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Hello ladies out there,

This is the first time I have posted on FF. I have spent a lot of the day reading everyone's posts and I suddenly don't feel so alone!

My husband is a cystic fibrosis carrier and therefore does not have the tubes to carry his sperm - CBAVD. He has already gone through a surgical removal and his sperm are healthy and currently frozen. I am 30 and he is 34.

We have our first appointment with Mr Curtis on the 11th Jan with the aim of getting the ball rolling. I am hopeful that all will be okay with me when they do an internal examination but I did suffer from endeometriosis in 2006 and fear it may have come back.

Anyway, the aim of this post is to make contact with those who will be getting treated at Woking over the next few months. I live in Farnham. It has been a really tough 18 months for us and I am really amazed how well everyone on this forum has dealt with everything they have gone through!!!!

Good luck to everyone out there - I feel feeling really positive about 2011!!!!  :)

 

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Hello StellaBella.

I saw your reply on the thread that I started. You must be just a few weeks ahead of us in the queue - I would love to know how your appointment next week goes -  bet you have been waiting a long time for it. How did your husband find the surgical removal? Was that with Mr Nigam?

My sister had a lot of problems with endometriosis and was operated on by Mr Curtis. She has two children now (conceived naturally).

How are you preparing for the ICSI? I have been taking the standard Sanatogen ProNatal things for probably about 2 years but this week decided to get something a bit more expensive (the Vitabiotics preconception his n' hers ones). Are you still drinking caffeine? We have both stopped alcohol but I do have one cup of tea per day (this is having cut down from about 6!).

Good luck to you both and let me know how you get on  :)

 

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Morning mrs_ixy,

Lovely to hear from you!

Mr Nigam looked after us. He also did the operation to remove my husbands sperm and he had no problems with it at all. I thought it would take ages so I walked into Woking town and when I came back about 50 minutes later he was being wheeled back in and was chatting away to the nurses like he'd just been for coffee with them or something - very funny! Anyway, he was only sore for about a day and recovered well.

I have always been eating soup like it is going out of fashion!!!! All home made and full of loads of different veggies and lentils. I have also been eating loads of nuts & seeds. My favourite at the moment if you are a lover of it is to have marmite on toast with loads of sunflower seeds sprinkled on top, it's really tasty actually.

In terms of multi-vitamins - I was just taking a high strength seven-seas multi-vitamin and then a folic acid tablet on top but I have picked up some top tips from this forum so I might go into town today and get myself something more tailored to pregnancy care. I hope it isn't too late?!!

I have never drank that much caffeine apart from a cup of tea in the morning so I reckon that's okay. I have been drinking loads of water! I do love my red wine so I have still been having 3-4 glasses a week, not sure if that's naughty or not but I am trying to take a fairly laid back approach......well as much as possible!!!!

I'll let you know how our appointment goes, I am so scared. It all seeems so real now! :-\
 

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Hi StellaBella,

Good luck today! Let me know how you get on.

We eat loads of nuts and seeds too - good job we like them! Never tried them with Marmite on toast but I love
Marmite so I might give that a whirl.

Gosh, I love red wine too. To be honest, I think your approach is sensible, but my husband did want to quit
alcohol for this so I thought I would support him in doing so. (It is my birthday quite soon so I may have to
have a glass then!).

I don't really know that much about supplements, to be honest. But I figured a lot of other people seem
to be using Wellman preconception etc so I guess it can't hurt...

We still haven't had our letter yet but hopefully it will come in the next week or so.

Let me know how you get on today! I will be thinking about you!

xxxx
 

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Hello

I am starting IVF this month at the WN. My consultant is Mr. Riddle.

I have done all my testing and am waiting to phone them on the first day of my period to kick everything off.
I hope everything goes well for everyone, crossing fingers for you all.

Mx
 

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Hello Shellymay & mrs_ixy,

Well, we had our first proper consultation today and I was so so so impressed with the treatment we received from the lady who was looking after us. We were in there for 2 hours and were not rushed at all! We had so much time to ask all the questions we had and I actually felt really cared for.

We have also got a date set to properly start the drugs and that will be in a few weeks time (day 21 of my cycle). We were given a calander with all of our appointments already filled in and even know the date they will do the pregnancy test - I don't know what I was expecting but am impressed with the organisation!

There were quite a few couples in there today and I am so nosey that I would have loved to say hello, seeing as most of us are going through roughly the same thing. Anyway, I didn't feel I could. I know I am happy to speak about what I am going through and others may not be! So I will behave myself  :-\  I do wonder if any of those people use this site though! It's fascinating!

