Thursday, September 25, 2008

The ol' switcharoo

So in a previous post I mentioned the three doctors with whom I will be consulting: Dr. Mil.ki, Dr. Schoolcraft, and Dr. Zouves ... choosing the Stan.ford doctor and the CCRM doctor were done for obvious reasons, but why did I pick Zouves? Because he's known for working with women with recurrent miscarriage. He's known for being a bit creative and at this point we're needing creative.

Well I found out yesterday that Dr. Zouves would like me to release all my 100+ medical records to his office (read: require my previous clinics to gather and fax over all 100+ test results to Dr. Zouves) and this would be required for just a 30 minute consult, whose intended purpose is providing me with enough information so that I can decide if I want to become a patient ... so he's requesting all of this before I decide to become his patient. Yeah, I don't think so. Did he not get my overly helpful patient summary along with copies of the 20+ most important test results? What more could this guy want? (haven't I shed enough blood? ... get it? blood tests? shedding blood? ... I crack myself up)

So instead we will do a consult with Dr. Sher at the Sher Institute (SIRM) he's the big cheese at SIRM. We have cycled twice now with the Sher Institute, but it's not been with Dr. Sher himself (he has many doctors working in his clinics across the US)

We respectfully told my current doctor that we are certain we do not want to repeat the protocol from the last two less-than-successful cycles. If all we're risking by changing protocols is 2 eggs ... then heck yeah, let's change protocols.

So my next post about the third consult will be from Dr. Sher not Dr. Zouves! I tried throwing a fourth doctor in there - Dr. Owen Davis from Cornell, I figure if I'm seeing the top 3 doctors in the country might as well see the top four!! What's ganna stop a determined gal like me? ... well, my insurance (crap sack that it is) wouldn't cover the $500 phone conversation. So, yeah, that's a no-go. I think three consults is plenty.

The ol' switcharoo ... one minute you think I'll be telling you what Dr. Zouves says, the next minute you find out I'm telling you what Dr. Sher says.

This little game of musical chairs is too much fun!!

28 comments:

  1. You have such a fantastic spirit, it's amazing. I don't really have much to contribute regarding current post, however, I've been reading for some weeks now and have always wanted to tell you what a great attitude you have and how inspiring you are.

    Also, your DH's name--does it have a meaning, it's a beautiful name.

    As someone who doesn't use insurance, I sincerely hope you are able to get some coverage as the costs out of pocket are 'ridiculous'!!!
    Praying for the best of outcomes for you.
    Best Wishes & God Bless
    Anna

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  2. WOW! You are impressive! I actually told my husband about Dr. Sher tonight at dinner - he didn't think I was crazy for thinking of takling to SIRM at all (which i sorta expected bc my mom thought i was insane). Do you mind if I ask how long it took to get an appointment for a consult with him?

    I can't wait to hear how it goes. Good luck and I know we'll be in touch!

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  3. I am so glad I just found your site. We are thinking about contacting SIRM because we've been none to happy about the clinic we used here in Florida.

    Our bad news is that we have no insurance coverage which drives me mad!

    I am so scared about doing it again and failing. Don't think I can handle it. So I will be following you for a while.

    Best wishes,

    Sherri

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  4. Hi Polly, Thanks for circling back to my blog.

    Well, seems like you are doing what I plan to do...so i will be looking forward Consult 3 of 3 report!!!

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. Just catching up here! Glad you're taking steps to move forward. When are you thinking of going out to CO? Btw, it might also be worth checking the meds coverage on your new Cigna. we had them a while back, and had 100% med coverage, tho 0 for actual IVF. They did cover all monitoring, etc. just not the actual ER and ET. Def. worth pursuing.

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  6. Hi Polly,
    I was going through your blog after conducting a google search on Zouves & his success stories to read while killing time on my TWW & stumbled on your blog. I just want to let you know I am going through an IVF session with Dr. Zouves. Many people has gone through him who had so many miscarriages and turn out with twins after seeing him. The reason why he requested for all your medical records because he is going to read through them and provide a perfect protocol for only you; and if you already have existing blood works, then he will use that. You will be amaze after you submit your medical records and see how much he knows about you. I met some of his previous patients, and they spoke highly of him. You should give him a chance and you never know, you might have miracles laying next to you. If you want to know more about him, feel free to message me.
    Good luck
    Kim

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