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    Felicita: Wow that is a huge mission to get there for everything , glad you have a few books to read to kill some of that time, you must be getting through a lot of them. I hate travelling anywhere in Sydney, the streets and suburbs confuse me so much and i always get so worried i am going to get lost. It’s awesome that the public transport is available and the stops are relatively close to where you need to get to. I’m sure the FS’s have no idea how much all of these appointments and days off disrupt our lives. I am lucky that i work relatively close to my clinic so the BT and US’s are easy but it takes me almost 2 hours to get to work of a day so when i do EPU and ET its a bit of a mission to get to the clinic and home again. Are you going to find out any info about this cycle or do the same technique as last cycle?


    Bebe: So glad to hear your scan went well hon , the first one is always so nerve racking. So glad your MIL is there to look after you while you have the horrid MS, its so hard to do without your partner being there. Hope the nausea tablets are working and you are less vomitty today. We are doing a natural cycle this month, last one was medicated and was absolutely horrible. So i will just track O with routine BT and then do the pessaries after ET. I do like the Natural FET but they are also a little more stressful relying on your body to do what its supposed to do without any meds. I’m hoping that because i had a 28 days cycle last month my body is back on track after all the long cycles following the OHSS in July.


    Nat: Sounds like your having a great time away, wow staying with ExDP’s Mother and he is there. .... Is your DP with you as well? Hope AF shows up soon for you and you can get back into it again. How did your RI appointment go? Did you discuss the low dose stims as an alternate to the Clomid to induce O?


    Lindylou: Just want to wish you the absolute best for your EPU tomorrow gorgeous. Hope you’re enjoying your jab free day and then DH can enjoy his beers Saturday afternoon. Can’t wait to hear about all the lovely eggies you get.


    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and this beautiful summer weather sticks around.


    AFM: I have just realised if i O on day 14 like i did last cycle then my FS won’t be able to do my ET as he is on holidays . Kind of hoping that i am 3 days late so he is back in time for the ET. I have a real attachment to him after everything we have been though. Oh well – what will be, will be i guess.

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    Hi Felicita, I travel the M4 every day for work and let me just say that where the old tolls were makes traffic a nightmare.. Train will be a safe option.. I travel from St Mary's area to Hurstville for FS appointments..I'm dreading the traffic next wednesday for my day 9 blood test and scan (my day 6 blood test I'll just go down the rd from home)... Then EPU will be at St George Private.. Traffic will be horrendous

    Having said that when we do fall pg we will be having bubs in Westmead Private as the OB I would like, Dr Matthew Wilson, delivers there..

    Best of luck with the travel but train sounds like the way to go

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    bebehvala - Kogarah isn't really doing anything special, but the change of location is just one of the minor differences that's happening for this cycle. For this cycle everything's pretty much the same, but with a twist.

    Between stims #6 and #7 my FS presented our case to a group conference of IVFA doctors for wider input. This was sort of at our request. We have been very happy with his treatment and feel that he has been proactive, but were umming and ahhing about getting a second opinion. So this way we got a second opinion from just about every IVFA doctor at once.

    Then between stims #7 and #8, and knowing that this is our last one (since he advised us to stop after this), he just asked a few doctors for further opinions/miracles. One of them, Prof. Chapman, told our FS to send us to see him, and the Prof. works out of the Kogarah clinic.
    I sometimes wonder if my FS wanted to avoid me crying at him again and begged the Prof to take me on, or if he's anticipating this cycle also will not work and just wants someone else to handle it.
    The Prof is basically doing the same stuff as our other cycles, but whenever possible it's being done with a twist. eg. instead of GonalF he was going to put me on Elonva, but later changed it to Puregon.

    I realised a week or two ago that by the end of this cycle we will have used 8 of the IVFA locations (and that's not even counting Westmead as two because they changed premises during our time with them). Half of those were from chasing our FS as he consults from different locations on different days and I was usually tutoring on his Westmead days last year, so had to follow him to Liverpool, Castle Hill and Haymarket.


    EO - I don't know yet if I'm going to get info during this cycle or not. I think I'll have to pay attention to make sure these new nurses are doing it right, and to help them find my left ovary. Also, what with having now made one blastocyst, and having all the parameters tweaked differently this time around I'm feeling a tiny bit hopeful again.


    jeb8303 - I used to commute in to Camperdown for work and then for more uni. I can only imagine how bad that end of the M4 is now. IVFA's Kogarah rooms are at St George Private, but they do their egg collections at Maroubra where their southern area embryology labs are.

