Today we both took the day off work and did some shopping and had lunch in the city before our 2pm appointment at the clinic. As usual, we had to wait a little bit, but the waiting room is pleasant enough and there are always good magazines. Often we are by ourselves, but if there is another couple there I find myself wondering how far along the process they are. I like to think that the ones who are still looking bright and enthusiastic are just beginning. On our first few visits I remember assuming that everyone else was more experienced and knowledgeable than us, but now I know that it always feels strange and daunting no matter what stage you're at! I definitely feel much less excited and full of hope than I did before. I am tired of coming to this waiting room.
We met with Nurse J in her little room and she pulled out the familiar green cooler bag with its many and varied contents. There were all the forms and other documents, like the diary telling us what to do on which days, the instructions for the medications and lots of extra blood test forms for me. (I had to have a blood test right after the appointment and may have more later in the week to pinpoint ovulation and the day that we start the injections.) The bag also contained the three different kinds of medication that we'll be using (Gonal-F, Buserelin and Ovidrel), syringes, disposable needles, lots of alcohol wipes and a sharps disposal container. D is very confident that he can remember everything but as usual I was needing to think about the process step-by-step. The short-term plan is that the nurse will call tomorrow with the results of the blood test and to let me know if I need to have any more, and I also need to call the clinic when my next period arrives in a week or so.
Before we drove home, we dropped into the testing centre to have my blood test done, and then we went to the pharmacy to drop off a couple of prescriptions for prophylactic antibiotics. This is another new measure. Apparently infection with a bacteria called ureaplasma may increase the risk of miscarriage after ICSI. I don't mind - I've never had any trouble with antibiotics in the past. D will pick up the antibiotics later in the week and we will take them on the day we start the Gonal-F injections. The good news is that I don't have chlamydia!