All the paperwork is complete-Check. I contacted my doctor and hospital to get medical records and they were sent in-Check. My doctor gave me clearance to proceed because I had an abnormal pap last time around-Check. So everything was sent to the IVF doctor to review. I was on pins and needles because this seemed like the point where we would have an idea of where our life would be for the next year of so.
Also work has become more of a 40 hour a week thing, instead of an always on call, travel, pull my hair out thing. This had me thinking about taking some college classes this semester...then....the surrogacy thing kinda reared it happy head. However, hearing they have such stringent guidelines I wasn't sure we would make it through. My age (38), advanced as it is...my last pap or who knows what they worry about. But.. he cleared me!!
This was the point in the process that I told myself it becomes real...exciting...but, as I'm learning through everyone else's blogs (thank goodness) it's all about hurry up and wait. The IVF doctor wanted a note from my OB that we've discussed the risks of having a 6th baby. Since I've birthed 5 of our 6 kids. There is actually a name for it, grand parity I think. As we are positive we are done having our own kids this doesn't concern me to much, as well as knowing in any pregnancy there are natural risks we take and of course we have discussed this. (and google helps) This seems simple enough except that my OB moved to Washington D.C. right before I started this process so I'm switching doctors to top it off. My new doctor is unable to get me in until August 29th, because apparently he wants to meet me, which is nice but waiting is annoying for a short conversation. Although 3 weeks is apparently faster than the 2 months most of the other doctors take as he is newer to the practice. Who knew:)
BUT knowing this is only a necessary consultation and the IVF doctor has already accepted me is fantastic, knowing from the surro blogs I have been reading that waiting is part of the process, knowing that the agency we are using is doing everything by the book (if there is a book for this sort of thing!) and not taking shortcuts is reasurring and knowing that before we know it we will be helping someone's dreams come true makes the waiting worthwhile.
Is it August 29th yet??