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Race to the end!

My 2ww is coming to an end soon! My blood test is finally tomorrow! 
So far here’s what i had during the 2ww. 

1st – 3rd Day after Transfer: 
Cramps and twinges at my abdomen area. I still go out for dinner and to my mum place because of my sister’s merisik session. The next day i went for a jamming session and on monday i went to the recording studio to do the final mix. But i make sure i don’t walk too much. No shopping trips for the 1st week. 
Most of the time i rest at home but i don’t lie down all the time. I had really long vivid dreams. Must be all the medications. 

4th – 7th day after transfer: 
I start to have heavy discharge. Very creamy lotiony type of discharge. Very little cramps. I also had loose stools. Not exactly diarrhea cos it was a once-a-day-affair but definitely loose stools.
I was starting to wonder if it is even gonna be successful but i kept my hopes high. 

8th – 10th Day after Transfer: 
Cramps started again. Now even more intense. But other than that it’s quite uneventful. I’ve not had any implantation bleeding so far. There was also one night where i had a bad indigestion and could only sleep at 5.00am. 

9th – 11th Day after Transfer: 
Craving for oily & grubby food. Got quite bloated and gassy. Kept burping and passing wind. It was quite embarassing actually. But they said bloating & being gassy is normal cos of all the progesterone inserts. Got very tired easily. Sleepy by 9.00pm and in the morning, i’ll have this slight headache which will eventually go away. 

Today is my Day 12 of transfer and i hope we get a good beta for tomorrow’s blood test!
So exciting! 

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The Start Of The Wait

Saturday, 26 April 2014

The day of the Embryo Transfer. The procedure was scheduled for 8.30am but we had to report at the hospital at 7.00am. Was instructed to drink 500ml of water slowly from 7.00am to 8.00am and hold my bladder and only on that day i’ve realized how weak my bladder is. At 8.00am, i was brought into the day surgery centre. I was at the verge of peeing already. Had to wait for 15mins at the cold lobby area. Trust me, i was in all kinds of position just trying to hold my pee. At 8.15am, i couldn’t hold it any longer. Plead with the nurse to let me pee a little bit because it was really uncomfortable. The nurse making me laugh at their jokes, certainly not helping! One even came close to me and whispered “even if you accidentally peed at the doctor, do know you’re not the 1st one.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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Halfway Through

The previous IVF post was getting too long with updates. I’m halfway through IVF now so i reckon it’s time to do a new one and update from here instead. 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

We are back from our hospital appointment! Had a bad blood test experience again. I blame it on my narrow veins though cos the nurses there are so nice, it’s hard to find fault with them. Hahaha
But really, the malay nurse is the one who always had to take my blood test and all this while she’s been doing it at my left arm. But taking blood test every two days at the left arms results in bruises and she was really reluctant to draw out any blood from my left arm again today. But she couldn’t find any veins on my right arm. She tried to draw blood my right hand instead. Which is really painful by the way. I’ll give you my juicy arms anytime but my hands are kinda off limits, now that i know how painful drawing blood from your hand is. So anyway, she attempted to draw blood from my right hand and halfway through the vein collapsed. It was so painful when she withdrew the nurse and for the first time, i cried while taking my blood test. So embarassing! Hahahaha

But the nurses were so nice. Told me to go ahead and see doctor, do vaginal scans 1st, go down have breakfast and drink water and come back for blood test and that’s just what i did.
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start of my protocol

This is where i’ll update my IVF Protocol, every other day. So if you are interested to read, you can always come back to this page. Cos i don’t think i’ll want to publish so many private entries on the blog. Pretty sure i’ll have lotsa thing to update because this will be such an interesting journey. Lol

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1st Phase

My 1st phase of my IVF protocol is going well so far. I’ve started my Nor E pills last Monday. It’s been 5 days now.
I’m really trying very very hard to keep to my meds timing. I’m so bad at this, no wonder i’m not a nurse.
I hate routines.

So anyway, 1 more week of eating Nor E and i’ll start my injectables next.

Nor E has been relatively kind to me except at certain part of the day, i’ll feel a slight cramp & twinges. Nothing too serious but noticeable. I’ve also been reading up on what to eat and what not to eat during this period.

I’m definitely stocking up on Brazil Nuts and Isotonic Drinks.
I’ve heard Avocados are good for uterus lining and i love Avocados!
While i’m really trying hard not to drink cold drinks, it’s really quite hard especially in this weather so i try and avoid carbonated drinks 1st. The only hot drink i love has to be tea but they say tea is not advisable to drink because it’s cooling.

How lah like that!

And oh, my blog stats are now not so crazy as before.
So i was initially fine with publishing publicly about IVF but i kinda like keeping it private for now as well. We’ll see how it goes after the IVF!

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red alert

So Aunt Flo showed up today, to my excitement!
Been waiting for a week for it to show but i guess she’s being considerate, wanting me to enjoy the Gold Coast trip before it’s grand appearance.

Why was i excited for this month’s cycle? Because this determine my IVF Start date.

