Wednesday, December 15, 2010


The long awaited ODWU came on Friday, December 10th at CCRM in Colorado for those of you who don't know.  Our appointment was located at the Lone Tree Office. Everything was expected. I have been following a lot of blogs through this long process so I even knew what this place looked like inside and out.
Let's just say it's a long day of sitting, waiting, signing and of course all the tests they perform. Everyone was great and I love or RE. We have decided  to hold off on our first IVF treatment until the Spring of 2011, mostly due to financial reseaons, IVF is not cheap and once you add CCS testing &  ICSI to it, the price nearly doubles and we don't want to be in debt forever so we are saving the $20,000 and not taking out any loans. Let's just say I hope next Christmas we have more to celebrate.

The day went at follows:
7:30-8:30am-Nures Orientation to IVF at CCRM: Required Group Meeting. Basically you go over the CCRM policies and procedures. They discuss everything from the drugs you inject, having multiples, donor egg/sperm, a generic timeline, caffeine, blood work and much more. They let you ask questions but I would just hold off until you meet "your" IVF nurse as everyone is assigned someone.
8:30am: New Patient Consult: With your IVF Dr. We met with Dr. Gustofson because our local RE recommended him to us.
9:00am: Nurse IVF Consult: you will meet "your" assigned IVF nurse. Ours is Annie and she seems really nice, young but really nice and helpful! I am fine with young because I feel like they are excited about being at work.
10:00am: Genetic Counselor: We met with Danielle who was great. We are doing the CCS-that adds $6780 to the price tag. Regroup with her before ER. I love how they keep telling my how young I am. I don't feel that way being 34.
10:30am: Baseline Ultrasound +Doppler: Here they check your ovaries and count follicles, measure uterus and they check the blood flow to the uterus. One of the sonographers does this.
11:00am: Blood Work for Communicable Diseases (required). We did not do this since we are putting off IVF until April. It only stays current for 6 months so we didn't want to repeat it. They said to get it done somewhere else to make sure everything is fine (no surprises) and then they would do it the week of the ER.
11:30: Semen Analysis: Husband always says he's doing it for the team.
11:30: Hysteroscopy-performed by your Dr. Let's just say I felt some cramping and it did become uncomfortable at one point. Take Advil before procedure as I did not. They check the uterus for any polyps and other issues. It's considered a trail transfer.
12-1pm: Lunch: They do have a group lunch seminar. We choose to do lunch else where. We ate and then filled my prescription for the antibiotics they give you that you have to take after the Hysteroscopy at the nearby Super Target.
1pm: Fertility Labs of CO Consent Review: Get ready to sign your life away. Husband was not ready for all the questions.
1:30pm: Business Office: Go over fees & payment option. There is only 1 option, you much pay in full or if you have insurance you are so lucky.

Still waiting for our phone regroup with Dr. G...

Here are some pics of what you will receive.

The CCRM "Bible"

The Welcome Letter
The Fees
It does state that they require a $1000 deposit to be put on the schedule but the business lady to us that, that's not required for out of towners. Their reason is that they feel us out of towners are committed since we showed up for the ODWU. 

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