Rainbow - thanks for the update... I'm pretty sure I must have NK Cells, as my previous FS here used the "Colarado" treatment (now named the "Bondi
treatment (from the FS in Bondi singing it's praises) - I'm still waiting on my darling FS here to get back to me with endometrial biopsy results from nearly 3 weeks ago, the Receptionist said he is waiting on another specialist that specialises in NK Cells and is viewing the report. Dr Heylen has said to take the clexane & prednisolone, he's waiting on the results to advise on whether he thinks the intralipid infusion is advisable.
WOW, everything sounds just magical. I looked at the Cape Heritage a few days ago, though based on staying the entire time with them during our November stay (which is peak period from October) they were booked. I'll have another look over the w/end when I have more time, we may be able to get either side or a shorter length. Gosh, how accommodating of them, making you a smoothie every day - bless them.
I can imagine it would be hard not to want to spend up whilst there on treasures to bring home! Glad your daughter is having a lovely time, she'll remember it for ever, its a good age to travel. We took DH's 3 children overseas when they were only 6, 8, 9 - and it's really only the older one that remembers the others don't which surprised me.
That's is extremely disappointing with the agency - I'm sorry to hear that, I don't really know what you could do. I had a lot of correspondence with Jenny, they have lovely donors and a good selection and she was quite good in replying quickly + she has that lovely interview on "Good Morning Africa" that you can view on her website, she seems so nice..... but for some reason something made me investigate a bit more, (I think it was a comment on this site about one of the agencies & also about some giving refunds) so I asked her about their refund policy "if a donor didn't pass the initial screening and physiological tests" and there isn't one. Most agencies (bar one other that I asked, but I can't remember which one now) will refund you the entire amount less an administration fee (which is fair) if your donor doesn't pass and let you move onto another agency if you need to. (ababysa and giftovlife were 2 that will do both options - bless them, and I really felt from all the emails I sent them, that their hearts were in the right place) others will hold that amount in credit and you have to go through them again to find another donor.
I wasn't comfortable with that scenario either, in case we couldn't find another donor we liked with that agency, I didn't want to be locked into staying with them. That was difficult at the time, as I did continue to view donors through those agencies, just in case I found "the one" and then I would have had to have rolled with it as the right donor would have taken precedent. I even went as far as emailing a couple of clinics direct to see if they used baby2mom as well. A very good clinic in JBurg (that CFC works with) said they don't. I wanted to know why and knew I was putting them in a position, but got a very professional diplomatic response saying "that management made a decision not to work with this agency, they only work with agencies that have their donors & recipients best interests at heart".
I hope I don't get a backlash from anyone for sharing this...... as
1. As I understand ladies are going through treatment or could be using this agency already and then could potentially feel uneasy (its difficult enough as it is for us all, without having more doubt).
2. I guess (though I don't really know?) that we shouldn't be naming organisations on here?........ however I do feel strongly about been able to have freedom of speech - or how else would we learn so much about the clinics, doctors / agencies, accommodation etc etc if we didn't share it here?
Having said all that, as I said for me finding the "right" donor would have taken precedent, but I did tend to veer away from those agencies and tired not to look on their websites if I could help it (so I didn't tempt myself!!). Also, I guess if CFC use them (they are on their list) that they are happy with the donors they provide and that's the main thing isn't it.
Enjoy your last few days - sounds like you really have had the trip of a lifetime.
Pixel - how are you going? Havent heard from you for a few days, hope its all going ok for you. Hopefully you are having such a lovely time you haven't even thought about jumping back on here Thinking of you all the time and have everything crossed for you that you don't have to go through the wringer with decisions like Rainbow just did!
Hi to everyone else