Well, it’s begun! This week me and G had my new patient fertility appointment with Dr. C and it seemed to go really well. I also had my first fertility acupuncture appointment but I’ll get to that in a bit. The NP appointment consisted of a ton of paperwork, which I was expecting, as well as a meeting with our fertility doctor, Dr. C and his new nurse who I will call M. I LOVED M! The office was packed the afternoon we went in so the nurse consultation portion of our appointment with M took place in the staff kitchen, ha! She was so great. She totally took her time talking to us about our past experiences with TTC Grace and what to expect going forward with me. I talked to her about my PCOS concerns and it turned out that she too has PCOS so she was a wealth of knowledge.
The meeting with Dr. C was pretty short and quickly transitioned to my ultrasound and exam. Dr. C said that I had a “beautiful uterus and lining”, which cracked us all up and the US showed quite a bit of follicles just chillin in my uterus. G was totally shocked by that because she never seemed to produce more than 1-2 so compared to the 7-8 we saw on the screen it was a bit shocking! I have 3 sets of multiples in my family (that I know of) so here’s hoping my many follicles are not a sign of things to come…
We had the scare of our life at the end of the appointment as we met with the finance/benefits coordinator. She reviewed our specialist co-pays and informed us that our new insurance (which our company switched to last year) did not cover fertility treatment as our previous insurance did with Grace. She said it very matter-of-fact like it was no big deal and you seriously could have heard a pin drop as she reviewed everything we would have to pay out of pocket. The thought of us not being covered hadn’t even dawned on me so the news was quite devastating. I, per the usual, panicked. Just last month me and G paid the last $8000.00 of Gracie’s medical bills so we literally have ZERO savings right now. Because of this, as the coordinator went over everything all I heard in my head was – you’re not going to have another baby, EVER.
Thankfully Georgia is extremely level headed and asked me to wait until the following day after she talked to our insurance company before I panicked. I followed her instructions and I’m glad I did. The following day we spoke with our insurance company and the clinic several times. They opened a review of everything and within a few hours we received the SUPER FANTASTIC news that 90% of my treatment would in fact be covered. Thank you Jesus! The miscommunication was due to human error on our clinics side. Even though I was upset that we were put through 24 hours of extreme stress, I was just grateful that it worked out as I know this is not the case with so many gay families trying to conceive. We are very fortunate in this regard.
My acupuncture appointment was yesterday and it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. I’m a bit of a chicken when it comes to needles, so the thought of being poked a dozen times did not sound fun. My acupuncturist specializes in fertility acupuncture and is the best in the state. To this day both G and I swear that she is the reason we conceived Grace. We’ve since referred 2 friends to her and they agree that she made it happen for them too. Because of this I had to schedule my appointments 2 months ago just to get in to see her and I can now see why she is in such demand. She completed a full evaluation of me and the only area that she said would need extra attention was my large intestine. No shocker there… I’ve always had all sorts of digestive issues and I’m a stressor, which is not a good combo. I only ended up needing 8 needles, which she said was a good thing. After the appointment I told G about the 8 needles and she said she had around 15 her first time. In this instance, I guess less is more. :)
It’s been pretty awesome to get to share in this experience with G. Not often do both parents get to experience conception and pregnancy on both sides of the fence as lesbian couples do. I 100% appreciate the perspective this has given me and it’s awesome to have a person living in my house who I can ask my millions of questions to daily. Poor Georgia, lol!
The game plan as it stands today is to concentrate on loosing at least 25 pounds between now and August (3lbs down this week, 22lbs to go). I’m super determined and I believe I can do it. Following my next period we’ll being charting my ovulation while continuing with a weekly fertility acupuncture session for the next 10 weeks. It’s amazing how much more educated you are the second time around. My hope is that all of these preparations and precautions we are taking now will result in baby #2, sooner than later.