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    Hi Majeen, yeah if you're going to Hurstville they give you afternoon tea and a meal. I also found it took a lot longer - I finished around midnight. You also have your own room with a TV and comfy bed/chair. It's not painful although I did find it a bit of a strange sensation to start with.

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    I also get intralipids via Dr M at Hurstville. You check in a 2pm and go to the maternity ward were you are put into a private room ( or at worst a shared bathroom room) and nurses take your BP, temps etc. you will then wait around about an hour until a Registrar comes and puts your cannula in your hand and then a nurse sets up a saline drip that runs for an hour. About 4.30 - 5pm Dr M comes and starts the intralipids drip which runs for another 4.5 hours then at the end a nurse puts on a final saline bag that takes about 20 mins. Then you can go home or you can stay the night if you prefer.

    The feed you 2 snacks and dinner while you are there- it is not bad but it is hospital food so I tend to take some fruit and chocolate with me as a top up or so I can skip done of the dinner if if doesn't appeal,

    Also if you take a laptop/ iPad they will give you the patient login details for internet access. I tend to take some DvD's as well as magazines that I haven't had time to read ! There is plenty of space for your DH to join you if you want.

    It is a long time you are there and lots of waiting around but it is also a good opportunity to just sit and rest and play ladies for the afternoon.

    Good luck, sounds like it is about time nature got onto your side !

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    Thanks ladies. I think DH will get me settled and then I will send him home. No point both of us being bored. I might take my laptop and some movies and enjoy the relaxation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby16 View Post
    Hi All, had my consult with Dr M today.....and he thinks I definitely have some clear markers for my immune system affecting implantation, so he is going to order a heap of blood tests to see what he can find. At this point not doing the uterine nk cell testing as there is a risk of Asherman's returning and will be doing a FET next week sometime, so will mainly work from what comes back in bloods. Ideally he said that he would like to have started the therapy (if I need it) pre FET, but as it is next week will just start as soon as I can. Here's hoping we get some answers!
    Hi. Ruby. If Dr M think you have immune problem, why don't you hold next week FET until your blood test result back. If you do have the immune problem, without treatment, you have very small chance to be successful FET. It is vey expensive for FET and painful to go through MC too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie74 View Post
    Hi girls.. Interesting reading about getting the intrallipids with Dr M at hurstville. I'm in Melb and he's also recommended intrallipids. My FS does do intrallipids now, but I'm not sure she'll give the dose that Dr M advised. I will have to find out.

    I'm starting to consider that maybe I should just go to Syd for the treatment when I decide to have it... So I can get it exactly how he prescribes it. Might involve a bit more money but my embryos are priceless & I don't want to take any chances (currently have one frozen & currently stimming to hopefully get another).

    I don't have PHI- does anyone know the cost involved at Hurstville without insurance?? I could email Dr M's rooms but I never seem to get a reply which is kind of starting to get annoying...
    They aren't very online savvy there, very old school and all handwritten notes so calling is usually best.

    I think the receptionist mentioned $650 to me when I went in for an appointment but you don't get anything back from Medicare. Someone else may be able to confirm though.

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    Yes, Majeen is correct about the $650 for the intralipds none of which is claimable as it isn't a recognised Medicare item in Aus (the fee covers the cost of the actual Intralipids and saline plus Dr M attending the hospital to establish and monitor). And yes, my understanding is that most doctors that will do Intralipids only do a single dose (Dr M does 500ml which is a double dose) and don't do the same amount of Saline flushes as he does nor over the long period. The benefit of the double dose is obvious but I am not sure what (if any) difference the slower infusion rate and higher saline flush amounts are for. I have just assumed the slower infusion rate is for better absorption of the actual product.

    Without PHI - just give the hospital a call and ask them the cost of 1 day stay for Intralipids - they well know the routine so it shouldn't be an odd request. I saw a statement recently from my PHI and it said $380 odd for the day which I thought was a little low considering the hospital I am booked into for birth is $1,000 a day - but if that is the case, it would only be your airfare and cab to/from the Hospital as you could stay the night and save on hotel accom and they would give you breakfast on the Sunday too. I know that there are girls that come from Perth to do it with Dr M and do it that way.

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    @Charlie74 I don't have PHI and I pay $740 for the hospital stay at hurstville. I do ivig and stay til around 11pm, not sure if it's different for intralipids

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    Hi Charlie, I'm in Melbourne too and about to start with Dr. M (first appt early Dec). Who is your FS in Melb?

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    I just sent you a pm but not sure if it came through as my sent item is empty.. Let me know if anything comes through

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    Hi all

    It costs $650 for the intralipids at Hurstville and $740 for the hospital fees. I think it's over $1000 if you want to stay the night there.


 

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