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    Thank you Tahli and ECM1981 on your advice about Dr Wiswedel, I was looking forward to meeting him, I had received some funny emails from him when I first started down this path. I now have Dr Le Roux and Cyndi is still my co-ordinator.

    I have a question about a gift for my donor, she has said in her profile that she loves reading and has listed her favorite book. I have found the book in 1st edition, 1st print with author signature there is not that many of them for sale on the net and its reasonably priced. This is the first book in a trilogy so I could get the others to go with it maybe.

    Is it to personal?? Any advice on this greatly accepted.

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    That's a perfect donor gift @babywish313. Very thoughtful! When are you going over?

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    That would be an amazing gift @babywish313 very thoughtful. I'm sure she would love it. We have had to mive our dates by 2 weeks which is annoying as we already had annual leave booked and airfares too. But our donor wants a break before our cycle so we want her to be happy as she is going through a lot for us. Its just extra money we didnt want to waste. We had already got our dates from our nurse which was why we went ahead and booked our flights. She requested the change the next day...typical! Maybe its fate and it will all be for the best

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    What a tricky position to be put in @ECM1981. It's not like you could kick up a stink. And after you did so well at being patient, waiting for her CF results. It's definitely a costly delay you could have done without. I hope your new dates are solidly booked in now. Big hugs, .

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    Thanks @Tahli inhave emailed CFC again to get a final confirmation before i head back into the travel agent to blow approx 400 bucks on nothing really. But no point dwelling on it. Least i have an extra fortnights pay and a couple of hours to add to my annual leave hours. So now its an 8.5week count down. Whats your countdown? X

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    Girls, thanks so much again for suggesting your egg donors and discussing your remaining embryos with me. This week an exceptionally generous BubHuber has donated me her 3 remaining embryos. I'm flying over to CT in exactly 4 weeks, with transfer the day I land (Fri 20th May). Fingers firmly crossed I have better luck with my 3 very special gifts, .

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMP View Post
    $26 000 whoa crazy.

    CFC well under $10k for full cycle with donor and FET about $500. Even blood test there is only $17. Freezing is super cheap too in comparison with QFG.

    I personally preferred the intimacy of CFC and the genuine friendlinesd of the doctor there compared with QFG in Brisbane (who treat you like a number and always have issues with accounts). The anaesthetic costs in Brisbane were outrageous too. I was not impressed at the length of time one anaesthetist billed when I had been accidentally given my theatre notes with anaesthetic start and finish times. Being a clinician who works in hospitals I knew it was a ridiculous. Surgery time 11 minutes billed an hour. Typical IVF money making attitude.

    Quality of eggs is the issue not numbers. Too many eggs overstimulated will not mean a better outcome. Trust your doctor to know what they are doing. I had 7 eggs and nearly kissed Dr Matabese and she was so thrilled that I understood. 6 fertilized with 4 high quality embryos. 2 pregnancies from 2 transfers so far.

    It is always quality over quantity with IVF. Older eggs will have a higher fallout at fertilisation than younger or better quality eggs.

    Upping dtims is not good. Overstimulation redults in higher numbers of less poorly developed eggs. Seriously, these people are specialists who know what they are doing. Just trust them to do their job, and they do it well at CFC.
    KMP - Congratulations on your latest pregnancy. I was just curious whether your 3 embryos were stored in separate straws or as multiple embryos in one straw? Thanks

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    Congratulations Tahli that is awesome news for you .

    We land on the 15th July and don't fly to London till the 16th August, my son and I are staying at the Park Inn at Newlands with a car so out adventuring everyday. I had tried to get an apartment but just couldn't line up the dates and wasn't interested in moving around places and with the rest of the travel I just did it through the travel agent, Park Inn for 31 days $1600 I thought was pretty reasonable.

    While we are there he will turn 9 so will have to see how we are traveling with everything an when to do the safari, he wants to go shark cage diving thank god you have to be over 12 for that.

    Has anyone done a township tour? I'm looking at the one at Langa mainly because of the kids and the support they get from the tour. Also so my son can see how lucky he is to other kids around the world, his class is putting something together from them to the kids at Langa.

    Thank you Tahli and ECM on the book I'm going to search out the rest and see what is available and go from there.

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    Absolutely agree @Maxwellsmum and also in regards to cost this cycle is costing us a lot, close to 30k including airfares and accom plus extra dollars spent on getting our immunology stuff sorted out. If travelling donors was mentioned to me earlier i definately would have looked into it more. We each have very different backgrounds and fertility issues so we all make our own choices based on that. I personally would not have been happy with a number of 6 or 7 eggs retrieved because out of my 11 good embryos from our first collection i am still not pregnant. So i blame myself/my body for letting these embryos down. I am a healthy 34yr old woman so its quite hard when your body lets you down. So when i looked for my next donor i need someone with a great track record. My donor has in the past produced over 10 blast of great quality leading to pregnancies. That appeals to me. What Im trying to say through all this waffling is that we are all different and make our own choices based on our own lives. @KMP how lucky you are that you had success both times. I wish so many other women i know through this thread had your same luck.
    congrats on a great pick up @Maxwellsmum I hope there are some sticky one too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahli View Post
    Girls, thanks so much again for suggesting your egg donors and discussing your remaining embryos with me. This week an exceptionally generous BubHuber has donated me her 3 remaining embryos. I'm flying over to CT in exactly 4 weeks, with transfer the day I land (Fri 20th May). Fingers firmly crossed I have better luck with my 3 very special gifts, .
    Yippee tahli! All fingers and toes crossed and knotted!!

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