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#1 Forum Moderator

Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:32 PM

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#2 Frogga78

Posted 21 April 2012 - 10:23 AM

GOLd!!!

Just a  ninja.gif  to see how everyone is traveling.


Good luck girls - hope you're all surviving  smile1.gif

#3 CClove

Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

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Hello everyone

LellyBelly, good luck to your EC !!

Edited by CClove, 21 April 2012 - 06:34 PM.


#4 LellyBelly

Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:14 PM

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Hi Ladies!!

We had our Trigger Injection last night (and at a reasonable hour too!)  All booked in for 7.30am tomorrow pick-up.

The trigger injection last time looked like the orgalutran needle/syringe, but this time looked like the puragon pen!  It was super easy.

I'm still excited for EPU, I'm feeling more confident this cycle so we have our fingers crossed!!

Take care everyone, have a wonderful week,

Lelly xx

Edited by LellyBelly, 22 April 2012 - 11:55 AM.


#5 babycuddler

Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:56 PM

Hi Everyone - what a great number of eggs & embies we are gettng this month!! CClove you poor thing - how frustrating - I have moved you to the 'waiting for an appointment' section! If it makes you feel better apparently 39 is young for an IVFer! (according to my clinic) so once your specialist works out what is happening then hopefully it all works out.

A big welcome Kateep1 I have added you to the list

Thanks Cordyline - we have been building the house for a couple of years but it is at the stage where we need to do stuff like painting etc and get ready to move in - bad timing with the IVF too so I have really had to juggle everything, plus I have a new job and a nightmare boss!! At least it takes my mind off IVF - I didn't even know which day of my cycle I was on this month and that never happens!! We have this weekend off as I am just too sore and bloated and it has been lovely! I had my US on Friday and I actually had 10 follicles which was amazing - much better than 4 last time. My EPU is on Tuesday so let's hope I get more than the 1 I got last time!

Fingers crossed for everyone & I will be updating the list again soon! xo

Ready, Set, Go Girls
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Jane23
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Sarah(Kate) - 17/2
LellyBelly
dolcengabbana 8/3
Mish*J - 23/4
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Madalem - May
leebec - 11/4
Kateep1
CClove - US 23/5

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Lellybelly - EPU 23/4 ET 27/4
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Jazza L

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globalgirl - BT 10/4
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#6 AmberSpark

Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:18 PM

Woo can't believe my final IVF appointment tomorrow (monday), can't wait I have been getting some strong period pains and really sore boobs, so AF should be her in a couple of days and hopefully they will let me start ASAP. I have worked out the money and all is good. Fingers and toes crossed for me, I will pop back in tomorrow to update.


Lellybelly - Good Luck for tomorrow, how exciting.

Baby Cuddler - Great to here that things are feeling better this round and also good luck for Tuesday.


Hello to all the other girls, hope you are all travelling well, How are you going Porkchop and Heath.

#7 GEH 77

Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:29 PM

Lelly - good luck for your EPU tomorrow love will be thinking of you & sending positive vibes.  Hope all is still well in Lelly land original.gif

Mish J - good luck also for your appointment tomorrow, how exciting!

Cordy - hope you are travelling well.

Nothing to report here, same old same old.  Time is going quickly due to be so so busy, that's a blessing I'm sure, only a week & a day to go!!

xxxxx

#8 globalgirl

Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:56 AM

Hi babycuddler

Can you update the list to have me as waiting for AF?

Thanks
globalgirl

#9 LellyBelly

Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:03 PM

Hi Ladies original.gif

Just back from EPU and feeling a bit light headed (floopy!).

The number on my hand was 9.

I'm a little sad, because at Friday's scan they said that there was 12+4 but apparently that's just follicles, not eggs.  As the nurse said "not all the boats have passengers".  But 9 is still a good number, I'm just a little scared because last time we had a 75% fail rate.  They're tweaking the process this time, so hopefully it'll be better.

They're going to contact us this afternoon with an update.

I'll post then.

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#10 Jazza L

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:05 PM

Hi all,
Babycuddler-goodluck for tomorrow.
Lelly-they write the number on your hand??!!
GEH,Cordy&WTp-I think youre all frozens? Stoked to hear they all defrosted well! Lets hope for me too!

