We finally had our consultation with Dr. S this evening. It went pretty well I think - the most important thing I took away is that he thought we should try at least one more time with my eggs before going to donor eggs. That was really really nice to hear - I was fully expecting to have to convince him that we should continue to try with my eggs.
He also said that it was a little mystifying to him why my stimulation results have been so poor, notwithstanding my low AMH levels (0.6). He said that even with those levels I should have done a little bit better. I asked him whether there were more aggressive protocols we could employ and he said that the "kitchen sink" method would include testosterone & estrogen priming plus clomid in addition to the usual gonal-f and menopur combination. He said there would be no way of knowing if it would actually work better until we tried it.
We closed by agreeing that I would go out there for my one day workup. He said he looked forward to meeting us and finding "that one golden embryo" that would work for us...that was also nice to hear.
So now we just have to get something scheduled - the only issue is that H has his stag party trip planned next week which is right smack dab in the middle of my days 5 - 13. I have to hope that AF (who is lurking around the corner just waiting to announce herself) holds off until at LEAST wednesday this week and then that Dr S is available the Monday following H's trip. Otherwise we have to push the whole thing off another month. Ugh.
Oh, and a funny coincidence - I just started watching the Giuliana and Bill show after reading so much about them on other people's blogs. And on tonight's episode, who should appear but Dr S, giving them some positive news and hope after so much disappointment. Giuliana started to choke up when Dr S told her she was a good candidate and that he was very hopeful that she'd have success - it was touching.
I hope they have success there and I REALLY hope we have success there. But with such a long road ahead of us all we can do is take one step at a time. One down, many more to go....