On 27 February, the afternoon before we left for Gold Coast, we popped in  Clinic of Human Reproduction (CHR) for a session with the Psychologist.  A total waste of $90 if you ask me. Psychologist was telling us things that we obviously know. Common sense stuff, really. But oh well, it was one of the prerequisite for IVf so we went ahead anyway.
We also drew out blood for HIV & Hepatitis Test. I was initially scheduled to start IVF in March. However, the menses came late for Feb Cycle so the nurse told me they might have to push to May/June instead. I was initially upset about it cos i was so looking forward to poking myself with needles wanted to get the IVF done possibly before Ramadhan kicks in. But the kind nurse (bless her) kept telling me if i get my menses within 1st week of March, she will try and squeeze me for April session. I also picked up my prescription of Noresthisterone during this visit. 

I called the CHR early this morning as per the nurse instruction. They called me back late afternoon. I’m starting on Noresthisterone on the 18th day of my cycle for 14 days. Will stop on 6th April and i have an appointment on 11 April with the doctor for a scan and the start of the injection. So Insyaallah, we’ll be starting the IVF Session on 11 April.
My only worry is because we’re supposed to go Bandung on 18 April with my parents. Not sure if it would clash with the scan dates though. Hopefully not cos it’s the Good Friday weekend!

I’m already starting to eat more healthily now and drink more plain water as opposed to carbonated / sugared drinks.
Wish me luck!

If you ever need someone to talk to / share your infertility woes, u can PM me on Facebook or Email me at bride.blogette@gmail.com

It’s always nice to hear from some of you who are going thru the same thing, even better when we are going to the same clinic! Like i’m not alone.

Oh you know, during the last psychologist session, she mentioned that i’m very positive and she asked who i can turn to for support during the IVF session. Apart from the husband, family and friends, i know i have you guys to spur me on. I have always been open about IVF and i feel that helps to keep me sane. Talking about it openly kinda diffuse my fear a bit. Because when i tell people about my fertility treatments, i feel people open up to me as well on their infertility and it makes me think that fertility treatment is not that bad. You need help, you seek for one. To each her own really, but i feel happy each time a reader tell me she’s decided to go for fertility treatment after reading about my experience. Small steps, people! 🙂

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in a week.

Done with the hectic week from the last expo!
It was so tiring! Mainly because i had to wake up early on weekends and my booth was very near to the stage and it was so loud, i got very irritated most of the time.

But i got to meet a lot of people. Some recognised me as the girl with that blog on the budget wedding! Hahahaha
That was hilarious!

Last Tuesday, husband took leave and we went to NUH for our appointment with Prof PC Wong.
It was a short meeting, we asked what we wanted to ask about IVF and honestly, i don’t know what else to ask because i read so much about IVF already! I did ask him about the possibility of OHSS and he mentioned my drug protocol will be lower cos of my AMH Level and he don’t want me to suffer from OHSS. All is good and now we are waiting for my Feb cycle to start before i go take my 1st medication and start with the IVF Cycle in March. Prof PC Wong told us there would be an in-house IVF seminar 1st week of March but we would be out of town and had to miss that seminar. Pretty bummed about it because it would definitely give us a good insight on the entire procedure. We will have another session end feb with a Psychologist to help us prepare mentally for IVF. I picked up some brochures on Gonal -F injection pens.. The one that we’ll be using for the IVF and i’m done psyching myself that it would be ok! Saw the short needles and i figured it would be ok! Nurse told me the drugs are in pure form (hence the hefty price tag) so when injected, you feel less pain or no pain at all. I keep telling myself “I can do this. If others can do this, so can i. If i can’t do this, then i’m not prepared for childbirth because that would be even more painful!” I swear i’m the worst motivator ever.

On another note, we finally decided where to go for the CNY Weekend. Bandung again, this time with friends.
While they can’t wait to shop, i can’t wait to eat good food!
I kind of have lost the novelty of shopping in Singapore / overseas, unless it’s online shopping at specific plus size sites.
In fact, i have 4 shipments of clothes coming in from different sites. So the thought of shopping at Bandung doesn’t really excite me that much actually. Actually come to think of it, i really should just do up another entry on Plus Size clothes before this entry gets too long!


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looks like the hot flashes are here to stay. sad face gila.
i cannot stand the heat even though the fan is right in front of me. In the car, i’m the one adjusting the air-con vents. Usually that’s what my husband does.

yesterday night, i was busy preparing cupcakes for the sister-in-law cos she needed it for her boss farewell party.
but punyalah banyak sangkak. I swear it was a disaster right from the beginning. From the under-cook cake to the frosting cair.
Pikir balik, apa punya suey lah semalam tu.

So i had to go down to Giant to get more butters and all to re-do the cupcakes and that was already 9.00pm.
At the butter section, there was this auntie in about her 50s i think, tgh belek2 butter yang those spreadable ones.
Because the section is so small, i tunggu lah belakang dia so i can pick up the butter i want once she’s done.

Tunggu nya tunggu, dia masih belek2 tu butter so i pegi je lah sebelah dia and try to grab my butter which is at the top right corner.
Aku dah ler pendek, terjengkit2 nak amik butter si aunty pulak took the opportunity to ask me questions about butter. Macam lah aku ni butter nya sales promoter.
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