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Old 08-04-05, 09:41 PM
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jjello, don't worry, it's not so bad
 
I am also from Maine (Yarmouth)...if you don't mind my asking, where do you live? I also went through boston ivf and I have to say that they are wonderful. They will be very thorough and not let you forget anything. I didn't have to go to boston for everything...one day a month they come up here for consultations, and the blood work and ultrasounds can all be done up here (makes it much easier). I am also happy to say that thanks to boston, I am 7 weeks pg with twins
 
The meds will probably make you moody and tired, but it really isn't that bad. Just think of the outcome
 
I am 35 and I have also never been pg. until now. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Missy
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Old 08-05-05, 08:37 AM
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Thanks everyone for your nice replies. I always thought of IVF as being so extreme, but as usual I think my fears might be a little overblown. After my first visit to Boston, I'm actually beginning to think I might do this, and even feeling a little excited. DH has left the final decision up to me, and last night I told him I was leaning in this direction. It's amazing what we can adapt to isn't it?

Missy, I'm so glad to hear Boston was supportive to work with from a distance. It is yet another thing I've been scared of. I live in the Blue Hill area and would probably have to go to Bangor for monitoring which is about 1.5 hour drive. Boston itself is about 5.5 hours. After speaking with the doctor though, I now realize they do long distance IVF all the time.

Stacy, it's nice to hear from you. I dropped off the DI boards because I was having one BFN after another and just needed to take a break for a while.
 


Thanks again for your hellos - I like hearing everyone's stories and feel much less alone. I have more questions (of course!) but will post them separately in a new thread.

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Old 08-05-05, 10:08 AM
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jjello, have you gotten to the point of finding out what your medication protocal would be? Boy, I thought my commute to boston was a drag
 
you live a ways away. Don't worry about that though....they make it easy. My insurance didn't cover anything either, but my costs in southern maine seem to be quite a bit lower than what you wrote about in your other thread. My ultrasounds were 162.35 each (and that covered everything including someone reading them), and my blood work was billed to me at the end of the entire cycle and included all bloodwork and it was 489.00. I had 3 ultrasounds for my 1st cycle and 2nd cycle and maybe 5 trips to the lab for blood work for each cycle. Since I didn't do my "stuff" in boston, I don't know much about their costs, but I think it's included in the price of a cycle if you do your u.s. and b.w. with them? Let me know if you have any questions about boston. My dr. is dr. Alper and he is great. Good luck Missy
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Old 08-08-05, 10:30 AM
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Missy my doctor would be Dr. Alper too - I'm glad to hear you like him.

I haven't gotten anywhere near the point of having a medical protocal yet though. First I have to get a preliminary ultrasound and bloodwork done in Waltham and my body has simply not been cooperating. I need to travel down on cycle day 2-4, and strangely AF has been unusually early and I couldn't make the appointments because of previous work committments. If it weren't for this study I'd probably hold off on everything until my schedule calms down in October. Oh well. :-)

Thanks so much for the $$ info - it was really helpful!
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