Thursday, December 07, 2006

Baby it's cold outside...

But it's certainly nice and warm in here with all the comments from other IF bloggers... I've been reading most of your blogs for months, wondering how I can get in on the loop... and now I'm here. Shout-out to Shlomit for getting that ball rolling. And thank you all for caring. I promise I'll try to update more often now that I'm getting read!

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There is so much to catch up on... I'll try to condense it.

About three weeks ago, my nurse from the fertility clinic called. Here's the unofficial transcript:

nurse: We need the name and phone number of your GP. We want him to deal with some of these test results.
me: oh, I guess that means you have my results back. Can you tell me about them?
nurse: (hesitates) well... some of them were a bit abnormal.
me: okay, can you tell me what the problem was?
nurse: a few of your levels are elevated.
me: do you want to tell me which ones?
nurse: it's your thyroid. So your family doctor needs to treat this.

So at that point I didn't have the presence of mind to ask the questions I should have, including:
1. Will the RE still meet with me to discuss the other results?
2. Are you offloading me onto my GP until the thyroid is under control, to the point where there's nothing you'll do for me until then?

Still haven't asked those questions. Mr. December will have to call them tomorrow and get some info. He's better at remaining unemotional and therefore remembering the answers.

Two days later, my GP's nurse called. They wanted me to do some fasting bloodwork. Um, I just did it TEN DAYS AGO. No matter, they want me to do it again. I rearranged my schedule so that I could do it that morning (hooray for not eating breakfast!). Then I called my doctor's office to make a follow-up appointment.

He couldn't see me until DECEMBER 12. There is no cancellation list because he's so booked up already that nobody cancels.

That's three weeks from the second set of tests to when I actually get to discuss them. Three weeks where I could have been treated for whatever problem I may have. That's almost an entire cycle.

It's another delay. Just another delay.

My shrink consoles me by reminding me that I am moving forward. But is moving at a glacial pace really that much better than standing still? I wonder.

3 comments:

ms. c said...

The answer to your question is: YES, moving at a glacial pace is much better than standing still. Even though it doesn't always feel that way.
Trust me, hon, I understand where you are coming from. If you read back through my archives you will see the hell I went through with my gyn for months before I was even able to see the RE.
Be sure to get some answers from the RE clinic. It important for your peace of mind to know how they are going to treat your thyroid issues.
Good luck with the tests from the GP. I know it's a wait, but getting answers will put you on the road to solving the problems, and getting pregnant.
Kepp us posted!

My Reality said...

I hear you on the frustrations. We have had more roadblocks put in front of us in regards to treatment. Eventually, you get to start doing something that will be a step towards getting pregnant, but the waiting until then is torture. If they can sort out your thyroid, it will definitely be a step in the right direction. And don't you just *love* the waiting with the Ontario healthcare system?

decemberbaby said...

Oh, yeah. I'm fully in support of a two-tiered healthcare system. The wait times here are ridiculous.

Thanks for the love. I see the GP next Tuesday, will definitely update everyone.