Just got back from my pre-op for tomorrow's hysteroscopy. It was uneventful, except that they took more blood. I'm beginning to realize this is just part of going to the RE...if they can draw your blood, they probably will! I think I'll be a pro at this by the time we're done! In fact, after I got back from my first RE appointment where they had taken 8 large vials, I was talking to my preggo boss about it and she said, "Oh, just wait until you get pregnant, you'll be a pin cushion." I laughed and assured her that I'd likely be a pin cushion long before that!
I know that my body doesn't like anesthesia very much, so I expect to be pretty groggy and weak for until at least sometime Saturday. Should be a relaxing, recuperating weekend and then back to the grind on Monday. Next up is the 11/25 SA followed by a yet to be scheduled follow-up, "finally get the plan" appointment, which should be sometime in early December.
Meanwhile, I'm contemplating changing REs. Yes, I'm ridiculous, but here's why. The only reason we picked this clinic was because of the clinical trial(s). We're passing up the current trial and the next trial isn't slated to start until second quarter, at the earliest. I think I've probably said before that I'm willing to cut this clinic a lot of slack because I know that, if we can do a trial, it will be so much cheaper. That said, if we know we're not doing the trial now, we can find a good RE closer to home who's IUIs are a bit cheaper.
More than that, though, I just don't know that I'm pleased with the "feel" of this clinic. The nurses are wonderful, for the most part, and Dr. K is very knowledgeable with an "ok to good" bedside manner...but, everyone else is sort of non-responsive. In the beginning, I had to reschedule my initial consult, so I called the new patient coordinator and left a message asking her to call me back. After waiting four days, I finally asked the front desk if they could reschedule it instead. Luckily, they did. At the initial consult, there were some things that left me less than pleased after our discussion with the billing specialist (unanswered questions after repeated attempts to get them answered). More recently, I realized that I didn't know what time my hysteroscopy was scheduled for, so I called the surgery coordinator and left her a message. Never heard back.
Those kinds of things are unacceptable to me. The nurses and doctor are great, but if the team isn't strong, the patient experience isn't either. So, I'm just wondering...if we change to a smaller clinic, closer to home until the next trial starts if it will be worth it. Or, more trouble than it's worth for just 6 months or so.
My brain is always contemplating something...
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