It appears that there is more than one type of IVF programme. I had figured that IVF was IVF and that perhaps only the drugs varied slightly from person to person. Apparently not.
We saw the Doc on Saturday and there was a lot of discussion around where it could have all come undone last time and our various options, which could include egg donors or surrogacy. However, the Doc feels I am still the most viable option and has suggested a very different programme for me. Basically it is SHORTER, involves LESS DRUGS and best of all is LESS EXPENSIVE. Sounds like the ideal treatment? Yeah, sounds that way to us too. It is not the right plan for everyone on the IVF journey (so if you’re reading this and doing IVF and think you can challenge your doc to go this route for you – DON’T – it might not work for you) but it really appears to be more tailored to my infertility issues though which is probably the best thing about it. The only downside to it is that it is a very rigid programme which may dictate a harvest or implant on a Sunday – so it really is not convenient for the clinic and anaesthetist. But this is hardly a downside for us, so yay!
So we’re going for it! We came out of his office feeling full of hope and excited all over again. He initially suggested we take a little time-off and that I could perhaps chat to a counsellor that they have on hand (I think he suggests this with all failed attempts) but I was not having this. I told him that I have a great support structure and that I have a strong faith that makes me strong and ready to go again NOW. I told him not to assume my mental state and to only delay if he felt that my body needed a break. So we are taking this month off for my body to have a recovery cycle and then we kick off next month. All going well, the next harvest and implant will take place in October.
Financially, we’re taking it a day at a time. We’ve had a generous contribution towards our costs from a very dear couple and we’re reminding ourselves everyday to let go and let God. The scripture reading I got this morning is from Hebrews 4: 16 –
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence (fearlessly and boldly), so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
God is good, all the time so we will continue to trust and obey. It may be round two but we are as eager as the first time round.