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    Anait - such wonderful news. You will never forget seeing that heartbeat for the first time. Wishing you and your Springbok a safe and happy pregnancy. Believe me the time will fly.

    Rainbow - I am sorry to read of the agencies response. Who did you go through? As you said not very helpful at all. Unfortunately, it becomes quite obvious that it is simply a money making exercise for the Agents. They were probably worried that you were going to seek some recompense. Good luck Hun. I am sure you will make the right decision when the time comes. I really feel for you. Xx

    Jodie - How awful for you. I bet you are on tender hooks. Your poor little pet. Are the abs in syrup form? I can empathise with your concern. The last thing you want to do is travel with a sick little one. he will start taking the meds. Much love to you both.

    Pixel - not long now xxxx

    Donna - I am sorry to read of your loss. I must say you always know what to say to crack me up. Just loved your 'nob' comment. Hope you are being kind to yourself. Xx

    To all other ladies, much thanks for your kind posts.

    I received a call from my Dr yesterday and she was supportive of me returning to the endocrinologist that I saw antenatally. She faxed a referral and I was contacted same day by endo's rooms wanting me to present due to blood results. In short, was diagnosed yesterday with Graves' disease and commenced meds last night. Endo believes pregnancy and stress of DS resp arrest is the cause. Looks like he may be our one and only precious.

    Take care everyone xx

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    laned - I'm so sorry to hear about your condition. I hope that the medication provides you with relief and that you feel better soon.

    My update is that we have just finished our transfer. Turns out that the original donors egg was not progressing as it should have been today on day 4, but the second batch of frozen eggs produced two A grade 8 cell embryos - so they are now on board. The decision I was dreading was in fact already made for us.

    i am just so in awe of the professionalism of the CFC our Dr and all the staff have gone above and beyond for us. And our treatment here has been much much better than anything we ever received in Australia. Now, it's in gods hands.

    im now off to see Vicky for an acupuncture session. DH and I just cried and cried in the transfer room, it was one of the most emotional moments I have ever been through!

    pixel - your turn now lovely. Wishing you the very best and thinking of you xx

    babydust to us all

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    Rainbow - that's fantastic news !! Yay 2 on board and like you say... the decision was made for you... isn't that just about always the way !!!

    Once again it's fantastic to hear your are receiving first class service from your doctor and clinic. Now you can relax and breathe again

    Thank you for the info on Vicki & massages and pampering - it sound like something I could indulge in for those prices!, thank you.

    Pixel - Glad you're enjoying tropical paradise. I don't know much about that either & would feel the same as you. Though I'm sure they will know what they're doing & it will be ok... it can't be the first time that's happened with a synced cycle. I hope you get some answers soon.
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    DONOR SEARCHING
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    Hi Ladies,

    Rainbow - OMG what a roller coaster you have been on.... I hope you are feeling relaxed and positive and can enjoy your last few days away. I have just re read the email I got from the donor coordinator at Monash and she quoted The World Egg Bank's rates " 92% thaw and 84% fertilization". She also spoke to a scientist for me who said "frozen eggs should not act any differently to frozen embryos with the new vitrification process". Hope this helps you feel more positive

    Laned - I can't believe what you are dealing with now I hope the proper treatment from your specialist helps you. Thinking of you

    JodiW - I am praying for a speedy recovery for your little man. It would be such a shame if you couldn't make it over there

    Pixel - I am so jealous you are in Thailand. Have a Cosmopolitan or Mojito for me

    Anait - Congratulations on your little miracle and seeing that first heart beat

    Sooty - You must be getting very excited

    AFM - Trying to budge the 3KG I put on in Cape Town indulging for two weeks. It's much harder to take off than put on

    Love and to all

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    January - thanks so much for the info re the frozen eggs. We are at peace with our decision now and will just try to relax and see what happens. So many hurdles to jump on this journey. I'm so glad that I have you and the ladies on this forum around me.

    Today was a little hectic. I got no sleep last night - when I did fall asleep, unfortunately I kept having bad dreams about arriving at the clinic and there were no embryos good enough to transfer. We were not scheduled for our appointment until 12.30pm but at 10am I got a call from the clinic asking if we could come in at 10.30am! I became quite anxious and explained that we were staying in the city and were at least 20 mins away before we even got a taxi to the hotel to collect us. I hung up from the receptionist and called our Dr on his mobile - he answered immediately and said that there was no stress if we could not make it earlier, he just didnt want us waiting around for him at 12.30 as he expected to run overtime in one of his surgeries. I breathed a massive sigh of relief, because I had automatically thought the worst (as I normally do).


