Fertility results

The news this morning took us completely by surprise. I’m still taking it in, to be honest.

We were at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for our follow-up appointment with the fertility expert, to get the results of my two sperm tests and Jane’s laparoscopy, and to see where we go from here.

I’d previously blogged:

The operation was a success, it seems, and the surgeon said that he couldn’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be able to have a baby.

It appears that that was, unfortunately, far from the truth. (For once) I won’t go into details suffice to say that we were told that it looks unlikely that Jane will be able to conceive naturally, and that our best chance of having a baby will be with IVF (In vitro fertilisation). The waiting list, on which our names now appear, is between 15 – 18 months.

Under the NHS we are given three goes, free. If we were to go private the wait would be reduced to between 4 and 6 months, I recall, but would cost around £3,000. And for every 1 private treatment you receive you are deducted 1 free NHS treatment. Jane has age on her side, being under 30 years. But even then the success rate is just under 45%. But forty-five is quite a big number. And one of my favourites.

I spent much of the rest of the day, in committee meetings, in a state of shock, and hurting; as Jane did on the other side of the New Town in the DoE offices. It will take some time for the news to sink in. We totally weren’t expecting that, especially after the ‘good news’ that we’d received after Jane’s day (and a half) op.

Still, looking on the bright side, at least in April 2006 when this post finishes and we’re turfed out into the street we won’t have to worry about keeping the baby dry in our cardboard box!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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