It’s a shame that while all of this is going on, the ‘main bit’ (the medicating, jabbing, emotional roller coaster) I am also slap bang in the most busy and stressful time at work, so unable to spend time sitting and pondering, and most importantly writing, about the whole process. I’m also way behind on reading blogs, can’t wait to catch up in July when it will all calm down!
I need to keep this wee diary up to date though!! Quick fire blog:
It’s going well. My poor wife’s tummy is covered in nasty looking red/purple bruises from the injections, and last night, for the first time, she almost forgot to inject, but got there in time in the end.
We had a taste of what it’s like to be Mums (I know that all the ‘real’ Mums out there will roll their eyes at us for this.) We have two lovely little Bichon Frise dogs who we adopted as adults in December (aged 5 & 7) and who have come to us with a whole range of psychological issues – separation anxiety and avoidance respectively. They have seriously turned our world and our hearts upside down. Elsie has been having seizures recently, not severe ones, she looks more like she has the shakes when it happens, but it’s started happening every other day. Vets haven’t been able to find anything so far, so yesterday she went in for a scan and X-ray under general anaesthetic. On two levels our hearts were broken, leaving her there in their hands for a whole day, knowing she would fret, and have to go through a GA and wake up alone, and also leaving our super anxious Polly at home on her own for the first time ever. I couldn’t bear it. I tried really hard not to cry – but when you think of your little babies scared and alone, and you can’t do anything … god help us when we have actual babies.
Anyway – back to baby making … Bec went for a blood test on Friday to check she was on course for starting the stimulation meds the same day – it came as no surprise to me that her oestrogen levels haven’t been suppressed enough yet by the ‘down reg’ meds – Bec has some seriously fierce hormones coursing through her veins. We knew that, already. So – she was ordered to continue the down reg for another 4 days, and is back in tomorrow for another test and hopefully, the go ahead to start stimming. So we’re ever so slightly off track on the timeline, BUT this is a good thing, as we have flights booked to go see our beautiful niece next weekend. On the old schedule we wouldn’t have been able to go – on this new delayed schedule, we might – if the dates line up for us (i.e. if she doesn’t need to be in hospital for scans, bloods or egg collection over that weekend!)
In my less impressive and less important med news – I started the oestrogen patches (which are supposed to help boost the endometrial lining) – supposed to be on two patches to be changed every 4 days. Day 1, one of the patches fell off, day 2, they both fell off, day 3 I was wrapped in surgical tape and they were still peeling off. I’ve now been transferred to tablets.
We’re ‘egging’ the egg babies on on a daily basis (by way of talking at Becs tummy, cheering them on) and we’re finding it really strange that potentially, our entire future family (if we’re lucky and get left over frozen embryo’s for Bec to carry in the future) is currently living in Bec’s tummy, in our house, in our street, in our Manchester! They’re here with us!
Come on egg babies! You can do it!