Blossom74 Well they happened one after the other. Also, you can be open and say 'I am chatting to someone at the moment but it's just chatting at this stage'. The first potential donor (PD) never really got stuck in with questions or communicating that much, so after a while I figured she wasn't too focused about it and we just talked about general stuff every once in awhile and I think she wanted to find someone more local to her in Perth.
PD2 was really serious and after a couple of weeks of emailing every day we were going to start skyping but my partner and I had decided we wouldn't be able to do it financially and we turned her down (she told me she was going to make an offer to us....I cried at that, not knowing if we'd done the right thing!). Then maybe a few days after that PD3 contacted me but that fell through after a couple of weeks (long story) then my current donor (PD4) contacted me just as PD3 fell through. THEN PD5 contacted me just before I announced on EDA that I'd found a match. *whew* Yeah, it was a very intense few weeks.
This is probably putting off more people than encouraging!