Tuesday, September 6, 2011

As another cycle inches closer

I started feeling crampy yesterday and my emotions have been going a little bonkers (I mean, I get annoyed watching Todd.lers and Tia.ras yet a couple nights ago when one of the crazy moms started crying because her spraytannedfaketeethfakenailsfakehairredbulldrinking3yearold won...I cried too) so I know that my period is going to be here any day now.

With that in mind, I've decided to start researching Dr. Hilgers because even though we are currently taking a few months off from meds and doctors, I think that when we start back up I want to pursue seeing him.

But like I said, as of now, I'm just researching. I'm not going to lie, it seems a bit overwhelming-any advice?!

Anyways, this post is short and sweet, I really don't have that much to say (shocking, I know!) but will end with saying that OMG...the weather here only got up to 88 yesterday!!! Last week we were never seeing under 100 and this week we are getting a sneak peek of fall...boy am I excited!!

Hope everyone is doing well!! How very exciting that we've had some preggo announcements in our little blogging community!!! Here's hoping and praying for a LOT more!!!

Blessed John Paul, pray for us!!


Sarah said...

Oh the fun of PMS! Dr. Hilgers and his fellows do get some great results. The first thing we did, after having enough charting behind us, was submit our case for Dr. H to review. His preliminary assessment was sooo helpful and so thorough (way better than the initial doctor we went to). Had insurance covered us, we would have gone with one of his fellows (shorter wait time, and I've heard great things about them). Instead, we are now seeing a NaPro doctor on the east coast (Dr. S in PA), but having Dr. H's letter on file was a great starting point for getting an appointment and getting rolling PA.

Sarah said...

Oh, and I'd say we waited about 2 months from the time we submitted our charts and info to when Dr. Hilgers was able to send his initial letter with suggestions. So yeah, it takes a little time. But once we got our letter back, PPVI Institute was ready to start all the testing we needed done asap.

Hebrews 11:1 said...

We are having beautiful weather here too!! Fall is in the air. :)

I think pursuing Dr. Hilgers is a great idea. My advice is, be patient. It may take awhile to hear back from him initially on what he thinks of your case. But PPVI offers a tremendous wealth of help and knowledge. I am always happy I turned to them!

Sew said...

If you have patience I'd say go for Hilgers, if not find a different napro doctor. ;)

boo for cycle... ;(

imusthaveprayedforpatience said...

My advice is to learn napro charting, if you don't already know it and get three months of charting down. He requires that. And then, all you do is send in a letter explaining your medical history, a copy of your chart, and any medical records relating to fertility testing and treatment. He charges a small fee for review and sends a letter back within a few weeks with his recommendations. I think typically he has everyone do a series of blood draws at a lab near you, and the blood will be sent to his lab. After than, you go for an ultrasound series.

I wish I had found him sooner. I think I started learning to chart last September. I had a laparascopy in February, which revealed extensive scarring and endometriosis, so then I had open surgery in May. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can get answers.

I remember when I got the phone call from his office to schedule my visit to Omaha, I got off the phone and just cried. I felt a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I felt like finally, I can stop googling and I can know that there is a doctor out there who is truly looking at what is wrong with me.

imusthaveprayedforpatience said...

Oh, my other advice is to get an Aflac hospital indemnity plan and an Aflac sickness plan. We had both of those, and it tremendously helped out with the costs. Dr. Hilgers was out of network for us, but the hospital was in network. We had about 6k in out of pocket costs, and Aflac paid us about 6k. So, we got out even.

Rebecca said...

Love imusthaveprayed's advice about Aflac - why didn't I think of that? Guess what site I'll be going to next????

Yes, it is all very overwhelming, and all I have done is see my regular doctor and schedule with a CRMS practitioner to learn to chart with Creighton. Sometimes I get sick to my stomach just thinking about all that will need to be done.

Perfect Power in Weakness said...

Boo for another cycle. No advice on Hilgers as I see a local Napro dr. near me. Good luck though!

JellyBelly said...

You should totally pursue seeing Dr H! Although there have been some challenges for me since I'm coming from another country, they are so great to deal with. If you want any specific advice you know where to find me!

Made For Another World said...

I say if you are willing and able- go for it. Especially with the surgeries. I don't have any experience, but after reading all these blogs for a few years it seems he's the best surgeon. Just my two cents- take it for what it's worth- not much!! Yuckers about the cycle- just yuck.

Holly Rutchik said...

It feels nice to have a plan though - makes one feel like they have a little control because you are doing everything in your power.
Prayers for that.
Also, that show drives in NUTS :) I cry every time I see it (I don't know why I watch:)

Second Chances said...

Just found your blog and so excited for you to be starting up with PPVI! You will not regret it.

Really, all you have to do is learn the charting and start for now. They will lead you one step at a time. Try to trust in them and be patient. The answers will start coming. Praying for you! Feel free to email me ANY time!

"His Perfect Timing" said...

Go for the PPVI institute! It does take awhile, so if you're even thinking about charting & sending stuff in, start early. :) It is nice to have possible solutions ... it was a relief to me that I wasn't beyond help.