Well, a lot has happened in the past few days.
We had our phone consult with Dr. Min.jarez Thursday evening which went great. Wow – she is such a nice person and so easy to talk to – I’m really happy we went with her.
The consult was good – she asked a ton of questions. Here are the highlights:
She was quite concerned with my vegetarian diet (I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 20 years). She said it was critical that I get enough protein and that I needed at least 30 grams per day. She asked me to start tracking my intake and asked if I would consider eating fish at least once per week. So, we’ll see how this goes. It’s not ideal but I’m also willing to do whatever I need to to make this happen.
We talked about our last two IVF cycles and what went wrong. Basically, even though the last cycle was a total disaster, she was still optimistic based on how good our first cycle had been. She didn’t seem to think it was necessarily an egg issue. She asked if K had had a DNA fragmentation test before, which he hasn’t. She then went on to explain how this can cause high rates of abnormal fertilization. She also felt there was some room for improvement in my previous stimulation protocols.
She also wants me to have a Beta-3 integrin test. Apparently, this will be done here and the results sent to CC.RM. Anyone, know anything about this? She said they would give me the kit when I’m down there. I hope I don’t have trouble getting this test done locally – I think she said it needs to be done by an OBGYN?
Oh, and I talked to her about the cramping and bloating that’s been plaguing me mid-cycle to the onset of AF since my failed IVF cycles and she felt that I may have some endometreosis. She said that there was really no reason to do a laparascopy to remove it in terms of helping to achieve pregnancy – the only thing the laparascopy would help is the pain – which I can tolerate.
So, basically, that’s the consult in a nutshell. She was definitely optimistic and we felt good after our conversation.
The next day, the nurse phoned to discuss booking the work up, and low and behold, it’s booked in less than two weeks – holy crap! It was a little tricky to book, just because my cycles are regular but not to the day. They range anywhere between 26 and 30 days, so we had to find the safe range – hopefully we hit it!
I spent most of yesterday frantically trying to arrange flights for K and I. Thankfully, the gods were smiling down on us, and we managed to get Aero.plan flights to and from, so we saved a LOT of money which was very nice!
So…that’s it for now folks. If anyone has any hotel or transportation advice, I’d love to hear from you!