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Offline Violet66

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« Reply #20 on: 16/01/13, 13:16 »
Good to hear you have settled on a clinic Janie - good luck with the coming cycle.

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    Offline janie73

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    « Reply #21 on: 16/01/13, 22:19 »
    Thanks violet. Booked flights today so it feels a relief after so much research to have finally settled on somewhere I am happy with. Experience so far of skype consult has been excellent. I'll keep the thread updated in terms of my experience. I'm going to the new life clinic in thessaloniki by the way!

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    « Reply #22 on: 17/01/13, 05:57 »
    Hi Janie

    Good luck with your visit. New Life was my first choice too, but they couldn't find me a match and after soo many years of trying and waiting I got impatient so went with my second choice who found me a match pretty quickly.

    I am just waiting for AF to start cycling, due any day now, so won't be far behind you. We are hoping for egg collection mid March.

    Best of luck
    Misty

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    « Reply #23 on: 28/01/13, 00:49 »
    Good Luck with your treatment Janie.

    For the record, I just wanted to add that I had treatment with Dr Papanikolaou at Life Clinic, Athens in March 2012 and my little girl was born last October. 

    Dr Papanikolaou is professional, kindly (sympatico as the Italians would say) and, most importantly, very knowledgeable.  He worked in NHS hospitals for several years, specialising in laparoscopic surgery before working firstly with Professor Ian Craft and then Mr Taranissi at ARGC in London.  He moved back to Athens and set up there in 2007.  Dr P currently uses the facilities (lab etc.) of the Genesis Hospital.  The hospital is easy to find by metro/taxi and it is housed in a beautiful modern building - very clean and the staff were polite and helpful.  There is a cafe near reception - handy if you are going to be there for several hours. As well as Greek patients, there were others from Sweden, Germany etc. and there was quite a buzz about the place.  Take magazines or a book with you - I read Nana Mouskouri's autobiography while I was in Greece - there might not be mags in English to read while you wait for scans etc.!

    When I got to Athens and had my first examination, Dr P identified a previously unknown problem that would have rendered embryo transfer impossible, and was able to rectify this with a minor surgical procedure.  He spent a lot of time with us and explained options and treatments carefully.  He carried out the embryo transfer himself and after we returned to the UK he continued to offer advice and support.  With my immune problems, I found it reassuring that he was monitoring my pregnancy and was at the other end of the phone for me.

    We loved our stay in Athens and even though times are hard for many people there just now, it was still a really welcoming and interesting place to visit.  We stayed for a fortnight, and we like to think that the great food (and a little wine) plus some sunshine - can be cold in Feb/Mar though - helped with our treatment.  PM me for any further detailed info.

    Best wishes.

    Purrsister xx

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    « Reply #24 on: 28/01/13, 10:42 »
    Congratulations on your daughter purrister. Good to hear such a glowing report of Dr Papinikolaou - I agree with everything you said.

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    « Reply #25 on: 29/01/13, 08:16 »
    Hi ladies, I thought I should pop on the thread today and update you with my progress at New Life in Thessaloniki. I flew over for a scan yesterday to decide whether I should have an aquascan or hysteroscopy. It was my first visit to the clinic (although I had a skype consult with them a few weeks ago which sealed my decision to come here). I am on my own and was feeling really unsettled before I arrived at the clinic (and just to say, it was great to log on to FF when I had a coffee and to see that this thread had been updated by purrsister and violet - that made me feel less alone!) but things couldn't have gone more smoothly. Dimitrios was extremely professional but also kind and clearly aware that it's quite a big deal to come to a foreign country for treatment). But the main thing was that they spent a lot of time explaining things to me. I have always done my research about IVF but I realised yesterday how little I knew about my own womb / ovaries. Dimitrios gave me lots of information which fills in so many gaps in my previous three treatments. The decision was quickly made that a hysteroscopy was not necessary and so I had an aquascan there and then. Thankfully no problems so I'm ready to start as and when I want to (a refreshing change from self-funding at my NHS clinic!). The clinic itself was very swish although these things impress me less than the confidence that I was given by the staff. The other key thing I was impressed with is that they had thoroughly reviewed my notes but when they saw my ovaries they made a decision to change the protocol that I will be doing. Actually, this is the same protocol as the Embio clinic were suggesting but I feel so much more confident knowing that it has been carefully selected for me.