AFM-started bloods for FET today. Day 9 of cycle-dont think am anywhere near ovulating yet. Trying not to get to far ahead of myself but cant help but get into the what if headspace. Have been doing accupuncture and my practioner seems to think there is hope after IVF (if not successfull) with chinese herbs and accupuncture so will just see how things go.Anyone used herbs or know of people who have?
Jazza L xxx

#11 AmberSpark

Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:02 PM

Woo Hoo Lellybelly- that is a great number well done on 9. Thats cool that they write it on your hand, at least you know straight away. Hope you're feeling okay.

Hope you beautiful ladies are all okay......

AFM: Well today was super confusing but clarifying at the same time. If that makes sense, Iam on an Antagonist cycle, so GonalF 225 from Day 2, then orgalutron injections from Day 8 and hopefully Trigger (Ovidrel) on Day 12, I think that I have to do that one but they tell me when as it is 37 hours to EPU. My DH for the first time looks at me and was so overwhelmed, at the end he said I have a head ache...lol. I said to him, you do.

Any, we had the Counselling, which was good, then the Nurse and then the PLA. All okay, in between the appointments, I went to the Loo and bang, spotting, so AF should be here bang on as excepted, so I told the Nurse and they organised my drugs on the spot and I don't have to go back in. Just have to call them when it is officially Day 1, I will watch my flow tomorrow. Sometimes I have spotting for two days and then a proper flow.

I had to laugh when the nurse was explaining how to do the needles, she said, just think of your belly button as a nose and your belly as the lips, move the needles along the lips so you don't do the same place twice. I turned to DH and said I don't think I need anymore Collagen there thank you. LOL and then I said, don't think my boobs are the eyes either. I think the nurse wanted to laugh but was trying not too. Ooops she probably thinks we are feral now.  All Good. So Hopefully tomorrow is Day 1 ladies and I am on my way. I have decided not to tell anyone when we are exactly starting, only my mum and a close friend, the others I will say in the next couple of weeks, gives us time to get out head around it.

#12 Little.One

Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

QUOTE (babycuddler @ 22/04/2012, 04:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My EPU is on Tuesday so let's hope I get more than the 1 I got last time!


Good Luck babycuddler!! I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. original.gif


Lelly - Congrats on the eggs collected! It only takes one remember to make a beautiful bubba. Hopefully you get a great fertilisation wait. Looking forward to hearing an update from you original.gif


AFM: Day one of IVF #2. I'm on the antagonist protocal so yay for a short cycle. I didn't even feel the needle tonight. I trippled checked to make sure everything went in and sure enough it did. I guess things will be different the second time round - far less anxiety arund the needles than the first cycle I had.

However, being a short cycle my thoughts have already started towards EPU. It really hurt the first time. I'm really fearing it. I had the IVF 'sedation' which really did nothing. I was completely alert and I guess it made me feel somewhat calmish. The local anaesthetic really hurt and I nearly jumped off the bed. I wasn't expecting that. I know it sounds stupid, of course needles in the vagina hurt but I just didn't think it'd feel like lightening. I was so emotional too just sobbing silently throughout it. I remember everything so vivdly and I'm completely dreading it. I think I'm a pretty tough cookie.. but god..

I asked about other options and they told me they can give me a tamazapan beforehand? But I mean it's just something to 'calm me'. I don't need calming, I need pain relief!

I know I should just not think about it and deal with it when I get there. Right?

Does ANYONE else here have their EPU under local?

#13 GEH 77

Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:33 PM

Hi lovely ladies

Wow so much happening, i've been lurking but only on iphone, so reading but no writing back.

Lelly - well well done on your 9.  That's great.  Don't be worried.  We got more eggs the second cycle but ended up with a lower fertislisation rate than our first cycle but it produced a blast plus 4 frozen, so they were obviously better quality.  As Little One says, it only takes one.  Looking forward to an update from you & fingers crossed for your transfer later this week?

Little One - you sound very relaxed, an ant cycle goes so quickly, mind you I've never had any other kind. I always have complete sedation at EPU, it's like a procedure etc.  I never like the anaesethic, but once I'm over that all good, but not a lot of pain or crying, it made me sad you felt like that, talk to them about what they can do as surely this is not all they can offer you.  It's no fancy holiday IVF, but they should make you feel comfortable, goodluck!

