Here's the awaited update...finally! Thank you for being so patient with us! As you could probably guess, the past few days have been full of hopeful anticipation as we traveled on Tuesday to Colorado for our first appointment with our new fertility doctor not-so-bright and early Wednesday morning. The day began with a group meeting of several couples for an overview of the clinic. After that, it was a day full of appointments for both of us. We were on a tight schedule, as our flight out of Denver left at 5:25! Jen, the patient care manager, suggested we continually check-in early for each appointment, in case we could sneak in during a lull in the schedule.
We met with the business office to discuss finances. Chris had to go to another floor for various male-specific testing, and I was able to get a bite to eat from the cafe. It was important we stay hydrated due to the altitude and to make the blood work go more smoothly (being well-hydrated makes the search for a suitable vein easier, and the stick itself is less uncomfortable).
We met our lead nurse, Courtney, one of a 3-member team with which we'll work closely. Chris and I had a fabulous rapport with Courtney and feel we are in great hands with her. She went over the blood work I needed to get that day, and gave me instructions about testing I'll be doing back here in RI (including the blood work I had done this morning). If there was a test that was not required to be done by their lab, I opted to do that here in order to save money (blood draws at the clinic here are free). I'll need to do another draw in early October, freeze the specimen, and send it to Colorado. Overall, the session with Courtney was very informative.
While waiting for one of our appointments, the doctor himself came looking for us because he had heard we were in a time crunch; he had an opening in his schedule and was able to see us early. Knowing how busy he is, we were very grateful for this! We weren't scheduled to meet with him until the end of our day. I already had it on good authority that he was amazing, but meeting him in person was such a relief! We could feel his warmth, compassion, and knowledge immediately; it's an added bonus that our new doctor gives us an overwhelming feeling of confidence...we are in exquisite hands for this big opportunity!! Immediately following the meeting, I was taken to a procedure room for my hysteroscopy (done by the doctor). It is a fairly quick procedure that scopes out the uterine cavity and checks for fibroid tumors, polyps, intrauterine adhesions, or other pathology. I was able to receive results immediately: ALL CLEAR!!
We rounded out the day with consent signing and the blood work necessary for both of us. Thanks to the advice of Jen at the beginning of the day, and the doctor's willingness to fit us in to a break in his schedule, we were out of the clinic by 2:15! We easily made our flight and had a pleasant, but long trip home.
By 1 am Thursday, we were in bed, and poor Chris was up again at 5:30 to make his important exam!
While it was a busy, information-filled 48+ hours, we encountered kindness around every corner!! The flight attendants and pilots of all our flights were light-hearted and entertaining. We had great conversations with the young woman attending our first flight, and with the man attending our long flight back; Michelle and Stephanie, members of the ticketing staff of the airline, were super-helpful & friendly, too. We LOVE Southwest Airlines!! The staff at the hotel check-in were friendly, and the "regular" who was at the check-in desk gave us a great recommendation for a quick bite to eat that night.
So, you may be wondering where we stand. Great question!! We have to wait about 1 week for all the test results to be summarized, and for the doctor to review them and make a plan. Courtney, our nurse, was able to give us a general time-frame for our treatment which we will share with you once it is more concrete (which should be in about a week to a week and a half).
We'd also like to share with all of you the utterly amazing feeling, the ABSOLUTE JOY! of being blessed so richly by Everyone who has been a part of our lives either from the very beginning, or more recently...I sometimes need to pinch myself because I wonder, "Is this for real???"
We are so grateful for all the prayers & shares, and financial support you have offered to us!!
In the end, we know there are no guarantees on the outcome of our journey, but from where we stand, there's absolutely nothing but HOPE in front of us. That HOPE comes first and foremost from above, but it also comes from all of you! THANK YOU!!
As an important side note, we'd like to say that our prayers & thoughts are with those in the beautiful state of Colorado who have been affected by the flooding...
My handsome driver ;)
Worlds of opportunity ;)
Awww...he's just sooo tired!