Can a gp give you a script for the drugs you need for SA and any questions I should be asking donor clinics?
Can a gp give you a script for the drugs you need for SA and any questions I should be asking donor clinics?
Sooty - I would strongly suggest you check with your FS on this one. It really depends on your own body. LIke i have said before, my body ovulated through the orgalutran, so the depot injection would not have worked for me.
I was able to get the daily injection through my local compounding pharmacy here in Sydney. I would look around for a more "specialised" pharmacy - but definitely get the opinion of an professional regarding which one is for you as it would be horrible to mess up a cycle that you have gone to such massive effort and expense for.
I still have the box the Lucrin came in - its produced by Abbott - so get your chemist to call them directly and they should be able to sort you out.
Sooty I was told I could take half too but was worried I wouldn't get the exact half right. Some ladies aren't able to get triptorelin only the other depot injection, I wasn't able to get the other injection only the triptorelin, some pharmacist use different providers so I would just check around to see who can do what.
I spoke to DR Le Roux about donating embies yesterday so for those asking, you can donated your left over embies once you have completed your family. They need you to put it in writing, something for us all to consider.
My son is better thank you all for asking, in the end he was put on some pretty strong antibiotics which helped. He was a dream on the plane and several people commented at how great he was he didn't really sleep til we got settled into the apartment at around 11pm Cape Town time so we have our routine up and running as much as possible. Our flight though was a nightmare, we were downgraded, the flight was delayed, the stairs didn't work for us to disembark then the bags took forever to come out, ours were the first out at an hour and a half wait at the carousel, this was after the wait time to come through customs. We got our luggage at 5.15 and were departing JoBurg at 5.45, we didn't hang around for the stroller or we would've missed our flight so we rushed to recheck baggage. We were assured our bags would make it it time and so would we if we hurried, there was me running with a 13.5kg boy and my hubby running with the carry on the whole length of the airport only to find a huge queue up for security check to go through to domestic departures. A woman came barging passed us in the line so I followed her to the front, we made the flight in seconds, if it wasn't for her we would still be queuing up I'm sure of it LOL
as soon as we hit Cape Town I reported the stroller missing then went to wait for the baggage, Only to find the baggage hadn't turned up either, the woman's face in baggage complaints area was priceless when I went back to report it missing. We managed on Monday to get our baggage after much cojouling but we are still waiting on the stroller, which was meant to be delivered today, so I guess it might turn up next week, if we are lucky.
Usually I have all toiletries and drugs in my carry on but because it was filled with bubbas stuff I didn't. I did have some clothes for bubba and myself in case of spillage though which was handy and the foresight to put loads of nappies in the carry on, they lasted til we could get to the shops on Monday morning. It wouldn't have been so bad if we had of stayed in a hotel, but being in the apartment we had no soap and no way to get toothbrushes and paste, I was going to take the ones from the plane but thought no, I won't need it, it will be more junk to carry around, Note to self, do listen to the inner voice more often! Luckily, we were able to get some formula from 7/11 so he could at least have a bottle.
My lining scan was fine, considering I hadn't taken meds for a day it was still over the 8 marker. Donor has 10/12 eggs on board, Dr LR has had her before she has good eggs collection is now Friday. Transfer will be Monday or Wednesday I requested a Wednesday transfer if possible. We will wait and see how the eggs turn out before we make a decision on one or two eggs transferred.
the apartment is gorgeous, heaters and aircon, views of table mountain the stadium and the marina at the Raddisson we went to the Raddisson for lunch today and sat in the sun, it was wonderful, it feels good to be back, everyone is so friendly. Vineyard car hire were a dream to deal with they turned up on time with the car, walked us through everything and off they went, they will come back and collect the car as well.
sorry haven't had Internet so don't know what's going on will read back when I get the chance. Hope your doing well Pixel, I'm thinking of you.
Thanks Rainbow & Jodi for all the information on checking it out with another pharmacist, I didn't even think of that - gosh I don't really know what to do now. I wouldn't know if I could potentially ovulate through a depot injection? I spoke to my FS today (have been chasing him for NK Cell biopsy results for 3 weeks now - and they have come back elevated... I was going to be on Clexane & Prednisolone anyways, so I guess now Dr Heylen may recommend the intraplid infusion as well. I'm going to do a bit more research on it as well) - anyways, he sounded a touch short (though he was just going out to an appointment) and said, "I don't know why you don't just use the nasal spray... if you're going to get side effects you'll get them with any of the suppression drugs and then went on to say that there has been no demand for the other med's to be brought into Australia, hence the difficulty in sourcing them" - I'm almost tempted to just run with the nasal spray, even though I really don't want to...but trying to source the depot is turning into a bit of a time consuming exercise - I've been home sick all this week, so I'm kind of running out of energy as well. Dr Heylen emailed me back, after I double checked with him on the depot injection, and he reckons it's fine to take the 7.1mg dose... I guess I should trust him!!........ sometimes I get caught up in the smallest of things....
