How was your experience with John Rapisarda?
He was certainly very professional, but not warm or friendly. I also felt judged around some of my decisions to stay on medications during pregnancy. It felt chaotic and I never knew what the next steps were. I was never sure if Dr. Rapisarda even knew what was going on. I was a very involved patient - I called frequently and was always asking for updates and clarification - I would hate to think of what it would be like for someone who wasn't that persistent. I felt in the dark a lot in a very intense process.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Rapisarda?
Be ready to advocate for yourself and ask lots of questions. He probably won't do any of your procedures. Don't expect warmth, but he is very direct and professional. He will give you a lot of information if you do your research in advance and know what questions to ask. Don't expect him to give you a sense of the process, that is more what his nurses will do.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
It was challenging to get in touch with him and he never actually spoke to me during my cycle. I know the process is unpredictable and there's no way you can get the same doctor every time, but I truly NEVER spoke with him besides at the beginning and at the very end, once we had a successful pregnancy. When we met for our ending session, my wife and I both felt like he had no idea who we were. Even though we achieved a pregnancy, it was a very stressful process and I was looking for more care and interaction from my provider.
Describe the protocols John Rapisarda used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I had a uterine polypectomy. Follistim and several other drugs during stim cycle (can't remember them all). 10 day cycle before retrieval. Then 5 day embryo fresh transfer. While waiting for pregnancy test, endometrin suppositories, estrogen, and baby aspirin. He didn't do any of the procedures.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Christy was really great, but there were times when she was out of the office during my treatment and that was incredibly stressful. I found the other nurses to never know my treatment plan, to be confused frequently, and once I never received a call regarding my medication for that evening and I had to call the on-call number 3 times before someone called me back to apologize and inform me what the dosage was for the day.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Lots of resources, so everything can happen there and you don't need to be referred out for much. Some nursing staff are great.
Downsides of this clinic are that it is so huge, you are frequently being shuffled around with hoards of other people. It's hard not to feel absolutely like a number or cattle at times, which is so challenging when you're pumped up on hormones and dealing with infertility.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Lost paperwork
- Lost appointments
- Failed to call with results
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Failed to send your chart to another clinic
- Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
- Lost results
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information