Abundance1 - Welcome to CT! Hang in there with the communication roller coaster that is sometimes CFC. Good luck with everything and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that there are many healthy embryos ahead!
Anait - You are going to love the Cape Heritage Hotel, it is such a special place. You feel completely pampered here which is what we all need when going through this process. I don't think I want to leave and have become addicted to their Dutch hot chocolate with coconut sugar.
Happyheart - Congratulations on your donor being approved! I chose Singapore Airlines as I have always had a great experience travelling with them. They had a direct flight from Singapore - Capetown, but stopped in Johannesburg for an hour and we remained on the flight.
BB4Me - I hope your embryos are snuggling inside!
Net3811 - Sorry to hear that they are giving you such a hard time with your doctors. When I told my last Aust FS (not current) that I was going to SA for ED, she said "well I hope you don't get HIV from their DE treatment" and she was serious, I couldn't believe it. I've realised even doctors can be ignorant and just plain stupid!
Thank you everyone for all the restaurant tips! My favourite little place so far is in the gourmet food court of the VA area, near where you get the hop on hop off bus. Not sure what it's called, but it's downstairs and located on the far right back corner. They make the most incredible whole grain wraps if you are looking for something delicious and quick. They also have a wonderful juice bar there too.
I went in for my embryo transfer today and drank far too much water. Apparently you only need your bladder full, not bursting! Saw my FS and was shown some photos of the 10 fertilised embryos, they didn't look wonderful. After 5 days none had even reached a full blastocyst stage, with only 2 getting there. Out of 18 eggs collected not a great sign. I have emailed the FS and asked for the official grading and hopefully he will send it to me tomorrow. Transferred 2 little embryos in and I loved the photos they gave of the embryos and the ultrasound scan of what they looked like after transfer.
I went to see Vicky Hindmarch, an acupuncturist afterwards who was simply wonderful. Thank you for the recommendation.
I keep telling myself that miracles can happen and bought some gorgeous modern angel paintings from the art gallery close by for good luck!
Whatever happens next, I am so glad that I came to South Africa on this journey. It has truly been an amazing experience. I have 5 days left in CT and I'm just going to take it easy and continue my sightseeing and holiday pampering.