Hey everyone, myheart sorry for your chemical, try to remain as positive as you can although it's hard to do so during this time.
Thanks for the well wishes Faith, good luck to you too
Hoping4 - all the best with your frozen cycle, my FS said they're just as good as natural transfers!
Thanks for your email Williteverhappen - I've replied. We would love to catch up whilst in CT! Plus the venue you suggested sounds like my kind of place. It's a shame you couldn't make it Mardi, we have the same fs I believe too so would have been good to catch up.
Hope everyone else is doing okay too.
Only a week & a half til we fly out. We're flying via Dubai. Just trying to think of what else I need to do before we go. my husband & I watched the movie Long Walk to Freedom about Nelson Mandela - no wonder they look up to him in SA, truly an inspiration!
Myheart - So sorry you had a tough day. The lost opportunity of a pregnancy is heart-wrenchingly painful. Give yourself time Hun. It is perfectly okay to grieve your lost little person. Much love to you. I know it is different from a chemical, however following my 2 miscarriages I had to wait a month before cycling again. Xx
Patsy - we are in CT from 17/11 - 01/12. So perhaps we can have a catch up.
Blinky - thank you, I purchased my Sistema container today. I purchased the salad to go one, which was a bit bigger and holds one of the 'smash' brand ice packs.
Sorry I cannot help with the cooking classes. Perhaps contact the CT Tourist Centre.
As for the meds, I received an apologetic email from Auspost today in response to an email I sent last week. Their response is herewith:
"I have checked the details for your item in the internal Australia Post data base and I can confirm it arrived in Brisbane on 22nd October 2014. This is an arrival scan performed at the airport. I am sorry to advise that your package only arrived in our delivery network today 29th October, which means it would be due for delivery tomorrow 30th October.
We are currently noticing delays with clearance procedures so if you are If you are expecting items from overseas in future where both speed and tracking are important to you, I recommend asking the sender to use our Express Courier International (ECI) service. ECI is Australia Post's premium overseas delivery service and provides online tracking for most destinations for your convenience and peace of mind. If you would like to read more about this service, please see
I then contacted them to attempt to ascertain as to how the package would have been stored and where it originally landed, i.e. in Brisbane or elsewhere. My rationale, I wanted to know whether it had been kept at a constant temp or had been left to the elements. Basically I was advised that Auspost had no control and did not know what had happened or how it was stored and that I should contact customs. Interestingly, the lady on the phone slipped up and advised me that the item landed in Australia on the 11/10, which is consistent with Royal Mail's previous advice. Funny how the email response failed to acknowledge this rather focusing on "arrived in Brisbane on 22/10"!!!!
I subsequently spoke to a very helpful officer at Customs, who advised he received up to 40 calls a day, due to Auspost indicating Customs. He further noted that all Auspost staff when dealing with international parcels were advised to refer customers on to Customs. He noted that all incoming mail handling was the responsibility of Auspost and that Customs merely then scanned and where necessary investigated items. He noted that usually the mail bags were off-loaded from planes, placed in metal trays, then transported in a truck to a large warehouse (some air ventilated others not). He checked my details and noted that my item had not been held or investigated in any manner by Customs and advised that the best means of receiving such items was via International courier, that would deliver within 72 hrs.
So I suppose this renders my medication useless, as I have no way of ascertaining as to whether it has been sitting in the recent stifling heat.
In this regard, it may be worth those behind us considering an International Courier Service and not relying on Aus post.
Hoping4 - so pleased we will be able to catch up and I can vouch for the pizza place. Yum, yum, yum. Invictus is also another great film reflecting the truly amazing Nelson Mandela.
I met another Brisvegas Wazza patient today that will be in CT with us all for an ED cycle. So I have suggested she too join us for dinner on the 18/11 .
Good luck girls. Xxx
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Laned - good to know you've been to medfem - was thinking I wouldn't come across anyone who'd gone to them as everyone seems to pick Cape Town.
Blinky76 - when we were in Cape Town we heard of a lady in Bo Kaap that runs cooking classes - very good I believe. We'd run out of time but if we're heading back might look into it. Have a look at thebokaapcookingtour website
myheart - reading your post bought a tear to my eye as we're going through a recent chemical result as well (though it wasn't natural). I understand fully what you mean by feeling as though you've let your DH down - I've probably apologised a million times - but I am sure that, like my DH, the thought hasn't even crossed his mind. I also have the issue of tears springing up during unguarded moments - for me it's the loss of something that almost was but also the helplessness, frustration and lack of control over it all - and those added feelings of letting someone down. Hang in there and I hope knowing you aren't alone gives some comfort.
Take care everyone.
