Thank you to whoever submitted the news about my lumpectomy to LFCA and to those who stopped by to offer their support. Tomorrow at 10:45 is my appointment to receive the biopsy results. I'll post as soon as I know.
Now, for all things infertility, let's rewind to yesterday afternoon: My consult/treatment plan appointment.
First, my doctor kindly removed the internal stitch from my belly button. Thank. God. I was tired of looking at it.
Then we discussed the plan. His clinic has better success rates with Femara than Clomid, which I already knew. He thinks that, given my decent response to Clomid, Femara is the best place to start. So for next cycle (cycle #24... two years...), we will be doing Femara + trigger + IUI#3. If for some reason I don't respond well, we'll do a different protocol for the following cycle: Femara + minimal injects, which are injects on days 5, 7, and 9 of my cycle + trigger + IUI#3 (previous cycle's IUI will have been cancelled due to poor response).
If all goes well, we'll do 3 IUIs--putting my total at 5. However, if Joey's numbers are still bad after IUI#4, we may skip the last IUI and move to IVF w/ICSI. We may also try a cycle of freezing a sample or two of Joey's sperm ahead of an IUI so we have more sperm to work with, or we may try a double or back-to-back IUI. This will all just depend on how the first cycle goes and what his numbers look like. He's less concerned about count, and more concerned about motility.
Cost. I was upfront with him: this was my biggest concern. I wanted a baby and would be willing to spend a ton of money on one, if I actually had the money. But it looks like we have options. They do a shared embryo program, where we give half of our embryos to another couple and half of the cost of our cycle is covered. They also offer free meds to couples who qualify financially (we should) and other financing options (fertility credit cards, loans, and installment payments on a case-by-case basis). As Joey said last night, we would make it work, somehow and someway. For now, we'll do our best to be diligent with money and save as much as possible just in case. And, as I tweeted yesterday, I was really proud of myself: I didn't vomit, crap my pants, break out in hives, rip my hair out, scream, or cry at my doctor's mention of IVF.
So that's it. If all goes to plan, we'll have IUIs in April, May, and June. And if AF gets her shit together and she arrives on time, all three IUIs could fall on the weekend. So cross your fingers that the stars align for me, because that would be three less days I would need to take off from work!