Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Blues & A Decision in the Making

Music can be healing. Sometimes just the right song can express what's in my heart better than any words I could ever string together on my own. However, I have to admit that I found it ironic this morning when I realized I was literally singing "The Blues" (a la Switchfoot, that is). You can find the lyrics here if you're interested.

C and I have been discussing the merits of jumping back on the IVF roller coaster. We still want to continue with TCM, but the question is whether to do it as a stand-alone treatment, or in conjunction with western medicine. Most of the success stories my TCM practitioner has told me about were in conjunction with other treatments. And while I do not relish the thought of putting more drugs into my system, I also don't know how much more of this I can take. The scientist in me is screaming for more data. I don't understand what happened last cycle, and I don't think I can go through that again without an adequate explanation (i.e., exactly which hormone was out of whack and by how much).

One of the reasons I hesitated to proceed with IVF before was that I was uncomfortable with the RE I was referred to. We just didn't click. Now, all of a sudden, I find that a fertility clinic two hours away has opened an office five minutes down the road. From their website, it appears that they put great emphasis on patient care and education.

I called to schedule an appointment, and already I'm impressed. The person who answered the phone was very warm and sweet (unlike the automaton who mans the phones at the other clinic). They have a new patient coordinator, who will be calling me back to explain how their clinic works, go over insurance basics and schedule an appointment. Information up front? Now there's a novel idea.

I'm not sure how this will play out. We are still praying it through, and waiting for God to speak. But it is nice to have options again! And after the heartbreak of the past few days, it would be really nice to have a reason to stop singing the blues.


Kate said...

Sounds promising! Hope this new clinic is exactly what you're looking for.

Serendipity said...

If is such an unknown, even the "experts" can't tell you what is the best course of action. I hope you find an answer quickly and that if you do decide to go ahead, that this clinic is everything you need.

Kim H. said...

I have another friend doin the TCM thing along with IVF. She actually starts her IVF meds tomorrow. So it can't hurt... but you're doing the right thing... looking at your options and praying about them. Hang in there!

Joy said...

I hope you find what you're looking for!

Gabby said...

hello - I just found your blog! Thanks for commenting on mine during ICLW!

I am a lot like you, I want to know why.. metrics, data, evidence, process.. please.. something! it's so hard to have no answers..

I do know that an RE that you like can make a huge difference.. so I'm glad you took that next step to make the appointment.

I'll be reading the continuation of your journey. God has big plans!

By the way, I'm doing the TCM with the IVF.