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Thread: Long Term TTC & Assisted Conception ~ December 2006

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    Really freaked out here...

    After 90+ days without a period, my FS puts me on the pill... First week ok, second week I start getting light bleeding. Entering into the third week and I've now progressed to very heavy bleeding (and all the joyous cramps and joint pains I get with AF ).



    DH wants me to call the clinic again, as the first nurse I spoke to said to call back if it didn't stop, or got heavier. The second nurse I spoke to when it didn't stop managed to make me feel like a complete idiot and gave me the impression I should just deal with it. I have a bit of a phone-phobia, so the thought of calling them and being made to feel like an idiot again is reducing me to a quivering mess.

    I've just emailed an ob/gyn friend of mine to try to get some idea of whether I should panic or not (and call the nurses and demand something be done this time!)... but I'm really scared here! Part of me thinks that it's just my body deciding to have a period anyway, as I'm only on a low dose pill, but part of me is freaked out and convinced something is going terribly wrong!


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    BW,

    Call them. If you get the nurse who didn't want to know, explain that you can't get in touch with your FS and you would like to get advice on what to do, and that you were TOLD to call back if it got heavier. Do not hang up until you are happy, and if she still stonewalls you, explain that you are new to this and am not happy about being left to flounder like this.

    remember you are paying them for this service!

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    BW, I agree with Sushee. Did you call them back? I hope everything is ok.

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    Hey Ladies,

    Thought I'd check in after being MIA for a while....had a FET on the 14th Jan. Went for BT on Tuesday and got a HCG of 4. Was told not to get my hopes up and to come back for another BT on Saturday (today). Started AF last night so unfortunately another BFN!!!
    Could this have been what they call a bio Chemical pregnancy?? I guess the embryo needs to implant to give off any HCG reading doesn't it??
    Anyway - hope everyone is well and I'll try to post more regularly this time. Have no Snow bubs left - only had the one..which was put back as an expanding blast so we thought we were in with a really good chance. Man this IVF thing really can suck!!!!
    I think I will try a Naturopath - get the body back into harmony - has anyone had any experience with that??
    Chat soon
    Love Alex xox

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    DH took me out shopping and let me hurt the credit card a little to make me feel better. It's a passable substitute for when one is not allowed chocolate! Unfortunately, it meant I missed the time in which the nurses are available for calls on a Saturday. Current plan is that I will call tomorrow. I'm on anti-depressents for anxiety problems, and I'm currently weaning down, but if I know something stressful is coming up, I take myself up for a few days to get passed it and then I'm right to continue. I will go back up a step tonight so I can call in the morning... and it will help with going back to work on Monday, too. I wish I'd noted the names of the people I spoke to, my FS is also the director of the clinic, so it may have been handy to be able to grumble at him about nasty nurses when I next see him again. I'm more than half convinced it's just related to having gone so long without AF, and that possibly the weight loss and reduction in insulin levels with the new super-low-carb diet have been enough to get things moving again. Seems a bit silly that it's got things moving so well it can over power the artificial hormones in the pill, though! I will call tomorrow, when hopefully the anxiety levels will be lower.

    BW

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    Bw i also agree with sushee, and if it helps get a little book for IVF in this you can write when and who you spoke to. i have had a few problems with some IVF nurses in the past and wish i had done this cause when youve really had enough you cant remember where to begin with your complaint (not that i always entend for this but it has come to it twice).

    I think i should take my own advice and start a little book too.lol

    You do sound a little more relaxed i think venting and retail thearpy always help.

    Were all here for you xx

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    Thanks, Loula. I think I will start a little notebook like that - could also be helpful for other things too - like jotting down all the questions you think to ask the specialist, but then forget at the appointment! The retail therapy certainly has helped, but strangely I'm more excited about the fridge full of fresh fruit and vegies than I am about the new shoes! I suspect there's something in my brain not wired right at the moment!

    As much as I know I should have called today, I've learned with the anxiety issues to put it off until I feel I can cope, rather than forcing myself to do it then and there.

    Alex, I missed your question earlier - I don't have much experience with naturopathy, but I'm really getting a lot from acupuncture at the moment. I've been going to someone who works with a lot of IVF support so I'm hoping it will help when we finally get to start in a couple more weeks.

    BW

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    BW, yay for a bit of retail therapy I think Lou's idea is great and a book to keep all your details and questions in will help you heaps. That way, you can compose yourself and prepare what you want to say/ask when you call.

    Well, things are finally happening here. I am having a FET on Wednesday after today's BT showed an LH surge. Don't know any other details as yet. I have to call my nurse Tuesday afternoon to find out the time. One minute I feel like I'm doing nothing, and the next I'm going in for transfer!

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    Ok, I have instructions from my friend the gyn reg. She's working nights at the moment, so didn't get my email until she got to work, so I called her there.

    First instruction is to STOP TAKING THE PILL, at least until I have spoken to the nurses at the clinic tomorrow. If I stay stopped, fine, if not, I'm only taking one tablet a little late, and it's not as if I need to be concerned about lack of contraceptive effectiveness!

    Second instruction is that I MUST CALL THE CLINIC. I must be assertive with the nurses and tell them I have a big problem here, and I've got the words of a gyn reg at a hospital to back me up! I need to enquire from them about the possibility of getting cyclocapron to make my blood clot and stop the bleeding. It's non-hormonal so shouldn't mess the IVF plans up.

    Third instruction is that if it gets any worse GO TO HOSPITAL! :eek: I figured soaking through a super tampon (as in it was completely saturated and falling out) in about two and a half hours was getting pretty extreme. If I go through them in an hour or less, that's hospital time.

