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Thread: Long Term TTC & Assisted Conception - April 2007

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    Hi Ladies!!!

    Just wanted to pop in and say hi!

    Mel - So sorry to hear about today:hugs:
    I have found that after a failed cycle you always seem a little lost....
    After every attempt we start to stress out about the $$ - I think our credit cards have been maxed permanently since our first cycle in 2003!
    The best thing about charging a cycle to your card is that as soon as you pay it back its ready to go again.... god great financial advice from me here, but it was the only way I could keep positive at those particular times!!!!
    Just take the time for yourself and let everything settle... a situation will always present itself!!!
    Take it easy xxx



    BW - If it makes you feel any better, on all 4 cycles our clinic has never called us until the day after with fertilisation results... last time they said they would call us everyday with cell division updates, but they didn't - makes you so cranky but I guess they know what they're doing.... It would be easier if they didn't say anything at all rather than telling you
    Good luck for your fertilisation results, things sound so promising with the amount of eggs!!!
    From the sound of you you'll have to make an appointment with your Leah and have a session asap for all of the stress... isn't it crazy what we do to ourselves when we want something bad enough!!!
    Theres not a woman on here who doesn't understand the true meaning of determination!!!

    Everyone else - HI!!!!
    Not much to report here, just plodding along with the acupuncture & herbs.....
    Hope you are all great and talk soon!!!

    Holly
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    Thanks, Holly. I think I'm ok now with not having had any news today. I'm keeping focused on the fact that I've got so many eggs, there's bound to be a good number at the end. Considering I wanted around 8, and I'm way over... there's a lot of room to move here! I've got an appointment with Leah on Wednesday afternoon. She says it will help my recovery, which is good.

    Nic, I'm glad you're happy with the doctor. DH has had to take samples to our clinic before - it's a 45 minute drive from here, he just jumps in the car as soon as he's done and off he goes. He keeps the jar in his pocket to keep the boys warm, too. He's had another analysis done by a specialist that was an hour away - we thought he'd have to use the rooms there, but they said he was ok to still do his business at home and then drive in.

    I'm still really dozy from the codeine. The only pain I have sitting still is from the gas bloating, everything else only hurts when I have to move.

    Now ladies, I need a favour from you all. I've had a very extreme stim cycle - cyst bursting, hyperstimulating, waking up screaming in agony from the pain in my ovaries and vagina (that surprised me!). We need to convince our dear friend Summer that it's most completely *not* normal for this to happen and that she's a super strong woman who CAN do this! I'm just a problem patient who will do everything possible to make my doctors earn their fees!

    BW

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    Mel - My heart sank for you when I read your post. Take care of yourself and DH. Holly had it in one - something will present itself for you :hugs:

    Nic - how exciting!! It is great once you really get things moving isn't it?! We live about an hour from town and we stashed DH's SA sample under the jumper and that was all good!

    BW - I'm surprised you made it to the putie in that much pain! 26 eggs OMG! Hope all works out for you tomorrow. BTW we didn't hear until PM the following day re fertilisation.

    Hi everyone

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    We didn't leave the hospital until the worst of the pain had subsided and I was able to walk (albeit slowly!). When we got home, I was just going to jump on the computer and let people know the numbers and that I was ok... it was just easier to not move after that, so I've kinda stayed here ever since. I think I'll go join DH in front of the TV with a heat pack soon. Not that heroic, just lazy!

    BW

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    Hi all,

    Mel - Sorry you weren't able to have the transfer today :hugs: I'm glad that you're taking a bit of time for yourself and DH. Thinking of you sweetie
    BW- Congrats on the great number of follies - I almost fell off the couch when I read that!! Is the number and the OHSS the reason the OPU has effected you so much?
    I so hear you about the wind...although mine wasn't burping! And it lasted all the following day too!
    Don't worry about them not contacting with fertilisation rates...DH and I didn't hear until transfer. I would think you'll get a nice lot of snowbubs with that amount of eggies though!! Are you putting one or two back when you get to do transfer?
    Hope the OHSS doesn't effect you too badly.
    Nic- Glad you found the Doc really helpful!
    Smudge- How are you going hun?? Surviving the tww okay so far?

    I'm feeling heaps better today - haven't had any pains!
    Hi BG, Holly, Summer and everyone else!

