After spending 2 hours of my time and $173 that I will never get back, I am ready to go for this cycle. I have my Clomid (I'll be taking 100 mg for 5 nights starting tomorrow), my HCG to trigger, and progesterone gel for after the IUI.
I was prepared to spend the money, but not the time. . . . at least not as much as I spent. I arrived determined to exercise some patience and brought along documents to review for my deposition this afternoon. By one hour past my appointment time, I had reviewed all my documents and was growing increasingly frustrated. I waited yet another 10 minutes after (politely) asking the receptionist how much longer my wait would be, and then waited 15 minutes with no pants (and no BlackBerry!) in the exam room once I was called back. All this for a 5-minute u/s with a nurse practitioner.
I am really at a loss about what to do to minimize my waits. I've asked to be booked for the first appointment of the day, asked what the busier days are, and have even considered changing clinics. It is absolutely ridiculous for me to spend two hours at the doctor's office to accomplish 10 minutes' worth of appointment! (The other five minutes was my teaching appointment with the nurse.) I can't help but think that something must be wrong with the system which this clinic has in place.
I am the first to admit that I'm not a patient person by nature, but this is about more than my inconvenience. Even if it doesn't interfere with the amount of work I get done (and the associated number of hours I bill)--because, in theory, I could work late or on weekends to make up the time--people are going to start speculating if I keep having long appointments during the work day.
I work in a small office: six full-time lawyers and about twice as many support staff. It's bad enough I'm having to go through this. Having everyone in the office talking about it would just add insult to injury. (I've already had people asking whether MM and I want children and speculating about our plans in that regard since before we got married!)
I can't imagine I am the only one of this clinic's patients who thinks that over an hour of waiting for an u/s is excessive. Surely other patients have full-time jobs? Else how do they pay for treatments?
Anyone have any suggestions? Is it this bad everywhere?
Anyway. . . . I have mixed feelings about starting the Clomid tomorrow. Nervous about possible side effects; resentful at having to take it at all; but also hopeful that it will help me get pregnant.