Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A re-cap

Well, we made it back to Boston with only a slight delay last night in Denver.  Somehow I'm more exhausted today than I was yesterday.  The past thirty six hours have been a complete whirlwind...

I'd mentioned that our ODWU at CCRM was coming up soon, but chose not to reveal the exact date here on my blog.  We flew out to Denver on Sunday morning, arriving around noon.  We picked up our rental car, drove straight to downtown Denver and enjoyed lunch outside at a restaurant on 16th street mall.  After walking around for a little bit, we decided to head to the hotel (Element) to take a little nap.  We were exhausted from getting home late from the wedding we'd attended the night before and from having to wake up bright and early for our flight on Sunday.  I think the two hour time difference did us in as well!
After our naps, we decided to drive up to CCRM to make sure we knew where we were headed the next morning.  Our hotel was only about a mile and a half down the road from CCRM, which was perfect!  I got a couple of quick pictures of the facility and then we ended up finding a trail nearby to walk/hike.  On our way back to the hotel, we stumbled across a great fro-yo place (Yogurtini) and indulged in some dessert for dinner.  We hit the hay early, knowing that our alarm was set for 5:00 the next morning.

We arrived at CCRM on Monday morning at 6:45 - I was definitely anxious to get the day started knowing full well that it would be a long one!  On our schedule was about seven hours of meetings, consults, blood draws, a "check" for Nick and then an ultrasound, Doppler sonogram and a hysteroscopy for me.  Phew!  My ultrasound, Doppler and hysteroscopy (hysteroscopy done by Dr. S himself) all went well.  The Doppler showed great blood flow to my uterus and the ultrasound showed about eight antral follicles, which isn't a ton, but I guess is a good number for me, someone who is a poor responder.  The hysteroscopy went well (though, it left me with some cramping on and off for the remainder of the day yesterday and a prescription that I have yet to fill (I can't seem to drag myself off of the couch today!) for an antibiotic) and Dr S told me that my uterus looks good.

The two most important consults that we had were, one with our assigned nurse and the other with Dr. S.  We talked to Dr. S about wanting to find out what the underlying problem is - either a genetic issue (we will definitely do CCS genetic testing on our embryos, if we get that far) or a uterine issue (which I'm hoping the BETA 3 test will give us an answer to later this month).  I'd be lying if I said that the "D" word didn't come up (donor eggs) - - it did.  But, we explained that if there's a chance for us to have a baby with my own eggs, then we want to take it - - we are not ready to give up just yet, hence why we traveled half way across the country to CCRM in the first place (and that said, if the problem ends up being a uterine one - - then whether we use my eggs or someone else's, the result would be the same, right?).

We left CCRM with about eight hours to spare before our flight home, so we hit a local Starbucks and I had my first decaf coffee in eight days (it was heavenly, but today I'm back to my no-caffeine (not even decaf) diet).
We had dinner and then headed for the airport, knowing that a crazy Spring snow storm was making its way toward Denver.  We were over tired and became slap happy while we waited (and waited, and waited) for our flight home - - see:
(Nick's definitely going to kill me for posting those!)

After our very long day, I was left feeling O-V-E-R-W-H-E-L-M-E-D!  I still don't think I've fully processed my thoughts on the day, but here's what I do know:  I am glad we went.  I feel a sense of renewed hope today that maybe, just maybe, CCRM is exactly the change we've needed all along.  There is still a lot to do and a lot to figure out with regard to the logistics of actually cycling in Colorado, but I know I'll figure it out.  A huge step in this process has been completed and now we wait for our results... and read all of the information that we got while we were there (and remember to not look at our bank account after emptying our pockets and savings account in a matter of just one day!).

22 comments:

Emily said...

So glad it went well, even if you are exhausted. Sounds like you got a ton accomplished. And is that the plate from your rental car- YEA? I think that is a good sign. OH YEAH!! ;)

Amanda said...