Mish J - sounds like all systems go, goodluck & look forward to hearing you are starting very soon.

Jazza L - goodluck for your FET.  

Babycuddler - can you change my details to BT on 30/4?  Goodluck for tomorrow hope it goes well.

CClove - I saw your post a few days ago, I know it must be frustrating waiting waiting, but it sounds like it is going in the right direction & very positive for you.  I too had a scan for Endo in my early TTC days, my dr was excellent at being able to 'spot' it before operating so I felt very grateful to have his expertise, you will experience the same I'm sure, so worth the wait darl original.gif

AFM  - Blood test next monday, no signs, symptons or anything.  I'm feeling relaxed & know if it's meant to be it's meant to be.  I've promised DH no HPT, so I'll just have to bide my time till Monday afternoon to find out.  Just as well I'm busy & I have a house list of jobs a mile long lol!

Hope everyone is travelling well & thinking of you all original.gif

xxxx

#14 LellyBelly

Posted 23 April 2012 - 11:04 PM

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Mish: It's so exciting that you have your drug pack and are ready to go, I got butterflies when I had to book on, I was really excited!

LittleOne: I'm on my 2nd cycle as well, and this time it was completely different to the first time.  For me, there was so much anxiousness and I was a mess, my DH said my body was having a blonde moment Tounge1.gif  My heart went out to you when you explained how horrible your EPU was last time, that really, REALLY shouldn't happen, both times I had EPU I was out.  Today I remember being introduced to the team, and I confirmed my ID and I was out.  I woke up in recovery, I think I was under for a total of maybe an hour, I'm not really sure.  You really should demand a better sedation, you shouldn't have to feel any pain of the EPU.

Jazza: Best of luck for your FET!  and Yes, they do write the number on your hand, it's the first thing I look at when I wake up!  I freaked out for a minute because I thought it was 6, but then I saw the dot = 9.

GEH:  You're half way there!! You GO GIRL!!!

AFM:  I've had a topsy turvy day.  I was excited about EPU because when I had my scan on Friday, they told me I had 12 + 4 viable follicles, and then today before I was put under they said "based on the scan there will only be X" and I said, "but why?  On friday there was 16 and now there's only X??"  When I came to and looked at my hand and saw there was 9., I just wanted to talk to my DH and they couldn't get hold of him, and I spent 20 minutes quietly freaking out and having a bit of a cry.  When he got there (he thought it was going to take longer) he held my hand and said "how did it go?" and I burst into tears, and he turned my hand over and looked at the number and said, well that's ok!

The clinic sent a text and said that 8 of the 9 were able to be injected. Tomorrow we'll get a call in the morning to advise of our fertilisation rate.  I'm REALLY hoping that we have a good result.  I know we're lucky that we started with 9, I know it only takes one, but I'm still scared.  Transfer is slated for this Friday, but that may change.

Take care of you and yours,


Lelly xxx

Edited by LellyBelly, 23 April 2012 - 11:05 PM.


#15 Madalem

Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:31 AM

Hello everyone.  Its been a while since I have popped in - hope everyone is going well!  Far too much to go back on for personals.....sorry!  Been some good news in here though.....   original.gif

AFM - After changing clinics, we're now ready to go for PGD!  I'm currently on the pill, but go off it next week, and then start stimming!  YAY!  It feels like it has been forever!

#16 wtp***81

Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:21 AM

Hi everyone,

Mish*J - How exciting for your cycle beginning! Glad that AF decided to do as she was told and show up at the right time.

LellyBelly - Sorry you were disappointed with EPU but 9 is still a great result. Fingers crossed for you for a great fertilisation rate!

GEH 77 - Glad you are keeping busy - best of luck for your blood test!

Little.One - That sounds awful!  Did they give you other options for sedation?  I was given "twilight sedation" or something which to me basically felt just like a general as I was completely out to it but you wake up much quicker than a normal general....I can't believe they expect you to be awake for the whole thing that is terrible.  I hope you can have something different this time xx

Jazza L - Sounds like your cycle is moving along nicely.

