Thursday, August 13, 2009

Houston, We Have A Winner...

Top Doc.

It just sort of worked out that way and over time, became the best choice. It wasn't the most convenient choice and it certainly wasn't the least expensive choice. But it's the choice that FELT right. So travelling 600 miles for the next IVF go round is the way it will be. My testing is complete and I've been approved to start, of course assuming I have a normal baseline. Mr. W and I even slipped out of town for a few days so he could make a cryo deposit at Top Doc's clinic. I am relieved that at least my favorite donor has a back-up now.

I'm on my third protocol this time around. The one for old hags (a.k.a. estrogen priming protocol). And as such, I have to start the estrogen following the next OPK + which means I won't be doing anything interesting until September. Top Doc's clinic is very orchestrated and everything is spelled out in detail. Including the brand of OPKs to use, which I drove all over town looking for only to find one box - probably the last box in the state. But I like this orchestration and structure. They do three times as many IVF cycles as my last clinic and they do complicated ones. So they must have something figured out. The best part of this protocol is NO STEROIDS. Can I just shout out how happy I am about this?

And so on our last quick trip to Top Doc's clinic I got to do a dry run on the routine. We stayed in the hotel I'll stay at. We walked the walk to the clinic to be sure I could do it when I'm fat and bloated. (Of course I can take a cab, but I'd rather not.) And I got to find where the nearby Zip.Cars live in case I want an outing. (I love using as an alternative to renting a car when we travel.) I even spoke to the hotel about getting a refrigerator in the room for the meds, and requesting a room with a balcony or patio.

So it's a plan. And for now, I'm just happy to have one.


  1. Congrats on making the decision! Thinking all kinds of good thoughts as you embark on this cycle.

  2. Woot woot! Horray for plans!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. That commenter really REALLY pissed me off.

  3. Great news! I will be looking forward to your updates.

  4. I'm so glad that you sound positively thrilled with your choice. And that there is a good, solid plan. September is just next month and I can't wait to follow your journey!

  5. Hey! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, and yay for your plans! Sorry I think I missed this post of yours as I was at the cottage...It sounds like a great clinic and hooray for no steroids! And lucky you - I LOVE staying at hotels...hotel breakfasts are the best! I hope you get your balcony and order lots of room service!!