12.04.2009

Exploring my options

It's Friday, hooray! I have to come back to work tomorrow morning for testing. Boo! At least I don't have to be here until 9:00 though, hooray!

Today is pre-op day and I get to leave work at 2:30. I can't forget to have the doctor give me a note to give to work! HR made me do a leave of absence in case I'm gone longer than 3 days, since the doctor's office said recovery may be up to a week. I know, fascinating, right? Why am I telling you all this boring stuf? I don't know.

What I really want to talk about is the Creighton Model. Have you heard of it? It's basically a standardized and very detailed way to chart your CM & bleeding to try to achieve or avoid pregnancy, but it can also help determine problems getting pregnant. A few months ago I heard about this clinic in Omaha where they diagnose and treat causes of infertility (rather than utilizing ART - they use meds and surgery, but not IUI, IVF, etc.). The doctor there is a leader in the field and if you use the Creighton Model you can send him your charts to analyze. Then he suggests tests based on your charts, which many women get done at the Omaha clinic, but there are other doctors around the country that are familiar with the methodology as well.

So why am I interested in this? I read this peer-review study about the clinic and its practices and the thing that struck me the most was that during the study, 47% of women came to the clinic with a prior diagnosis of unexplained IF. After being evaluated there, only 0.5% were still unexplained. That's huge! So I emailed a semi-local woman who teaches the Creighton Model (apparently you have to be instructed how to do it) and I heard back from her today. She gave me some info and said she won't be doing any introductory sessions until at least January because she is busy with work (she's a nurse), which actually might be fine since December is such a crazy month anyway. I don't know how much she charges; from what I've read the instructors just charge whatever they want, anywhere from $20 for each session to $500 for the whole "course," so we'll see about that. Until then I think I might ask Dr. Google for more info!

I'm trying not to get myself overwhelmed, that happens pretty easily and I was all anxious about it yesterday. I still have to take things one step at a time, and right now I'm on the "get the lap" step. I just hope it gives me some answers! But, I guess it's good to know there are still other options to explore if it doesn't. I'm not getting any younger and I don't want to waste any more time if I can help it.

As previously mentioned, it's FRIDAY!! I hope you all have a wonderful day :)

4 comments:

Misty Dawn said...

Can't believe its time for your lap already, yikes! It took me 3-4 days to recover from both of my laps, so it shouldn't take you too long. I think Thurs-Sun should give you plenty of recovery time.

elephantscanremember said...

I was out from a Friday (day of lap) and did not go back to work until Tuesday. I had to modify the way I lifted anything.

I hope it does you some good. Since mine, I have not had one UTI or painful sex like I used to. I hope you get some relief.

I thought you typed "Creighton MOTEL" not Model. I had to go back and reread what a motel had to do with charting and IF. Good grief I can't read!

Emily said...

This is very interesting... I'm going to do a little googling myself!

E said...

That would be awesome if they could actually diagnose. So many people go as undiagnosed.