This should’ve been posted about a month ago but I’ve been in a different mind-space altogether and I suppose ignoring this blog was my way of ignoring everything TTC-related!
(Aug 7, 2013)
Soooo… we had our initial phone consult with CCRM’s Dr. Surrey (who, btw, is super nice to talk to); he seemed pretty positive about things and asked us to schedule a One Day Work Up, which is their standard procedure. This was on Friday, the 2nd and as luck would have it, I was at the right time in my cycle and a cancellation came through so before we could say ‘Baby’, we were on a plane from California to Colorado!
We took the clinic’s advice to fly out a day before (the appointments began at 645am the next day!) and stayed at the Townplace Suites, a few miles away from CCRM (thanks to them, got a great discounted rate as well!). I’ve been to CO before (accompanied the spouse on a work trip to Vail last year) and I find it breathtakingly pretty. Lonetree, where CCRM is located, is a lovely place with some seriously huge houses, wide roads and lots of sky! While we didn’t have time to saunter about and explore, we managed to squeeze in a trip to the nearby mall (the whole place had wooden floors!!)
Next day, bright and early, we walked over to the reception, checked in and picked up a copy of our schedule. It was quite like the first day of grad school, complete with multiple back to back sessions, orientations and power-points and lots of sizing up strangers! Overall, I would say that the entire affair was extremely well organized, we never waited for longer than ten minutes and everyone was nice and courteous. The only minor complaint I have is about the food; they have a little kiosk that sells sandwiches and stuff as well as some basic beverages (they even provide ten dollar coupons for the same) but it opened late and there was nothing gluten or dairy free that they offered (actually, come to think of it, CCRM doesn’t seem to be a big believer in altering diet–no mention of gluten, dairy whatsoever!). Anyhow, we did get a lunch break of sorts which we used to hop over to a nearby strip mall and chomp on some delish Vietnamese food.
So, back to the OWDU. Basically, it takes you through every possible aspect of the IVF journey at CCRM and provides you with a LOT of information regarding IVF itself as a process. For folks new to the IVF world, there was a great presentation that explained the female biological makeup and how IVF works by controlling hormonal response etc. We found it a little painful to sit through mostly because we were well acquainted with all the info and well–we were starving! But we both agreed that this was probably one of the more comprehensive explanations we had come across and perhaps we would have appreciated it more earlier in our IVF journey.
The rest of the day was a blur of testing, nurse consultation, business office and lab consults etc. An ultrasound for me revealed a normal uterine cavity, an AFC of 13 and good blood flow to the uterus. I was especially happy about the latter because I routinely suffer from cold feet (literally, I mean!) and my acupuncturist has been concerned about uterine blood flow. A hysteroscopy conducted by Dr S himself revealed no abnormalities or inflammation. He was great to meet with, just the right combination of professionalism and a laid-back, friendly demeanor. He told us he was optimistic about our chances and while we had a plethora of more testing to do, he hoped things would work out well.
Another few consultations and 11 vials of blood later (6 for the spouse), we were free to go. We walked out, exhausted and just about managed to make it back to the hotel and crashed! Two hours of a much needed nap later, we were both feeling half-human again. Over a nice sushi dinner, we discussed the day and concluded, cautiously, that it had been a reasonable success and that hopefully CCRM would give us the green flag to try with our own eggs!