One More Step Forward

Thank you to each of you for your thoughts and prayers as we had our IVF appointment with our RE today.  As I mentioned before, I was a bundle of emotions.  I'm pleased to say that the short version is that the meeting went really well and we have a plan in place.  Our time frame is still a bit up in the air, but I think it is likely going to be early May when we start -- about 7 weeks from now!  I felt so prepared for the meeting and everything he talked about because of all of your blogs, stories, experiences, etc.

He thinks I am going to be on the side of a poor responder, so we are doing an aggressive "newer" protocol that they have had success with.  The whole process, from start to finish should take 5-6 weeks.  I'm a bit peeved that I've been categorized as a poor responder based on one set of test results (even though all of my previous test results have been normal/near normal), but this is something I need to let go and hope that I can prove them wrong!  Good thing I'm not competitive at all!

We've already been matched with a nurse who will be our coordinator (I'll call her Nurse Quick Response).  She and I have been emailing back and forth for several weeks now.  I shared with the RE how wonderful my experiences have been so far with Nurse Quick Response.  He stated that she is great, partially because she has been through the process herself.  When he said that, I immediately liked her even more and felt so blessed that we had been matched specifically with her.

He also said that since we are doing a unique protocol, he will have Nurse Quick Response set up a one-on-one IVF orientation with us, instead of having to attend with a larger group.  Yippee!

I have to admit that when we got out of the appointment, I sort of lost it on my way back to work.  I think all of the emotions of anticipation and what we were going to hear got the best of me and let loose.

So, that's it in a nutshell.  It was a very positive experience and really couldn't have gone any better.  Thanks again for all of your kind words and thoughts!  I am truly blessed!


  1. It's always hard waiting but having a start date will make it a little easier for you!! That is so awesome that your nurse has been through this in the way that she will probably be super supportive when you need it most. Good luck!!!

  2. It sounds like you had a great appointment. That's awesome your nurse has been through it all, I'm sure she'll be a great support system for you. Good luck!

  3. I am so glad you had a good experience....you're off to a great start. I think it's so helpful to have a nurse or doctor who has gone through this experience.

    Thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed that you'll prove them wrong and be a great responder!

  4. Sounds like things were off to a very good start. I wouldnt' worry too much about the "poor responder" hypothesis. It's just a place to start in terms of giving direction to the start of treatment. They will monitor you so closely during the stimulation phase that if you are indeed not a poor responder, they can change the course of action.

    Glad you had a good cry on your way back to work. Helps release all that emotion. What a great way to take care of yourself.

    I'll be here cheering you on, JJ. This is very exciting.

  5. I'm glad you've been matched with a Nurse who knows her stuff and while it stinks being labeled a poor responder before you even get going, I would much rather them start you off aggresively then have to cancel a cycle for you not responding well and have to start again. Your ovaries won't know what hit them! Sounds like your RE know's what they are doing and they are going to get your pregnant quick! I'm very excited for you! Sending you lots of sticky babydust as always!!!!

  6. Having a plan in place and having an awesome nurse is definitely a great thing!! I loved our IVF nurse and having her there made SO much of a big difference.

    Regardless of the "poor" or not responder -- I always think it's good when it looks like the doctor is specifically thinking about you and your situation and not just plugging you into his "standard protocol" without any thought.

    I think I cried after our big consultation, too. It just seems a bit overwhelming.

    Thinking of you and sending lots of great vibes your way!!

  7. Don't sweat being classified as a poor responder. At worse they are right and you won't waste this go by not producing enough eggs. At best you'll have masses of eggs and plenty to fertilise and maybe some left over to freeze for your next baby.

  8. Its exciting you have a plan! Just take it a day at a time and you will get through. It sounds like your doctor and nurse are really thinking about you and not just giving you the normal routine. Thats always a good sign. Good luck!

  9. So glad that your appt went well! having a nurse like this can make a HUGE difference! I have my favorite nurse at my clinic too, she has been such a God-send for us.

    Thanks for following my blog, I'm now following your story too!

  10. That's so encouraging and reassuring that you've been matched with a nurse who has also been through IVF herself. This is all very exciting! Can I ask how the doctor decided to begin your treatment in early May? (I'm only new to this IF stuff, and 'in my head' I want to start treatment late May/early June, but have still got to go to our counselling appointment before meeting with our FS to plan the treatment). Can you let me know a bit more about the timing stuff? Thanks, and I'm super excited for you :-)

  11. Hey I am also starting on my first IVF in may. Due to my low AMH I will also be on a aggressive protocol. Best of luck to us!


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