Author Archives: Kaitlyn

IVF Prep

Super-Secret Post Concerning month 36 (approx. September, 2014) The protocol we were put on didn’t require any ramp up of medication in the cycle preceding IVF so we could go straight to IVF. But my hubby should visit his grandmothers every chance he gets and there’s a wedding in his hometown next cycle, so we’re taking a short break (and a leisurely pace to get all the paperwork and information sessions out of the way) before we jump in.

Ottawa Testing and Results, Continued

Super-Secret Post Concerning month 35 (approx. August, 2014) There were a few crossed wires when I went in for further diagnosis, but it went OK anyway. First, I was experiencing my regular anxiety over determining if I was really on day one or not before calling. Also I didn’t know how much to drink beforehand (the booking confirmation email said “not empty bladder” but the assistant had said “full bladder”) and when I called for clarification I got the line […]

The Ottawa Test Results…. Part A

Super-Secret Post Originally composed during month 34 Ok — so we only needed this one test result from the Ottawa clinic. Or so we thought. The doctor’s tone immediately after pleasantries was such that I thought for sure my AMH number was terrible. She had some stuttering and false starts and looked generally like she was going to deliver bad news. (“So… we measured your AMH… and…. well…”). And in a way it was bad news — the number was […]

The Ottawa Consultation

Super-Secret Post Concerning May, June, and July 2014 I am catching up to the point where I have to pay attention to when I post these such that I keep the 3 month delay I originally intended. I knew that a couple of posts covering longer stretches of time would help catch up and that’s why things were overly-delayed for awhile. For a short period of time, we were under the impression that the time we forfeited in fertility progress […]

Break for My Work Placement and Our Second Move

Super-Secret Post Pertaining to February through May, 2014 I know how complaining about delays must look. Here I am, with other things I’m prioritizing above treatment (like deciding to do a work placement instead of IVF), and moving cities twice in a year which obviously sets us back. It’s something that you can’t understand unless you’ve been there, and even then it’s a lot about personal coping. And for me, it’s a lot about working with incomplete information and making […]

Gravida 2, Para 0

Super-Secret Post Pertaining to Month 27 (which wasn’t over yet) More terrible news, this time far less expected. When last we left off, we were waiting for my next cycle to start so we could dive into the world of IVF.

Waterloo Counseling

Super-Secret Post Pertaining to Month 27 As promised, here separately is the account of our private couple’s pre-treatment counseling session.

Waterloo Testing

Super-Secret Post Pertaining to Month 27 and 28 The testing in Waterloo was very different than in Vancouver. With all the appointments scheduled for me at the beginning of a cycle and performed at one location, it painted an extremely detailed picture of one cycle instead of piecing together data from different points of different cycles from different specialists at appointments I had to secure for myself. Much detail follows.

The Waterloo Consultation

Super-Secret Post Recap of the end of Month 26, composed near the present since I had no contemporary notes We were pretty excited about our consultation in Waterloo. We had been referred before we left Vancouver so we had an appointment waiting for us within three weeks of our arrival. With 4 cycles between then and my work placement, I figured there’d be no problem getting our 2-3 bank-up IVF cycles done by March (the idea being that we wouldn’t […]

Break for the Road Trip

Recap of Months 24, 25, and 26, composed in the present since I had no contemporary notes We had been waiting for quite some time to decide if we were going to relocate. When we got the bad diagnostic news in May of 2013, I said we were picking up and relocating without a reason to do so except that we needed to come home (and I wanted to feel in control of *something*). We picked our university town of […]