Jodi - OMG, what a nightmare of a flight, you poor thing, did your DH keep his cool? That would be something my DH would get hot under the collar about. Fancy been downgraded... how does that happen? Weren't you flying business class? Gosh, I can imagine the stress of trying to find baggage after a long flight & having no milk for your wee boy when you arrived and so on... golly gosh - what a way to start! Good stuff, jumping in behind the lady that pushed through, to make the flight within seconds!! So glad to hear he is been a dream and the ab's worked.
Where are you staying? We will probably be looking at apartments too- I've just started checking it all out, as it's a lot cheaper than a Hotel, as much as I'd love the luxury, I've got to remind myself why we are going, and also remind myself if we ever have to come back again, that money saved now can be used later.
That's good news with your donor's progress so far & your lining with no meds that day. Are you staying long this time?
Thanks for info on donating embryos, I agree it is something for us to think about. Its good to give back.
Angelmama - from what I've read on this forum some GP's will write the scripts, others wont, same goes for the FS's. My GP said something about these drugs been for cancer patients (I'm not sure if that is correct or not - but I just asked my FS after that, and got the scripts through him).
Have you found a clinic you are going to use? It feels like ages ago I was looking for a clinic/donor & in reality it was less than 2 months ago - for me, I did most my research on this forum, by reading all the posts from the very beginning (Thread 1 - through to this thread 3) and felt quite satisfied from everyone else's experiences with CFC - hence why in the end, I settled on CFC, even though I had dabbled in looking at other clinics, due to not all donors could travel to Cape Town. I pretty much took CFC stats/success rates at face value because of this website. Having said that, if you are looking at other clinics, I've always heard that the lab/embryologist/s are very important, so maybe check how long they have been there & their experience. I did check that out with one clinic in Port Elizabeth as there was a donor that lived there that couldn't travel, and it turned out they really didn't have as much experience as I would have liked.... just me though!
Have you chosen a donor, and when are you hoping to travel for treatment?
Pixel - Hope you are well and still in your beautiful calm state of mind. Thinking of you.
Jodie so glad you made it and all is well now and you and your donor are on track- OMG what a travel ordeal! Sooty my hubby would have struggled too
Don't have much to report as I have my second scan tomorrow and will find out donors progress then. So not sure of pick up day but should be fri-sun.
am still feeling good and hopefully all will go well tomorrow
PS Laned please feel free to express all your hopes and dreams - I think even though a lot of us are dreaming of bubba 1, l certainly understand and hope for 2, as I have loved having siblings and would want that for my child. Of course it's easy to say I'd be happy with one and maybe I would but I just wanted you to know that from my perspective what your experiencing is normal and its we all have our different journeys.
Sooty - you may be fine with the depot darl? If you've done several IVF cycles I have no doubt that your FS will be able to guide you. I wish I had chosen the Syneral personally as I had no problems with taking it before and didn't experience headaches like I did with the Lucrin. For me, Lucrin was THE worst of the drugs I have ever taken - mind you now that I'm a week into the Gestone injections, I'm not loving them either and think I'm going to ask if I can swap over to the pesseries if I happen to get a BFP on Saturday, because I just can't stand them any more. THey are just too painful and I can't for the life of me believe that if they had better results that the clinics in Australia would not be using them also. THey will check my Progesterone levels when I do my test on Saturday, so if they are low - maybe I might have to stay on them, but if not... THEY ARE GONE!!!
Jodie - so sorry to hear of your nightmare flight ordeal. Its going to be smooth sailing for you from this point onwards. I'm envious of you being in beautiful Cape Town. I'm still waking at night thinking we are in our beautiful hotel room, then realise I am home :-(
Pixel - good luck for the weekend with ER, will be thinking of you.
AFM - my blood test is booked for 8.30am this Saturday morning. My clinic will have the results back to me around lunch time. So Tony/Kevin won't be the only winners/losers on Saturday... I'm going to be in there too. Keep me in your prayers ladies, I'm really not feeling very confident right now even though my symptoms keep on getting stronger, I just can't help but think its that ruddy Gestone!!!
Baby dust to all
Thanks Rainbow. You're so funny, I had to laugh at your reference to the election on Saturday!! Good that your booked in nice and early and will have the results by lunch time. Hopefully your symptoms are like so many other stories we have read on here, and it's a positive. Everything is crossed for you. xx
found this thread by accident,
There is a clinic in Thailand that use South African girls, they allow IP's and donor to briefly meet at the clinic....Just a thought for those of you who are wanting contact with donors
Enjoy the rest of your week
Does anyone know the name of the clinic in Thailand?
Rainbow - 1 more sleep to go!! Hope you are holding up ok - have you been doing anymore home preg tests or managing to hold off?
Pixel & Jodi - thinking of you both too & hope everything is going according to plan.
Last edited by sootymay; 06-09-2013 at 06:30.
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