Saturday, October 18, 2008

IVF cycle 1 round 2

This Thursday we have to travel 2 and a half hours to our fertility clinic for an ultrasound scan of Sarah's uterus. Sarah is currently on Estrogen Valerate 2mg three times daily to encourage her uterus lining to thicken for embryo transfer sometime the week after. I think both Sarah and I are quite relieved that we don't have to undergo egg collection again unless these four remaining embryo's don't make it. We were lucky enough to have five healthy looking embryo's after Sarah's first collection about three months ago. Sarah is quite glad she doesn't have to go through the injections this cycle. After having done them for a month and a half it's not that injecting herself is scary, but it's inconvenient - and occasionally hurts

As I understand it, in countries like America IVF is not funded, but couples have to pay through the nose for the privilege at being able to have a decent shot at getting pregnant. Here in New Zealand it is funded by the health system so long as the woman is under 40 (I think). We get two cycles (cycle ends once all the frozen embryos are used) of funded treatment. Funding stops if a baby results at any time. Still - if we did live in America I'm sure we would pay for exactly what we're getting now for free.

I'm actually secretly quite happy that I'm having a day off next Thursday. I enjoy the time that Sarah and I get to have together - with nothing to focus on but the future of our family - they are very special times. 

I find myself having to bite my tongue when talking to friends and family about our journey, because the thought crosses my mind "you should really read my blog - I communicate things so much better there", but then think - no, I must keep it anonymous! I almost wonder if it's worth having a sanitised version for family to read - but I don't think it would be worth it because I wouldn't feel free to vent my spleen on as many and varied a topic as I've become accustomed. 

Sarah had a colonoscopy on Thursday this week as she's had unexplained abdominal pain, frequent diarrhoea/constipation. Sarah had an laperoscopy to remove endometriosis just over a year ago, and there was no lesions noted on the bowel then. We have to wait for the specialist to write to our GP, who will then contact us about the results. Man - as if there wasn't enough going on!

Anyhow, I'll have an update ready to post sometime on Thursday or Friday to fill you in on how Sarah's uterus is. Oh, and it'll be my birthday too on Thursday - the scan is at 9am, so why not make the most of the rest of the day aye?!

Take care everyone,


Searching for Serenity said...

You've been through a lot, yet it seems it's all just beginning for you. I hope everything goes well on Thursday and that you and Sarah enjoy the day focusing on your future.

I'm sitting here listening to your music list thinking about how different our lives are. You live in a beautiful part of the world that I've only ever dreamt of, where the medical system is to your benefit. It's relieving to hear that there are couples out there that are given the chance of conceiving without the burden of money. You are truly blessed. And I live in a cool northern American climate (Minnesota) waiting for the leaves to fall where the insurance system isn't as generous. However, I can't complain. I have a job and benefits that have gotten us far. As the songs play in the background I find comfort in knowing that I share this small connection with you and your wife. It's very strange considering our lives are very different, but amazing at the same time.

Sorry to be all sappy. (Music makes me emotional.) I'm truly excited for you and your wife and look forward to reading the next stages of your journey.

Take care.


I Believe in Miracles said...

Good luck to you both!!

It is amazing to think of the differences in the health care systems around the world. Even talking to ladies in the US, treatment is different around the country. Crazy!!