    When we arrived, our Dr sat us down and showed us pictures of all our embryos - the one from the original donor, which he said was not ideal, the two from the first frozen batch and the two A grade 8 cell embryos which he said he felt very confident about.


    I had the lovely Liz with me (who i chatted to for hours during my intralipid infusion and found her to be the most kind and interesting person) as our Drs assistant in the transfer, my husband and I were sobbing. We just couldn't believe that we eventually made it to transfer after all the events of last week!


    I had an acupuncture session with Vicky, have to say it was the most relaxing acupuncture session I have ever had and I was really impressed by all the questions she asked me about my regular acupuncture sessions and what my acupuncturist usually treats and when. I fell asleep twice (but I had no sleep most of last night, so that might have also contributed?)


    We had to go and buy another suitcase today. I've bought masks and all sorts of things. A massive giraffe to stand by our fireplace. We have most definitely had the holiday of a lifetime here. For my daughters first real overseas holiday (we've only ever been to fiji before) we were telling her this is about as good as it ever gets. We have eaten ourselves out of our clothes. I feel like I've put on about 5 kilos! We had dinner at Cubana again tonight. I am never going to get enough of the chicken wings. I think they slightly fry them before coating them in a sticky delicious sauce. Last night we ate at a little tapas bar called Fork - it was by far the cheapest and the best meal we have had since we were here. The desert tapas was so good that we ordered a second round of each dish!! We are going home heavy with luggage and excess fat for sure!!

    Night night from lovely Cape Town. The weather is going to be cold and miserable tomorrow, so a snuggling and pampering day for us. I've booked in for a mother daughter mani-pedi fish nibble (and DH is going to try the nibble too - he's going to feed them for a lifetime with all the dead skin on his feet!!

    baby dust to us all

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    Rainbow - Fantastic news with 2 AA's on board. Lets pray they snuggle in. Now you can relax and let nature do her thing. Best wishes.

    Laned- Sorry to hear about your condition. I don't know anything about Graves disease, but am hoping that you are coping OK.

    JodieW - Have the antibiotics started to help? Sending positive vibes to your little man for a quick recovery so you can get back on track with things

    Pixel - Just to let you know the period I had before this successful cycle was barely there. I think I had 3 days of light spotting. My lining still managed to get to 12mm (with help from drugs) and best of all it worked Stay calm... your lining is obviously not needing to be cleaned out It will be fine. Keep enjoying the lovely weather and each other.

    Anait - Such wonderful news. Those scans sure are reassuring. Good luck with food choices and late night visits to the little girls room

    January - I will be in touch soon. Hoping work is going well How is the training going? Urghh.... I'm battling to walk the block

    Missleo - I hope your hospital stay flies by...best wishes from everyone here at BH. Praying that 35 weeks comes fast and the bubbies stay on board until then My friend had 2 months hospital bed rest. She did fear for her sanity at times, but kept making herself focus on her little one inside. He is now 1 year old and gorgeous. Thinking of you through this time X

    AFM - We had our 10 week scan & first appointment with the obstetrician on Tuesday. I'm scared we have a hyper child on board. It was boxing & kicking in there The bean is measuring the right size and all appears well. We were planning to fly over to Cairns for my husband's family birthday dinner, but I'm not so sure now. I couldn't handle anything going wrong that we could have prevented. What does everyone think??- especially my dear friend January X

    Night ladies and to everyone

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    Laned I thought you could still have a viable pregnancy with Graves Disease, as long as you have an endo to manage you it will be fine should you decide to go for round two.

    little man is waking up so I have to be quick, we got another script for a different antibiotic which with much fighting he is taking, along with regular panadol and nurofen, his temp has come down. Yesterday he was an absolute nightmare, pretty much constant crying and temper tantrums the whole day/night, hoping today will be better, not only for him but also for my sanity lol. I'm keeping him out of day care, he usually goes Thursdays and Fridays which means I can't get last minute errands done but at least he won't get sicker, I will have to make a mad dash to the shops tonight when hubby gets home and do my little bits and pieces when I hit Cape Town, just hoping they allow me on the plane and don't try and put me in cage as they think I'm a hairy monkey. Gotta go the crying has started.

