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In the waiting room...(poll of sorts)

Inspired by a post on IF, I got to wondering....

Would you be weirded out if someone in the RE's waiting room struck up a conversation with you?  I always look around at the people in there and wonder what their history is, what they are in for that day, whether they are any of you, etc.

So would you give me the side eye if I started talking to you while we waited for our various tests/procedures?

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  • HelsHels
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    Nope! I'd love it. I hate how everyone just sits there and looks all depressed. 


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  • As long as you weren't visibly pregnant I wouldn't mind. For whatever reason I feel the most vulnerable in the RE's office. I often look at people to and wonder what they are in here for, what step they are on, etc. I do try to ignore eye contact with the people that bring their LO's there.. But yea gym... we could be buddies @ the RE Stick out tongue
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  • image Hels:
    Nope! I'd love it. I hate how everyone just sits there and looks all depressed. 

    This exactly.

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  • Not at all.  Actually, I've noticed how quiet everyone is in the waiting room and always feel weird with the silence.  We all have something huge in common and would love it if someone started talking to me.
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  • The cats out of the bag about DH and I seeing our RE b/c we ran into DH's 1st cousin yesterday with his aunt and they had a very loud convo about her treatments and they questioned our plan. They had no idea we were trying and we are not very close with them.

    I wouldn't mind discretly talking to strangers! But family! Ugg.. I was mortified!

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  • I always wonder the same thing!  I always end up striking up a convo-most women join right in!!
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  • My RE just built a brand-spankin-new office that they are moving into on Sept 24 and from what I hear, the waiting room is much smaller than the one in the current office.  Right now everyone spreads out but maybe if we're all forced to sit together, we can get some good conversations started :) 

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  • I think it's a hard thing to not seem too prying.  I wouldn't mind talking to someone but it's like I'd want them to share first before I came out with our diagnosis.  Or if they talked about what stage they were at - testing, IUI, IVF I wouldn't mind but if someone just came out and asked "So why are you here?"  I'd be like "Do I even know you??"

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  • I would love it.  It would be a nice buddy system...kind of like this board Smile.  My RE's office is combined with their Gyn office.  The RE patients go one way and the gyn patients go the other way.  I must say, that I am guilty in watching which way some of these patients are going, are they here for IF, and what have they gone through.  My office is usually pretty good with getting their patients in at their scheduled time.  The waiting room is not as bad as the testing waiting area.  That by far is uncomfortable.  We all look at each other like we want to talk, but don't want to.....
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  • I would love it.  It would be a nice buddy system...kind of like this board Smile.  My RE's office is combined with their Gyn office.  The RE patients go one way and the gyn patients go the other way.  I must say, that I am guilty in watching which way some of these patients are going, are they here for IF, and what have they gone through.  My office is usually pretty good with getting their patients in at their scheduled time.  The waiting room is not as bad as the testing waiting area.  That by far is uncomfortable.  We all look at each other like we want to talk, but don't want to.....
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    All 5 Clomid cylces resulted in BFN; no more Clomid.
    Laparoscopy Scheduled 1/11/11: Path report showed minor inflammation and infection.
    3/30/11 Biopsy results: cervial and endometrial pathologies normal; one pathology came back abnormal with 5 rare cells from the endometritis
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  • image Hels:
    Nope! I'd love it. I hate how everyone just sits there and looks all depressed. 

    This!

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  • Gym - your right - no one ever talks in the waiting room there.  I wouldn't mind of someone talked to me, but I will admit I have never tried to talk to anyone.  Everyone always looks like they feel uncomfortable to be there and not very approachable.  Maybe it's the nature of the RE office.  Although, I don't think I am very social at any dr office waiting room. 

    It's interesting to me that the new office at our RE will have a smaller waiting room - you'd think since it was new it would be as big as the current one.  Oh well, maybe you are right - maybe a cozier feel will make starting a conversation easier. 

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    depends on if I'm at a good point in the book I'm reading Geeked

    Haha,  Nova!  This is so me too!!  I was in major traffic today on my way back from my appointment and I read my book for the entire 30 minutes it took me to drive 4 miles.  Total book nerd here. 

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  • Last cycle my early morning u/s appoinments were always right behind the same women.  We were the only people there and started talking mostly, about the drive up and weekend plans etc.  The office I get my u/s and b/w is a satelite office and not very busy.

    When we went up to thebusier main office for the IUI I definitely wondered what each couple was in for. 

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    depends on if I'm at a good point in the book I'm reading Geeked

    Haha,  Nova!  This is so me too!!  I was in major traffic today on my way back from my appointment and I read my book for the entire 30 minutes it took me to drive 4 miles.  Total book nerd here. 

    Lol, I always read whenever I can, but some reason I've slowed down a lot since I got laid off. 

    I don't think I'd really mind it if somebody approached me in the waiting room but I think it's only because I'm so used to talking about IF here.  I'm not sure I'd be so open to it otherwise though, but I'm usually a private person.

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  • That type of thing depends on my mood. If I'm super nervous or upset about recent news, no, don't talk to me. If not, then yes I would be open to chatting.
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    It's interesting to me that the new office at our RE will have a smaller waiting room - you'd think since it was new it would be as big as the current one.  Oh well, maybe you are right - maybe a cozier feel will make starting a conversation easier. 