Myheart - So sorry you're having a hard time. Sometimes the realisation of the loss just hits you. With my recent loss where the baby stopped growing, i was dumb for about a day, and then from nowhere, it just hit me. I can only imagine how hard this is for you. Take care of yourself . Re your question on when you can start your next cycle, i would think you should be able to start right away. Thanks for the advice on how to pass the time, it really helps.
Patsy - wow I can't believe you are off already! That means I'd better start getting more organised. It's a pity we will end up missing each other as we were originally going at the same time.. At least your positive results will give me hope when I'm over there waiting for everything to happen. And you can tell me all the great things to see and do!
Laned - thank you for the info re your medication delivery. I am kicking myself as I saw the express post but thought it was a waste of an extra $60 considering I have a good 12/14 business days and they said up to 10. I stop the pill on Sun so am hoping I will have until Wed/Thurs for it to arrive, but like you, I am now worried it might not be any good... Sigh. Now am wondering whether to go for the Synarel or the daily injections. I have a script for the Synarel already so would need to see my FS for the daily Lucrin script. Am worried the Syranel may not work properly as I suffer terribly from sinus problems and always seem to have blocked noses! Where did you all buy your daily Lucrin or Synarel sniffer from?
Hope for all - I'm really disappointed to miss you guys and by a day too! If my donor had been able to make my original dates we would have made it. I think my hubby would have benefitted from chatting to the other partners too. He doesn't have much of a support network as I have banned him from telling anyone why we are going to SA. Although its getting rather difficult to stick to the holiday story in the middle of an Ebola outbreak!! Lots of sticky baby dust for you too!
Blinky - great idea on the cooking classes! I hadn't thought of that and I love cooking. Might look into it too. Best of luck with your journey too!
Myheart - big hugs to you. This is such an awful process to go through and it plays havoc on our bodies and minds. Let your emotions out, it's healthier for you (my shrink told me that just today). Mourn your loss and then look forward to the future possibilities. Your body is getting the idea of what it should be doing. Lots of love and baby dust to you too. Xx
Emski - I must say I love reading your blog too. Makes me feel more normal to know others are feeling the same. As does this forum - such an incredible bunch of ladies and gent.
AFM - panic is settling in with the tonne of work I have to do before we set off in 3 weeks as well as these rotten drugs!! Arrggghhhh... Breathe... Breathe... Can't wait to finally get there and start the relaxing holiday bit! Have been sick again with illness induced asthma so back on steroids AGAIN. I haven't managed to loose any weight or improve my fitness as have been sick for nearly 6 months now. Feeling bad that time has run out... Just need this to work so badly..
Is anyone going to be in Cape Town between 20th Nov and 3rd of Dec or everyone home by then?.
Hi to everyone else!
Hi Mardi - I am using the daily Lucrin and got a prescription through my local FS.
As for travel dates, we shall be in CT when you are. I am currently debating whether to go to a professional development conference.
Wow, your post truly resonated with me. I am certainly not in the shape medically or physically when undergoing my previous donor egg cycle two years ago. Notwithstanding my best intentions, I have not lost any weight and know the prednisone commenced today is only going to pack on more weight. I do hope your asthma settles down. Xx
Hope you're all doing great. Most of you have already started, must be exciting .
AFM - Got an email from the coordinator with proposed dates, which she wants me to review and confirm. My lining scan will be on 2 February, and i start the pill with my Nov AF & stop pill 12 January. She's now just waiting on the AMH results, soon as they're in, she'll release the treatment plan. I can't wait to have it so i can book flights and accommodation, as most of the places i originally enquired are telling me they're booked. It also doesn't help that we'll be there around Valentines, so places are booking fast.
Take care everyone
Great to hear you got your treatment plan Faith. It's amazing how that small thing makes the while process feel like it's that little bit closer
Looks like there will be a few of us there in early February.....
Mardi: I went with the Lucrin daily purely because that was the only one that my GP could prescribe but it's been quite easy. I take it around 5pm so I can take it in the morning when I get to CT. No headaches or side effects so far (touch wood) but I have been drinking lots of water as recommended. I got mine from Chemist Warehouse for just about $300. It did need to be ordered from Sydney but it came within 24 hours and the branch rang me when it arrived. Deep breath with your preparations, take it day by day and try not to get too stressed.
Talking of which, have also purchased my Sistema container (thanks Blinky). One question re the syringes...how did you carry them? Should I carry the rest in the box in my hand luggage (I've got about seven left and I'll need a couple during the journey).
Faith: Great news that you've got your treatment plan.
AFM: Running around trying to do some packing while my son is at school. Very tired today as I kept waking up last night. Had a dream where our donor got no eggs at all so you can see what's on mind...
Hi to everyone else (and thanks as always for your good advice).
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