When you have your first appointment you will be given a print out of what to expect during all of the procedures. It mentions food on there too and suggests eating a high protein diet and lowering your carb intake, drinking a litre of milk a day and it also advises not to snack between meals and stick to just your 3 meals a day (I am not sure why that is?)




 

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Oppppseeee, I didnt meant to finish that message so abruptly!

Anyway, I feel that we are going to be in good hands and for the first time in a long time I am feeling positive. If nothing else, I know that if it doesn't work out for me then I will not be because the care I received wasn't up to standard and that's so important!

Right, it is dinner time - roast veggies & chicken! Hmmm, I think I am going to be sick of the sight of chicken before too long!

xxxx
 

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Hi Shellymay and StellaBella

It is really good to be able to talk to you both. Woking sounds really good. StellaBella, sounds like they really looked after you and are so very organised!

Will you have to do injections, then? Will you do these or will your husband do it?

I don't think I could inject myself, but I don't think I would want anyone else to either - I guess it's just something you get used to, and a small price to pay.

I was watching 'One Born At Christmas' tonight (I know I am a bit late in doing so) - it is really moving!

The advice about diet is interesting. I think we eat quite healthily (mostly organic), but a litre of milk a day sounds like rather a lot!

Really glad today went well for you StellaBella and Shellymay, keep us posted on how you get on (me, I am just checking the post anxiously every day - nothing yet!!).

XXXX
 

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Hi hope you dont mind me jumping in  :)

Am also at Woking, under Mr Brook, an can say they are amazing!!
We are very lucky to have our llittle boy due to them so I can not rate them high enough. All the doctors are lovely :)

I am currently undergoing ICSI again and just had my Egg collection yesterday so am on a slight high to say the least ;D

Nice to find some more people at the same place, when are you all starting?

Baby dust to you all
 

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Hello crackles  :)

Great to hear so many good things about Woking Nuffield. I don't know who our consultant will be yet but they said they will be in touch soon and to ring next week if we have not heard anything. They said hopefully our first appointment might be in February but that we are 25th in a queue of 30. I am just happy to be in the queue!

Was your little boy your first attempt? How was your egg collection?

 

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Hi mrs_ixy

He was indeed our first attempt, we were so very lucky. I also donated and my recipient had a very excellent result to ;D

Egg collection went very well and I ended up with 15!!!! ^clapping^ go me!! Not bad for an old bird ;-)

just received our call tonight and am over the moon as out of the 8 that I keep 7 have fertilised, am sooooooooooooooooo happy amazed shocked and everything!

Am still in a bit of pain from EC but hey I can take any pain with results like that ;-)

Baby dust to all
 

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Wow, that is fantastic!

I am glad your egg collection went well. What a great result too. Keeping everything crossed for you over the next few days xxx
 

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Dear Ladies
I am also waiting to start my second fresh cycle at WN - 1st fresh and 1st frozen were BFN and I was truly gutted - never felt emotion like it but having lurked on here for a good few months, realise that others feel it too and feel alot more positive about this cycle - hopefully 2011 will be a very lucky year and from reading the WN thread then this one, sounds like there are lots of good eggs floating around all being fertilised - so some of the big steps are already going well - lots of  ^reiki^ ^reiki^for all of us waiting to start!
I have a couple of weeks before my AF (assuming, once again, that natural hasn't worked!) then will also be ringing the clinic with my plan for this time - was on long format last time and it seemed to work well, so it will be pretty much the same - D21 start injecting for DR.
Differences this time - thanks to all the lovely ladies on FF who seem to have massive wealth of knowledge - will be that I shall be pill popping BIG TIME - as another older bird (although I knwo no-one FEELS old) I am worried about the age of my eggs - so will be taking everything on Angelbumps Fertility Protocol - there is a thread that starts with a very comprehensive list and the reasons for taking them all - I shall also be having acupuncture and trying to keep protein levels up - as a veggie it is not always easy but I will eat fish, but the idea of Marmite on toast with seeda sprinkled on is a brilliant idea and really making me hungry!!
Yes - the advice it to drink a litre of milk a day - as we live on a dairy farm it is not difficult but it is full fat milk so I feel like I'mballooning - I did try making ice cream smmoothies, but way too many calories so I also now indulge in large hot chocs. We are also meant to drink 2 litres of water a ady which isn't too bad.
IThis time I shall also be taking preds (? NK cells) although I have  been told by Mr Brook that I probably don't need them I want to do everything poss!
 
