This past week has been awful. Looking back now it is amazing that a whole week has passed, it feels like a blur, but at the time the days, hours, minutes and seconds felt like an eternity. And now a week has passed. 7 full days since the horror of last Friday morning. And I … Continue reading Action
I haven't been able to write for a while. Even though the words have been spinning around and around my head. For the first 2 weeks, I didn't write because I didn't want to jinx the positive pregnancy tests! My heart was bursting. Each day I did a new test (zero willpower to wait for … Continue reading Ruins
It means Pregnancy Test in Spanish! I bought 2 yesterday, because I know I won't be able to hold out the full 2 week wait! Today is my last day in Spain, tonight I fly to Tokyo via a few hours in Istanbul. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to work, and catching up … Continue reading Prueba de Embarazo
Yesterday it rained. All day. And I found myself falling in to a bad place. My friend came to visit for the weekend, which was a fantastic distraction. She's amazing, and it was so refreshing to spend time with a good friend, it has been a while. It was so good to see her, and … Continue reading Embryo on board!
I heard from the clinic today. Of the 14 eggs collected, 12 were mature, and of those 12, 7 successfully fertilised. It's so difficult not to feel down-heartened at the dramatic reduction from 14 down to 7, but I must keep reminding myself, IVF is a numbers game, and all it takes is one healthy … Continue reading Numbers game
Wow! So I'm back at the AirBnB recovering from the egg collection this morning. Feeling groggy and a bit achy but otherwise ok. 14 eggs were collected. I'm so happy it went well. Now those eggs have been mixed with the donor sperm and I'll find out tomorrow how many have fertilised. For the next … Continue reading Eggs collected!
On a misty morning here in London I've just had my first scan done. Results are great! Lots of follicles developing well, 8 over 11mm on one side and 5 over 11mm on the other side. They want them to get to around 18mm before retrieval. My largest is 14mm so on track. With a … Continue reading Scan
This cycle is officially underway! Did my first injection of 300iu Gonal-F last night! The novelty will wear off but I was pretty excited to be back in the swing of things. It feels good to be doing something rather than waiting. The Gonal-F will stimulate my follicules to produce and mature eggs. I'll be … Continue reading Here we go!
Let's get this cycle started! Took my last pill today (feels counter-intuitive to be back on contraceptives in the lead up to fertility treatment!). After a few days I'll get my period and then start the stimulation drugs. Project Barcelona Baby here we go!
Another long haul flight and another round of high altitude crying! This time it's The Good Doctor. Watched an entire season and every episode had heart wrenching moments! On my way to North America. First stop Vancouver, via Hong Kong. Tomorrow morning I fly to Denver to stay with a former colleague and their family. … Continue reading Altitude attitude