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    Hi everyone
    I just thought I'd update. I have been lurking and reading but just haven't had anything to contribute really. Still feeling quite sorry for Donna and wondering what will be next for her. Really sorry to hear about the lack of caring from the Baby2Mom. I have found that communication, well mostly the lack of it, is the single biggest complaint that will be made about any kind of customer service. Communication is the proof that you've been thought of and in this kind of venture is paramount.

    Rainbow, I sympathise with your feelings over leaving. I have decided to let the holiday side of things rule my little trip to Barbados. I really don't have much spending money but have been checking out spas and massage businesses anyway. I've also been doing lots of accommodation searching. I am a bit torn over whether to pay the extra and go with air-con or not. The climate in Barbados is pretty hot and humid which I really don't cope well with. On the other hand being an island they have plenty of breezes so it may not be too bad. Given my limited funds, there's about 3-4 guesthouses I'm trying to choose between and I'm finding it really hard. I was intending to get a lot of cross-stitch done but judging from my googling of the various attractions, I may be out and about too much to pick up needle and thread.

    There is one guesthouse which I've been looking at which is about $40US a night that is right on the beach that looks lovely. I am intending to spend the time around the transfer at Rosebank apartments. They are $50 a night with air-con and very close to the clinic. They are converted from an old sugar-cane plantation. I'm also starting to realise, just how little time I will have in new York! I have already chosen my bagel joint and just can't think what to see in NY in just one and a half days. Particularly as the half day will start at midday when my body will be convinced it is midnight!

    I have finally sorted out most of my medications. I fronted up at the clinic last friday only to find that the FS had STILL not written my script. I managed to get the progynova and progesterone pessaries from the clinic itself. Then came home, cried in frustration and drank lots of wine. Ironically they came to more than the international pharmacy would have charged me. The other scripts were posted and I picked them up today. The chemist had only given me 2/3rds of the clexane as you are only allowed a max of 20 via PBS. I was supposed to have 30 but the Dr only prescribed 28. To get the extra 8 at least, I either had to get another script or pay privately which took the cost from $36 to $143. Given all the hassels, I just paid up, inwardly whinging about its being 2 nights accommodation.

    The clinic still want the health form filled out if possible, so I just need to make an appt to get a GP to do that and hopefully prescribe the pill. If he won't do that, I'll ask the clinic to do a script so that I can get the international pharmacy to send it with the gestone and Buserelin. I am looking at my bulging cooler/med bag and thinking it cannot possibly hold all the meds. I hope it doesn't take too much of my baggage allowance!

    I've also been arranging all the possibly expensive things in my life such as tyres, dental crown and car service so that whatever is left on my poor well-worn credit card is spendable. I also finally caved in and increased the limit for peace of mind. I really hope I can slug some funds on it before I go. It is quite scary for me, the amount of money I'm spending.

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    HI Net - gosh you have been busy. Isnt it so frustrating when they don't do what they say they're going to do, or have it ready for you !! errrrrrghh... I feel you're pain re. the price difference and that could have been accommodation!!, I think exactly the same. Good idea upping your CC, at least you have peace of find.

    Gosh the accommodation you are looking at sound lovely and cheap & on the beach.... heaven. Were you going with a friend of on your own, I couldn't remember? Good luck getting all pieces to fall into place, it will happen.

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    Hi Ladies,

    Landed back safely in Sydney yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately to the grumpiest Quarantine Staff alive. Declared that we had been horse riding, and declared all my wooden items. Well - it was lovely to be treated like an absolute criminal when all I was doing was the right thing! Took half an hour to print out the documentation to have the skin on the drum I had bought put through a special protection process. Lucky we were all wearing the RM Williams boots we had been riding in... mind you, the way she carried on, you would think we had all committed murder.

    Anyway, I have been a bad girl and POAS of course it was negative as it's only 6dp 3dt. Today I have been starting to get tingling sensations in my left nipple. I've had all sorts of twinges and on and off AF type pains since after my transfer, so I am praying that's a good sign.

    I had a huge sob today, finding the stress of the wait just all too much to cope with. I am not quite sure how I am going to cope if it's a negative result on Saturday. I have never gone to so much effort in my life for anything - to come up empty handed here will be absolutely devastating, especially for my DH. I guess for me, if the worst has come to the worst, I still have my DD - but my husbands first marriage broke up because his first wife did not want children. It's ironic that in our marriage, we have literally gone to the ends of the earth in order to try and have them.

    My daughter has been so beautiful - when I bought the pregnancy test today she was with me and said "Mum, what are you doing, they told you not to do a home pregnancy test and to wait for your blood test".... little did she know that I had done one at about 4am this morning. What on earth was in my mind to think that 8 hours was going to make any difference when testing on the same day?!

    Oh well, I feel better for confessing to you ladies.

    Net - sorry to hear about your clexane issues. I think I'm only allowed to get 20 at a time, but they always go through the PBS, so have no idea why yours would not also. I think all your planning to get those big bills out of the way is a good thing also.

