Good for H. We had a great romp in the hay tonight, at pretty much the perfect time - ~28 hours post detecting the LH surge and post the HCG shot. Although he did get tense he handled it really well, just chilled out, then tried again. He's getting better at this! We'll try again tomorrow night, just to be on the safe side, but I feel like we're already in good shape. Or as good shape as we can be in, given we didn't get to do the IUI.
I wrote a very long letter to the consultant (Dr Candour) detailing my concerns with our treatment. I found his email address via a research paper he wrote and sent the letter through electronically today. I didn't expect to hear back, since we have an appointment to see him on the 19th (the day after we get back from holiday). But when I logged on just now there was a response from him saying he took our concerns very seriously, and did we want to come to see him sooner as my points were too complex to discuss over email. We can't do the dates he offered since they are when we're on holiday, but I really appreciated him getting back to us. I was nervous about sending the letter since I thought it might label me 'trouble patient' but so far he seems to be taking it exactly in the right way - seriously and with respect. That's a relief.
The other thing I did today was acupuncture. Never done it before. I got a recommendation via a newspaper journalist who went through IVF very publicly last year and gave birth to her daughter a month or so ago - NB daughter was conceived on a rest cycle between IVFs! I enjoyed the experience. The therapist was very respectful, and listened well to me. He didn't half go on about the 'relaxation' thing, but also told me that things like cooking or gardening might help - nurturing exernally helps the yin energy, apparently. Nothing like confirming female stereotypes through chinese medicine, is there? I'm actually quite open to this in a way that my 25-year-old self would have laughed at, cynical scientist that she was, but it has left me wondering if societal attitudes to women came first, or if the medicine did? Anyway, I enjoyed the deep relaxation and laughed at myself for the slow pace I was walking at on the way home from the appointment!
Let's hope those sperm know where they're going. My ovaries hurt, and have been doing so on and off all day. Never felt that before. In a way, it's encouraging to know that something is going on there, and more so than in a usual cycle. Reminds me to keep focusing on doing good things with my body. Yoga tomorrow, and more sex. This might actually be fun!