i have to give Dr. Derman credit: within a few hours of sending that email (on sunday night) he had replied, and one of the nurses called at 7 am to tell me a copy was waiting for me at the desk. without further ado, my embryologist’s report:
|Egg #||Day 1||Day 3,
# of cells
|3 & 4||2pn||6||2||frozen|
|7, 8 & 9||2pn||5||2||discarded|
|12 & 13||0pn MII||–||–||discarded|
|14 & 15||MI||–||–||discarded|
|17 & 18||atretic||–||–||discarded|
i have also spent hours pouring over my records. would you laugh if i said i had created a color-coded calendar in excel with bloodwork levels and SA counts and follicle sizes? i tell you, it is a thing of beauty. a tad bit obsessive, yes, but it gives me a quick reference if i need to find something.
so about those records. the main thing i took away from it was that he downplayed everything to us. i get having to sugar-coat unpleasant information, i have to do it all the time with parents at school. but all the semen analyses that he told me were “just a little low” are “very poor” in there. the transfer was “moderately difficult” and he needed to curve the catheter more. and although he refuses to tell me that i have PCOS, that’s my diagnosis on every paper in there. the part that, i guess bothered me the most was “the eggs are described as mushy and abnormal with poor membrane integrity.” ouch. i wish he had been that detailed talking to us rather than just saying they were poor quality.
so i guess that’s the end of Dr. Derman. i dropped off my records to the new clinic, took care of all the insurance crap, and now i’m just waiting to meet Dr. Y in a couple of weeks. i am really looking forward to having a second set of (better educated than my) eyes take a look at everything and tell me if my worries and concerns were warranted.