    Pixel - are you pina colada'd out yet? Hoping all is going really well with your schedule. It's a very stressful time, so I'm not even going to say "try not to think about it" because how can you not think about it?

    Jodi- How are things going with your little boy? I hope he is on the mend and well enough to travel for your trip to Cape Town. Make sure you take some warm clothes, because the weather is really cold over there at the moment. They were expecting snow on the top of Table Mountain on Thursday night - and the cold weather is expected to continue (well definitely for this week) tops of around 12-14 most days while we were there, except for the day we went to Stellenbosch when it was 24 and divine for our wine tastings!

    I'm just downloading all the pics I took while in Cape Town. My DH bought me a Canon 600D for my birthday and it takes the most amazing pics. I read the entire advanced manual for it on the plane and learned some great tips for taking better photos with it. I'm so glad that we will have them to cherish forever.

    Hope everybody is doing well.

    Lots of love

    Rainbow xxx

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    Default Pixel update

    Welcome home rainbow hope you get some good news soon and the 2ww goes quickly for you

    quick update from me, went to the clinic this morning we were picked up by one of the staff which was really nice as Bangkok is not the easiest to navigate and saved us some money in a taxi fare, but I think more than anything just makes you feel cared for.
    the doctor took his time and his English was good so we felt everything was through and communicated. He said the donor was slow to respond to the drugs and although there are many follicles they weren't big enough yet (there was some suggestion that prior to the donors scan this morning he was thinking we would need to cancel but they were now looking more promising) apparently he spells out worse case scenarios. They want really 10 follicles to be at the right size to go ahead which did seem a lot more than I would expect before canceling.

    My lining was at 6.7mm day 7 so should met the 8mm minimum by expected pick up date which will be anywhere from fri-sun. So at least a boxed ticked here.

    But by some miracle I have taken all this as water off a ducks back and am not stressed, unlike other cycles I seem to have relinquished control and I know there is nothing I can do, I have done all I can, it will be what it will be. It all feels so much easier when there is not the emotion involved so let's hope I can stay on this path.

    I met with the donor agency owner from "traveling donors". She was there with 4-5 of the donors in the doctors waiting room (none where mine but a bit nerve raking when we first walked in as I'm sure it was for them too as they haven't seen photos of us to know) as they come over in groups. So she has 8 girls here at the moment but said the end of year cycle is a big one possibly up to 20 donors. She escorts them through the whole process and attends all appointments and if possible also in the theatre room for the pick-up. She said some need there hand held as it may be there first time. She is definitely the mother hen or tigress of her donors.
    She has donated herself 4 times and these have been open donations which she really likes. She said some of the donors wondered or "wished" they could do open donations which was interesting but she said my donor was still not sure that she wants to met but she said she does not really discuss this much with them until after egg pick-up as she doesn't want them to over think it and potentially change there mind.
    So if we make it to egg pick up and probably more likely a BFP then over time the contact can be considered. For me I will be happy to have the option to even ask and at this point give a gift of thanks and respect whatever contact she is comfortable with. I got the impression it was a case of better I don't know because she may feel attachment towards the child more than fearing any child on heroine step but who knows how it would feel to be on the other side.
    Anyway off for some shopping now where to start its huge!

    love to all

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    Hey Pixel - good to hear from you. Glad to hear that you are not stressing.

    Can I ask if your donor is Thai or did you choose a donor from another country and fly her over?

    Hope it all goes well for you with Egg Retrieval. Fingers cross for you

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    Thanks rainbow, our donor is South African as is the donor agency Travelling Donors the owner/director is a South African lady who was a donor herself and recruits donors in SA who want to travel to Thailand for treatment and therefore can have a holiday and have a higher rate of compensation due to different laws in Thailand. Thailand also doesn't have laws against identity (although contract still specifys the donation is anonymous) and you can see adult photos.

    There is the option obviously for Thai donors aswell and given they are located here it is a more affordable option.

    The clinic co ordinator Cathie Sanchez (www.thailandfertility.com) she then put me in touch with Genevieve at Travelling donors.

    I had a collegue at work who had done a cycle with Cathie and referred me to her otherwise I probably would not of felt as confident to just pick someone off the Internet - like the confidence that this forum has given us to travel to SA.

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    Net - wow, you have had the run around. I don't blame you for cracking open the bottle of wine. How frustrating for you. The rest will be a breeze. Your destination sounds amazing.

    Pixel - thank you so much for the information. It is certainly another option for all of us. I am hoping like crazy things go to plan with your donor. To the eggies. X

    Rainbow - not the dreaded POAS . Hun it is way to early. I do hope you get the double line soon. Xx

    Jodie - hope your little man is on the mend. X

    Donna, January and BB4me - thinking of you all.

    AFM - Firstly I need to apologise to those of you who are struggling for bubba # 1. I am mindful that it used to drive me a bit crazy when I was struggling to get a BFP and others were posting about their struggles to get number 2. So I am very sorry for any pain the following may cause.