    In a way, even though I've been told that "yes, this is something I need to worry about", I'm feeling much more relieved. Probably because I know I'm not just being irrational and silly about things. I'm already feeling a little dizzy and faint, but it's not just from blood loss, it's also from having myself worked up into such a state and not drinking enough today. I even went back to the highest dose of the ADs so that I KNOW I can get through that phone call tomorrow morning.

    BW

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    BW - i am thinking of you and i hope things have started to settle down a little for you, what a great friend to have for a sound board, if she were my friend i would be driving them crazy.lol

    I hope you have called the clinic today and i await eagily to hear from you to make sure you are OK, please keep your fluids up (easier said than done, im shocking)

    i wish i can come with you and sort that clinic out - why cant people realise that they are playing with our life. im here for you when you need me.xx

    Megan - CONGRATULATIONS nearly there,Wednesday wow that has come around quick. good on you, looks like we wont be far behind each other again "(i hope, my body does what its ment to)did an OKP today and nothing, but the FS did want me to start on Monday anyway. so im still feeling a little like im not doing much.

    still thinking that i have an UTI but yesterday after guzzeling cranburry juice i felt much better although after dtd this morning when i go to the loo it really hurts so im at a loss, have no idea.just hoping it will go away

    bbl to check in on BW

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    BW - i'm so glad you managed to get some advice from someone you trust - hope you called the clinic this mronging and got some real help - i can't believe that they'd be unhelpful about anything! hope things are going better for you today

    Lou - hope the UTI is clearing up ok for you - they can be really nast, can't they.

    i'm just kinda in a holding pattern at the moment (or that's how it feels anyway) - only a few more days til next FS appointment - yay!!

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    It's been an interesting day!

    I heard back from the clinic... my specialist is on leave at the moment, but the nurse managed to get hold of the other specialist to get some instructions for me, but in the absence of doctors couldn't organise scripts or medications for me. So we've just spent a bit of time waiting at the after hours GP clinic at the local hospital here.

    It's an interesting experience to walk into a GP you've never seen, attempt to give him the short version of the story (which can't really be done, anyway) and then say "I need cyklokapron" and then find that the doctor has never heard of the drug at all!

    But, I have my cyklokapron now - it's a non-hormonal drug to help reduce the bleeding, but as the pharmacist said it was an anti-inflammatory drug I'm going to have to call my friend at work again tonight to check whether it's ok to take with my other arthritis drugs. I'm also on a 5-day break from the pill on the advice of the other FS at my clinic before I resume again.

    What have I learned from this little episode... if clinic nurses brush me off and I'm still worried - INSIST ON SOME SORT OF ACTION!!

    Yes, BW has learnt something here at least!

    BW

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    i think this whole journey is a learning experience BW! i'm just happy for you that you finally got some action and not just attitude from the clinic!

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    That's great BW. At least they didn't try and brush you off again and you got to speak with a FS.
    Definitely don't hestitate asking to speak to someone else if you don't get the answers you are after from the nurses. Are you allocated one nurse, or do you speak to whoever is on duty?
    I have to say, I love my nurse so I don't feel anxious when I have to call and it makes such a difference just having to speak to the same person all the time. Although she has been on holidays this last week and I felt a bit lost with all that was going on,but thankfully she is back tomorrow before I go in for transfer.

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    I'm not sure how it all works with the nurses, yet. I suspect it's a matter of talking to whoever's there at the time. I'm sort of in a grey area as I'm a patient of the clinic that hasn't really started treatment yet. I do feel a bit silly for not having called them sooner and letting it get to this point, and I keep thinking that I should have at least made an appointment with my GP who takes me seriously when I wasn't happy with the answers I was given... but I do realise that a lot of the way I reacted was down to my anxiety issues so I'm being gentle on myself.

    Currently sitting back, taking it easy with the ever-present glass of water and stuffing my face with last night's left over lamb rissoles and lots of fruit. I don't give a damn about the eating plan and the food diary and the exercise I'm meant to be doing! I figure I need to take it easy for a bit and let my body restore itself. With the fridge fairly bursting at the seams with fresh fruit and veg it's hard to eat wrong, anyway!

    Thanks everyone for being so supportive and caring as I had my little melt-down.

    BW

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    If you call that a little melt down what am i going to call mine.LOL glad to hear that you are feeling better.

    Just found out from a GF that the white cube bookcase in IKEA is no more, that is they are discontinuing the line....................Now what am i going to do, you see i had told a GF that it is the ideal nursery acsessory and a must have. so she bought one and loves it...........now i have another GF that is also on BB and shes just been to pick one up as she is due later this year and she just told me that they have a few left, but what should i do, do i go and get one and worry that im ginking myself or do i just let it pass me by and not (but i do love it)

    Girls please your help

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    BW glad to hear that everything is good now. Take care of yourself and relax.

    Lou I say buy it. Don't look at it has though your jinxing yourself but preparing yourself for the baby that you WILL have.

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    It seems to me that it could be a bookcase for some other room in the house for now... and later on it can be moved to the nursery for bubs. It's all about the way you look at things.

    If you really love it, buy it *for yourself*, and use it somewhere else that's not the nursery and move it later. I guess that changes the whole idea just a little. Sometimes it's the way you see things that is the scary part of it, and looking at it at a slightly different angle makes things just that little bit different and more tolerable.

    People may have different ideas, but you need to do what you are most comfortable with. If you let it pass by, you may just find something else that you love even more.

    And yes, Loula, that was a melt down on my end - although most of my freaking out was done in email and over the phone to my gyn friend. She's a dear friend and I love her to bits, but I'm so damned thankful for her career choice right now!

    BW

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