Walking into the doctor’s office for my first appointment was such a surreal experience. Sure I signed in and sat down to wait, just as I would for any regular check up with my primary care physician, but looking around at all of the people in the waiting room you see so many different emotions on people’s faces. There are couples sitting together holding hands, just hoping for the best. I think that this must be how my recipients look when they come in for appointments: worried, anxious and excited. There was a woman with a little girl in a stroller and I couldn’t help but think that that little girl was conceived with the help and compassion of an egg donor like me. Seeing the joy in the mothers face was why I was at this clinic. Most donors don’t get to meet their recipients but seeing all of these hopeful parents waiting for their chance to have a family really puts things in perspective. Once I stepped into that room and saw their faces the thought of the monetary compensation just floated away. Now I realize just how big of a commitment this process is and I know that I am going to do anything that I can to ensure a smooth cycle.
I was then called in to a room to have a pelvic ultrasound done. The doctor was very friendly and thorough. I found that he spoke in very technical terms so I made sure to ask a lot of questions so that I knew what was going on. I then went to have my blood drawn. The nurse had a little trouble finding a vein but she went to get me a juice pouch and comforted me before trying again (I am not too fond of needles).
After my screening was complete I sat down to speak to the nurse practitioner about my cycle. She was very informative and answered all of my questions. She called me later the same day to let me know that the results came back and looked really good. The clinic’s very personable nature is very comforting and I know that they will be taking really good care of me throughout the cycle.
Anxiously awaiting further instruction,