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    Girls!!!
    Firstly Mel,BIG HUGS. I just wanted to let you know that my heart sank when I read your post. How awful for you to be halfway there when you found out, you poor dear! I agree with the others, just feel miserable for a few days then start nutting out a solution.
    BW, WTG with the egg numbers, clever thing! I hope you start feeling a bit more comfy soon. Take care of yourself.
    Nic, we live nearly 2hours drive from clinic so DH has always had to produce at the clinic, rather than at home. They usually have magazines etc in the room to help out.
    That might give your man something to look forward to!
    I have lost track of who is in the TWW at the moment.... try to keep sane!
    BG, I think I am 1 day ahead of you this cycle as I am having bloods starting tomorrow... hope you are coping ok.
    Me... I have had terrible headaches allday everyday while on synarel which is why I havent been coming on BB too frequently. I had absolutely terrible AF this time too so have been feeling a bit miserable. Hoping now that she has gone, the headaches might subside too so I can keep up with what is going on in here! I had a readup and fiddle with my puregon pen today and I think it looks pretty easy compared to the old way I used to do it with drawing up from vials etc. That bit used to stress me out.
    I had a lunch with 2 friends the other day. One is 15wk PG and the other has 2 littlies. I found it a bit difficult with the PG talk but they were great later when we went shopping. I had told them about doing IVF again and they were telling me what to get and what to look for when I do get PG. It was great having them talk so positively rather than "oh poor you.maybe one day in the distant future". I even bought a pair of yellow booties (meant to bring luck) and have pinned one under each of our pillows. I reckon anything is worth a try at this stage! If nothing else, it made me feel good.
    Hope everyone is going well....sorry about the long post.
    Hugs from Saz
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    BW - totally understand, last cycle we collected 28 mature eggs from over 50 follies, so totally agree with the pain and bloating - my levels on day of pick up were over 30,000.. and also agree that NO it doesnt usually happen like that for most people, so those who might be considering IVF dont be too scared off by this.

    ICSI can drop your numbers fast. From our 26 fertilised by day 5 we had one transferred and only 4 successfully frozen... hoping your numbers are much higher

    Mel, so sorry. Nothing worse than getting so close, only to not even get a chance at it :hugs: i think its totally natural to wonder what next - you need time, thats for sure.

    Carrie, when I have used crinone I have had the shooting pains, too. Apparently very normal.

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    Hi Sazz - yeah, you're one day ahead of me this cycle - i have BT's on wednesday, then hopefully start the puregon wednesday night. AF looks like she's just shown up for me, which i guess is a good sign - last time i was on synarel she showed up day 12 - this is day 12 again - woo hoo - for the first time in my life i've been consistent in something!! we're going through IUI, so i'm hoping that my body will respond this cycle - last cycle was cancelled - don't think i could go through that again. if it doesn't work this time, might talk to FS about moving to next step...

    BW - no one will pick on you for being lazy tonight - i tend to do the same thing when i'm sore - find one place where i'm tolerably comfortable, and perch there! i think i'm glad you and I don't share the same FS - i have been making mine earn his dollars too - wouldn't want to put all that pressure on one person!

    Smudge and Carrie - hope you're both holding up ok in the TWW - here's hoping those little embies are nice sticky ones for you both

    to everyone else a big hi. i'm having a "flat" night tonight. was my nephews birthday today, and had to spend the night with my parent's and bro's family - love them dearly, but feeling very very crampy from AF tonight and just wasn't in the mood for it! i've never been one to even know AF was coming to visit if she showed up naturally, but having provera or synarel bring her around gives me a lot of grief. think i might spend a hell of a lot of time snuggled up to DH's back tonight - he's my very own heat pack! no microwave required!!

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    Thanks for the info girls, I don't feel so bad about not being able to get the sample there ASAP!

    Nic

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    Keen, thanks for that. I'm sorry that you've also had to go through that hell, but it's slighlty comforting to know that it *does* in fact happen sometimes. The numbers also help, too. I've been trying to tell DH that they won't all fertilise, they won't all go to blast, and they won't all stick. We want to use all embryos that we get, so he's currently imagining us with 26 kids running around - poor man!

    BG, you are so right! No doctor deserves to have two patients like us! But I'm sure they all need one to keep them on their toes and stop them getting too comfortable with their ways of doing things.

