How was your experience with Richard (Dick) Blackwell at University of Alabama Birmingham?
He doesn’t do procedures anymore, because he’s getting up there in age. But he was honest, and even told me i should have already had my husband checked because he’s older than me! And he set things in motion fast. My mom went with me and thought he was hilarious. She’s always thought I might have endometriosis. He said I didn’t. He told me what to expect, and so far it’s tracked along with that.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Richard (Dick) Blackwell at University of Alabama Birmingham?
Write down your questions!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Richard (Dick) Blackwell at University of Alabama Birmingham?
He was kind, explained things honestly, which I appreciated.
Describe the protocols Richard (Dick) Blackwell used in your cycles at University of Alabama Birmingham and their degree of success.
He used letrozole instead of clomid, because he said that clomid can cause problems (I honestly don’t remember what those were but made sense to me). We did sperm analysis, then track cycles, then iui, then if that didn’t work the last step would be ivf. Nothing has worked yet, but we haven’t tried ivf yet.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Alabama Birmingham. (Assigned nurse: Nurse practitioner- )
They were fast to get meds called in and answered questions quickly. But sometimes I had to ask because questions weren’t anticipated and things weren’t explained before hand
Describe your experience with University of Alabama Birmingham.
Know that you need to ask the questions to find out what to expect. They are helpful answering questions but you have to ask. The nurse practitioner, Courtney, was much warmer after I got to know her. At first, not so much.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Richard (Dick) Blackwell at University of Alabama Birmingham.
My insurance covered the first visit. And ultrasounds. Pills were pretty cheap, like $5. We paid $60 the sperm analysis and $120 for each ovidrel shot. Also, iui was $295
Describe Richard (Dick) Blackwell's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at University of Alabama Birmingham.
I can’t comment. This never came up. Although because of my age, I believe we would transfer at least 2