Yay! Thanks for the update! I'm glad it went well! I can't imagine that many hours of tests. It makes me feel like my testing thus far must be so insignificant… we have no idea what's going on in me… great! Can't wait for all of your results! YAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!

the blogivers said...

Really I'm just glad you went! I know the decision to go was a huge one, but it sounds like it was worth it if for no other reason than to say you have tried everything now. Praying for positive results!

Erika said...

That sounds amazing. I wonder why all clinics don't do the workup so comprehensively and ALL AT ONCE like that?! I mean, even though I only have to travel an hour and a half to my clinic...wouldn't it be nice to knock all of that out at once rather than over like 4 months of one test at a time? Anyway, sounds like a great day and can't wait to hear what they find out!

dspence said...

I'm so glad your time at CCRM went well. yay!

HoagsandKisses said...

Wow! What a crazy, busy weekend! So glad everything went well. CCRM sounds amazing, which I've heard but it's nice to hear your experience too, so thank you for sharing! I had a hysteroscopy last Summer and was down for the count for a solid 2 days. I am very impressed you were able to fly across the country and keep the blog updated. You're kind of a rock star :)

kharini said...

You guys are so cute!!

Good everything went well. 8 antral follicle count is great, I wouldn't even think about donor eggs yet, you have a big chance there. Fingers crossed!

Angie said...

LOL, a "check" for Nick. Tee hee!

JenS said...

I bet part of your exhaustion had to do with the altitude, as well. My in-laws live in Denver and the altitude kills me if I only go for a weekend visit.
Glad it all went well and you are feeling good about it. I hope they can find some answers for you. how long before you get test results?

Ashley said...

Soo glad it went well!!! And that you have a renewd sense of hope!! Praying the good news continues!!

nogoodeggs said...

glad it went smoothly and you got home safe! looking forward to hearing their recommendations!

Laura said...

So glad you guys made it home safely! Thanks for the update, and of course, I'm so happy to hear it all went well! Do you have Schoolcraft, or Surrey? We have Surrey, we really like him!!

I'm hoping you guys get some good information in the coming weeks regarding all of your tests! :)

Sarah Ish said...

You two are so organized!! <:D
Our spirits are with you!

Aramis said...

Sounds like a crazy day, but hopefully it will all be worth it in the end.

Becky said...

Just found your blog! I live in CO, so if you every need a buddy while you're out here, just let me know! Our crazy spring storm turned into a bit of a flop, way more hype than what actually happened, but I'm glad you got out before the snow hit! :)

Suzanne @ Our Journey to a Baby Bump said...

I'm so glad your day went well!! I can only imagine how overwhelming it was with all of that information flying at you at once. You're at the best place you can be and I'm so excited for you!!

Team Harries said...

So glad it went well and you are back at home! Sounds like a long day, but glad it was productive. And, I admire you for all the tests, oh my!!! I'm such a baby, you are so strong!! Praying for good results from them all :) And, glad you got to do a few fun things while there

JoJo said...

Sounds like a busy productive day! I am glad everything went well for both of you and you got all the testing done. Fx that DE wont come up again.

Amber said...

What a crazy busy weekend for you both! It's awesome that you have a bit of renewed hope. I'm wishing you all the success in the world.

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

Wow! You did get a lot done. I know its crazy right now but I totally feel like this clinic might make the difference for you. Excited to see what comes next!

Sarah said...

Sounds like it was a good visit. Love all the goofy pictures and glad you got to enjoy one last 'Bucks drink!

Adrienne @ BlackWhiteColor said...

So so glad that you are happy with the trip! Even though it may not seem to make sense, what a blessing that there are people in the world like you and your husband who will go to great lengths to have a child, one you will love dearly. We def need more people like y'all to become parents and to provide the unconditional love we are all intended to have!
Side note: a really good friend of mine lives in Boston. If I ever make it up there to see him we should totally blate!
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend girl! Get those antibiotics! (The nurse in me :-))!
Adrienne

 
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