Sunday, July 24, 2011
I Hate Lupron!
After this whole experience I decided to go on Dr. Google to see if any other women have had this type of reaction to Lupron. To my surprise, I found so many others that have completely lost it. Some have had to cancel their IVF cycles, others needed Benzos just to function, and there was one woman that I found that was actually hospitalized. This did make me feel better but it worried me at the same time as I never want to go through that again. I went and read the Product Insert for the Lupron and it said that up to 45% of women experienced psychiatric side effects from it. I obviously fall into that 45%.
So now that waiting game begins. I took my last BCP last night and I continue with 10 units of Lupron until AF shows up. Lupron can screw up things a bit where AF can come late but if it doesn't show by Thursday I will call my clinic to see if I can go in for baselines. I am not sure if I will even bleed after that last bleed I had about 2 weeks ago. Since I have been on the pill I am assuming that there isn't much of my lining that will shed so I will have to stay vigilant so I don't miss it.
On a different note, I received a phone call Friday afternoon that completely blew me away. The nurse manager at my clinic told me last week that the IVF prices were going up starting August 1st but she wasn't sure how much. I called the clinic's main financial department and spoke to one of the women over there. She went over the new prices and explained everything fully. Yes the prices are going up, but considering what you are getting not to mention the quality of care that comes with it, the prices are amazing. I asked if there were any specials coming up as I missed the last one by about a week. In December my clinic ran a special for 1 week where if you bought a 2 IVF package, they would give a 3rd cycle for free. She said that she didn't know of any and they actually didn't find out about the previous one until the day that started running it. About an hour after I talked with her she had called me back. I figured she forgot to tell me something about one of the packages but that wasn't it at all. She was calling to tell me that because I had missed the special last December that they were going to give me a free IVF cycle so I do not have to pay anything for this current IVF! I can't believe it!! I am so thankful and overjoyed and feel so blessed to have this wonderful "family" in my life. I always say that if it wasn't for their care and support, that I don't know if I would still be doing this. There is, however, a part of me that feels guilty. I know that there are many women out there that can't afford IVF and have to give up for financial reasons. I knew going into this that I only had the funds to do one more package and then my journey would come to an end but still, I could afford one more package. So, I have decided that once my journey comes to an end and I end up with my little miracle in my arms that I am going to pay it forward and sponsor a patient at my clinic and help them out financially through IVF. This process has changed me forever and I would give my left kidney to help someone else out. I know what it feels like to think that I may never be a mom and it is the most awful feeling in the world. I am hoping that through this sponsorship that I can keep another woman from ever having to feel like I have.