Best way to get over an old RE doctor is to get under a new one!

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It is done.  My husband and I took half days at work and we went to see the new RE doctor, in the SAME office as my old RE doctor.  I was looking over my shoulder starting in the parking lot of the medical building.  Like freaking out.  You would think I was cheating on my husband and not my RE doctor.  This continued into the building.  I went as far as to keep the folder of papers I brought, to my face to hide it.  I may sounds like I’m being silly, but I really felt like he would just be really hurt and sad.  He has been nothing but nice to me.  I asked the nurse at the front desk if my old Dr was in the office today and she winked and assured me that he was not.  I have been going to this office for a year now and they are familiar with me as the “other” doctor’s patient.  He only rents their services.  The nurses and the practice are owned by the new Dr.  So they know that I am nervous but they also think I am making the right decision.  So do I.

I started seeing my old Dr 1 year ago this October.  I gave him a year.  I think that is fair.  We have been trying for 2 years.  It has not been easy or fun.  But of course all of you are familiar with the life of an infertile.

So, being the over prepared patient that I always have been, I had already filled out all of the new patient forms and emailed them back to the nurses.  That’s another thing that I love about this new doctor.  My old Dr did NOTHING by email and it was all by his or his nurse’s memory.  The nurse would call me BACK from her car and blame that on why she didn’t have my results.  I’m like….WHAT?! But I got used to it.  But this Dr’s nurses email me documents and send them back with my scanned signature just for my records.  They also answer questions by email which is perfect.

We went back for our consult and I was immediately comfortable with the doctor.  But, I also know that I have a habit of being a know it all due to all of my accredited Googling.  But I have read so much about how this doctor is an innovator in the field and creates an IVF plan custom fitted for each patient.  And that is exactly what he went on to explain.  With a complete drawing of the reproductive system!  He was very detailed.

I can’t remember all of it, and I felt it might be disrespectful to sit through it and take notes.  But he went over a lot of our medical history.  Polypectomy, Back Surgery, Type II Diabetes and Depression.  He then asked me how quickly I could get down to 180lbs.  Let’s just say, I would have a ways to go.  Not sure if he was joking or not, but that got me super scared that he was going to deny me as a patient because of my weight.  Luckily, he didn’t.  He was very concerned that I may have PCOS.  I have been begging doctors for the past 3 years to test for it and they always give a bandaid like Metformin or even worse, just tell me not to worry about it.  I don’t have any outward symptoms other than a belly and the diabetes.  But due to my irregular periods, I was always worried about it.  So this doctor will test for PCOS and Cystic Fibrosis.  I think he also wants the two of us to get Sickle Cell tests.

He told me not to worry about my old RE doctor.  He specifically said that he would talk to him personally.  He said that they have worked together for years and know that they would never steal patients from one another.  Sometimes it just doesn’t work out.  I was very careful not to badmouth his colleague.  Even in the slightest.  I just said that it had been a year and I still haven’t been successful.  I also mentioned that I was disappointed by my first IVF cycle that was cancelled due to overstimulation.  I let him know that I also felt it was also because the old doctor was going through so many staff changes.  He seemed satisfied by that and wanted to help.

He wants me to stop the BCP immediately to bring on my period.  Then I will go on for a baseline ultrasound, b/w and A1c at the end of the week as long as I get my period within the next few days.  Fingers crossed!  Then, I will start the BCP again for two weeks while the insurance approves the new cycle.  That would end up being around 10/20/13.  Then, instead of the Long Lupron cycle that I did last time, he wants to do a shorter cycle with Menopur and a Lupron Trigger.  Oh and he also only wants to implant 1 embryo.

If ANYONE has done this or has any advice on it, PLEASE let me know.  I have not researched this yet and I haven’t found enough information on it.  The doctor believes that since I overstimmed on Follistim, the Menopur would be a better solution.  He was very concerned with OHSS which is why he wanted to do the Lupron Trigger.

I am comfortable with this doctor and I am confident in him.  I’m still super nervous.  I’m jumping back into this.  Not saying that I am rushing into it or anything.  It’s just after 3 months of NOT being on fertility meds for the first time in probably a year, I am nervous about the shots, emotions and well, you know….EVERYTHING!

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. PCOS and Paleo
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 23:31:37

    I spoke too soon! I had only read your history and not your other posts. Sounds like PCOS may be a culprit. PLEASE check out my blog and the informational tabs. If you need to lose weight and get the diabetes etc under control, paleo might be your answer. I have had amazing results as has a friend of mine who couldn’t lose weight in the past to save her life! My pcos is preventing implantation because of the inflammation that results from insulin resistance (I don’t even show up on tests as having diabetes or pre diabetes yet it created a preterm delivery seven years ago and infertility for the last five years). I only put in one embryo at a time as well. Please let me know if I can support you in any way. I was so excited to finally find a doctor that could really help me heal the PCOS bullshit that was going on with me. The paleo has shown dramatic results with my mood, energy, weight…pretty much everything! My cycles are also shorter already and I’ve only been doing it for eight weeks. If you can try it for a couple of weeks, you’ll be hooked!!! Good luck!

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  2. jaygore
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 15:17:43

    Thanks! I’m following you and still doing more research on the Paleo diet. I know that if I do it, my hubby will have to. And we will have to monitor each other’s will. And let me tell you, we are very weak. But I know that the goal is so much more important than anything with gluten 🙂

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