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    Rainbow - wow you really have had your stress levels tested... poor thing dreaming all that... I do the same sometimes when I'm really bothered by things. I just can't get over how wonderful your Dr sounds & the nurses. They are wonderful, so reassuring for all of us.
    Have fun with fish nibbling your feet - not quite sure how I would go with that!
    Vicki sounds awesome too, I will def. look her up.

    If you've got time do you mind explaining what your understanding of the Intralipid Infusion is - and what they do, exactly? I have no idea, but may need it. Do you sit on a drip for a few hours? Cost? I'll do it if we have to, but a drip in my arm.........errrggh, not my thing at all, sometimes it's bad enough with a wee needle, depending on if I've eaten, had lots of fluids, the nurses skill etc !!

    Jen - thanks for your experience on spotting for Pixel, I felt reassured for her too just reading that you had the same thing.
    Flying - funny you should ask that - I did some Googling as we are trying to decide whether to fly back home (3-4hour flight) for xmas and would need to book now as flights are going up everyday... If this works I will only be 6-7 weeks and feel the same... I don't know if I want to risk it... only on the basis if something went wrong, I would always wonder... but then as DH said, women are pregnant all the time & fly, drink etc... its only that we've all gone down this long hard road that we think differently. I pretty much put my Googling to one side for now as it seemed definitely no risk, but others said otherwise, I don't think there is a much fact around it, just opinions. Gosh, I really don't know either - so would love some advice too.

    Jodi - golly you poor thing. That's all you need right now. Hopefully he comes right soon, though not very good timing is it!!

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    Sootymay - you would only need the intralipid infusion if you have elevated natural killer cells. Mine are only slightly elevated, so from the day of egg transfer, I have to start giving myself a clexane injection also, which stops the NKcells clotting around the embryo and killing it. The intralipid infusion is just an added precaution. From memory it was only an additional $200 - the actual infusion is a soy and egg based product, which they just feed you though a drip for a couple of hours. Those two hours passed very quickly for me as I had the most lovely nurse Liz looking after me. We talked non stop for those two hours. I learnt so much about the struggles of South Africa from her. She was a very interesting person and so kind and compassionate.

    we went up table mountain today. Yesterday it was pouring here so we made a dash for it this morning as the sun was peaking through the clouds. It was breathtaking! Very very cold at the top, so make sure you have really warm clothes if you go up there. I had pre bought our tickets online, so we didn't have to queue to buy tickets before we joined the queue for the cable car. This city is so stunning. Tomorrow will be our last day here and we are all going to miss it so much.

    we went to dinner at the Savoy Cabbage last night and it was divine. We entered through the back door of our hotel which is right behind it (The Cape Heritage Hotel). They upgraded our room to a massive suite yesterday, as the roof in our bathroom was leaking. We were so happy to stay in that room, because we loved it, but they insisted we come and have a look at the room they were intending for us - and we fell in love with it instantly. It's basically a two bedroom apartment! Ou daughter is very happy and it gives us all a bit of extra space. People in South Africa go absolutely out of their way to provide you with good service. We love the Cape Heritage Hotel and would highly recommend it to anybody looking for a good central and safe location during their stay in Cape Town.

    We're going to go out to Robben Island tomorrow and finish all our last minute gift shopping. We're bringing back half of Africa with us!!! We are flying business, so are grateful for the extra luggage allowance (but not so sure about the flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg!

    all going well with me. I'm feeling a bit crampy and quite tired. But apart from that all good. The progesterone injections are very easy to take with the Arnica Gel that the clinic recommended.

    im very peeved that our donor agency have not even bothered to contact me to see whether or not we got to transfer our donors original egg. We use Baby2mom - and now that the ER is over, I feel like I've been dropped like a hot potato! Not very happy about it at all, but not really sure what I can do or what our entitlements might be - if any? I'm seriously wondering if our donor even took the medication. Horrible for me to say, but I so wish I had never seen her in reception as it all just went pear shaped from there.

    I went to the supermarket and bought some fresh pineapples. The hotel are making them into smoothies for me each morning using the core - as this is the part which contains the bromelain said to help with implantation. I did this on my last IVF cycle when I got my BFP (but unfortunately miscarried). I use my Vitamix at home which makes it really easy. The hotel version was a bit more chunky but as log as I get the core, that's the good bit!

    baby dust to all


 

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