Just a quick update as I have an absolute pile of work to catch up on:
Yesterday’s appointment went really well. There are not words for how much I like Dr. Hope. He is kind, soft-spoken and does not make me feel alarmed. I also ONLY see Dr. Hope. I don’t see three residents and then a nurse first. And my time with Dr. Hope never feels rushed. If any readers are in the Bluegrass area and would like a doctor recommendation, please message me and I will share his name and contact.
We did another ultra sound and the 15 mm cyst has left the premises. As I suspected, though, I do have PCOS. The “chocolate chip cookie” ovaries that Dr. Who said were a good thing are not. Dr. Hope explained that you do not have to be overweight to have PCOS and that my extreme hair loss is quite likely due to the condition. It was kept in check with the birth control for many years. He assures me the hair will return after we have our baby and I go back on the pill.
The PCOS worries me a little bit as it puts me at a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes and of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. I will look into this further after we have our healthy, happy baby in our arms. Until then, all my energies are focusing on staying strong and making a warm snuggly nest for baby.
Since the big cyst has taken a hike I was cleared to start the Gonal-F. Dr. Hope had me run home and get the meds so we could read about them together and he could teach me how to use them. Again, Dr. Hope actually sat down with me in an exam room and together we explored the boxes of medication, chose the pen we would start with and then read through the instructions. He does not usually use Gonal-F and wanted to make sure we got it just right. He gave me my first shot and then suggested I go online for a refresher the next day when I give myself the second shot. I left feeling warm, fuzzy and well cared for. I have never left my other doctors feeling this way. It was a very, very good thing.
We are starting my dose really low, just 75iu to start. I go back in on Friday for a quick scan to see how my follicles are doing and how the medication should be adjusted. If all goes as planned, we should be inseminated and in the two-week wait (TWW) when we take our mini summer vacation to Ashville (more details on this trip after solid plans have been made).
I feel really optimistic. When Dr. Hope was reading about the Gonal pen I said next round I’ll switch to the less expensive medication that he usually prescribes. He looked at me with the kindest eyes and said, “If we even need a second round. Hopefully this one will work for you.” His optimism made my heart light and my worries melt.
I have lots more I want to share right now, but need to get to work. Thank you for all your kind thoughts, prayers and words yesterday. I continue to send you all the same in return.