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Well, I survived yet another egg retrieval and the grand total was…….

55 !

That’s right!  New personal record and apparently a new record at the fertility clinic as well!

That means that Joe K.  is the winner!  Funny….his brother Jon K. won the uterus hat beforehand.  Something fishy going on between you guys?  Regardless, I’m excited to knit something for you, Joe!

Anyway, thanks to everybody that checked out my blog and decided to play!  Happy Egg Harvest Day!

I’ve lost a few days there, primarily thanks to Vicodin, but I’m happy to finally announce the winner!

The doctors retrieved 43 eggs, making Paige E. the victor! My thanks once again to everyone who decided to participate, and also for all the well-wishes that I received.

My next cycle will be in LA again, but I’m going to be donating to someone from Australia!  My genes are getting spread all over the globe!  Until then…

Happy Belated Egg Harvest Day!

Alright, alright, it’s been a while since I updated.  Mostly because there hasn’t been too much egg-related activity in my life since my last post!  At least none that’s too interesting anyway…

Since moving to Hollywood I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy.  A few weeks ago I got a background job on Cold Case, got some new headshots done, and have been trying to put together a Zed card from volunteering as a model for a pretty sweet media makeup school in Burbank.  All in all, I’m liking LA.

I mentioned in my last post that I had submitted my application to a fertility clinic in Beverly Hills.  I waited about a month, and after not hearing anything, I started to get a little impatient.  I know that the process of matching a donor can take up to a year, but I didn’t want to just sit on my heels.  I did some more research into fertility clinics and discovered an egg donor agency also based in Beverly Hills.  They work a little differently in that the only thing they do is match up donors and intended parents.  They work with a variety of clinics across the US and have a pretty good rate of getting people matched.

I applied to them, and after some more paperwork and an interview, got accepted.  The donor coordinator for the agency was actually extremely nice and we hit it off really well.  The agency requires 6 month exclusivity, but that was fine with me, as it looks like I might already be matched with someone!

So, it’s all still some waiting.  My apologies that there’s nothing too interesting to speak of yet.

PS — Thanks for staunchly defending me on G.Other, Mrdragon206 and RPGamerdude 😉

I went in for another appointment yesterday morning.  As my ovaries came into view on the ultrasound, I once again shuddered.  Not only because they were still quite lotus breast-like, but because they’ve become monsters.  I half expect them to pop out of my stomach and head for Japan for some karaoke and then mass destruction.  I’m trying to pack up my entire life right now, so I don’t have time to draw a picture of my raging ovaries razing Tokyo.   Unfortunately, putting “ovary attacks Tokyo” into Google image search yields disappointing results.

I have 20 follicles on my right side and 10-12 on my left side (that slacker).  The doctor was once again very pleased and declared me to be ready.  My retrieval appointment has been set for this Wednesday, the 29th, at 7:30 in the morning.  I get a lot of questions about how they get the eggs out, so I’ll explain: basically, after knocking you out and strapping you down so you don’t twitch at all, they insert an ultrasound-guided needle into the wall of the vagina and into the ovary.  Gentle suction is used to retrieve the eggs.  On my schedule, it says it should go from 8:30 am to 9:00 am, so as you can see, it’s a pretty quick procedure.  I’ll stay in recovery for about a half hour and then go home.  I should be up and about by the next day.

As my nurse coordinator was going over my pre-op instructions, she rather ominously said, ” ‘Abdominal tenderness is not uncommon.’ And you will have abdominal tenderness.  You’re going to want to start on extra strength Tylenol right away.”  Apparently, I have a bumper crop of eggs and my body is going to miss them once they’re retrieved, then react by causing me pain.

With that short update, I have to fly.  I have to get the majority of my packing done now since after the procedure I won’t be able to lift anything.  I was trying to think of more egg recipes that I like and failed, but I’ll leave you with this.  It’s my favorite alfredo sauce recipe and it does include an egg yolk.  You won’t want to go back to alfredo from a jar again.

alfredo_man

I am delicious.