Hi everyone. Thanks for all of your kind words - have just been taking some time to pull myself together but have been following your progress. Bit of a long catch up post...
laned - to answer a question you asked a while ago... yes we went through Medfem.
To those having issues with getting meds delivered - I'm not much help there as I got pretty much everything here except the progesterone injections - I got them there and brought them back, figured they were a more pleasant option then pessaries or crinone. I'm not really clear why we can't get them approved in Australia.
So we've decided to go back for the frozen cycle - both the fertility specialists there and here have said the chemical isn't a sign the rest of the batch wouldn't work, apparently many couples have success with the frozen after having had a chemical - so that's a bit reassuring. We will probably be heading that way late February / early march.
Faith15 - you've probably already moved on from this by now but just thought I'd let you know I did my donor cycle in Johannesburg and the doctors used the pill to sync...we'd also looked at doing a donor in Australia and the local fertility specialist was going to use the pill to sync here - I think it's just standard. We were with baby2mom as well and I had no complaints with Jenny at all. In fact I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her and found her supportive during the process - I believe it would be the same at the donor end. Also re places to stay - we stayed in camps bay - it was gorgeous.
CAmom - I will keep everything crossed for you and wish you every success. Enjoy Cape Town - I fell in love with it.
hope for all - we had a visa debit card though I have to say at the very end of our trip we couldn't access the funds to withdraw cash - we are still waiting on an explanation from the nab on that as it was unacceptable to be in another country and not be able access our money. Thankfully though I was able to withdraw cash from my credit card which got us through. At the very least I would recommend having some cash on hand at all times. We also had to pay our donor a lump sum on the day of retrieval - we got that amount out here and took it with us.
Myheart - I can't imagine what the last few days have been like for you. I have found one of the hardest parts is seeing my DH sad when things don't work out as we hoped. Thinking of you both.
take care everyone