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Bedside manners.

The OHSS is pretty sore today - it hurts regardless of whether I'm lying down or standing up and walking is not really an option - but I imagine that this is a backlash from treating it with such disregard yesterday and I am hopeful that it will settle down at least periodically, as it has before. Technically I didn't bring it upon myself for at least another couple of days because, until/unless an embryo implants, what I have at the moment was caused by the last injection and I'd be experiencing it whether we'd gone ahead with an embryo transfer or not. If it flares significantly around 4-7 days after the transfer then this could mean that an embryo has implanted, at which point it becomes self-inflicted and I will be duly circumspect about any references made. At least the whole thing has an in-built element of farce to keep up my spirits - despite being in a reasonable amount of pain, I am in the ridiculous position of hoping that it gets, at least marginally, worse, even though I know that this isn't a guaranteed indication of pregnancy - because if it goes away altogether I will be terrified that neither embryo has survived.

When we were in Zagreb we were unable to follow through with the acupuncture because we didn't have a car and Dr Romana didn't want me walking/taking public transport etc. before the embryo transfer. Archie was a bit disappointed because he'd been sufficiently persuaded by the information available online that it was worth having at least one acupuncture session before and after the transfer on the off chance that it might be beneficial. This being the case, he booked an appointment for 11am this morning at a Glasgow clinic. I had forgotten all about it and I wasn't convinced that it was a good idea given the OHSS, (I might involuntarily punch anyone who dared to prod my poor, distended stomach), but I agreed to go along and see what the acupuncturist had to say. As it turned out she had the most unexpected repertoire I could possibly have imagined, including 'IVF is unnatural', 'acupuncture can cause miscarriage' and 'your pregnancy is high risk' after which wonderful gems and, having stuck a few pins in me, she had the spectacular cheek to ask if I was 'calmer now?' - in the kind of tone that implied I'd come into the room, raving like a lunatic and she'd cured me with her soothing chat. Needless to say we won't be going back. I'm not saying acupuncture can't work but it had significant odds to defy in this particular setting.

Here are a few pictures from the past couple of days - including one or two of me in my new embryo smuggling capacity.


Immediately after the transfer, feeling emotional.
Immediately after the transfer, feeling emotional.
Temora, Archie and the embryos.
Temora, Archie and the embryos.
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Lying down in Zagreb airport.
Lying down in Zagreb airport.
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A snowy farewell.
A snowy farewell.
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Last night in Zagreb.

So, it is our final night in the flat in Zagreb, which - just in case we've inspired anyone to consider IVF in Croatia - can be booked by visiting www.abraxas-apartment.com. The owners have been lovely, the flat is well-presented, well-equipped and immaculate. There is a grocery shop just around the corner, it is ten minutes walk from a shopping centre with every possible modernity and the city centre is easily accessible by bus or tram. The clinic is 15 minutes in one direction, the pharmacy 15 minutes in the other and the location really has served our purpose perfectly. It has been our little haven and comes highly recommended!

If you would like more information about Dr Romana and her truly wonderful clinic then please visit www.betaplus.hr. Dr Romana and her staff have been legendary - warm, efficient, kind and eminently capable. When we visited the acupuncture clinic and mentioned that we were patients of Dr Romana the acupuncturist commented that she was known throughout Zagreb as 'the best in her field, renowned not just for her professionalism but her humanity'. I couldn't have put it better myself, so I won't try. Whatever the outcome we couldn't have been treated with more regard and we are eternally grateful. Oh and, just for the record, her real title is Dr Dmitrovic - her first name is Romana - I am not sure when I started getting her name wrong but I have been consistently incorrect throughout – needless to say, she has had the very good grace to turn a blind eye and allow me this idiosyncrasy without a word of dissent.

At times this fortnight has seemed to stretch on for an eternity - but tonight I can hardly believe that it is over. I will be so glad to get home but not because I have any complaints. I would, without a doubt, do it all again if I had to - and there is every probability that we will be back - maybe because tomorrow leaves us bereft, or because the 2ww delivers only disappointment, or in an effort to turn our snow babies into siblings, or maybe, child, to take you back to the place where you were conceived...

A bloody battle.

I have just received an email about my blood test results. I think it was just a basic full blood count but it has come back normal and, apparently this is a VERY good sign!!! Certainly it has cheered Dr Romana up immeasurably and she says that this makes going ahead with the implantation much more likely!! Who knew a full blood count could be so significant? I am so pleased - I know we're not out of the woods until tomorrow morning but I don't think she would have sent such a positive email if she had serious reservations. Could it possibly be that things are actually going to work out OK? I am sure it has been an epic battle between Archie's guardian angel and my malicious little army of gremlins - but it looks like Archie's angel might be taking serious casualties! For the second time today - 'Guan yersel!'.