So...... the highly anticipated first IVF consult appointment is over. Done. So its happening, a test tube baby we shall have, or should I say a baby made in a dish. Highly romantic stuff!!!
We went in both feeling quite nervous. Our doctor said all usual "I'm really sorry we are at this stage, this isn't easy for you, and you have already been through so much" etc, then we basically discussed that, yes IVF was the way to go. He then proceeded to discuss the procedure and then he came to the all too touchy Embryo transfer issue. After I was so adamant on 2 embryos being transferred, it really is a different story when you are face to face with one of the 2 top fertility specialist's in the country. Saying to him "well we are going to completely ignore you and do what we want", just didn't feel right. He outlined more risks and more reason's why we should just transfer one, more statistics, and after this I could see my Gardener Guy was caving, all of a sudden he starting agreeing with the doctor and saying things like "yes yes, ahhh yes that's right" lots of head nodding too. I on the other hand was a bit tougher to crack. But everything he said made perfect sense, and he didn't want us going against his recommendation. So we didn't. And we both are happy about that. He thinks we should end up with really good quality embryos and have one's to freeze. So that was that. Next I jumped in overly eager again, and said "my period is due sat, can we start then"!!! I'm happy to say that was received with a simple "sure you can", although in his head he was probably thinking, settle down you mad woman!
Once we left the meeting with him we saw the nurse, who we both really like and have a good laugh with, She got us to sign the consent forms, Which i must say have some pretty weird things on it, For example, If I die, can my Gardener Guy use the frozen embryo's to implant into another woman!! hell no! It was hard enough for me to make the damn things, no other woman is having them!! But if my Gardener Guy dies, we both agreed I can still use the embryos. So a few wacky questions there.
We got given some drugs to keep us going for a few days, we got a wee lesson on loading the Puregon Pen and my Gardener Guy is going to inject me. I decided then and there I couldn't cope with it. We also got given some Orgalutran injections too, so any feedback on either of these drugs side effects would be appreciated. All of it was a bit overwhelming, but guess it will just become second nature. We also left with 2 DVD's. One about IVF and another about the Puregon pen and loading it and dialling up the drug amount etc, so we will have a viewing of those tonight.
Ahhhh....... So that was it, an eventful day, now we just wait for my period to arrive, and that will be my Day 1 and go from there, will be starting the Puregon shots on day 2. So this is it, the start of the wild ride, As they kept saying in the clinic "its the big time now"!!! So my feelings on this are, I am excited, but also so freaked out. Ill just take each day as it comes, and try to rest alot as advised, let those eggs develop nicely and try to keep my spirits up.
Who would have ever though that we would be getting help to produce a baby, by a team in a lab. Not something you really picture yourself doing, but it's ok, and as the doctor said to us " This will be your year, we will get you that healthy baby"..... So I'm clinging onto that, and who cares how we get the baby, All I know is that it will be so loved it will be begging us to give it some space.!