    Sazz, isn't it just so great when friends react that way! I just can't stand the "oh you poor thing" that some of them do. When I was visiting a friend the other day she was talking to me about her breastfeeding pillow - how it all worked and that I was quite welcome to borrow it... it threw me a little that she was so confident that all this would work, but afterwards I did really appreciate the fact that she treated me like a normal person and that she has confidence. In the rough days, it's good to know that there are friends like that to fall back on and to help pick you up.

    Right now I'm just scared of the pain. I'm scared of the fact that it hurts so damn much to go from laying down to upright. I can't stand upright, and every single step is agony... of course, it's slightly less bad when I don't have a full bladder, but that's about the only thing that prompts me to move at the moment. My heat pack is my best friend, and I'm finding all sorts of spots that hurt really, really badly. Like the spot directly above my right ovary that feels so bruised it hurts to have the heat pack on it. All down my right side - hurts to press on my waist, my hip joint hurts like it's cramped badly during sex. I feel a bit like I've been run over by a steam roller! Even my throat hurts like crazy, but I know that's just from the anaesthetic. I can't tell if the bloating in my belly is from gas or fluid, but I've been weighing myself, and there's been no huge increases. I think that's a good sign?

    I think I want DH to stay home with me tomorrow, but then I also want him to leave work early on Wednesday to take me to acupuncture. I don't feel good about an hour's drive each way dosed up on panadeine forte! But it's a new job. Today was an RDO, and I think he'd have to start using his sick leave to stay home and care of me. At least he doesn't get sick much to actually need to use them for himself.

    I'm rambling and tired and want to go to sleep but there's another hour before I can take more panadeine forte, and I think I'll sleep better if I wait. OHSS is the pits! I wouldn't ever wish this on my worst enemy!

    BW

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    BW - i feel for you hun - wish there was something we could do to make the ouch factor go away!

    Nic - our clinic/lab is a bit over an hour from home - they told me DH's sample would sit around for a while anyway cos they need it to liquify before they can do anything with it anyway, so we're ok to collect it at home for SA - not so sure about the sample needed for IUI though - that one might be a little more difficult to time from home and still get there at right time for appointment... we'll have to wait and see in a couple of weeks!

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    Sazz - Great to hear that you had a good time with your friends shopping and that they were so positive for you! The booties were a good idea, I hope they bring you lots of luck. Hope those awful syneral headaches go soon, it's hard to do anything with those headaches!
    BG- Well not to long now til the BT. I hope it all goes well and that you're on the puregon soon! Great to hear that AF has visited although sorry you're feeling yuck tonight, hope that a good snuggle with DH helps a bit - if not perhaps a heat pack...
    BW- Hope that you get a good sleep tonight and feel a little better in the morning.
    Keen- Thanks for the info - I was starting to get paranoid that something was wrong. It's good to know it's all normal. Hope you are gong well. I posted in the LTAC thread. Hope the puregon is going okay for you and that this is the one!

    Quick question: I was reading the articles here on BB and in the IVF one it was saying that you get to lay down for an hour after transfer. I have never been given this option and believed that it was what they used to do but don't do anymore..... has anyone here gotten to lay down for an hour after??

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    Just popping in to say hi to everyone - i've been flat out this week so haven't been on, work should quieten down soon so i'll be back to finish catching up on all your news

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    BG Just wanted to pop in and wish you all the very best for your blood test tomorrow.
    BW How exciting that you had your EPU yesterday. I hope you are doing ok.

    Sending lots of baby dust to everyone here.

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    BW - Hope you are feeling heaps better today

    Nic

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    Feeling much better today than yesterday, but I spent an hour on the phone to a friend and I forgot to keep my fluids up at the time, so I'm playing a bit of catch up right now.

    The clinic finally called with numbers. Of the 26 eggs that were collected, 21 were mature enough to use. Of those, 15 have fertilised successfully. We're going to blast, so just praying that we don't lose too many between here and Saturday. I know they won't all make it, but... I want to have enough to never need to do another stim cycle again! The clinic says my numbers are fairly normal, so I'm not doing any better or worse than other women.

    Next appointment with David is the 12th of April, so we find out next week just where to go from here and how to handle the FET.

    I'm fairly happy. I'm certainly not disappointed as we've avoided the catastrophic fertilisation failure.

    BW

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    YAY for 15, BW!!
    Will you get another call on Saturday to update you?

    Nic

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    They said they'd give me daily updates on how they are going. As much as I know they won't all make it to blast... It's this next step that has me more worried than the fertilisation rates!

    BW

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