Friday, June 27, 2008


So, it's CD2. It's hard not to keep track each month of what cycle day I'm on. It's now part of my everyday existence. What's the date? Oh, then it's CD__.

However, today it makes a difference!!! We're cycling again!

This is going to be a long post.

Sorry I haven’t mentioned this before, but V. and I wanted to keep it quiet until we actually had something to say. And we apologize for not saying anything to anyone IRL.

On May 23rd, during all my running around to get everything we needed for my FIL’s party on the 24th, we got a call from the clinic. It was a call I never expected to get, at least not so soon. I’m just getting ready to run out to pick up the guy doing the cooking from our local train station. V. grabs the phone and picks it up on speaker. The caller identifies herself as from the clinic. I don’t know who this is and think it’s their finance department as we have a small balance owing. She asks for me even though V is on the phone. (It kills me that they only speak with me. :) ) Anyway, he passes over the phone and while still on speaker I say hello. She then says "Hi Pam. We have a Canadian donor". I am speechless. Ask V. I was dumbfounded. I think my response was "really???" She laughed and asked if she’d caught me by surprise. I told her I was speechless. I really was lost for words. In any case, she booked us to see the doctor on June 6th to find out about the donor, costs etc. She did ask if we were going to do a shared cycle. V. said "not if we can afford not to" so we went into the meeting hoping that it wasn’t going to be cost prohibitive.

Basically, when it comes to choosing a donor, we aren’t very picky.

So, we fast forward to June 6th. We had our meeting with the doc. We ended up waiting 3 hours to see him because, for some reason, this day he chose not to see patients in between his scheduled retrievals and transfers. So we finally sit down with him for about 20 minutes. He reads us the information on the donor and being a local donor we aren’t allowed to see a photo of her; makes sense. She is 24, 5’2”, brown hair/eyes, slight to moderate build, fair to moderate complexion, Caucasian, athletic in her youth and plays volleyball now, she was an A student in high school and has gone on to complete nursing school and become an RN. She has 3 young children of her own. So as he’s reading the physical description I’m essentially hearing a modified description of me. Apparently when she became available, those who knew us at the clinic immediately thought it was a great match (we’ve yet to actually complete the recipient parent application form or give a photo) which is why we heard from them so quickly. Funny thing though, her mom is 49 which is only a year or two older than me. ;) Oh, and one more thing...her favourite movie is “Sound of Music”. Anyone who knows me (us really) knows I love musicals, stage or screen. And Sound of Music is one of our favourites. When we were told that this was her favourite movie, V. and I just looked at each other. It just seems like she is meant to be our donor.

So, now we had to determine if we could afford to go ahead with this. We really wanted to and she’s donated before so we’ve got the “proven” thing on our side. Her last cycle they got 12-13 eggs which were split between two couples. One got a positive on their fresh cycle. The doctor mentioned that he would up her meds to see if he could get a few more eggs from her. We would really like to do an exclusive, rather than a shared, cycle this time so that we maximize our chances of having children. So now we had to sit down and crunch numbers and see what we might be able to do. We had to let the donor coordinator know in the next two weeks. She was going to hold off on actively looking for a second couple until we let her know what we want to do. If we are able to go ahead, the cycle will likely be August/08.

A week later and we got the financing for the cycle. This is amazing!!! I sent an email to the donor coordinator to let her know we were good to go and to find out what our next step is. I asked her for an estimated idea of a cycle calendar so that we know when we need to pay for the donor’s meds, and then subsequently when the estimated date for retrieval might be so we have an idea about when the balance is due. With a local donor and an exclusive cycle, I think we’ll be getting more info on the donor’s response to meds once things get going. At least I hope so. Anyway, I’m now waiting to hear back from the clinic about our next step. Hopefully she’ll know a rough date when we are going to be starting.

The donor coordinator has acknowledged we’re going ahead. She’s going to start planning the protocol for the donor and get back to us with a “tentative” date for retrieval. The only thing that might throw a curve ball into all of this is that V. is scheduled to get his wisdom teeth out (yes, all of them) on August 12th. Hopefully retrieval is before or at least a week later. I’ve got to go in on my next CD2, about two weeks from now, for the usual round of tests and to see the doc to plan things.

And that brings us to today.

It’s CD2. I was in for the usual bloodwork, ultrasound, collection of the consent forms and payment of the drug deposit for the donor. The donor coordinator is on vacation until the 4th, so I am to give her a call when she's back to check where the donor is in her bloodwork, and if we’ve got a protocol calendar. Meanwhile, I start birth control tomorrow and continue until told otherwise. Oh, and we are doing an exclusive cycle. So all her eggs are ours.

This is soooo coool!!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Just another example...

There is not much to be said on this except that maybe humans should never have been given free choice. It also reinforces the notion that anyone can make a baby, not everyone can be a parent. Sometimes Texas gets it right; I vote to relocate this guy's case.


