Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lessons Learned

I have been reading so many blogs lately. There seems to be thousands of infertility, adoption, miscarriage and loss blogs. I try to leave comments on most of them to introduce myself, my story, and our non profit. I follow a few blogs but regret that I do not have more time to read other blogs in depth. There are so many women who finally did have a successful pregnancy after all the heartache. It is nice to hear that ART works for people even after loss and failure. It makes me a little sad when I think about our situation with ART. We had such an awful experience for the first 2 1/2 years. I firmly believe that being under the wrong care gave us no real chance of conceiving. This is why it is so important to advocate for yourself when it comes to health care. Don't just take the referral you are given. Get 2-3 opinions, ask a lot of questions, push your doctors to give you answers. It is their job. We learned this the hard way, but it is a very important lesson. I will use this lesson for any health issue that comes up in my life or loved ones lives.

Recently I had to go back to my OB (which is my second fertility specialist as well) for a regular check-up. Being in that office for the first time in over a year brought tears to my eyes. There were so many different types of emotions felt there: hope, relief, sadness, and grief. It was weird to only be there as a "regular" patient. I had a flash that I was just a woman who could conceive a child on my own. (It's weird how often I still do that-- forget about my IF problems.) There were a couple of women with me in the waiting room, and I wondered what they were there for. Were they getting ready for an IUI or IVF? How did they feel? How long had they been trying? It did feel good to walk out of the office and get on the elevator knowing I wouldn't be going back until next year. Instead I would be picking up my son in a couple of hours.

IF has left me feeling open ended about my life. I know I want to adopt again- a girl this time. But, because no doctor has ever told me I cannot conceive, I am left with the what-if's. Sometimes I like being in this position, feeling like the possibilities are endless. After all IF led me to my beautiful son. I cannot say I would change anything at this point, because of the outcome of our wonderful adoption journey. But, sometimes I wish I could plan out my family like other people can. I guess I need to embrace the fact that planning can be a little dull; our topsy turvey way of creating our family is more fun.


Mrs. Olson said...

You are so very right about advocating for yourself. We were with an RE that we were referred to. From the get go, we didn't have a good vibe from them and didn't feel good about them being our doctor, but we liked the doctors that referred us so much that we decided to trust their judgement. Well three failed IUIs later, a misdiagnosed progesterone deficiency and a non monitored Clomid 100mg cycle...I begged my OB to give me new names. After three phone calls I finally recieved the name of our new doctor and we couldn't be happier. We are anxiously awaiting our first cycle with them. Thanks so much again for the award! That made my day :)

Hugs from Kansas!

Mrs. Olson said...

Sorry, the teacher in me noticed I spelled received wrong in my post. Oops!


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