Today Dave and I went to Center for Reproductive Health to see Dr. Vasquez.  An infertility specialist.  He started CRH and is the only doctor there.  I actually found him through insurance and Dave and I decided to go check him out since insurance covers it. 
       So, we went today and met him.  We arrive about 15 minutes early to fill out some paperwork.  I was quite surprised by the small size of the waiting room.  Compared to NFC, it was very small.  There were a few others in the waiting room- but I liked the small cozy atmosphere.  The front office staff was very nice.  It was about 20 minutes later they called us back.  The nurse got my vitals and asked Dave and I several questions about our history and journey up this point.  They had already received all my records- Dave faxed the day before. 
         Dr. Vasquez then comes in the room and quickly performs an exam and tells us he'll meet with us in his office.  He didn't say much in the exam room at all.  So, Dave and I head down to the office.  For the waiting room being very small, the back of the office was fairly large and spacious- with a long hallway.  Dave and I enter his office and there are pictures of his children everywhere.  It was slightly awkward going in there and just looking around while we waited for him to come in.  A few minutes pass and he arrives.  He sits down at his desk and opens up my chart.  He doesn’t say anything for a few minutes and then he looks up and ask Dave and I – how are we going to make you a baby?  Dave and I look back at him and reply- I don’t know.  I’m thinking to myself- sir, this is why we came to see you- so you could tell us that.  If we knew- we obviously wouldn’t be here.   So right off the bat I was a little perturbed by his comment.  I could tell right away he had a slightly cocky attitude about him.  I mean don’t get me wrong- the man is good at what he does and if he can make us a baby that’s great, but sometimes bedside manner is just as important when it comes to your patients.  I was seeking a little more empathy and understanding from him then what he offered.  We talked for another 20 minutes about what he thought we needed to do.  He showed us several pictures and went over a plan to figure out why were not getting pregnant.                                                                                                                                                                                           
So what’s the plan?  His plan for us is another semen analysis for Dave- which we already know is completely normal.  But if that’s what they want to do –we’ll do it.  While Dave does his semen analysis I will be undergoing a sono hysterography under sedation.    I will not be able to drive after this test, so I cannot go back to work afterwards.     Once my period begins this month, I will undergo the Lupron Challenge Test to determine if my body responds to fertility hormone and how likely it is I will respond to IVF or IUI.                                                                                                                                                                
Then we go over all these test results with Dr. Vasquez by the end of September and hopefully have a plan.  I’m a little nervous about more testing and the Lupron shot makes me slightly uneasy.  I’m always skeptical of medicine and side effects.   I trust God and I know he has a plan for us and so we proceed forward.   

Lord guide us in every decision and give us peace about the decisions we must make ahead.  May we seek you through this and may we glorify you in this journey.  Prepare us for your plan.

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