Babycuddler -
Good luck for today!!! Let us know how you go.  

AFM - I am in the 2WW after a transfer last Friday.  It hasn't been too bad so far I have just been trying very hard to keep busy and not think about it too much.  Feeling a bit sick from the Crinone pessaries though!

Hope everyone is doing ok xxx

Edited by wtp***81, 24 April 2012 - 10:40 AM.


#17 LellyBelly

Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:00 AM

Hello Ladies,

Madalem:  Good luck with your next cycle, do you feel better with your new clinic?

wtp: 4 days down, 10 to go, you'll get there!!!

AFM:  "aarrgghhh" got an update this morning, only 4 fertilised, if we're talking percentages, last time we had a 75% fail rate, this time it's a 50% fail rate, so that IS an improvement.  They haven't started dividing, so goodness knows what's going to happen there, and they're talking about taking the best 2 for ET on Friday.

Quick Question:  For those of you that are using Crinone, did you start it BEFORE or AFTER ET?  I'm pretty sure last time I started AFTER but this time they want me to start 2 days before ET.

I'm trying to breathe and think we only need 1 (or 2 for transfer) but it's discouraging.  I WILL NOT play the "what if" game, and I'll wait to hear some more news from the clinic.  I'm still scared though sad.gif

Have a fun and productive day

Lelly x

Edited by LellyBelly, 24 April 2012 - 11:14 AM.


#18 Jazza L

Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:12 PM

Little One- no way babe-Temazepam is not good enough! That's a mild sleeping tablet that is not going not knock you out. You should speak to your clinic about a "hypnotic sedative". This is where you are put out of it to sleep but it's not a full general. The drug used is generally Propofol. The use of this drug requires an anaethsetist to be present. Surely your clinic has this as an option?
You have every right to be fearfull after last time-it sounds hideous! ohmy.gif  You should get it sorted sooner rather than later as your only gonna fret for the next week and that's not what we girls need. The less stress the better.
Ps I'm a Nurse so thought I could help you out. wink.gif
Jazza L

#19 wtp***81

Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:47 PM

Lelly - I started the Crinone after my ET, but I'm sure like everything else there are a million different ways each clinic does it! Fingers crossed that you have two lovely embies for transfer on Friday xx

#20 GEH 77

Posted 24 April 2012 - 04:22 PM

Lelly - you take care of yourself, i'm thinking of you.  I know it's a broken record but it only takes one or maybe two.  You just look after yourself & get your mind ready for your transfer of one or two lovely embies by the weeks end  original.gif  I know it's the crappest feeling wondering all the time.  Fingers crossed they all go on to develop xxx

I started Crione I think at least one if not two nights before the transfer, so it sounds pretty spot on.  

WTP - great to hear about your transfer, you are a day behind me.  Hope you aren't too sick on the Crione, I'm on pessaries this time & except for them being messy little mites all's well.

AFM - less than a week to go but still nothing, I'm feeling relaxed & happy though I just think if it's meant to be it would probably be implanted by now & doing it's think & if it's not well no amount of worry will make it change.  I've been busy & also we brought a new TV, a flat screen 55 inch!  Yay we are so excited & I'm sure the last in the world to get a real big tv, for so long our funds have been directed towards IVF, so it was really nice to treat ourselves & make it about us (even though a baby is also about us) does that make sense?  Anyway it's a lovely feeling, who knew watching the TV with your lovely was such fun wink.gif

Take care & look after yourselves, esp you Lelly girl!



#21 AmberSpark

Posted 24 April 2012 - 04:29 PM

Lelly - Thinking of you and I hope that you are not too stressed or scared. That is still better than last time and I will be sending you positive thoughts, vibes, prayers, whatever you want or need. hands.gif

Babycuddler - how did you go?

Littleone - good luck with Day 1. Hope EPU is better for you this time and I would be having a serious talk with them. We pay good money and I would wanna be well looked after.

GEH77 - Good on you for the relaxed state, I have my fingers and toes crossed for you for Monday.

WTP ... I have no idea how I will feel in the 2ww, so good on you for being okay with it.

AFM: well yesterday I was spotting and today it has stopped but it can do that some months, so hopefully I can say Day 1 soon and get going.

