Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Is It Time Yet???


So today we started out talking to the finance department and they gave us great news!! Not only does NHS cover us doing IVF but it covers embryo storage up to 3 years!! What great and unexpected news!! After our talk we were directed to the nurse, about our process. She said they will work with us on how many we want to fertilize and giving all the embryos a chance for survival. We believe that life begins at conception so we want to give all life a chance no matter how weak the embryo may look.

She told us to call them the first day of my period and then I start doing the hormone therapy on the 21st day of my cycle which should be around Aug-21. I will keep you updated all the way through this. Somedays I feel like this is going to take forever... But we are use to waiting. What is another month right? Try telling that to my heart that feels like it is going to explode from all the anticipation!

Thank you for the prayers and please keep praying for us as we are going into a very stressful situation next month with my hormones changing and our emotions running on high.
Today was a blessed day... The Lord gave us peace and wisdom on what to say and what questions to ask, and opened another door for us to walk through with ease...

Monday, July 12, 2010

1st IVF Appointment. Down The Path We Go...


So we went into the clinic today very nervous, but our nerves quickly diminished when they counted 11 follicles on my right ovary and 7 follicles on my left.
The black holes in the sonogram are the follicles and is where the eggs are growing.
The photo is just a example. Not mine...


So after she measured the follicles and the size of my ovaries, she said the chance for my ovaries to become polycystic is very low, and my chances for IVF to work, is very high!!


We go in next Wednesday to talk to the Doctors and sign papers.
Thank you all for the prayers, we really do appreciate your support.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What Do I do?

I'm an Artist and tend to think outside the box, but I never thought my thoughts would ever be on me not being able to have a child. So to stretch my way of thinking and seeing me grow as a Christian woman and wife, is a feat all on it's own. Change is not easy on anyone. It takes time and adjustments. This does not only effect your marriage but you as a individual, your friendships, work, and passions.
Once a woman starts thinking about a baby, we loose our heads and all self control... Why is this?
When my husband and I decided to have a child three years ago, we got so excited that we started to look at baby clothes in a whole new way. They were exciting, fun, and represented a new adventure!! But as time passed and we were not getting pregnant, those fun clothes became a heart ache, a reminder of what may never be. Getting a confirmation from the doctor about my endometriosis was a dagger in our hearts... But I had to work on accepting it and still do. Month after month, through tears I praise the Lord for my period and I try to understand His will for our life...
I have tried on many occasions to talk myself out of wanting children, because the pain of not getting pregnant was just too much for me to handle. I have thought about adoption, but the Lord never gave me peace on it... I thought that having children is not what the Lord wants for us and I did not want to sin, by wanting something the Lord did not want for our life. But the excitement on my husband's face the week before my cycle is to start reminds me of all the love we have to give to a child. Through all the heartache my husband has never lost hope, not once... He is my best-friend, husband, encourager, and prayer warrior.
He keeps me balanced and I need that now more than ever.
We are about to embark on a HUGE journey with IVF. Each step is a stressful one and will take a lot of prayer and hope on our part and sacrifices...
There are weddings I might have to miss, holidays we can't go on, but it is all worth it in the long run, if it means we can hold our precious baby one day soon, Lord willing..

So when you pray for us, please pray that our families are encouraging, supportive, and understanding. Pray that our friends will understand what we are going through and will be here for us as a support system, as well as the people from church.
We don't know the timeline on all this.
Things can change and we really don't know what the outcome will be, but I do know that it is all in God's hands and that it is His will, no matter how painful it might be for us, we accept it. But so far He has opened all the doors for us to go down this path. We are trusting in Him and His plan for our family.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Timetable Of A Typical IVF Treatment Cycle



Timetable Of A Typical IVF Treatment Cycle

Days 1- 2


Phone in with period date or day 1 or 2 of cycle.

If the period starts at the weekend, leave a message on the answerphone together with a day

time telephone number.


Days 1 - 7


A nurse will call you back to discuss the treatment cycle - usually within 2-3 days.

A drug prescription and schedule for the treatment cycle is posted out. Advice about

obtaining the drugs will be included. The prescription is valid for 28 days The schedule

clearly states the starting date for the drug which will induce down regulation: (nasal spray

or subcutaneous injections). The date for the down regulation blood test is clearly indicated

on the schedule.


Day 21


Start sniffing the nasal spray (Nafarelin or Buserelin) or injecting ( Buserelin)

These drugs block the link between the pituitary gland in the brain and the ovaries,

preventing premature ovulation and allowing accurate control of the treatment cycle. This

is the period of “down-regulation”. As the woman reaches down regulation, she should

experience a withdrawal bleed and may experience some of the side effects of the

menopause such as headaches, hot flushes and not feeling as cheerful as usual.

2 – 3

weeks later

N.B. Payment will be required where appropriate before the Down Regulation blood test


Blood test at the Unit to check down-regulation has been achieved and the circulating

oestrogen level is at baseline. Once this has been achieved, then the ovarian stimulating

hormone injections can start. The injection technique is taught at this appointment

Next 8 days


Daily hormone injections of gonadotrophins (Gonal F or Puregon or Menopur) usually

given in the evening. The Nasal spray or s/c injections of Buserelin continue.

9th day

onwards



Ultrasound scans and blood tests usually every 2-3 days from this day until the follicles

have reached the correct size. Advice is then given about the late night injection of hCG.

This hormone is important as it helps mature the eggs. We will advise you of the exact day

and time to give it. This is usually between day 10 and 14 of stimulation but it can

sometimes be later than this. After you have had your hCG injection you do not take any

more of the nasal spray or injections of Buserelin.

2 days after

hCG



Oocyte retrieval is performed at the Unit and the eggs and sperm are looked after in the

laboratory. Both partners need to attend!

The day after

egg retrieval

Patients are telephoned with the news of how many of their eggs have fertilized and given

a time to come in for embryo transfer - This will be either two, three or five days later.

2, 3 or 5 days


Unit staff perform the embryo transfer.

Pregnancy testing should be done no earlier than 16 days after egg collection

Most couples prefer to do this test at home and then ring in with the result.

Pregnancy

test result

The result of this pregnancy test MUST be communicated to the unit.

Administration staff will speak with you to learn of the result and one of the nurses will

contact you to discuss the result – usually the same day.