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Appt with RE #3 was today, and Bobby and I agree that this is guy we’re sticking with. Things I like: he has a private practice, his office staff is super-nice and helpful, and he has pictures of baby successes EVERYwhere. During the consultation, I mentioned that it was Day 3 of this cycle… didn’t think it would matter since we’re waiting until November, right? Wrong. Within the next 5 minutes, I’ve got a needle in my arm, filling up 11 — yes, ELEVEN — vials of blood.

See, now that’s what I like…. a man of action.

The labwork covered:

  • Prenatal profile
  • Endocrine panel (includes FSH, LH, TSH, estradiol, DHEAS, prolactin, testosterone)
  • Miscarriage panel (includes Factor V Leiden, Prothrombin II, MTHFR mutations, anticardiolipin antibodies, lupus anticoagulant)

I have an appt Friday for an HSG to check for physical blockages, and Bobby has an appt next week for an SDFA (advanced semen analysis that tests for DNA fragmentation). We’ll meet with #3 in two weeks to go over the test results.

#3 mentioned genetic karotyping, but didn’t even blink when I told him that Bobby & I aren’t interested in doing genetics until we ensure that the issue isn’t hormonal &/or physical.

And today was my 4th acupuncture appt. So I really enjoy acupuncture, and feel like I’m benefitting hugely from it. However, it is astronomically expensive… The sessions are individually pricey. The evaluation sessions are extra. But the herbs & supplements?! Wow. Walked out with $180 worth of Chinese herbs today. Holy mother, that’s some expensive shit, and it smells like dirt and I’m supposed to put it in warm water and drink it 3 times/day. Blech.

But despite my Chinese herb sticker-shock, today felt like a gigantic step in the right direction. I feel like we’ve found the guy who’s going to help us figure things out. And you know what? Maybe it’ll be our baby’s picture on his bulletin board next year…  wouldn’t that be lovely?