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    EO - Yep, my DP is here too. They get along great which is good for my DD as she is able to enjoy a holiday with both of us here. It's an odd situation but it works for us.

    Well... AF is here!!! Woohoo! A 68 day cycle for me, which is a new record for my longest cycle. So now, from day 3 I'll take 3xclomid (and all the other meds-diabex, megafol, vit b, aspirin) then on day 15 I'll start dexmethasone and provera. So fingers crossed I ovulate. If I don't, I see my RI again in march and we'll look at injections to stimulate O.

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    Hi Everyone,

    Hope you're all having a great weekend

    EO- I felt totally fine on the higher dose, got the usual twinges here & there and bloated up, but nothing worse than I've had before. This EPU was much easier to handle than my last, and my recovery has been nowhere near as painful. I'm surprised at how mobile I am & how good I feel! Still taking it easy though. This cycle has been very kind to me... just hope I get the grand finale to go with it! Oh and DH thoroughly enjoyed his 5 beers on Sat night, he said that being able to have beers & coffee, and stopping the witches brew is like all his Xmas' coming at once

    Felicita- sending growing vibes to your follies . The trek to your new clinic is harsh, but reading is a great way to fill in the time. Happy jabbing!

    Nat- wow that is a bizarre arrangement you've got with ex-DP! Glad it works for everyone & you all get along. Best wishes for your clomid cycle

    Bebe- woo-hoo for puking! As much as it sucks to be sick, I am happy to hear all is well with bub & you've got some meds to help. Yeah the TV programming is crap this time of year. I'm a huge tennis fan, so its great being able to relax & watch the coverage of the Aussie tournaments, plus I have stacks of stuff recorded in TiVo if there's nothing to watch .

    Jen- hope you're responding well to the jabs & have lots of follies at your scan on Wed

    TTHC- your Dad is a real trooper to cope with the chemo so well. Sounds like he's keeping physically & mentally strong, which is fantastic!

    AFM- Had my EPU yesterday and it went really well. Discomfort factor was much better than last cycle & I've felt remarkably good since coming home. Still a little tender, so I'm taking it easy. The results were 13 eggs collected, 10 mature and 6 fert . Now crossing everything they all get through to blasto, and can be biopsied on Thurs

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    Afternoon ladies!

    Lindy-Great egg haul sweety!!! I hope your 6 embies are growing beautifully as we speak & you end up with your whole family in that batch! Will you be transferring one or two come next month? Make sure you rest up over the next few days Hun!

    Felicita-wow that really is a hike babe, sometimes I wonder how we do it, but I guess for that end goal we'll do anything... It was so much harder for me as well when I was working, as the clinic & work were in separate directions, but now that I'm at home it's only a 10 min trip for me.. One day we'll look back & know it was all worth it!

    EO-your trip sounds beautiful! You've probably come home with the hottest tan!! I know what you mean about having an attachment for your FS, I feel the same about mine! I hope yours is back in time for fet!! How far off do you think you are?

    Nat-congrats on AF arriving!! Hehe I think its great that you & ex-DP get along so well, there is nothing better for your DD's sake! It probably works so well that you are both in happy relationships...

    Bebe-thanks so much Hun, I think the initial shock of the diagnosis was what rattled us, but seeing him coping so well with his treatment makes us all cope much better... Funny that he's the one keeping mum together...! Hope the meds are kicking in & you're feeling great in no time!! Is the NT your next scan?

    Jeb-I had DS in Westmead private, I couldn't recommend it more! Although I didn't have your ob, the hospital itself is awesome! (& the midwives/nurses etc) loved them all!

    Hi to all the other ladies! Hope you're having a great weekend!! Even with this on/off rain!

    AFM-I'm hoping once Nat is done with AF, she could send her my way !? About two weeks to go & I'm getting really excited now...! We're going to have a massive wave of BFP's ladies!

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    Lindy – Congrats on 13 eggs and 6 fertilised! That’sexcellent! So when will you get the PGD results? Just before they freeze thegood ones or not until next month at transfer? Not really fair that DH can nowrelax while you have to stay fit and healthy for your transfer next month. I’mso excited for you, this really could be your last ever stim cycle finished!!!!

    EO – Welcome back to the world of IVF. I’m glad you had agreat time forgetting all about everything. I am really looking forward to yournext transfer because I think this is your lucky one too!!!! It just has to be.I really hope your FS is here to do the transfer, but sometimes having adifferent FS trying really hard to fill your FS’s shoes may just do the trick.

    TTHC- So are you about to embark on another stim as soon asAF shows? Are you doing things differently to last time or does your FS justthink it was an unlucky cycle? So ‘funny’ how our bodies respond differentlyevery time. I’m glad to hear your dad is doing so well.

