Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Pull the trigger

Before I get into today's saga, let me say a little bit about my nurse that coordinates all my IF treatment. At first, she rubbed me the wrong way, but now I'm grateful to have her on my team. Since I don't have insurance coverage for "procreative management", she has been kind enough to set aside samples they get from the drug reps, so I get some of my drugs for free. I was absolutely stunned the first time she did this--not sure why, I've certainly gotten free samples at the doctor before (oddly enough, for birth control pills). I guess it's just that I know how much these drugs cost, and to get them on the house is really a gift.

When I talked to my nurse yesterday, she mentioned that she would be out of the office today, but would set aside an Ovidrel sample for me. Assuming I would trigger tonight, I could pick up the Ovidrel when I went in for my ultrasound this morning.

After yesterday's good news, I was in a good mood this morning. The day got even better when I saw that my follicles were growing, and the biggest was at 18.5 mm, which meant I could trigger tonight.

When I got to work, I went to put my lunch bag in the refrigerator, and I suddenly realized that I forgot to pick up the Ovidrel (you see, I would have put it in my lunch bag to keep it cold). At that point I swore out loud, and went off to call my RE's office.

The nurse I talked to (not my nurse, mind you) had absolutely no idea what I was talking about, and couldn't find any Ovidrel in the office at all. This is when I really started to panic. I couldn't believe that this cycle would be progressing so well, and it could all be canceled if we couldn't find this Ovidrel. Several minutes into our increasingly aggravating conversation, she realizes that they do have some Novarel on hand, and that I could substitute that for the Ovidrel. She agreed to make up the formulation for me, and I could come back to the office and pick it up.

Normally, it wouldn't be a big deal to have to go back to the doctor, but my RE's office is nowhere near my work or home. It's in the complete opposite direction, and you always have to fight horrible traffic to get there. It can easily take me an hour to get there in morning traffic, whereas it would take me 15-20 minutes if there were no traffic. Having to make one trip a day is bad enough, but today I had to make two. Ugh.

So I headed back to the doctor, picked up my Novarel, and headed back to work. The Novarel is a little more intimidating--it's not a preloaded syringe like Ovidrel, so I was a little more nervous about doing the trigger this time. But I figured it out, and I'm triggered and ready to go for IUI#3 on Friday.


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