I got a call from my nurse earlier today, and the cycle is officially dead before it began. Again. After having said that the pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) probe needed to be done before I started shots, my doctor switched up on me (again) and said that he won't let me start pills until it's done. This is at least the second time he's switched things up on me, after originally saying that he would prefer a day 5 biopsy instead of a day 3 one and then changing "would prefer" to "will only do."
My nurse is also pissed at this point. She's pissed at the gene lab for putting her in the middle and telling her to call me and tell me they needed parent samples rather than calling me themselves. She's also pissed at the gene lab only saying at first that they wanted samples from my parents and then later saying they actually wanted samples from both sets of parents. She's also pissed that I did what I was supposed to and that other people not doing their jobs is what is preventing me from cycling. So at least I'm not the only one that's pissed. She and I were kinda yelling to (and specifically not *at*) each other on the phone today since we were both upset.
So where does that leave me now? Well, for one thing, swinging back and forth between numbness, tears, and anger. Especially with getting the final word from my nurse, it's a good thing I had called in sick today (I'm basically ok, but running a bit of a temp and just feeling crappy), because I would have had a hell of a time holding it together for clients.
It also leaves me with a major decision to make, about whether to cycle in one month or three, and I'm interested in opinions. DH told me it was my decision and that he was ok either way. Two months just isn't an option because of an event at the end of June that DH and I are running.
If we cycle in one month, we have to have the probe done (which takes 3 weeks after they receive the samples from all 4 parents) by April 21. Overnight FedExing of the sample kits each way, but I'm not going to have the last address until tomorrow at best. I'm scared of the probe not being done in time and having to go through this emotionally again. Cycling in one month would also mean missing something at the end of May that is fulfilling to me. I've been told my friends will make it be ok if I choose to miss it, but it's something I get a lot out of and a chance to see friends I rarely see. Cycling in one month would also make it possible to get a second cycle in before my plan year ends on 9/30 (DH's plan year is 1/1 to 12/31). I have an out-of-pocket max of $3000 and an employer-paid deductible of $1500. This year, we put the other $1500 on DH's flex spending account both so that we didn't have to pay taxes on it and so we had it all at once instead of having to save it up. For a cycle after 9/30, we would need to either pay the $1500 between deductible and out-of-pocket max by gathering it together between 9/30 and the end of the year or by waiting for that next cycle until January 2013 so that we could have a new year's flex spending account.
If we cycle in three months, I don't have to miss my May event (although I would miss it next year if the cycle worked, but then I'd miss it less because I'd have a baby), and I don't have to be scared of the probe not being completed in time. I would start shots while DH is at or just coming back from a curling trip (yes, in the summer), but I would be about at or already at the beach with my family, and several of my cousins are/were nurses (one's a doctor, but I dunno if he'll be there). *Insert Smithers-like tapping of fingertips together* I would have to wait longer to cycle, though, and I don't think there would be any way to get another cycle in before my insurance plan year ends. So IVF #2 would entail either waiting until January or coming up with $1500. Which I know isn't an astronomical about, but still.
I don't need to make a decision right away, but I do need to make it soonish since I need to buy plane tickets if I'm going to the thing in May. I'm working on getting the sample kits out to the parents right away either way, to leave myself that flexibility, although if it takes long to get those back, that'll make the decision for me. It feels like the two main things driving me right now are fear of the probe not being done in time for waiting just one month and not wanting to miss the May event. What do y'all think?