April 14, 2013
I feel like I’ve been waiting for-ev-ER to finally be able to share with everyone whats goin’ on in my life.
I started my application to donate my eggs many months ago which was a bit nerve racking in hopes I would be eligible to donate. I always shot the idea around of donating my eggs, but never took it too seriously enough to ever apply. A friend of mine from New York is a cancer survivor, but after chemo it left her infertile. She and her husband still wanted to have children and initially looked into egg donation. Though they ended up adopting a beautiful baby boy right around Christmas 2012, their journey definitely was an inspiration to me. I started seriously looking into donating to help other families in anyway I could. The application seemed like it took forever with questions like what color my grandmothers hair and eyes were, to what were my favorite and least favorite subjects. I started freaking out once I saw the question that asked if I had any premature graying. I thought long and hard about lying, but decided to give the honest answer that yes, yes, I do have gray hair at 23. I received an email that said they received my application and I was able to start the next step in the screening process…despite my early graying. I was entered into a pool with other potential egg donors and the next step was just a waiting game until a family chose me as a match.
A few months later I finally received an email that said a recipient wanted to use me as their donor! It immediately brought tears to my eyes and I was so excited to start the process. So many questions were going through my head about the couple who chose me. Although this process is anonymous, I really wish I was able to get to know the family. I already feel such a connection with them and don’t know a single thing about them. I could never imagine how it would feel if I was told I was not able to have children and can’t wait to hopefully help this family’s dreams come true of receiving such a priceless blessing.
I started my injections last Saturday and take one every night at 8:30. Almost every night I’ve been at work so I have to sneak away for my tables for ten minutes to the office to shoot myself up. We went camping a few nights ago which made the process super fun to try and do it in the dark in the middle of the woods. I go in for ultrasounds/blood work about twice a week to check my estrogen levels and see how much the eggs have been growing. Hopefully this week will be the week of the retrieval, but I should know a little more on Monday when I go in to see how these suckers are doing.
I’m at little nervous for the surgery. Its definitely not anything major, but I’ve never been put to sleep or put on any pain meds so its a little nerve racking. I hope they put me to sleep with laughing gas so I’ll become famous on an awesome YouTube video. Can’t wait to let you know how the surgery goes and hopefully will have an update on the family with a positive pregnancy test!
Check out the Gollasch’s adoption story!