 

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Hi kgray, lovely to hear from you. I start my day of treatment on the 27th Jan so it sounds like you will just be starting after me! I too am going to have acupuncture so I think I will try and organise that today. Could you recommend anyone near Farnham or in that area? Oh and marmite on toast with sunflower seeds is really really yummy and what's nice is I am not eating it because of the vitamin E etc, I would eat it anyway!

mrs_ixy, I am going to have to inject myself as DH's work means he spends a few nights away every time he goes to work. I think it will be okay and am not too worried. I have 2 very dear friends who would love to do it for me (although I think more for their pleasure than to help me  :p

Crackles, that is great news about your eggs. It's so scary knowing that aside from eating well and looking after ourselves, everything else is uncontrollable! I am feeling nervous just thinking about it all. I am not normally very good with waiting for news for anything and always think the worst. It is wierd, I don't want to get hopeful as I feel that I will then feel the disappointment so much harder to take. At the same time, I know that positivity is a good thing......grrrrrr!!!!
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Me again! I also mean't to say that it is 3 for 2 on vitamins in Boots at the moment which is pretty good for us lot!
 

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Hi again.

Sounds like everyone is very busy sorting out their diets etc. So, I started gym today! I am feeling very smug about that (LOL) especially as I haven't been in 2 years - lets just say I am not sure I will be able to walk tomorrow.

I am on the long protocol at WN and I am very pleased to see that so many people have had really good experiences there. I have found everyone really, really lovely and have been very accommodating about my phobia against needles (I am such a baby!) I understand that you can go in and get the ward news to inject you. Luckily, my husband is very happy to help out.

I am seeing an acupuncturist in Feltham, but I know that's far for some of you that are looking for acupuncturists. There are some threads on here about acupuncturists, so might be worth searching.

Well done to you all that are managing the diet and the 1 litre of milk (are they serious??? I guess so)

I am also well up there on the 39 year old list, so here holding thumbs for us old girls and (of course) everyone who is trying.

Mxx


 

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Hello ladies!

I hope you are all doing well.

I still feel a little bit as though I am in limbo. I might give the WN a ring next week if we've not heard (they did say it was okay to
do that).

What is acupunture supposed to help with - is it just general relaxation? StellaBella - I am in the Godalming area so would be
interested to know if you find anyone good locally.

Crackles, how are you doing? Any news?

I'm in a gym too - I do a lot of running but not sure whether that is something I ought to cut down on when treatment starts. It's
funny - I will get used to cutting out alcohol (even though I love cider and wine!), and get used to decaf tea, but for me cutting
down on running will feel like a massive sacrifice. But one I am prepared to make!!!

DH and I are off to Brighton this weekend. We do try to go away every January and normally go to the pubs etc - this weekend will
be totally booze-free!

Keep posting with all your news ladies and baby dust to all xxx
 

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Hi mrs_ixy,

Acupuncture is mean't to be good in many ways................... okay, I've forgotten those many ways  :-[ :-[
I have read loads but now I can't even put it into words. If you google acupuncture and ivf there are some great articles though. Gosh, how rubbish am I!!!!! I have found a man who works from my local surgery (holly tree surgery in boundstone, Farnham), he specialises in IVF. I have yet to call him though.

I too was doing quite a bit of running but then we got a puppy at the end of last year and now that she has grown up she needs a heck of a lot of exercise so I now walk 5 miles a day with her for my exercise (runkeeper on the iphone is a great app to see how far you are walking and how fast etc). Again they recommend steering away from doing strenuous exercise but it is really hard to do if you are a runner because I know that makes you feel better and it clears the head as well.

My job is taking me to Dubai at the start of next week and my husband is coming with me. We are only working 2 days but are going for 5 so that we can relax a bit before things kick off. I am now panicking though that I won't be able to control all my healthy dietry requirements! Honestly, I just have a list of worries and when one gets ticked off I bring the next one straight to the forefront of my head, its so frustrating!
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Hi all.

  All excellent news on my part and had a top grade 4 cell embie put back, mega pleased.  ^reiki^

Did have a moment as they spoke about two!! But we went with what we think is best and what will be will be, (Thankfully Mr Riddle agreed with us)  but am very positive and happy, although scared to wee!! 
^pray^
Appears my recp did ok as she was in before me, not that i know anything just she was there, so makes me think she had to have some good news

Can say compared to the rest of you I am obviously unfit  ;D  and have no intention of doing anything strenous in the next few days asides drink more water and milk and eat lots!!!  Although I would kill for a very small glass of vino, but I wont !!


Baby dust and positive thoughts to you all  ^fairydust^
 

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Congratulations Crackles, that is fabulous news, I am  ^pray^  ^pray^ and  ^reiki^  ^reiki^ that it will snuggle in tight and all be well in 2 weeks time - the 2WW was a real nightmare for me (and DH) and carried on going to work to try and keep everything 'normal' but almost impossible I know!

So PUPO, please let this be the start of a very lucky thread and an equally happy 2011!!

Love to all
 
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