    So I am not sure when I will cycle but probably in March. I need a bit more time to get my  head together as the last couple of months since my last treatment has been a blur of investigating clinics. I'll keep the post updated as I go. I'm sure the ladies reading this thread will understand that you feel a bit like you are swimming against the tide if you choose a clinic other than Serum which in itself creates doubt.

    Purrsister - congratulations on your daughter and good to read about the Life Clinic.
    Violet - thanks for keeping checking in on this thread - I think it's really helpful to have the experience of the other ladies who have tried other clinics.

    MistyB - really good luck - I hope things are working out for you. Keep us posted. Are you dealing with Ruth for Iakentpo. I think she mentioned this clinic to me too. Have you been out to Thessaloniki yet? Let me know if I can help at all. I walked about 10 miles yesterday! Off now for a day of sightseeing as I don't have to go back for hysteroscopy.

    Janie xx

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    « Reply #26 on: 29/01/13, 10:48 »
    Thanks for the update Janie - were you alone on your trip to Greece?

    It can be a bit overwhelming at first but I must have made about six solo trips all told and by the end was pretty confident about it all.

    It is a shame (in a way) that the Greek thread is so dominated by Serum when there are so many other good clinics in Athens. But maybe the tide is turning!

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    « Reply #27 on: 29/01/13, 11:20 »
    Hi Violet
    Yes, I came out on my own. We are trying to keep costs down to a minimum so DH not needed for his 'bit' yet we decided best for me to come solo. I was deliberating between Embio and New Life for ages. I was very tempted by the cheaper price of Embio but in the end, after following up with both to the point of consultation, I knew I really wanted to have treatment with New Life. It's a bit more of a hassle having to travel to Thessaloniki but at the end of the day.. it really just mean changing planes in Athens airport for a short hop to Thessa so not really a big deal. I just felt that they were treating me more as an individual. I'm happy with that decision. I managed to get in touch with a few people who had been to New Life and got very positive reviews, regardless of outcome whereas I didn't get the same feeling about Embio. My contact with Embio was OK so I wouldn't want to put anyone off. I just feel that for me, New Life is the right decision. I considered treatment at Serum - largely because so many women on this forum go there -but I'm afraid when I had a consultation with Penny, it was clear that the main focus of treatment was to be antibiotic therapy and I just don't believe in this so I decided to look elsewhere and thankfully found you guys! 
    So here I am! Spending the day today just getting a feel for the city and going to look at an apartment later that we might use when we come for treatment. The clinic have some good deals with 5-star hotels and the likes which are pretty tempting but I'm afraid I come from a background of travelling on a shoestring and just can't do it! I know a lot of ladies treat it as a holiday which I think is a great idea - it just doesn't work for me and DH. We're both really sporty so I'm more drawn to the mountains than a city. And of course, EC / ET not a great time to be mountain biking or skiing or whatever! So when I come for treatment I'm hoping to persuade my boss to let me 'work at 'home'' and I just want a quiet place where I can try and do a bit of work, enjoy some baklava (oh yeah!!) and go to the clinic as and when required. Obviously we'll try and see the sights too. I have found what looks like a really nice little apartment not too far from the clinic so going to check it out tonight. If we were just going to be here for 3 days then I might go for a really nice hotel but it could be more like 10 days for me anyway so I'd rather just get settled in somewhere.

    Currently in a cafe enjoying a little too much baklava! Getting a feel for the place now so much more relaxed.

    OK, I clearly have too much time on my hands for once! Just realise I've posted a big long stream of consciousness!


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    « Reply #28 on: 30/01/13, 08:39 »
    Hi Janie

    We're also looking to stay in an apartment when we go out for treatment in early March. I'm also expecting to be out there for 10 days, although DH can't get quite as much time off, so my mum will be travelling with me as well, so we thought an apartment would be better and cheaper than a hotel. 

    I was looking at http://www.thessalonikiapartments.gr/  Is this this the same place you have found? Please let me know if you have any recommendations as we haven't been out before, we are doing all our consultations over the phone and email.

    When are you expecting to go back for EC & ET? We are expecting to travel on 4 March, flying directly to Solaniki from London. Although nothing is set in stone until our lovely donor starts her meds.

    It would be lovely to stay experiences of the city. Hope the rest of your trip goes well.

    Misty x



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    « Reply #29 on: 30/01/13, 15:21 »
    Janie - I think you're right in that you have to buy into the chosen clinic's approach or there's no point cycling with them . And, for me (although I accept others have differing views) I am put off by Serum's chlamydia obsession.

    In your shoes - if I was looking at a 10 day stay- I would also go for an apartment.