Egg Donation

I am an egg donor, and here you'll find details of my donation cycles. Go to the beginning of the blog for day-by-day details of each cycle. Questions or Comments? Email

Friday, November 26, 2004

Thanksgiving Harvest

Well, ok. The Day-After-Thanksgiving harvest. This morning they harvested 15 eggs. I was worried last night because my ovaries did not feel as big as usual, but it could be that I just wasn't noticing them. Anyway, the retrieval went well this morning. I arrived home around 11 and took a 3 hour nap. I had a soy-bacon and cheese sandwich for lunch and am slowly preparing to get into some work.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Trigger Day

Yep. Today I had nice big follicles, appropriate estrogen levels, and thus I got to shoot up at 9:00 for an 8am Friday retrieval. Now all I have to do is eat a light dinner tomorrow....light Thanksgiving dinner. Hm....That's some kind of joke. Maybe I could make it a RELATIVELY light thanksgiving dinner - say only a quart of mashed potatoes instead of a gallon. At least I'm a vegetarian so I don't have to worry about the turkey part.

In any case, it should make for a very happy Thanksgiving for one family.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Stim Day 7

I'm getting down the lingo and details. Monday was the 7th day of stimulating medications (hence Stim Day 7). I have a couple big folicles (2 of them are 30mm), but it looks about right to trigger on day 9 (wednesday) and harvest friday.

I can definitely feel the ovaries down there. This cycle doesn't seem like as much as a process as the previous three. I don't know if I've been distracted with a lot of the busy things in my life, or if it's just becoming a part of my life now. I'm surprised at how quickly retrieval week has shown up. It should be a nice relaxing weekend with Thanksgiving, retrieval on Friday (and thus a day of sleeping and rest), and holiday decorating over the weekend.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Pokes galore

I haven't posted for a while, but everything is progressing like it should. I've had a lot of shots since starting the lupron.

I'm on my 5th day of stimulating shots (2 Gonal-f, 1 Repronex, .05 ccs of Lupron) and so far things feel normal. I had my day 5 sonogram this morning(the first one since beginning the stims this cycle). It sounds like my ovaries are about twice their normal size, but nowhere near the pommegranite size that they will become over the next week. I'm looking at retrieval the day after Thanksgiving. Since we're just having a little 2-person celebration, all is cool, but I think many people would have trouble with the "eat a light meal the night before" directive on this particular date.

Not that the money is my concern, but the payment for this cycle will allow us to fully pay off all of our outstanding debt. After getting married owing a staggering sum between the two of us, THAT will be something to give thanks for.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Lupron for cycle 4

Today I started the lupron for my 4th egg donation cycle. Everything is pretty much the same as last time. I have my big bag of drugs in the corner, sharps container up on a bookshelf. It's like permanent decoration at this point.

Whenever I'm given these goodies, I always wonder about being pulled over.

Cop: "Ma'am, are there any drugs or needles in the car that I should know about?"
Me: "Well, I think I have about 30 or 40 syringes and 70 or 80 needles back there, but I swear, I'm allowed to have them. I HAVE A PRESCRIPTION! HONEST!!!!"
Cop: (Handcuffs Me)

Thankfully, my stash is now safe in the house.