Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Back to square one

OK so I WAS super excited about using Doctor Anderson in Alaska. BUT I think I have had a change of heart.

I called the Alaska clinic the first week of January. The IVF coordinator was so super nice. She asked me to send in all of my medical records, fill out a bunch of paperwork and she would have the doctor review my records and call me for a phone consultation. So I rushed and rushed getting everything together.

I waited a couple weeks with no word. I called the office and she said the doctor is super busy and there was one other phone consultation ahead of me. No problem. A couple more weeks went by and still no word. I called once again and she said I was next. Awesome.

The phone call finally came last Wednesday at 10:45 PM!!!!!! OK wow. I was sound asleep. I saw the missed call and message when I woke up the next morning. Dr. Anderson left a very sweet message apologizing for calling so late and asked me to call back.

I called back Friday and he was out of the office. So the phone tag began. He returned my call Monday at 10:45 PM. Once again I was asleep. He also called last night around 9:45 PM. Bless his heart :)

At that point I am thinking the three hour time difference may really be a problem. The 4,500 miles may be a little too far. Plus the busy/expensive season in Alaska starts in May. I was hoping to get this party started before May. At this rate that will never happen. I hear wonderful things about Dr. Anderson and I am sure he is a wonderful doctor but I don't think he is the one for us.

Today I am calling the overpriced fancy fertility clinic by my house. The doctors at the clinic here are very nice. The coordinator is not so nice but whatever, its close.

Who knows, I may change my mind again in a week but for now I am moving on.

I wish all my sweet bloggie friends who are using Dr. Alaska the best of luck. I am jealous.


Lindsey said...

Lets get this party started! How soon do you think you can cycle with the new clinic? I'm so excited for you!

A womb for rent said...

Sorry Jenny :( That is very frustrating :( Call me girl!!!

Anonymous said...

hi, just to let you know, yah we also waited for, I would say, over a month before we finally heard from Dr. Anderson himself. Well at least it was a before Christmas, one evening. He asked us when we wanted to get started, and when it was time for us to call his assistant back, we could not even get hold of her in weeks! Until finally we got all the information via mail, with the protocols and IVF info from their clinic. I just started my protocol last Feb 1 (starting with BCP) for 19 days, then on medication starting 2/24/11. We were only needed to fly up there on 3/1/11 (day 8 of our IVF cycle) so we did.

ER (3/4) and ER (3/7) were painless, done by Dr. Anderson himself. He's really good and caring. They charge cheaper rate for blood draw ($78) and U/S ($120) compared to other clinics while I was in Anchorage (2.5hr drive from Anchorage to Soldotna).

The day after ET we flew back home. Now we're just waiting till HPT on 3/21! We've been asking family and friends for prayers.. :)

Good luck to all of you, I just want to share my good experience with Dr. Anderson (Soldotna), and if you wanted more information just let me know.

COME ON BABY said...

WOW. Thank you for your story. If you wouldn't mind emailing me @ I would love to chat with you a bit more.

Best of luck for a BFP on 3/21!!!

Crossing My Fingers said...

What a bummer! I hope you find a clinic soon. You can always look in the STL area and have a place to stay with me!!!