Yup, you read that right. I took a pregnancy test today.
No, let me rephrase that. I HAD to take a pregnancy test today.
You may remember in my last post I mentioned how I was a little concerned because I am supposed to STOP taking my BCPs (birth control pills) next Friday 10/25. But I have not even started taking them yet because I still have not gotten my period since I stopped taking Estrace on 9/18 when my September transfer was cancelled. I had asked Katie, the NEDC IVF nurse about it last Friday when I received the protocol. She was not worried about it and said it is fine as long as I start my BCPs when my period started. So, a week later and still no period, so I called Katie today and asked her about it again. Since it has been a month (minus one day) since I stopped Es.trace, she told me to take a pregnancy test, just in case. If it was negative then start the BCPs today. Well, I'm pretty sure I am not pregnant. I even told Babe that I'd bet $100 that I'm not and he refused to take me up on it. Smart guy.
I had to run to Tar.get to buy myself a pregnancy test kit. Gosh I don't even remember the last time I bought one since I have always been pretty adamant about not peeing on a stick after my IVFs. I think I threw out the last kit I had since it had long since expired. I bought the cheapest Tar.get brand kit I could find. Well what do you know.......I'm not pregnant.
So I started my BCPs today. I will be taking it for only 8 days, and then will stop. My period is supposed to come after that, and hopefully I will not still be bleeding (if I get a period at all) when I have my surgery on the 31st, 6 days later. So, today was kind of exciting.... me taking a home pregnancy test. I almost forgot how to do it and had to read the instructions again.
I had an interesting day yesterday. When I cancelled our trip out to Knoxville in September, we had to cancel our flights too. We currently have about $550 in credit with Delta airlines for those tickets. Someone on the Face.book embryo adoption/donation group suggested I try calling Delta to see if I can get my rebooking fee of $200 per person waived due to medical reasons. So I called Travelocity whom I booked our travel package with to see if I could do that. After being on hold for about 15 minutes, I spoke to "Mike", and then was transferred to "Jerry". We all know I was neither speaking to a Mike nor a Jerry as I was quite obviously speaking to someone in India! I asked "Jerry" if I could speak to someone about waiving my rebooking fees as I had to cancel my travel plans due to medical reason. I explained to him my procedure was cancelled due to a medical reason, and I had to have surgery first. He asked why I didn't tell them about it before when I cancelled back in September. I said nobody asked me why I was canceling. I had only heard about Delta sometimes waiving fees due to medical reasons after the fact. Then he put me on hold and contacted Delta.
He came back and asked me to provide information about the hospital and doctor information. I tried to ask him which information he needed, the clinic where I was supposed to go for my transfer in Knoxville, or the hospital that I will need surgery from. I have to say I was getting pretty frustrated and annoyed because not only was I having a hard time understanding him, he kept interrupting me. I finally gave him NEDC's info and Dr. Keenan's name and clinic information.
The next thing he said totally surprised me. Because I said "National Embryo Donation Center" and "Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery" (Dr. Keenan's practice), he said don't worry ma'am', everything will be alright. I was taken aback for a bit. Did he just say what I thought he said? He said him and his wife has gone through that before and everything will be OK, whatever "that" means. He put me on hold again and spoke to Delta on the other line. I kept thinking, don't tell me everything is going to be alright. You don't know that everything is going to be alright. You don't even know what I am going through. What did YOU go through? IVF? Donated eggs? Adopted embryos? Maybe things turned out well for you, but does not mean it will for me! I was starting to get really annoyed.
When he came back, he said he will transfer me to someone from Delta and they will waive the rebooking fees. Again he said don't worry ma'am, everything will be alright. I was ready to hang up on him, and was so happy to finally speak to someone from Delta instead. I know that "Jerry" said that with good intentions, but I didn't want to hear it from him. Especially when he knows nothing about me nor what I am going through. I think it was unprofessional of him to say something like that. What do you think? Babe thinks it was no big deal, that "Jerry" could relate since he had similar experience, and was probably just trying to be helpful. I still think it was unprofessional. Maybe I'm being too emotional.
Well at least the good news is I now don't have to pay the $200 rebooking fees on those tickets when we are ready to use them.
And FedEx brought this today. My 14 day Lu.pron kit. I start on Monday.