January 31, 2013

IVF -- Day 1

Today was my baseline appointment for my IVF cycle.  I am staying with a friend who lives outside of DC, so we had to leave the house at 4:30 in order to get there for my 6:45 AM appointment.  Ouch.  I arrived at Walter Reed and took a number (how Army is that?) and waited my turn.  I then learned that I cannot attend ultrasounds alone, so my friend came in to chaperone me.  What they needed her to do was take the doctor's notes as she did my ultrasound!  I told them that I would not have a chaperone for any future appointments until my husband joins me in two weeks, and they said that we would just grab a stranger in the waiting room to come in to my vaginal ultrasounds and take the doctor's notes.  Yep, how Army is that.  Also, ever heard of HIPAA violations?

The Army keeps costs low by recruiting strangers to record your personal medical information.

I then went to the pharmacy and got a brown shopping bag full of syringes and medications and a sharps container.  Oy.  Tomorrow I attend an injection briefing to learn how to use it all.

How Army is that?

Posted by: Sarah at 09:29 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 I'm still laughing at the FB thread this spawned.  Words seem inadequate.  I keep wanting to start with "I can't imagine" but I can--all too easily.

Posted by: Sig at January 31, 2013 10:12 PM (OjLVw)

2 Might "gently" suggest that the doctors use Dragon Naturally Speaking medical version that transcribes speech into an electronic file.  My daughter is a disabled Army vet.  All her doctors in 2009 at the Wounded Warrior Battalion, the hospital and the physical therapy plus her civilian pain management doctor used the software. Maybe the Army has gone to another speech transcription software, but it exists in no small part to avoid what you just described.  Good Luck!!!

Posted by: HChambers at February 02, 2013 12:28 PM (T+5j0)

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