We had our IVF consultation on Wednesday. It must be so frustrating for these nurses to deal with those of us who've done lots of research. She kept looking quite stunned when I asked a question, e.g., why suppositories rather than PIO? Why Buserelin rather than Synarel?
She kept her cool though, and could mostly answer the questions. They are a lot more low key here than they seem to be with all of you in the US. There was no stabbing an orange, she just showed me how to get liquid out of the Buserelin vial, and gave me some advice about what needles to use. It was all quite straightforward, particularly since I'm no longer scared of injections. I know the volume will be a lot higher than I was using on the last cycle, but it can't be that different. She did advise that I don't keep the Buserelin in the fridge, as if it's cold it can really sting and I need to inject 0.5ml at a time.
The deadlines just keep moving out, though. I'm expecting (but hoping not to get) my period sometime in the middle of next week. Then it's three weeks til I start Buserelin (all being well), then 2 weeks before I start stimming (another difference to other protocols I've read about - why 2 full weeks rather than 2-3 days after a period or 10 days after starting suppression?), then 12-14 days of stimms (starting at 150mIU of Puregon) before taking the trigger shot. That takes us to, wait for it, retrieval in the FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER. They transfer after 2 days, unless they can't tell which embryos are in the lead at that stage, in which case they wait til day 3. Anyone else's clinic do 2 day transfer?
We'd find out our beta just before a major big deal presentation I have to do on 18 November. I can't believe it's that far away.
I know what you all said is true, it will go pretty fast, but you can surely empathise with how far away it feels right now. I'm actually feeling pretty good as I'm holding onto my optimism about this cycle (and by the way, thank you for a particularly thoughtful set of comments on that last post), and I think that having a plan lifts even that optimism onto a new level. It may be a very long winded plan, but it's a plan. Now, according to many of you, I need a plan B. No idea what that is!