How was your experience with Gregory Chow at Madigan Army Medical Center?
I had an ultrasound at my first appointment in which it was pointed out that i had "a lot of follicles" which was pointed out as a good thing. My amh came back elevated, yet he did not mention it. I did the research myself and at the next appointment I brought up how I had read the elevated amh and the ultrasound to me seemed like PCOS even though he had said we had unexplained infertility. I don't feel that I was really heard or paid attention to.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Chow at Madigan Army Medical Center?
Advocate for yourself if you are coming to this clinic in general. As a military spouse, I have seen first hand how sometimes the level of care in a military facility is not always great. I felt that when I was seen by Dr. Chow as well as other staff at this clinic that I had to really do research myself and ask questions, versus being guided and encouraged the way someone going through infertility should be.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Chow at Madigan Army Medical Center?
At this clinic in general, you seem to see different people every time. No one really reads up on your history from past appointments that thoroughly. I felt like having too many people involved made everything less effective.
Describe the protocols Gregory Chow used in your cycles at Madigan Army Medical Center and their degree of success.
I was given letrozole at the lowest dose days 3-7, followed by an ovidrel shot and IuI. Before moving away, this is the only treatment we were able to try at this clinic. I only produced one decent follicle and was told my lining looked good, yet it did not work.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses mostly just came in to observe as it was required when there is all male doctors. I didn't have any real conversations with the nurses, as any blood draws were done in a lab at another part of the hospital.
Describe your experience with Madigan Army Medical Center.
The one strength this clinic has is their front desk manager Mike. He always makes people laugh and feel better in the waiting room. He is the one ray of sunshine in that clinic, as everyone else had rather serious personalities. A huge downfall I feel is the location. This clinic is directly next to the maternity / OB so from the waiting room you can see the pregnant moms coming in and out. It is extremely difficult to sit there while you're struggling, and consistently see into the room you wish so badly to be in. I also feel this clinic needs to not have a different doctor at every appointment. It makes it really hard to connect and feel like someone really knows what is going on with you, when it is someone new each time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Chow at Madigan Army Medical Center.
One blessing was that we did not have to pay for service here. Even the IUI was free which with it not working, I am glad we did not have to pay.
Describe Gregory Chow's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Madigan Army Medical Center.
What specific things went wrong at Madigan Army Medical Center?
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Madigan Army Medical Center.
I mentioned a bit earlier, that the cysts on my ovaries and elevated amh level was ignored. I brought up myself that I believed I had PCOS, yet they didn't seem to think so. Yet, at a new clinic right away the doctor said yes PCOS.