Thursday, June 4, 2015
We met with Dr. McKinney yesterday. It was a little strange walking into their office. I told Todd that I felt like I was going home, but to an abusive home. They aren’t abusive people, but IVF is starting to feel a bit sadistic.
Dr. McKinney spent an hour with us. At some point during our visit, both of her nurses found us to hug our necks. It was nice to feel love. I did tell Todd that I felt famous in a place I didn’t want to be famous, though.
We had to break the news that we had cheated on her with Dr. Ahlering. Of course, she understood. She said that if we wanted to look at other REs, she wanted us to consider Dr. Bill Schoolcraft in Colorado. Anyone follow Giuliana Rancic? (By the way, I love this article about her and her struggles.) I had actually looked into Dr. Schoolcraft before we really got into IVF. He has some of the best success rates in America, so I wanted to know if he would be an option. At the time, I thought his prices were too high; throw in the cost to travel to Colorado last-minute, and we ruled him out. I used to think that I wouldn’t be able to quit IVF without trying Dr. Schoolcraft. When I learned about Dr. Ahlering last year, I changed my opinion to be that I wouldn’t be able to quit IVF without trying Dr. Ahlering. Maybe this is God taking us full circle. Regardless, Todd and I will do our research and discuss this option.
Dr. McKinney also suggested that if we are ready to consider moving onto donors, she would suggest we pick an egg donor and fertilize half of her eggs with Todd’s sperm and half with donor sperm. Truthfully, our hearts are not ready to move onto donors. If you have ever seriously faced that decision, you’ll understand how it’s not an easy one.
All in all, it was really good to see Dr. McKinney and her staff. As much as I may joke about feeling too comfortable there, it really is nice to feel like we’re home, again. If I had to do IVF anywhere, I would want it to be with Dr. McKinney.