first of all (and belatedly):
yay for the BFP and the great betas! I have a good feeling that this little bean will be a sticky one. I've got all my digits tightly crossed for you!
Krista -- DP and i watched you on 20/20 yesterday! It was so cool to see you "live" and hear your voice. You sounded just as knowledgeable as you do here. I have to tell you, though, that DP was absolutely appalled at the obviously negative/judgemental slant of the piece. I'd forgotten how sensational American news programs can be. The interviewer's facial expression seemed to alternate between shock and disgust when she was talking to the people who were doing the inseminations, yet she seemed much more neutral towards (or even supportive of) the straight woman who was sleeping with her donors. We also think it's absolutely insane that the govt is trying to intervene and prevent your donor from continuing to donate. Seriously, wtf? What I found most disappointing, though, was the absence of your dog in the scene in your car. :D Anyway, it was a treat to watch, and I hope you'll continue speaking out!
invitn -- first of all, i'm so sorry about the RE. if the negativity continues, i really think you should change docs. i think as long as you have a healthy, functioning uterus, pregnancy should be possible. hell, i have a friend who lost her ovaries at 16 and she was able to get pregnant with one of her wife's embryos (now a 2 year old child). i know it's not the same thing as your situation, but my friend spent most her adult life thinking that she'd never carry a child. please don't let this woman destroy your hope! also, thanks for the good wishes for the u/s...i'll tell more about that below. as for the lap, they said they want to do it to rule out pathologies like endo.
cananny -- what's going on with the opks? have you made it this far without a positive? i hope so! it's weird that the clinic closes down like that...
rs -- still no smilies for you, either? i think the trigger shots are brilliant in terms of timing, and i've heard it can give you a better ovulation (whatever that means) and give support to the lining. my docs in belgium want me to do a trigger for ovulation and then another shot a week later for luteal support. and i totally know what you mean about the clomid! i spent one day wandering around amsterdam (one of my favorite cities on earth) in a tearful, near-suicidal funk because of that drug. i never experienced the rage, though, until i was taking estrace. let us know what happens with the trigger and insemination!
anna -- thankya muchly for the tunnelbear link! i'd tried other similar programs but none of them worked as well as tb does. i'm stoked to be able to watch my bbc and channel 4 docs again! how's the tww going? are ya'll going to test or wait it out?
dandy -- my, what big balls you have there. if those don't work, i don't know what will! low level cramping around 7dpo sounds promising! fingers crossed that it's from implantation.
sorry if i missed anyone else...it's after 3am here, and my brain is a bit blurry.
afm.... well, my u/s was both exciting and disappointing. the estrace apparently worked, because my lining was 10mm at cd12 (the thickest it's ever been in all my monitoring). however, i had no follicles above 7,5mm and that one was on the side that's supposedly blocked. i stopped the estrace and started doing opks a few days just in case my follies decided to magically start growing, but so far nothing. this month is a bust for me, i guess. i'm happy to see that my lining can get thick, though, and i think it will do very well on injectibles. DP went ahead an insemmed twice this week, but like me, she's not sure about ovulation. I can't help but wonder if the hsg has something to do with it. In any case, she'll be starting her IUIs in about a month!
i did a lot of thinking and reading about the laparoscopy, and after finding out that i would have to miss as much as 4 weeks of work (!!!) and seeing that the surgery can actually create adhesions and other problems, i decided to write the belgian docs and ask if they'd be willing to attempt a few iuis first. i realllly don't want to have the lap, but if it's absolutely necessary, i'd like to wait until the summer when i have four months off and don't have to worry about lost pay. i have no idea what i'm going to do if they say no.... if they do say yes, i'll be starting 75 ui of puregon (follistim, i think) as soon as AF arrives.
it's bedtime in froggyland! here's wishing you all a great week full of BFPs and perfectly timed insems!