Wednesday, August 23, 2006

"I've been frozen for 30 years. I've got to see if my bits and pieces are still working." -Austin Powers


So I know you are all waiting for what the mojo room looked like in the RE's office this go around. First, let me say this picture in no way represents the room they gave us. We arrived at the building having parked in the wrong building to find the building our RE works in is fully in construction on the first floor. No signs, no directory- nothing. So I walk up to the man at the desk and he looks at me and says 5th floor. Huh? How does he know where I am going? There must be 10 people in the lobby- are we all going to the 5th floor? So I ask, "how do you know where I am going?" and he says, "well, where are you going?" and I reply "ART" and he says "5th floor". Ok. I am guessing he either gets the same question alot or all bewildered looking couples go to the 5th floor.

We get up to the 5th floor, and are led to the mojo room. It is a closet. Or rather a pre-closet. The door leads to a small alcove and then to another set of doors which contains what we can only imagine are computers- I think they may have placed us in the server utility closet. How do I know this? The familiar whir of the computer hard drives and fans trying to keep the computers cool are going full bore. I spend half of my life in computer data centers- but I don't generally mix my work with my personal life- this is feeling weird. Smaller than any other room we have done this kind of thing in. The room contained one black office chair with a sterile pad on it- apparently only one of us gets to sit down. A tiny TV which would play a video if you so wished and they had 2 magazines. Yeah, sure, check out the videos. Umm. No I don't own a scarf to wear during this kind of thing. Does anyone wear scarves like this anymore? Click. We don't recommend the TV for anything other than a tension breaker and getting peels of laughter from sitting in a closet in a facility that specializes deposits. Major respect to DH and the other men that go through this- I can't say that I'd be able to do the same. He says it is asking so little compared to what I am going through- yet I can't imagine having the roles reversed and doing as well as he has been doing with all this.

So no mood music, no nice painting on the walls, and no shagadelic austin powers carpet or furniture- and I will never ever be able to sit in a large black office chair and not think about that day and the giggles that the experience created.
Should we ever win the lottery, I think I'd like to redecorate the mojo room and give the guys who do this alittle respect and more than one damn chair.

11 comments:

Nini said...

Hi there! I'm new to IVF myself and just found your blog. After reading it, I suspect we are receiving treatment at the same place (although you are ahead of my schedule - just got my papers in the mail last night - so overwhelmed!)

If you'd like to connect with a local lady going through the same thing, and I know I would, let me know - ninibug@gmail.com.

Lut C. said...

The internet is full of smut right? Let's put the mojo room next to the server room then!

Alli said...

LOL! Lut C. has the right idea!

I can't believe the way these rooms are done. It's crazy. You're right - someone needs to design the ideal "collection" room.

Thalia said...

I've never seen the inside of one of those rooms. If only it looked like the picture!

zhl said...

I've never helped my husband out in one of those rooms either, but I defnitely think he was stuck in some sort of a broom closet. And he told me the mags were really raunchy. Okay, I shouldn't admit this, but if hubby has to go it alone, a digital camera full of pics of you can be very helpful. Just make sure he turns off any sound on the camera.

Beagle said...

It is funny that in a multigazillion dollar business they often have tacky decor and 1970 porn mags. Really, can't they replace one People subscription with one giangatoboobs monthly?

After all, I am not pro-porn by any means, but I am sick of reading celebrity baby news in my infertility clinic waiting room anyway!

Beagle said...

that was giganto-

. . . not that that is even a word.

Hopeful Mother said...

Love the Mojo room photo. Too bad it didn't really look like that.

I laughed when you mentioned the server room - I work with computers and in a server room all the time too - so that is about the worst place I can think of to have a Mojo room. How bizarre!

Our Mojo room was in the back of the clinic and had a window with blinds (closed of course) and the door leading out to the corridor. The room next door had centrifuge type things (for washing sperm?) and all kinds of whirring machinery, but no servers! At least we knew that no one could hear us in there...

BTW, you are now doing your Lupron and start stims next week, right? I hope everything goes smoothly for you... will be checking in. I won't be around to read about your trigger and retrieval/transfer, but do hope everything goes swimmingly... Will be thinking of you (kind-of neighbor!)

the waiting line said...

heh, heh, the "mojo room" . . . I like that.

Debbi said...

Great post, ellie! The mojo room at our clinic isn't much better. vinyl covered furniture for quick and easy clean up! Lut, you sure have the right idea. Mags from 1978 really aren't the most effective way. On the other hand, you do want guys to get in-get out so you can't make it too comfortable.

sube said...

Oh, yes, the videos. J told me that under no circumstances are you to turn on the TV in the mojo room. It doesn't tend to have the desired effect. ;)