So we arrived yesterday after a hellishly long flight. My ankles are only just starting to retract back to a sort of normal size.
Yesterday was a write off pretty much as I barely slept on the plane as I was hyper aware of being more prone to a DVT given I have Factor V, am on estrogen and flying for a stupidly long amount of time. I got up diligently at least every two hours (had the foresight to book an aisle seat thankfully) to move around the plane a bit which meant I really only had about a 3-4 hour cap nap in 28 hours until our room was ready at the hotel. Once checked in I got into bed but think I was beyond tired because I found it so hard to actually fall asleep. After a couple more cat-naps decided I’d be better off making it until 8.30pm or so and then sleeping.
I’d booked a massage at the hotel spa before we left – and was on my way to my ‘dreams’ jet lag 90 minute treatment at 6pm – it was just bliss. The day spa here is amazing, in fact, the whole hotel complex is just lovely (http://www.vineyard.co.za/) – it’s an old house that was built by some British Lady back in the day, but is now a boutique hotel set on a few acres in the middle of the suburbs of Cape Town. The clinic is only 5 mins up the road. It really suits us as we like things a little quieter – we aren’t into bars and being in the thick of things, I’d prefer to travel into the thick of things when I feel like it and head home to peace and quiet when I don’t.
Our room backs onto a little stream which is populated by what sounds like a huge community of frogs who come alive at night with sounds. It’s really quite relaxing. So we woke up very well rested this morning and headed down to the thing I love the most in life, the hotel breakfast. Then off to meet our Dr at Cape Fertility Clinic.
I’d heard the clinic was very busy and rushed, but maybe it was just because it was a Saturday, I didn’t get that impression at all. I had my lining scan and it’s currently at 9.8mm which is good and the Dr nodded approvingly and said those wonderful words ‘triple stripe’ … go uterus you good thing! I’d been so concerned after my weird period that things might be off, but my body is playing ball.
Our donor too, is doing well with the whole process he said ‘she is very organised so I don’t foresee any issues’, that made me laugh because I am not necessarily the most organised person in the world so this might be another good genetic bypass for any children to have as well as the Factor V, Coeliac Disease and a bit of a gas issue. I asked if she was going ok with the process and that it wasn’t too hard for her given it’s her first time donating he said she was doing really well and following all the rules – he also mentioned that she seemed lovely which is good to hear.
He also ran through the last part of our contract with CFC – which was all pretty straight forward stating they can’t guarantee success etc. and fairly stock standard. But they also offer an egg bank program that you can opt into using. Should your donor produce more than 15 eggs you can agree to donate any extra eggs beyond 15 to the egg bank program. This in turn means that should you get to egg collection with your donor and something is wrong, like say her follicles were filled with fluid but no actual egg, you get to then use the back up egg donor selection for another donors frozen eggs. Seems like a good insurance plan to us, and considering we would be happy with just one or two top notch eggs from whatever we should get, seemed like the right thing to do for us.
So our next appointment is this Monday morning for hubby to do his bit – he’ll relax a lot more after that’s done as I think he feels some pressure at this stage. And we’ll have our egg numbers then… I’ve heard CFC aren’t the best with updates after initial fertilisation results are given so I will try not to get too on edge about it all, but that may be easier said than done.
We are off to the V&A Waterfront tonight for dinner – which should be good. We haven’t ventured too far yet (given our rental car has come with a dodgy GPS unit) but we will do a couple of day trips in between our upcoming appointments.