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To not want to make any plans for next week?

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Onelittlebugbear Tue 14-Jan-14 13:29:54

I'm starting Ivf next week -likely Monday but could be as early as this Friday I'm not 100% until my period starts.

I haven't made any plans with friends etc for next week and have as few commitments as possible because I don't know how I'll be feeling and when I will have to go to the hospital - probably at least twice.

Mil has just rung and announced that she and Bil and Sil want to come over to see ds on a specific day next week. Bil and sil don't know about the treatment starting and I'd rather they didn't to be honest as they aren't very tactful at the best of times. I've just explained that I don't really want to make any definite plans as I don't quite know what'll be happening. To be honest (and I'm sure everyone will tell me to get a grip) I'm finding the whole thing so overwhelming and worrying that it's all I can focus on, I just can't think about anything else at the moment.

Mil is quite put out however, incidentally this is the first time she has decided to come over since ds started school in September - usually we go to her. Bil and sil hardly ever come over, again we always go to them, so Im not sure why it suddenly has to be NOW.

Mil was huffy and said "well I don't know what excuse I will tell sil, I might have to tell her you're starting the treatment."

Now I feel all guilty and like I've upset mil and it's set me off crying again which I know is stupid.

Aibu to not want to make any plans? Just for a week or two?

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oscarwilde Tue 14-Jan-14 14:18:37

Email all three - apologise and say that next week is just not convenient. You can always say that DS has vaccinations scheduled and will be grumpy and sore. Suggest an alternate date. No further explanation.

Get your DH to talk to his mother not to blab your personal business to the world or there will no contact whatsoever.

Really Good luck. thanks

drbonnieblossman Tue 14-Jan-14 14:24:43

you need to go below radar whilst you undergo ivf, not just next week. emotions may be high and you needed to take good care and avoid situations.

pianodoodle Tue 14-Jan-14 14:31:10

What a nasty piece of work sad

She tries to blackmail you into having people over by hinting that if you don't she'll tell them about personal business you don't want disclosed.

She also can't offer help without suggesting if it works she's "bought" part of any resulting baby! Tell her it isn't a racehorse syndicate!

I hate people like this and wouldn't be beholden to someone with that attitude.

Make sure your DH tells her not to dare go blabbing your business. "It's not a convenient time" is all they need to know.

Really sorry for you having to put up with such nonsense sad

Onelittlebugbear Tue 14-Jan-14 14:33:06

Thanks Piano. smile

Like a spy drbonnie?
That makes it a bit cooler! grin I do know what you mean though, essentially I feel like talking to no one!

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Tue 14-Jan-14 14:33:19

Something sounds odd.

Has she told them / does she want to tell them?

They hardly ever come round and then the same week you're due to start this, they all suddenly have this burning desire to come round to see you?

It doesn't smell right.

I think she's told them or she intends to 'accidentally' say something to you in front of them or something.

Trooperslane Tue 14-Jan-14 14:37:24

Cheeky cow. Not her news to tell.

We told no one. It's hellish op.

I hope it works for you this go.

X thanksbrew

Trooperslane Tue 14-Jan-14 14:40:48

Also yy to acupuncture and I can also recommend hypno fertility.

Be selfish op. This is so much more important than a family visit.

And it took us 4 goes but got there in the end.

DontmindifIdo Tue 14-Jan-14 14:47:04

For the future, I wouldn't go with "we might be able to it depends on my treatement" just say you have plans that week, and offer a day on teh following week. If it turns out you could do it later on and you want to, you can call and say "oh my plans have been cancelled, do you still want to do XYZ?" just decide that whole week is 'busy' - it's much easier for people to deal with hearing "no" than "maybe" in my experience.

'Maybe' makes them get difficult about you rearranging things and trying to force you to confirm, whereas 'no' is confirmation and they can then start planning dates you definately can do.

If your MIL is the sort of person who likes clear plans, then give her clear plans. Don't be vage or "ish" - yes or no. If you can't say yes, the answer is no. If you might not be able to do one week, then don't say that, say you can't do it and offer a date you definately can do.

JsOtherHalf Tue 14-Jan-14 14:58:32

Another recommendation for acupuncture. Also, you won't know until a day or 2 beforehand when the egg collection is going to be.

I had conscious sedation for the procedure. They then kept me in for a few hours afterwards. No way would I have been capable of anything else for a day or two.

(DS was as a result of my first cycle of IVF).

Best wishes.

flumposie Tue 14-Jan-14 16:22:38

Good luck with the treatment, my daughter is the result of one attempt at ivf when I was 37, get your husband to speak to your mil and get her to back off!

zzzzz Tue 14-Jan-14 16:35:54

Gosh your post took me right back. MIL is of course being awful. Fabricate D&V and tell them to stay away and that everything is on hold, visits/IVF everything, then proceed in private.

I found my first IVF cycle unbelievably difficult, we were extraordinarily lucky as I don't think I'd have tried again if it hadn't worked. Luckily it did, and I went on to have 3 more IVF (2 fet) babies.

Onelittlebugbear Tue 14-Jan-14 17:08:38

In what way difficult zzzz? Emotionally? I'm more worried about the physical side effects than anything else I think. Glad it worked out for you in the end.

I'm beginning to wish we hadn't told anyone, my own mother has rung me to tell me about a friend of a friend who has a daughter with cancer who was conceived through Ivf, my mom suggested the Ivf caused the cancer as the child was "unnatural." She then said wouldn't it be awful to go through all that only for the child to get cancer, I said yes, I was pretty sure it must be horrific to have a child with cancer whatever the circumstances of their conception. My mom said "but wouldn't you think it was your fault for pursuing a baby that shouldn't have existed?"


No one is allowed to speak for the next few weeks I have decided.

MomOfTwoGirls2 Tue 14-Jan-14 17:28:55

Good luck with your treatment. Dd1 is result of my only IVF cycle, at age 36. Hope for similar success for you.
I agree with other posters who advise that IF you need additional cycles to keep it between DH and yourself.

zzzzz Tue 14-Jan-14 17:34:27

Yes people trot out that crap a lot. Most of the people walking around wouldn't be here if we left things to "nature", the diabetics and the epileptics, anyone whose had surgery, sooooooooo unnatural. grin

I found it hideously emotionally draining, physically just was horrid (for me, I know lots of people who were fine)....I'd do it again buck naked, on TV a hundred times over for just one of my little people.

The second time round when I had seen it work was much easier.

I give you permission to lie to your mother and MIL. Tell them it's been postponed. Honestly, who needs that crap? Also you are allowed to eat anything you like ALL THE TIME, I have organised it so there are no calories in anything for you for 3 weeks. wink

Good luck, sending you good vibes.

WhereYouLeftIt Tue 14-Jan-14 17:51:31

IVF aside, I consider inviting yourself over as rude. Asking someone if it is convenient to call round is one thing, telling them you are coming whether they like it or not is quite another.

"Mil was huffy and said "well I don't know what excuse I will tell sil, I might have to tell her you're starting the treatment." "
angry That's just blackmail, pure and simple. It's not her place to tell anyone; that's for you and your DH to decide. I don't think I like your MIL very much.

Good luck with your IVF.

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