Monday, March 31, 2008

The Curious Lives of Surrogates Revisited

I read the Newsweek cover story on surrogates this morning, and it wasn't bad at all. They handled it with care, and I appreciated it (I was even able to overlook their usage of "implant" instead of "transfer"). I was happy and somewhat amused to see that they addressed surrogacy in the media (Tina Fey's new movie). The story could have been a lot worse, and I sent it to everyone I know who knows about our plans. The story prompted quite a bit of commentary from my friends and family, and I hope it educated them as well. My coworker stuck her foot in her mouth by gushing to me a bit about the preview for Tina Fey's movie before she read the article. I gently replied that we try to avoid shows and movies with the surrogacy or IF topic b/c frankly, it's just not that funny to us. After she read the article, she emailed me back that she was a moron. I told her not to worry about it. After all, she doesn't have to think about this stuff like I do.

Let's see. I called the clinic today to see if we could start the required testing before the three-cycle requirement was up. I honestly can't remember if the requirement is before we cycle or before we are able to test, so I might as well check. I swear, I'm such a rule follower sometimes. It may very well be that we can start testing sooner. No answer yet b/c the person in the know is out until Thursday. However, I did discover that the signed contract IS required before we start testing. That's good to know. Husband and I received a sample contract from our attorney last week with questionable sections highlighted. Hopefully we can get it back to the attorney soon.

School-wise, I am making progress. I was able to annotate about 18 resources for my annotated bibliography final project. My plan is to annotate 2-3 items each night and finish up the project soon. That way I can focus exclusively on the final project for my other class. I'm teaching the first half of class on Thursday (each of us lead an 1.5 hour session on the topic of our choice; mine is technology in libraries), and I'm a bit nervous about it. I'm sure it will go well, but I feel like I haven't had the chance to focus on it like I should. However, the task is to LEAD the class, not present, so that makes me feel better. Regardless, I'll feel better about 2:00 on Thursday when my part is over :-)

Work is going to be busy this week too. I've been pulled off my normal web tasks to work on 2 market reasearch topics. It's fun work but very time consuming.

What's really on our mind right now is that one of our kitties is sick. She is at the vet right now with a cone around her head and an IV in her paw. She won't eat :-( She has a heart murmur, and they are going to sedate her tomorrow so they can examine her murmur, and there is a chance--small but a chance nonetheless--that she won't wake up. I LOVE her. She is my baby girl and my princess. Please keep her in your thoughts. She's only 9 years old, and I will be devastated if something happens to her.

Forgive my rambling...I am under the influence of a glass of wine and no dinner yet!

7 comments:

niobe said...

I noticed that article while sitting in a doctor's office and skipped it, because I didn't feel like reading anything else about surrogacy. I'm glad to hear it wasn't all that bad, though.

Ellen K. said...

I hope your cat is OK! Sadie has a slight heart murmur too.

JJ said...

Ohh poor kitty--hope she is OK.

Glad the newsweek article wasnt too bad.

sara said...

I'll send some kind thougts and prayers for your kitty..I know my dog is like my daughter I swear. I too read the newsweek article and thought it wasn't too bad. I think I mentioned it before, although I don't have the courage to blog about it yet...but if this first IVF doesn't work we have 3 frozen ones for a transfer..after that we're in the same boat as you. We're definately pursuing surrogacy due to the UU and some other reasons...I may need lots of advice if it gets to that...

scarredbellybutton said...

I hope your kitty is ok, how scary.

kate said...

Oh, man. I'm so sorry your kitty is sick. That really sucks. I'm hoping that she gets better quickly.

As far as the movie thing goes, I had been waiting to read different IF community reactions. I (of course) have only seen previews, but I'm torn about actually wanting to see it or not. I mean, Tina Fey is like my personal comedy hero. I lovelovelove her, but this is a topic that hits a little closer to home (for me and for plenty of people I know), and thus, I'm a bit torn about what my reaction would be to it. I don't know.

I am very interested in reading the newsweek article. I'll have to check it out soon.

theatheistbaker said...

I didn't read the whole article. I was thrown off by the implications that money was the biggest part of it for the surrogate and I put it down. There was a nice story on Fox not too long ago (not a fan of the network, but they covered it well).