OMG I have so much to tell you…I don’t know where to begin.
Let me start by saying that my egg collection dates have changed from the 7th, 8th, and 9th to the 4th, 5th and 6th. So here is how my schedule will play out. I will arrive in India on December 2nd (which means I have to fly out of DC on December 1st…I am not looking forward to that long flight). I will meet with the doctor on December 3rd and also give a “sample” lol. I will meet with the attorney on December 4th. On December 5th I will leave another “sample.” :-). On December 6th I have a free day. On December 7th I will leave my last sample (that is going to be a fun week! LOL). My plan is to catch a flight on Saturday December 8th to return home.
As I stated in my last post, I had an appointment with my primary care physician to have some required test done that is needed before I go to India (blood grouping to determine blood type, HIV, hepatitis B&C, Syphillis, and semen analysis). I recently went to this doctor’s office and I really like them. They have multiple locations so you should check them out. Here’s the website for the DC location: http://www.onemedical.com/dc/doctors. I like this office because they received good reviews from current patients. My experience thus far has been great. My doctor always responds quickly when I email her. When I met with her she was thorough. She also seemed genuinely excited for me when I told her why I needed these tests.
Most people don’t know this but I am somewhat afraid of needles. I’m okay once the needle is in, but the thought of getting stuck with a needle scares me. Needless to say, when the lab technician (or whoever she was who drew my blood) had to try 3 times (and got someone to help) before she got my vain, I was pretty irritated and scared. I later found out that my veins were smaller because I did not drink anything that morning (I thought I was supposed to fast…clearly I was wrong and won’t make that mistake again. You must stay hydrated!). She did give me a Starbucks gift card since she had to poke me more then once so it was all worth it ;-).
After my blood tests, my doctor says that she give me a script to have the semen analysis done. She faxed it over to the hospital where I wanted to give my sample. This was an experience all in itself…
So, let me start off by saying that you are to abstain from any….ANY….sexual activity for at least 2 or 3 days before giving a “sample.” I learned of this last week when I called the hospital to find out what I needed to do to have an analysis done. I wasn’t sure how soon I would be able to get into the hospital to have the analysis done so I made sure there was no sexual activity of any kind since last Thursday; I did not get to do the analysis until yesterday (Wednesday…1 week later) and I was in heat!!!!! I was liable to jump the nurse’s bones at the lab I was so in heat (as one of my friends said…I may not have needed a surrogate at that point LOL). Anyway, going to the hospital to give the sample was somewhat embarrassing. The hospital staff at the lab already knows why you’re there. As I walk in and say my name. I’m looking at them and they are looking at me, and we both know what I’m about to do while there – very awkward. Long story short, I get my cup, go to a single bathroom, and do what I need to do, and felt much better afterwards!
In other news, I sent an initial payment to India so it is official!!! My next steps are to send my lab reports to India when I receive them, book my flight, hotel, and obtain my Visa to travel to India.