It’s Monday morning and in a few hours I’ll be off to QFG to collect the semen that will hopefully give us the family we are hoping for. Though I must admit I am even less convinced that it will work this time around.
When I called the clinic on day 1 of my cycle, instead of telling me to go for blood tests on day 11 and 13, I was told to go on days 12 and 14. It wasn’t explained why but I’m guessing there was a reason. When I was called on the afternoon of day 14, I was asked to go back in again for another blood test between 7 – 9am on day 15. Due to a miscommunication however, I didn’t realise this until the afternoon of day 15 by which time I had missed the blood collection opening hours. I was pretty annoyed and upset that I would probably miss ovulation for this month. Candice suggested I text the specialist and see if we could just go ahead with the insemination the next day anyway. She replied saying that she was unable to do an insemination without seeing my blood test results first. She said to just go in on day 16 for the blood work and hopefully it wouldn’t be too late.
So yesterday Candice and I headed into the city nice and early to ensure there was no way I was going to miss this stupid test. Both of my arms are bruised where the veins are from being pricked but I’m getting pretty used to the whole blood collection centre now so I don’t feel as uncomfortable as I did the very first time I went there. I got one of the nurses I liked so that was a relief.
Afterwards, Candice and I decided to stay in the city for breakfast and I was secretly wishing for a phone call from the specialist telling me to head on down to her office for the insemination right there and then. Unfortunately there was no call until that afternoon, by which time we were already back home. The good news was that she told me that it didn’t look like I had missed ovulation for this month and that she could do the insemination the next day – today.
I’ve had to call my work this morning to let them know that I’ll be late. I would love to call in sick and not go at all but it feels like I’ve had quite a bit of time off lately. The last thing I want is to get on the bad side of my employer. They don’t know about any of the fertility stuff that I’m doing and I would rather keep it that way for now.
This insemination will use the last of the sperm we have in storage at QFG. I spoke to the donor coordinator about accessing more from our chosen donor and she is looking into it. At this point though she isn’t sure if anymore will be available. If that’s the case Candice and I will have to go through the donor program and try and find another donor we like.
So 2 weeks from now I guess I’ll take a home pregnancy test. Fingers crossed.