Thursday, 9 October 2008

PGD cycle

DH and I had an appointment at the clinic yesterday, we were told it was to be a Genetic Counselling session, compulsory for couples doing Embryo Biopsy/PGD. I wouldn't exactly call it counselling but it was interesting none the less. Basically an embryologist took us through a picture book of what the biopsy actually entails, the particular chromosomes they test and explained half a dozen times that they cannot guarantee that the end result will be a pregnancy or that a child born from this procedure will not have any abnormalities, or indeed that there will even be any embryos without abnormalities to transfer.

I have been so focussed on "okay lets do this to see if we can get some answers" that it didn't occur to me until halfway through the session that we are going to have to pay for this today. We can't really afford this right now. Oops. Minor detail! Bloody hell, where do you just find $6,500? Sorry kids Christmas has just been cancelled.

I've been on the pill for a week now so the sniffing is due to start next week. Yay bring on more headaches. Just what I need. This cycle is the first one where I'm thinking that if the drug side effects get too bad I'm just going to stop taking them and call the whole thing off. Yep, I definitely think this will be our last try.

But then what will I blog about? I'll just have to become a serial lurker.


Stacie said...

Have you both had your chromosomes checked for translocations? It is done through a blood test. I am sure you probably have, but I just thought I'd ask.

I am hoping that PGD is the magic wand that leads to a baby for you. Sending positive vibes your way for a easy, successful cycle.

Wordgirl said...

Hi Louise,

When I read a post like this I just marvel at the technology available to us today -- like Stacie I'm excited for you that this will lead you down the path --oh the money stuff sucks -- doesn't it just make you sick? I always think to myself -- this should be a human right --

Oh I hope this is the cycle...

On a different note, how are adventures in step-motherhood these days?



sara said...

I hope that this cycle goes so well, but I am sorry about the money. It's a shame that when we go through infertility we have to get smacked with that as well. I would always follow any blog you wrote - you could write about mold and I'd still follow along :-)

Joonie said...

I have a feeling this is the cycle for you. I know, I don't believe in premonitions either, but it's just this very strong feeling that I have.