    Have you seen the new building yet?  Holy crap is it nice looking!!  Yeah, weird that the waiting room would be smaller but the current one is pretty ginormous so maybe they were thinking they had better uses of space?

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  • LOL everytime I am in the RE's waiting room I always think of the Friends episode where Monica and Chandler meet some of Phoebe's friends who adopted a kid and Chandler says "well there are a lot of malfunctioning weewee's and hoohoo's in this room huh?" Big Smile

    Even though I am super curious why everyone is there and what steps they are on I am not sure if I would feel completely comfortable talking to a complete stranger.  Maybe after I saw them there more than once?

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  • I would enjoy it, it may be weird but I wish I could find another infertile that I could talk to in person (not that I don't enjoy talking to you ladies).  I think you should go for it next time!
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  • It wouldn't bother me one bit if someone struck up a conversation with me.  A few weeks ago, I saw someone I recognized, but she doesn't know me.  It was a local tv newsperson... I thought about saying something but didn't... I wonder if it is weird for her that everyone knows her?!
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  • I always get the first appointment of the day.  So, there usually isn't anyone waiting while I am waiting (which isn't long)...  

    I would normally be up to speaking with someone in the waiting room at my REs office.

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  • I think it would depend on the day/my mood/what I am waiting for.

    I found myself checking out the other couples as well.  I couldn't help but think, "If I saw you walking down the street I'd never know you had IF.".  As if there's some kind of secret handshake or a 'spidey sense' of sorts...

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    That type of thing depends on my mood. If I'm super nervous or upset about recent news, no, don't talk to me. If not, then yes I would be open to chatting.

    This! Like today was my first RE visit, and I was pretty nervous and upset. But under other circumstances I would love to chat with people and hear their stories.

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  • I would not mind at all. One women did start a conversation with me just because it was before the office was open and we were both standing in the hallway
  • Maybe it would depend if it was just small talk or what.

    I did have my first baby at the REs office experience when I was in for my last IUI.  There was a couple there with a little girl that was probably about 10 months old.  She was toddling all over the place and walked over and handed me the book she had with her.  While it was very cute, I had to hold back tears.

    I was wondering the whole time what they were doing there.  Getting ready to try for #2 I guess.

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  • I would not mind at all, as a matter of fact I think it would feel somewhat comforting. Everyone stresses in their own way while waiting out there, for me a little small talk would be great. 

    You want to chat with me next time before my appt Gymnast?

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  • image Hels:
    Nope! I'd love it. I hate how everyone just sits there and looks all depressed. 

    this!

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    I would not mind at all, as a matter of fact I think it would feel somewhat comforting. Everyone stresses in their own way while waiting out there, for me a little small talk would be great. 

    You want to chat with me next time before my appt Gymnast?

    I would love to!! :)

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  • My RE has virtually no waiting time, so I wouldn't get a chance to anyway :(

    I think it would depend on my mood, but I am less likely to strike up a convo. I would gladly respond though if someone talked to me.

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    I did have my first baby at the REs office experience when I was in for my last IUI.  There was a couple there with a little girl that was probably about 10 months old.  She was toddling all over the place and walked over and handed me the book she had with her.  While it was very cute, I had to hold back tears.

    I was wondering the whole time what they were doing there.  Getting ready to try for #2 I guess.

     (((hugs)))

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    I think it's a hard thing to not seem too prying.  I wouldn't mind talking to someone but it's like I'd want them to share first before I came out with our diagnosis.  Or if they talked about what stage they were at - testing, IUI, IVF I wouldn't mind but if someone just came out and asked "So why are you here?"  I'd be like "Do I even know you??"

     I agree. I guess it depends on how I ( or the other person) starts off the conversation as well as the tone. Most women at my RE's office, though, have their DHs with them ( mine never goes). So, it'd be tough to talk to them when I'm running solo.



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    I would not mind at all, as a matter of fact I think it would feel somewhat comforting. Everyone stresses in their own way while waiting out there, for me a little small talk would be great. 

    You want to chat with me next time before my appt Gymnast?

    I would love to!! :)

    Aww.. unfortunately it'd be a long drive from DC to Pittsburgh. Dang it. Smile

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  • No, not at all.  I've spoken with a few people here at there.  There are quite a few others that avoid eye contact, though, and I can understand that. 
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  • When I was there on Mon, I was walking out as another woman was walking in.  She asked me if it was a good appt or not.  I was a little caught off guard but just said, "I hope so, but we'll see!"  She wished me good luck and we went our separate ways.  Now that I think about it, it was nice that she even asked.  We all know why we're there anyway, why not offer some kind words to strangers?

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    I'd love it. 

    Agreed!  I   h-a-t-e   how quiet our waiting room is.  Maybe because I'm always there at the crack of dawn, other patients haven't had their coffee yet?  :-)

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  • I would be totally fine if someone struck up a conversation in the RE's waiting room.  But I also used to strike up conversations with random strangers walking past the house when I was a kid (we lived in a small town).
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  • I love it.  I made a friend last time, we live in the same neighborhood, work in the same town.  It was nice to have someone to talk to instead of just sitting there.
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