I'm in a busy work cycle, which helps keep my mind off the pending IVF. To a small degree. (Note that I logged on today to do some actual work.) We are still in waiting mode, sort of. Waiting for the real ART business to start. That makes me anxious, because I like to be in doing mode. No doubt, though, I'll become a basket case when the doing gets under way.
Two appointments this week, injection training next week, and then I'll be off and running with the serious meds. BCPs, which I'm currently on, are for babies. Ha! I meant "babies," as in neophytes or wimps, obviously (to me). That sentence just struck me as funny since under normal circumstances BCPs are for no babies.
Tomorrow is DH's SA update. This will be his third one, and I hate it for him. You know what an SA is, right? It's a semen analysis. He gives them a sample, and they evaluate its quality, looking at criteria such as count, motility, morphology, volume, progression, viscosity, pH, and WBC. Have even one SA done, and you'll be tossing around those terms and what the measurements mean in no time. Especially when the dx is one of severe MFI. You will also learn that there is much disagreement about what constitutes a good or bad result, that nobody really knows what to do to improve a bad result, and that science has come through in a big way with the funding and development of ART therapies that make a bad result a non-issue (as long as you pursue said ART therapies). I certainly applaud that the research has been done and that solutions exist. Don't get me wrong. It's just that I can't help pointing out that no similar line can be drawn from female-specific IF factors to equally successful ART therapies.
The clinic could not accommodate an early morning or end-of-day appointment for DH, so it will be a nooner.
Is that too crass for a blog? Look, I have to entertain myself. I don't plan to write about every single bit of personal biz that goes into the whole circus. (Well, maybe I will in some form, but it won't always be explicitly related to my personal biz.) But you can't give an honest accounting of the fertility-treatment experience without acknowledging the extreme personal nature of what it means to seek medical intervention in order to have a child.
As a couple, we've paid our dues trying naturally and done all the main fertility tests (some of them multiple times), and yet I also want to point out that we haven't even scratched the surface of the full range of testing available. Tests we haven't done haven't been indicated, so for that I am grateful. Unless they should have been indicated and we are wasting our time.