed it, right? And I made my point, admittedly in a hyperbolic fashion. So I feel ok about having had a bit of fun writing those.
Perhaps I could use these skills of exaggeration and write some sketches on clinic characters? Perhaps for television? Only you'd have to make them really absurd before they'd be funny, right? No. Wait. I think they already did that.