Dad gets life sentence for baby's cocaine death - Crime & courts-

Saturday, June 14, 2008

More Scattergories

Use the first letter of your name of your street to answer each of the following. (if your street name is a number use the first letter that spells the number. If you live on Fifth Avenue then your letter should be F) They have to be real places, names, things - nothing made up. You can not use your own name for the boy/girl names.

1. What is the name of your street? Weatherby

2. A 3 letter word? wig

3. Something you would find in an office? Window

4. Something that smells bad? wet dog

5. Movie Title? Waking Ned Devine (excellent movie)

6. Slow Dance Song? While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Beatles)

7. Something in your pantry? wine

8. Name of a pet turtle? Wilbur?

9. Fetish or Phobia? washing hands repeatedly

10. something you would find in your medicine chest? whitener for teeth

Play along here via the comments or on your blog (just let us know so we can marvel at your wit!)


SCATTERGORIES - as Cali says, it’s harder than it looks!

Use the first letter of your first name to answer each of the following. They have to be real places, names, things - nothing made up. You can not use
your own name for the boy/girl names.

1. What is your name? Pam
2. A 4 letter word: pear
3. A vehicle: porsche
5. A boy’s name: Pierre
6. A girl’s name: Paula
7. Drink: Pina Colada
8. An occupation: periodontist
9. Something you wear: pants
10. A celebrity: Pierce Brosnan
11. Something found in a bathroom: porn
12. Reason for being late: playing on the Wii
13. Something you shout: Police!
14. A body part: patella
15. Word to describe yourself: petite

Put your answers in the comments or play along on your site- just let us know so we can see your answers!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Anniversary, DW!

Just a short post on this Friday the 13th.

While this is typically thought of as a bad or unlucky day, it is a very significant day for our family. I proposed on a Friday the 13th over four years ago. Today, we celebrate our fourth anniversary as husband and wife and tenth year as friends, confidants and soul mates. It may not fall under the traditional years of celebration but having gone through some of our challenges, every year is a year worth celebrating and we try not to take that for granted.

So, to my lovely, cherished and always appreciated wife, I say thank you for completing me and making life worth living. I love you now and always.

Your Hunny Bunny.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Luckily it's not the 1930's

Got this from Thrice. I'd totally suck if it were...


As a 1930s wife, I am

Take the test!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

Okay, to answer the question of which was the lie in the last post.

1. I was in University and my friend Gina suggested we go apply to be on the show, Jackpot. I think we may have blown off classes that day to head down to an open call. We had to complete a "test" of sorts which was timed and essentially was to test your trivia knowledge. We made it past that level onto the simulated game. We were told to be excited etc etc. Neither of us got picked to be on the show. In those days Canadian shows usually gave away kitchen appliances. :) Nothing like Deal or No Deal.

2. I've always enjoyed cooking have always done the baking my mother needs for parties and such. I even have two difficult to find cookbooks by a french pastry chef. V laments often that he doesn't get to sample any of the items I've made from these books. I've been asked by friends and family why I haven't gone into catering or cooking. The main reason is that it will no longer be fun and will become work.

3. In high school, I was never on the school team that competed on Reach for the Top. I've never been on any school team that involved using my brain. :) I was a lazy student and hated applying myself. I did participate in sports teams, at least in grade school. - so this was the lie.

4. I won an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii from a Canadian website at the end of 1999. I wasn't even the first person whom they had drawn. The first person couldn't be reached or wasn't responding to emails. I had only several days before updated my profile information. We didn't believe I'd won until we had the tickets and itinerary info in hand. The trip covered air, hotel and breakfast/dinner at a very nice hotel on the beach in Waikiki. Because of that we were able to do more day trips than we may been able to otherwise. I was a great trip and we want to go back.

5. I really did live around the corner from Anne Murray. I was in high school, so it was about 30 years ago and we'd see her out with a stroller when her kids were quite small. She moved out of our neighbourhood several years later.

Monday, June 02, 2008

One of these things is not like the other....

This little game has been going around the blogsphere for a while. I took it from Kymberli.

Some of you may have played before - Four Truths and a Lie. Post five facts about yourself - four of them truths and one of them a lie. Everyone guesses which they think is the lie. Here are mine:

1. I once auditioned for the game show, Jackpot.
2. I've always had an affinity for cooking and baking and have thought of going to the Cordon Bleu cooking school.
3. In high school, I was on the school team that competed on Reach for the Top.
4. I once won an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii from a website.
5. When I was in high school, I lived around the corner from Anne Murray, Canada's songbird.

In the comments, vote for which one of the five you think is the lie. If you know me in real life, and know the answer for sure, please refrain from playing. :) If you decide to participate on your blog, come back and leave me a link so I can play, too. I'm going to tag Patti, Gil, and Kami. I'd tag Aurelia, but I think she's got her hands full. If I haven't tagged you and you want to play, consider yourself tagged and leave me a link.