Monday, September 15, 2008
What day is it?
We're back on track. After, again, much consideration of our options and much discussion with our Australian ED (our friend), we will be travelling India and hopefully, using the services of a South African caucasian egg donor. The donor comes through an agency that has linked with Surrogacy India. I have written to the agency and sent them our preferences (five more than suitable EDs). I am now awaiting detailed profiles and availability of donors. I must say, this is an additional cost, with airfares, accommodation and all, but it is roughly what we would have spent on our friend's travel, lost wages and accommodation, and only a third of the price we would have paid for our chosen ED in the USA - and the total price includes meds and monitoring in SA and the agency fee.
Dr Sudhir has emailed us the enrolment form and wiring information, so I will organise wiring of funds by the end of this week. How's that for fast? Was it only last week that my plans for the USA went awry? I still have to organise refunds form the US attorney and escrow agents. Funny how, once people have the money, their communication dries up?!!!
Things just have clicked into place so nicely since I had my hissy fit. Thank you all for your support. I am not a quitter, but sometimes one just throws their hands up in the air and screams: "Argggghhhh!!!" I think you lot all knew I wouldn't quit, when I swore I would. LOL. My online friends are starting to know me better than I know myself.
So, here's the plan. Book in SI and the ED. IF we can travel by November 17, we are on low season fares and will save $1600 on our airfares alone. BUT, we can travel with Emirates Airlines and fly Perth to Dubai, then Dubai to Mumbai and back the opposite way. I have always wanted to see Dubai. We will definitely go via Dubai if we can stopover for a couple of days before flying to Mumbai.
Travel time from Perth to Mumbai is 12 hours. There are no direct flights, we would have to stop-over in Singapore. From Dubai to Mumbai it is 5 hours. Either way, it is a short distance compared with Perth to the USA. Ww would have had to fly Perth to Brisbane - 5 hours - (east coast of Australia), Brisbane to Los Angeles (18 hours), then LA to Little Rock (5 hours): 28 hours!!! The travel time was really freaking me out. I understand that India is half-way around the world for the US IPs, but the USA is half way around the world for a Perth girl. Mumbai is SO close! Sure, with a few stiff in-flight drinks and a sleeping pill or two I could have managed the long flight. But what happens if my babies come early and I need to get to them? 12 hours sure beats 28!!!
The other great news is that 1. not only can we comfortably afford our house extensions, 2. the plans are already drawn. the old designer took weeks in between phone calls. This new guy, while three times more expensive, had the first draft done inside a week. The plans are perfect. I only made one minor change. The designer, who looks like Flacco (Aussies should know who that is) is now drawing up the construction plans and we will have them in at council before we leave. How cool is that? We may actually have a decent-sized abode to bring babies home to.
That's it from here. I have dinner to make. BBQ sausages and steamed veges. My diet and exercise plan is going well and I have lost three kilos (7.5 pounds) in a week. hey, I have been busting a gut on my runs ... and it's not difficult to lose those first few kilos when there's so much to lose!!!
I am getting really excited! How things can change in a short week.
Posted by Phoenix at 5:28 PM