Round four of egg donation – let’s go!

So, it’s all officially official and the dates are set… I’m doing a fourth round of egg donation for the wonderful, inspiring women at Nurture!

Over the past year (wow, it’s been a year already!) I’ve been very open about my work with Nurture and the donation process. I’ve written about it extensively here and on other websites, but I thought that this time round I’d be a bit more proactive about blogging the process – from first scans to Donation Day – and you’re all more than welcome to contact me if you have any questions.

Because it’s been a year since I last saw the psychologist, I met again with the wonderful Leanne from the Cape Fertility Clinic. She caught me just a few days after things ended with J – and I was still pretty beat-up about it, oddly – and so we spent more time talking about life, love and everything else than we did about the actual donation process (although don’t worry, those boxes were covered too!)

Because the Amazing Dr Heylen (hereafter known as “The Amazing Dr H” or “Dr H”) had to shift my appointment, I spent an hour and a bit sitting in the waiting room, catching up on work and people-watching. The energy at the Clinic is always so amazingly mixed – hopeful, anxious, nervous – I love the people-watching there, wondering about their story.

Then, the scans and blood tests. Because it’s been a while, I got the Amazing Dr H to a proper breast exam, and he was wonderful about talking me through it and teaching me how and when to examine myself. The internal ultrasounds are never pleasant, but I’m used to them now – and then it was down to the pathologists for blood tests. J and I had been tested a few weeks before, but you know me, I’m always paranoid – but everything was a-okay and I’ve been cleared for take off.

Injections commence 15 November 2012. Everybody start sending some seriously positive vibes to me, my ovaries, and the woman these eggs are going to.

If you’re South African and think you may want to donate your eggs, I highly recommend you check out Nurture – they’ve been nothing but amazing to me. And, no, they’re not paying me to say any of this! 😛

Some ‘Carrie’ love

So I’ve been supremely excited for Kimberly Peirce’s adaptation of Carrie. I loved Stephen King’s original novel and am really excited to see what she’ll pull out of the bag – and obviously how it will hold up to Brian De Palma’s original film. Plus it has Chloe Moretz – and in my opinion, she is one of the most exciting young actresses in Hollywood at the moment.

Anyway, was pretty much frothing at the mouth to see the teaser trailer – which debuted at New York Comic-Con this weekend – and it has finally (okay, I know it was only a two-day wait, but still) finally appeared online. With a pretty awesome teaser poster.

Behold – trailer and poster below:

Carrie Teaser Poster

That’s pretty much it for today. Will be back sometime this week with a brief catch-up on my trip to the amazing Mount Grace Country Hotel and Spa.

My favourite thing for today

I’m pretty in love with Pink, at the moment. I’ve had her album The Truth About Love on repeat in my car for about three weeks solid now (What, it’s a great relationships-and-all-their-dramas album). Anyway, one of my favourite tracks on the album is Try, which also happens to be her new single – and the music video is amazing. Seriously.

It’s helmed by Floria Sigismondi, who directed the incredible The Runaways (with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart).

I’m in love. The choreography, the colours, the movement, the cinematography. Love, love, love.

4AM

… 4am (or thereabouts) is a lonely hour, especially with my thoughts to keep me company.

The Why and What Happened and What Will Happen and Will It, Will He? loom large. Too large.

And thoughts of the traditionally mundane: work, leases, doctors’ appointments, family drama… All seem insurmountable at this hour. Although I have accepted that there is not much to do just now but fret…

And write slightly bizarre blog posts.