#22 CClove

Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:48 PM

Hi LellyBelly

It may depend if you have day 2-3 or day 5 transfer. I remember I start Crione after ET first cycle because I had day 2 transfer.  But my 2&3 cycle I start before ET because I had day 5 transfer original.gif

#23 cordyline

Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:58 PM

Lelly - 9 eggs is great and it sounds like so far you have a better fert rate. Also, I have have always started crinone before my transfers, 2 days before transfer for fresh cycles and 5 days before transfer for FETs (these were all 5 day transfers).

Mish - lol @ you joking about your boobs being your eyes, bellybutton is your nose etc. I think it great that you can have a laugh. We have to find things to laugh at in IVF. I remember telling my FS he looked like a "miner" - he was wearing a torch on his head and was about to point it up my cervix. He had a chuckle, but afterwards I was like "Why did I say THAT?!!!" Lol. so embarassing, but funny as well. And it lightened the mood a little for transfer.

Little one - you are so brave to get through EPU with only sedation. If I was in your position I would be fretting quite a bit too. I have had general for both my EPUs and even though I ended up getting sick in DH's car on the way home, that was much preferred to being aware and feeling the pain. Only thing with the general was I cried last time as the anaesthetist had to try twice to insert the canula and it hurt.

GEH - heya. I admire your resolve to not test before your BT. I have promised DH to try and wait to maybe Sunday. I HAVE to test before hand and I hate hearing the news from the nurse.

Madalem - welcome back. I hope the PGD & new clinic is what makes all the difference for you.

BabyCuddler - hope our EPU went smoothly. You are a champ! You have an excuse to now slack off a little with the building project original.gif

Wtp - keeping busy really seems to do the trick inthe 2WW doesnt it. I am so glad that work and my study are a bit full on at the moment. There are actually moments where I forget and go "oh yeah, I have an embryo inside me".

AFM - starting to get some sore boobs from the crinone. Please let it be an EPS. Other than that, not much to report. Still 6 days before BT and really busy at work so time will fly. Probably will test on Sunday so I can have a big cry and sulk on Sunday if it doesnt work and then prepare myself to go to work and start planning the next steps.

#24 wtp***81

Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:18 PM

hi everyone,

cordyline - glad to hear you are also keeping busy and good luck for testing on Sunday!

GEH 77
- glad to hear you are feeling relaxed in the 2ww and yay for a new tv! any distraction is good I find...

LellyBelly - any further news  re your embies?

AFM - not feeling great today, I honestly feel like my period is about to start exactly the same cramps and bloating as always sad.gif  It is only one week after my EPU I can't believe it could happen so early.  Also caught up with a friend who has just had a baby today, probably not the best timing but I really am happy for her and wanted to see her.

Hope everyone is doing ok

xxx









#25 GEH 77

Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:59 PM

Cordyline - good luck for testing Sunday you have such a good attitude about if it is bad news you can deal with it & get on with the next step, you sound like a resourceful girl.  But I'm crossing my fingers it's not bad news, then you can spend Sunday celebrating original.gif

I'm banned from HPT, let alone the financial cost I rung up last two cycles of the amount I purchased it was ridicilous! but because I had chemical pregnancies both times I had false hope that hurt so much, it is killing me not to know, but I gather if it's doing it's thing it will regardless of my testing & I also think last two times once I started I was testing all the time, checking, reasoning with myself when I can test again, that took a lot of energy!  I know bad news is never good to get but I've my blood test monday & having tuesday, wednesday & thursday off work so if it's bad news I can regroup & do some house stuff to distract myself.  Here's hoping I'll be celebrating original.gif

WPT - don't be doubt yourself, it could be EPS, remember it's not over till the BFN is in, fingers crossed your body is just having a moment & will get on with doing all the good things tomorrow.

AFM - still no EPS or anything, something would be nice?  Cordy I see you noted that your boobs are sore from the Crione, I hope it's EPS for you.  I had the same both times on Crione, but on the pessaries nothing, I find that weird cos aren't they the same drug?

New TV goes in tomorrow so will be a good distraction if nothing else original.gif

xx


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The Therapeutic Goods Administration has warned parents and carers over a "confusing" pain relief dosage system.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

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Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
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