Pats and I went to the Nuffield for a two-hour appointment where they would go into detail regarding our treatment. Caroline had been one of the first people I spoke to when contacting the Nuffield and prior to this appointment we had been emailing each other back and forth with various questions I’d had – all of which she answered almost immediately to my amazement.
Caroline called both our names and we followed her up the corridor into one of the offices. She was a lovely warm and friendly lady, was very sympathetic to our circumstances and had a motherly, maternal nature about her. We felt instant relief and very secure that we were in the right place. She mentioned again what good results their clinic had achieved from the recent HFEA audit and told us how her own daughter had received IVF treatment there and had successfully gone on to have twins. What more could you ask for? A recommendation from a mother who had entrusted the care of her daughter to the same doctors and nurses.
She then surprisingly told us that we’d been accepted for NHS funding!! Oh my god – someone was looking down on us – a little ray of sunshine amongst all of this. I cried tears of joy and Pats and I held hands smiling at each other. This was the first time I’d been to hospital and someone had given us good news. Brilliant.
Caroline then went on to say that the results of my pelvic scan showed that I have multi-follicular ovaries meaning I have more follicles than the average woman. She said this was good news in that I’d be likely to produce a good amount of eggs from the treatment, however they’d have to be careful not to stimulate me too much as this can cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).
We then completed a whole host of paperwork in relation to our treatment and the storage of our embryos. She also asked if I’d like to be shown how to do the injection. I certainly don’t have a phobia against needles and injections – I do regularly give blood – but I never look at the needle going into the skin, I always have to look in the opposite direction to distract myself. She said I could do the injection in my tummy in the area below the belly button or in the top of my thigh. I felt more comfortable doing it in my tummy, so she handed me a needle (with no drugs in!) and showed me how to do it. I was surprised at the fact that I couldn’t really feel it go into my skin. Phew that was a relief, I felt confident I could now handle doing those!
We left there that day feeling slightly tired from all the information we’d taken in, but pleased as punch that we’d been offered the NHS funding to cover our treatment – that certainly took a big pressure off of us financially and we were so appreciative that they’d pursued my case for us.