Big wheels keep on turnin’

Last night we went out to dinner with the girls from Baby Steps and Two Hot Mamas. For those of you who watched this season of Top Chef, we ate at one of Spike’s restaurants and even though I didn’t like him very much on the show, it was pretty cool to see him in person, trademark fedora included (although I would’ve preferred it to be Jennifer Beasty). We ate much yummy, greasy, comfort food.

But before Nutella and I left home, we called up our trusty sperm bank and ordered new swimmers. We received the long profile for another possible donor yesterday afternoon and he sounded good. However, we still wanted to use a donor that was in our first set of profiles, but who is CMV+. We’ve recently read lots of information saying that if you’re CMV-, it’s really not that big a risk to use CMV+ sperm. The chance of catching it from positive sperm is minimal, and then the chance of passing it on to the fetus is also low.

So I called the bank and asked them how many vials they had of each donor (enough) and if any pregnancies had been reported for each (both!) and then what information about the specimens do they send to our fertility clinic. Our doctor does not want us using CMV+ sperm, so there’s a chance if we bought CMV+ and our doctor found out, the insemination would not happen with that specimen. The bank told me yes, they do give the clinic CMV status so I had to go with our second choice of those two donors. Oh well! Better safe than sorry…

Upon reading the new donor’s profile, the thing that stuck out as the most memorable was that his first memory was of riding his Big Wheel throughout the neighborhood. Henceforth, the new donor will be known as “Big Wheel.” But I hope we bought his swimmers in vain….Eagle Scout, you have one more chance to get that merit badge!

– Strawberry

13 responses to “Big wheels keep on turnin’

  1. Go go eagle scout!

  2. Ah, wish I still lived in DC and could meet y’all …. jealous of your dinner!

  3. here’s to new donors that i hope you never need!!

  4. How fun!! I kind of liked Spike šŸ™‚

  5. So I read recently (in info from the doc’s office) that CMV is related to the chicken pox virus…..I did not know this. Have you been tested for CMV? I would think since chicken pox are so common that many of us are CMV + without knowing it. And then it wouldn’t matter if your donor was CMV +, right?

    I am so, so jealous of your dinner and your company. šŸ™‚

  6. j.k.c.- Nutella has tested negative for CMV, which is why our doctor won’t allow us to use a CMV+ donor. She’s had chicken pox a little later in life, but apparently the viruses are different enough for her to still test negative.

  7. wishinghopingpraying

    I am so jealous of your dinner. We are the worst lesbians ever and actually are the only ones we know. (hangs head in shame) I hope you don’t need the new swimmers. We used negative donors too, just to be extra sure.

  8. wishing- That’s sad! There must be other lesbians in your area, wherever that may be, it’s just a matter of getting out there and finding them. We’re lucky that there are lots of LGBT groups around us which have helped us find friends. Maybe there are groups near you that you could research? I’m glad you girls have the online TTC community now šŸ™‚

  9. I hope you don’t even need mr. big wheels. Although I love the name.

  10. I’m jealous of your dinner too! I hope we can have a big meet up one day – that would be awesome.

    Good luck with eagle scout!

  11. thats so much fun that you go to dinner with other bloggers!…. where do you guys live? (we live on Long Island…) lol..I’m jealous too!!!

  12. I hope that you don’t have to use Big Wheels either!!

  13. i’ve got my fingers crossed that you won’t need big wheels!!!

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