    Jen – I went to Westmead private when I had my DS (differentOBJYN) but the hospital was fantastic, I couldn’t recommend it more. How areyou going with your cycle? Any side effects to jabbing?

    Lola – I’m sure you must have had your transfer by now, Ireally hope you are doing ok, and that this is your lucky one.

    Nat – Wow, that was one LONG cycle!!! Glad AF has shown up.

    Felicita – You are a very determined woman, travelling thatfar each day for BT’s etc. I really hope Prof Chapman finds something specialto make this one work. You have given it your all, and it’s about time you gotsomething in return. We are all cheering you on, and I think I can speak foreveryone here, that we will be thrilled if your last cycle gives you a preciouslittle baby to call your own.

    Hi to all the other beautiful Sydney ladies.

    AFM – Well it’s all over and done with. Cried up until Iwent under for the D&C. I am still so upset, and while I am so upset thatthe babies died, I think I am more upset that we have to go back to IVF again L When I got my BFP, Iwas so relieved that there was no more jabbing, sniffing, BT’s, that I had areasonable (although slightly bigger) gap between my children, that I could appearto the world as normal and put all the IVF crap behind me. I hadn’t realisedhow much I hate that I have to rely on IVF to have my family.
    All I want is to be pregnant again, and I just want it now.I have spent all my patience and am over waiting! So my question to those ofyou who have been through a mc, how long should I wait before I go again? My FSsaid I can return after AF comes hopefully in 4 weeks, but is that too early? Idon’t want to jeopardise things by rushing in, but I’m not sure I can wait anylonger.

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    Traveler-once again I am so sorry for everything you have just been through, I really wished things had turned out differently for you.

    I started a stim once AF arrived (5 weeks after my D&C), at the time it felt so right, because like you all I wanted was to be pregnant again... But now looking back, I dont think my body was ready, it took me 3 cycles for my AF to return to normal, and maybe I would have had a better outcome had I waited the 3 cycles... Who knows? Truthfully if I could turn back the clock I would have waited until now... But things may turn out differently for you...

    I can't remember if you have any frosties to work with? Maybe a natural cycle will be much better on your body?

    Yes I'll be starting another stim once AF arrives, I don't think we'll be doing anything differently, as it worked so well for us the first time, FS thinks it was just extremely unlucky & probably just a result of everything my body had been through the earlier months (esp my AF being so ridiculous!!).. Thank goodness it's better now, I don't know if it was time that fixed things up, or the fact that I've started doing acupuncture? But my last AF was almost completely back to normal...

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    EO - Sounds like a nice way to go, albeit stressful relying on your body. Damn our bodies sometimes...!! I hope for your sake you're 3 days late so you get your FS, after everything you've been through it's the least you deserve.

    Felicity - Oh my gosh, 8 locations, plus your hike now. It's utter proof of the things IVF women will do hold that baby. I'm praying that the IVF 'with a twist' [love how you worded that] will be do the trick for you. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the tears.

    Nat
    - yeah for AF arriving - but damn the witch for being so ridiculously late!!
    Lindylou78 - Congrats on great numbers, and to feeling great. This cycle has been so great for you, now just a short [okay who am I kidding, it's going to feel like ages] wait you get the PGD results.

    TTHC -I'll keep your Dad in my thoughts for a speedy recovery. Yup my next scan is the NT scan. Am I nervous much ???

    Traveler - Gosh I remember those tears. I was in my bedroom for a week crying. I felt as though my whole world had come to a complete stop. I did not believe anyone when they said it would get easier. But it does with time. As for your question, for me I waited for 2 AF's to show up at the suggestion of my new FS. I thought it was cruel to make me wait, but I'm glad waited as my 1st AF was not a usual one, it took 6 weeks to arrive [I've always has a 28-30 day cycle] and I was spotting much after it, which I never do. Plus I think emotionally for me it was a little easier going back to the jabbing, U/S and what not. But I think you'll know when you're ready.

    AFM - Still sick. Need to phone my OB tomorrow at the suggestion of my FS and try to see him earlier to get checked out, and get stronger meds. DH still away, and has no idea when he can come home -which made me cry A LOT last night. I get it, he is in Manilla training his team and can't just up and leave - BUT man I'd love a cuddle to make me feel better.
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    self indulgent
    I wanted to say goodbye to my westmead nurses when i was there for probably the last time today, but they're all gone. and my day surgery pre-op nurse is gone too. even the parking guy has gone. feeling a bit abandoned atm.


 

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