So… it’s been awhile. Like, over 7 months awhile.
Brief catch up… about a week after my last post I lost my job (and subsequently, my health insurance) which put us in a HUGE set back as far as continuing our appointments. I had to cancel my last appointment at the endocrinologist so I didn’t even get the results from that last blood panel.
A day after losing my job, I became “mama” to this little (but not so little anymore) guy, Reagan.
I found a job in not too much of time, considering, and my insurance started up again August 1.
Since I was overdue for my annual lady doc appt, I waited until then to get a NEW referral for our ongoing fertility issues. It’s no secret to anyone reading this that I was frustrated with the last place and not getting anywhere (to say the least).
After hearing my frustrations with the first place, she recommended going directly to Shady Grove. For those who don’t know, Shady Grove is a pretty wide spread fertility clinic on the east coast. This was always our end game anyway. The other endocrinologist was just supposed to get my hormones in check since my prolactin levels were WAY off the charts. And while elevated prolactin directly impacts fertility, it’s also treated with medication that doesn’t need to be fertility specific. But I digress.
Our first appointment, our consultation, was October 19th. We spoke with Dr. Mottla, who would be handling our case and he was very optimistic of our chances to conceive through drug treatments and hopefully IUI.
During our first visit we also spoke with our personal nurse who is guiding us through the process. Checklists were given to both Mike and myself. Let’s just say, his was shorter.
- Blood draws for my initial screening, infectious disease and blood type done. Mostly came back normal with the exception of low vitamin D levels and (surprise, surprise) elevated prolactin levels.
- Blood work for both Mike and myself for the family prep screening
- Internal ultrasound to check follicles, uterine lining, uterine size, etc. – all good.
- An HSG procedure to check that my tubes were acting appropriately and could transport the egg – all good, or as the doctor said “that’s exactly how it should look”.
- MORE blood work to triple check the prolactin levels… all consistent.