Thursday, September 8, 2011
IVF And Army Complications
Here I thought I was the only one with the fertility issues, but now it seems that the morphology of his sperm is now borderline. When did that happen?
So we are now adding into our procedure ICSI, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, and the AH, Assisted Hatching. This is going to up our cost of the IVF another $1400-1800.
Now for the biggest problem. Getting the chance to keep my spouse home for the IVF and pregnancy, God I hope there is a pregnancy.
My doctors aren't being that cooperative. I've now asked two of the folks at my REI to write a letter stating that in the event of pregnancy that they would recommend that my husband be allowed to stay on rear-D until the risk of loss is removed. They won't do it. Its not like we are asking him to stay home for the entire deployment. Nor are we asking his brigade to go understaffed either. We've explained to my doctors that they are currently overstaffed for my husband's slot and he would like to be considered for one of the rear-D slots that are open.
But no, REI can't help. Now I have a referral to MFM, maternity fetal medicine. I need to be evaluated for my high risk any way and maybe they could write a letter with a recommendation. I hope.
I have to go over to see a mental health doctor too. No I'm not crazy but I'm just getting myself prepared to deal with this deployment, a possible pregnancy, possible miscarriage, possible realizing that my fertile years are totally gone. I need someone to talk to about the hormone roller coaster that will understand what I'm going through. Maybe she will be able to write some sort of recommendation.
Next I have to see my cardiologist. I'm far behind on those appointments. I've missed two this year. Maybe Dr.K. will be able to write something about my risk factor.
I still have to go see my PCM, primary care medicine, for a prescription renewal of my high blood pressure and asthma medicines. Maybe Dr.G. will be able to write a recommendation.
I have my doubts. I'm certainly not going to ask my optometrist to write a note. I'm not blind yet even though my optic nerves are calcifying. Yes, eventually I will go blind.
I just want one of my doctors to write a blasted note that the commander needs before he makes out the list of who he is planning on sending out for this deployment. I'd like my husband to be left here. We've made so many sacrifices already. For three years we've had to put off trying to conceive because of training, hardship tour, deployment. Now I'm just asking for this IVF cycle and pregnancy time if there is a pregnancy. I'm not greedy. I'd rather not bleed to death on the floor due to a miscarriage because no one is there to help me.
I'm all set otherwise. I'll cope just like I always do. I have my two grocery bags of hormone injections all stored away like they should be. I have my huge plastic bag of needles and syringes next to the shelf stable medicines. I'm good to go. I know when and how to inject the medicines. But yesterday we were told in the seminar that I'm not to give myself the daily progesterone injection but that my spouse has to give it to me. So how the bloody hell am I to get that particular injection if he is deployed?
Who is going to write that letter?