Wednesday, February 09, 2005

dial n for nurse

I talked to my IVF nurse yesterday. Believe it or not it was our first non-electronic communication. I've called her before, but always get her voicemail. Usually we just e-mail back and forth. I expected to get her voicemail again yesterday and had a message all prepared (something not too terribly panicked about why she hadn't returned any of my e-mails from last week) and was more than shocked when she picked up the phone herself. And pleasantly surprised that she knew exactly who I was as soon as I said my first name and seemed to have my file right in front of her. In fact, she had just gotten off the line with my husband's nurse.

Sometimes I forget that I'm not the only patient at my clinic and I have to say my little chat yesterday did nothing to dispel that fallacy. But in a good way. It was so nice to have the voice to voice contact, not to mention voice to voice contact that was friendly and helpful.

I do think I threw her off a bit, though. I was extremely cheerful throughout the whole conversation (in part because I was actually talking to a live person) and I kept making little jokes. Nothing side-splittingly funny, of course, (I'm no comedienne) but little one-liners about the availability of antibiotics in Mexico (no prescription necessary), getting my Lurpon across the border, and how we haven't quite narrowed down "the guy" for our donor yet. I'm sure my nurse thought I was off my rocker. Do most IVF patients call with a schtick? I don't think she knew what to do with me. She certainly didn't laugh at my attempted humor. But at least she was patient and answered all of my questions and assuaged my fears that I not had started my birth control pills for nothing because they had no record of me and Who are you again? IVF? What? When? Sorry, lady. I have no idea what you're talking about. And she didn't call my bluff in regards to covering up my fear and anxiety with tasteless humor.

She threw me off a bit too. Because of her name, I assumed the voice on the other end would be a deep throaty smoker's voice with a strong New York accent. (This, despite the fact I'd heard her outgoing voicemail messages a million times.) But my nurse has a high voice and nary a trace of a Queens or Brooklyn accent. . .I'm still holding out to see her in person. I imagine a 40 year old dirty blonde with straight hair cut in a bob. But that was before I heard her voice. Her real voice has thrown me off track for imagining her physical appearance- No way is she in her 40s. So I'll just have to wait and see.

Oh, and what I did I learn from my favorite nurse on the planet? That her e-mail hasn't been working. (She wasn't ignoring me! She never got my e-mails! She doesn't know what an anxious head-case I was last week!) That I'm all set for my mock transfer and saline sonogram on March 4th. That I'll start my stims on March 5th. That my Lupron injections are nothing to worry about. That I can do them in my upper thigh or my lower abdomen. That my husband needs to start antibiotics on the 5th. That as soon as we've chosen a donor we should let her know. And that we're good to go.

We're good to go.

The sweetest sentiment I've heard in a long time. From my nurse's mouth to my ears.


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Blogger Indigo Wolf said...

Those are such sweet, sweet words. :o)

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