I have been lucky enough to have a community of support surrounding me both near and far and in-between through all of this.
I have had a lot of questions about when I am doing this and how it will work exactly. As I am flying out of Friday to Europe, I thought it best to share on here before I leave as I am not sure when the next post will come.
On the 29th of June I fly to Athens, arrive mid afternoon and head straight for Serum. On arrival I will have another ultrasound and some tests done so that they can get a clear picture of what they are dealing with and how to proceed. They will prescribe the medication I need to be on (my ‘Protocol’). I will then stay overnight just incase anything extra needs to happen – sometimes they need a better look or more information – or if they need to locate the meds from around Athens. On the 30th I fly to Berlin to meet back up with my parents.
I have been told that on day 2 of my cycle is when I will start injections and any other medications I need. I am unsure of that day right now as it is up to my body but I am hoping it is when I am around my parents so one of them can pay me back for all those sleepless nights I gave them as a child and inject me!
On July 6th (thankfully I will be with my parents on my birthday and not traveling!), I will fly back to Greece for 2 weeks. Most days I will be going into the clinic for check ups, to see how I am responding, blood tests, tests etc. I have found an Airbnb close enough to the clinic to walk but far enough away to separate myself from it – it also has a hammock on the balcony so I am looking forward to that! It’s the small things!
On day 7 of my cycle is when I need to back in Athens so they can start monitoring things and then day 9 is usually the day they extract the eggs, however it may depend on other factors. These dates are all within the 2 weeks.
When my eggs are ready to be extracted I will be put under a general anesthetic, they will extract the eggs and then start to develop the embryos with the donor sperm depending on if there are any viable eggs. Once the extraction is made they can then tell the quality of the eggs.
Then it is a wait in the hope that the embryos last 3 days or even better 5 days, as they would have developed into blastocysts.
Once they are ready to go, if there are any viable, I need to go back in for a procedure to implant an embryo. It is then rest for a day or 2 – roll on the air con and movies!
After that it is a bit of a wait to see how it all goes and if it will work due to the hormones and different levels in my body going a bit haywire due to the medications.
This is obviously a very brief and rough guide to what is about to happen but hope it helps. Soon I will be a bit more of an expert in it and can talk about it a bit more in-depth.
Let’s hope I don’t turn too crazy on those hormones! Fingers crossed.
Happy holidays everyone!