Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"Gourmet Classics"

Just back from seeing my RE, Dr. W. I'll call him "Dr. Wonderful" from now on, especially after the wonderful news from today's visit.

What's on the menu for today's visit?

As an appetizer, the chef recommends an ultrasound. Main course? Saline ultrasound with a "mock transfer" for dessert, of course. It's the house specialty.

So, I'm waiting for Dr. Wonderful to arrive. I'm naked from the waste down, flimsy paper thing gripped at my waist, sitting on the crinkly paper at the bottom of the examination table, and what do I see? This:

Yes, folks. Those are pot holders over the stirrups. "Gourmet Classics," indeed! I can hear the ad now... "We cook up nothing but the best here at the clinic." I could go on to make omelet jokes, but I'll leave that up to the more humorous blogs (shout out to
999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility).

So, the wonderful news it that my uterus looks great. No cysts. My ovaries are producing eggs as we speak. The mock transfer was easy and painless. Actually, I barely felt anything!

Dr. Wonderful said he's going to change my Rx to lower doses of meds because things look even better than he had suspected.

Mr Jem and I brought over our test results to the acupuncture clinic associated with the the IF clinic. "Dr. Needle" looked at all the results and gave Mr. Jem vitamins and herbs to take to make his sperm better, swim better. We were both a bit skeptical as we're doing IVF with ICSI, but Dr. Needle reassured us that it should help. Hmmm...

All the same, it's nice to walk out of the clinic smiling.



Lin said...

Gotta love those stirrup potholders! LOL! Glad the mock transfer went swimmingly. If you don't mind me asking, What were the vitamins and herbs that "Dr. Needle" suggested?

JemLowSF said...

Dr. Needle gave Mr. Jem the following:
Fertility Blend for Men (high in zinc, selenium, L-Carnitine and Ferulic acid, an antioxidant). Tibulus (good for the swimmers), and a prioprietary blend of chinese medicine I've never seen before... Shou Di Huang, Shan Zhu yu... etc. He's also taking fish oil (as I am I in addition to the "prenatal" multi and folic acid.)

Hope that helps.

'Murgdan' said...

Potholders....really? Wow.

And it is true...any improvement you can get in the sperm is worth taking, even with ICSI. You want the best quality possible.


Lin said...

Thanks Jem!!!