What utterly crazy weather here!
Walked home from dinner last night in the snow yet today it's going to be 12 degrees. I think the moral of the story is to pack for any and all kinds of weather.
Thanks for the support. I felt really positive on my last cycle and I did get pg - BUT I also had a Serum hysto, extra immunes tx, weight loss, etc., etc., so I'm not sure whether my mindset really did have anything to do with it.... at least I hope not, as otherwise I'm
Re: telling people how hurtful their comments are, I've tried that and they simply don't understand why. Ultimately it's led to my retreat from all but very few close friends who will listen(ish).
Jen - with your mum's helpful comments, did she back it up with any positive advice on how NOT to be stressed? In terms of telling people, I'm always here, and you've told me about it, so I'm happy to listen.
CKay - Sounds like your GP has taken a great course in tactlessness. For better or worse, I've never really spoken to my GP about it - just asked for the odd test/prescription. Other than that, we've paid for tx privately which seems to have spared silly comments like that from the medical fraternity... and lol re: the dust thing. My MIL sent me an article from the Daily Mail to say that Pregnacare could be the cure. I appreciate the sentiment but really. After all these years and countless tests (plus the fact that I already do take a pre natal vitamin daily) Pregnacare is going to be the answer (especially when it contains iodine which aggravates Hashimoto's and thus exacerbates my immune response)?
FTL - it's hard isn't it? One part of you is saying: take a break, get yourself back together, etc, while another part is saying: the clock's ticking... and get on with it, do it, get it all over and done with... and I simply can't get over your chemist making a comment like that. I'd make a complaint to the GMC (or whoever their governing body is). It is outrageous that they should pass any kind of comment on your drugs - whatever they're for. I wonder if someone comes in with genital warts he'd say: 'Christ not again, how long are you going to keep this up for?!' In terms of well wishing texts
Over the years I've removed myself from my social circle bit by bit. Now I rarely go out (most of the time I can't drink due to tx anyway) and I can't plan anything because I don't know what's happening with tx. It's yet another horrible side effect. I used to be the life and soul, very sociable and always up for going out, having a laugh. Now I don't see or speak to anyone and mainly stay indoors over the weekends, communicating only by e-mail/FB. I'm hoping that one way or another, when it's all over, I'll be able to pick up some old friendships where they left off - but others are well and truly over.... and thank you so much for your support. I hope to be able to return it when my cycle is over.
Summer - I remember you telling me about your boss. Has he got any better yet or has he stopped talking to you about it? ...and thank god for sites like FF that do remind us we're not alone.
Re: Amanda Holden, given her history, at a guess I'd say she probably does want to take time away from work - she may just be contractually obliged to keep working?
Lieve - I wish I could help but I don't really have any experience in that area. I'm pleased that others can help.
Fee - I know exactly what you're saying re: positive thinking. It's always such a helpful line and one my mum continually trots out. My mum also made the fatal mistake during my last m/c of saying to me: 'You will make sure you don't have a drink won't you? You will stay away from alcohol won't you?' (this was because I'd told her I'd had 3 glasses of wine after the numbers initially dropped and I was told the pg was non viable. However, they then doubled again then started rising slowly - which was an utter nightmare). I initially ignored the comments as sheer stupidity on her her part but she kept pushing me and pushing me until I completely exploded at her as: a) I was feeling guilty enough for having had a drink after being told it hadn't worked the first time only to then subsequently be told it may have done so her comments just rubbed salt in the wound; and b) it drove home to me how little she understood any of what I've been through. As if I'd jeopardise what little chance there may now be for the sake of a drink! I was asking for her support not her judgement. Anyway, *breathes* when do you get to Athens?
Nursejue - thanks for the luck. I'll take whatever I can get.
I hope things have settled down a bit for you and you're able to look at next steps.
Fantastic results on your weight loss - I know how hard it is. Well done you!
Sarahh - thanks for the positive vibes! In terms of the weather - I didn't even bring a coat as I couldn't be bothered carrying it. I'm paying for it now! I'm wearing 3 T-Shirts and a jumper every day.... and LOL! Re: your additions to the: 'list of rubbish people say'. Best of luck for perfectly doubling numbers on your next test.... and belated congratulations to you.
Ekitten - thanks so much for the luck.
I can fully appreciate how nervous you are about going again so soon but I personally think that while you have the momentum going, you (in the generic sense) should capitalise on it. It's what I've done on this cycle. I'm going to take a few months break after it though (should it not work). Re: the steroids, I'm on 10mg pred daily - and I also had the dex injection yesterday (which doesn't hurt at all) and I had an aquascan last week to potentially help with implantation so yep, you're in the same boat as others.
Waikiki - I'm pleased to hear your hysto went well but so sorry to hear about the donor issue.
I know you have probably thought about doing a natural cycle and dismissed it as you would only get an egg or two with the cycle but it might be worth looking into as well as: a) it's cheaper; and b) you can do one every month and don't have to take a break from it, so while you may get more eggs on a stimulated cycle, you get more goes with natural ones. Re: egg deterioration, it could be down to many things. I've not heard that Hidden C does anything to them (and would guess
that it doesn't as it is confined to the uterus and below). However, age, AMH, FSH and endemetriosis (which I discovered yesterday that I may have) can all be contributors... and I'm not sure about the other stuff so hopefully Agate can help.
Re your birthday disaster. In terms of the refrigeration business, is there any way you can google a copy of the leaflet in English? It should tell you what temperature the drugs need to be stored at. Someone was told the other day that menopur needs to be refrigerated but I know it doesn't (just kept below 25 degrees). I would check the box itself for you but alas my Greek isn't what it could be.
Re: your fear of needles. I don't know if it would help but you could try Emla cream (if you don't already).
Shamrock - I hope you're able to relax into being PUPO and that the 2ww is being kind to you.
...and hugs and love as always to the ever amazing Agate.
I hope I haven't missed anyone - my attention span is pretty rubbish this early in the morning.