    I had a bit of a cry tonight. My DH said he did not want to go for a second bubba. He said we are both getting too old and that he did not think I could physically cope with another pregnancy due to classical incision and now the Graves. I got really sad today packing away baby clothes thinking that this would be the one and only.

    Don't get me wrong, I thank the gods of the universe every day for my beautiful little boy. That said, I loved being pregnant and I love being a mum and I wanted so much to bless him with a little friend. I now feel as though because I left my run too late in life I am now disadvantaging him. I also have gone through very similar emotions prior to choosing the ED route, once again questioning my woman-hood. Ridiculous I know, but unfortunately the feeling at the moment.

    Again sorry to those who are struggling for number one.

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    Laned - I shed a tear when I read your post. I too am desperately trying for number two. I don't think the hurt is any less though when you want something so badly. Letting go is the hardest thing to do, but I do believe in miracles. All my love goes out to you through this very difficult time. I hold my daughters hand a little tighter every day now, because I realise she just might be my miracle and I am blessed to have her in my life. I wanted her to be a big sister (she's the most kind hearted girl and has been so so supportive to me on this journey that I just can't even begin to explain it). We've all gone to the ends of the earth to try and achieve our dreams whether it be first or 2nd... the pain is still there and hurts just as much. xxx

    I am going to a christening on Sunday and I am to be the Godmother of the baby and my DH is to be the Godfather. How I am going to stand on that alter if my result is BFN on Saturday, I do not know. One of my friends (who did not know why I was travelling to SA) asked me to buy her some baby shoes at the airport, and I couldn't bring myself to walk anywhere near the baby clothes for fear of busting into tears. However, I did buy a beautiful little lion from the airport with my daughter - and we both said nothing to each other, but knew exactly the intent behind the purchase.

    I am experiencing symptoms, but I am so scared they are just from the Gestone. I've never taken it before, but know that Progesterone throws off exactly the same symptoms as pregancy, so I don't want to get my hopes up.

    I am back at work today, so that will keep my mind off things for a few days.

    Pixel - Thanks for all that info. I had absolutely no idea you could do that. Nice to know that there are always other options. Yes, Bangkok is a funny place to make your way around isn't it? I swore I would never complain about the Sydney traffic again after sitting in a traffic jam in Bangkok. But it really is an amazing city. We stayed at the Centara Grand and had an absolute ball. Make sure you get down to the night markets, they are lots of fun. The Thai massages are quite spectacular aren't they. I became totally obsessed with the Thai Milk massages. Mind you, they freaked me out one day when my husband and I were having a massage in Koh Samui (just down near the little fishing village) they finished my back and legs and asked me to turn over - and then started on my breasts! I said "no thanks, not there!" and they laughed.


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    Welcome back Rainbow, your daughter sounds like a beautiful soul, what a wonderful relationship you must have. Shame about customs when you landed, the last thing you need! Good luck over the next few days, reading your feelings, brings it all back, what all those 2ww were like.... errrrghhhh!

    Pixel - Wow, you're amazing - that's wonderful you're feeling relaxed and having your current mind set - it's so true, it is out of our hands, and if you can hang onto that state of mind, even better. Gosh that would have been a bit strange walking in to the clinic where all the donors were waiting. Its nice to hear about the open contact etc... I had heard that with Thailand laws too. I'm a bit like you, I thought I would broach the subject (very carefully) at a later date and see what unfolds.

    Laned - you haven't offended...I can totally understand what that must be like, when you always wanted 2 & a sibling for your first born. Maybe once things settle down abit your DH may change his mind. It's really all quite new still isn't it, wasn't your wee boy born in April, so he's only 5months now? That's a big change for anyone, a new baby, it changes your life - and then on top of everything your medical hiccups you're dealing with ... you just never know, once things settle down he may have a change of heart.

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    Hi Jodi - I have another question for you.... for the life of me, I am having trouble finding the 3.75mg depot injection within Australia, all the Pharmacist can find is the 7.5mg depot injection, for $442. The clinic (see extract from my email I sent to them) says it will be ok to take it, either as 1/2 dose or full. I know I shouldn't question them, as they are the experts after all!!... but what do you think Jodi & anyone else? I'm not keen on the spray, hence why I am still pursuing the injection (I wont need it till 18 Oct, so I still have a bit of time up my sleeve to organise getting it in).

    Depot Injection
    My FS today prescribed all the meds except the depot injection Leuprolide or Triptorelin acetate as he didn't seem to have them on his list in the dosage of 3.75mg.
    YES IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND IN AUSTRALIA! ONE OPTION IS TO HAVE THE 7.5 MG DOSE AND HALVE IT OR TAKE THE FULL AMOUNT – IT WON’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE TREATMENT….ALOT OF OUR AUSTRALIAN PATIENTS USE THE DAILY SYNAREL SNIFFING SPRAY WHICH SEEMS TO BE EASILY AVAILABLE AND NOT TOO PRICEY
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