Mimi...that's a beautiful flower. You take great pics. Photography is something I'd like to get a little better at. I'd like to take some classes for it.
I've tried to teach myself to knit but I can never cast on. I had to have the library ladies help me when I was learning. I've tried teaching myself to crochet also. I'll do it for a while then stop. I've never made anything other than chains. I really have no goal now since we have made up our mind to not try for children anymore.
I like to read also. I need to start "The Hunger Games" but it's always checked out at the library. I just started "One Summer" by David Baldacci. During the spring/summer/fall months I like to work outside with our landscaping. During the summer we spend a lot of time at our lake cabin. Since it's getting nice out I'd like to get back into the habit of running.
I like Zumba. It's a workout without feeling like one. I'm not a huge dancer so it's a bit uncomfortable for me but no one in the class pays attention. I know some REs have different opinions on exercise during IVF. Some say don't do it because your ovaries are enlarged and it can cause a torsion and twist up on itself.
Meg and Mimi - those pics are beautiful!!
Add me to the crowd re: photography. Our friend C (Statechick) is SUCH a great photographer. I'm hoping maybe when the time comes, she'll take some pics of our little one ;)
I love to read - have about a dozen books "TO READ" (including the Hunger Games trilogy) on my shelf. I am also slowly getting into photography - have taken a few courses, have some books and just got a DSLR this winter. I haven't had much time to get out and practice, but I try at home.
I am on my last course for my Bachelor of Business degree which I do via distance learning. It's been tough to stay focused - but I'm almost done!
Zumba is so worth it for me - I don't smoke, I rarely drink and I don't have any expensive habits (yet! Photography is expensive!). I also have the Wii game which helps for the weeks I can't make it to class. It's pretty good.
Well, I am back from my appointment. Good news is my ovaries and uterus look good and I start stimming tomorrow. RE decided to do endometrial biopsy. Ouch!!!! On a drive home I was thinking about my pg friends, you know the ones that did not have any IF problems. I thought of all the times I would run to the store to get saltines and ginger ale because they had MS, I thought of all the times I would clean their homes because they were tired, I thought of all the times I gave them free pedicures and foot massages because they could not reach their feet, I thought of all the food I cooked for them when they had cravings, and then I thought of myself. I thought about my HSG, my explorative laparoscopy, SIS, endometrial biopsy, injections, heartbreak and everything else we reproductively challenged ladies have/had to do. No one was there for me because I cannot even begin to tell them about this. I know they are talking about it and wondering what could be "wrong" with us, but they could never understand.
So with that said I want to thank every one of you from the bottom of my heart for giving your valuable time and knowledge, for your heartfelt consoling and reassurance and for giving me hope even when I feel like there is none left. THANK YOU!!!
Jenni - Oh I love knitting. My grandmother taught me when I was only 4 years old. Coincidentally she taught me how to read at that time too. So 2 of my favorite pastimes were passed on to me by my favorite grandmother. Kitting socks is easy, once you have that down you'll move on to gloves and hats :) I know there is no need for gloves and hats here in the south but I still make a new pair every winter :D
Photography was something I got into after visiting Hawaii. I had a simple digital camera on our trip, but once I developed some of those pictures I took my husband decided to surprise me with a DSLR. I just got a new model and few new lenses. I love to take pictures of my nieces, my dog, and nature.
I have a Wii, I'll get the Zumba game and let you know how it goes :)
Mimi...that is so nice of you to say those things about us. I do agree though that the women on here are amazing. I met my best friend on a different IF forum. We live 3 1/2 hrs apart and have met IRL 3 times. We email each other practically everyday.
I picked up a Canon DSLR at a garage sale last summer for cheap. It was a really good deal so I could pass it up. $75 which also included a nice lens. I played around with it a bit last summer taking outdoor pics but haven't done much with it since. I don't want to spend a lot of money on a newer camera until I feel comfortable with the one I have.
Mimi - I'm sorry that you feel alone. It is hard, at least for me, when you give so much of yourself to others and don't see the same back. Please know that you have at least one person in NC rooting for you!!
I'm a tad envious of all of you with DSLR. I know that I'm not good with our plain digital so it doesn't make any sense at all to spend the $ for an upgrade. I'd rather have a smartphone :)
Jina - how did the class go yesterday? And your meds?
Just a quick check in ladies....I'll be back later to to individual responses.
Jenni, thanks for checking up on me. :)
The appointment didn't go as planned. We went in first thing this morning expecting to start Lupron today but during my u/s my RE found a cyst the size of a golf ball on my right ovary. So she wants me to keep taking bcps for an additional 11 days! So, instead of the 4 days I had left, now it's 15 days....~sigh~. I go back for another u/s in 11 days and she warned me that my cyst may still be there. My lining was very thin which she said was okay and my left ovary looked pretty good so that's good. I did get my meds via FedEx today but it looks like I won't even need it for at least another 11 days. Anyway, this really blows. I know 2 weeks isn't that long but I've had such bad luck with these bcps that it seems like an eternity. I guess I'm just really disappointed. I don't know why I'm feeling so down about this....I've been feeling very optimistic about everything and woke up in a wonderful mood and now I'm just moping around the house like a brat. I just can't seem to shake this foul attitude....
Despite the disappointing u/s, we still had a nice meeting with IVF nurses. I guess I have 2, one is my main nurse and the other is her back-up. We all got along great and I loved that they joked around with us and made us feel really comfortable. They were both very friendly and took their time explaining everything and showing us how to use the meds. The needles aren't as long or as big as I imagined so I guess that's a plus. So, we decided that Hubby will be responsible for giving me the injections. They taught him (and me) how to use the syringes. I guess I had some terrible facial expressions while they were explaining everything because the nurses were laughing at me and said that we could come back for another lesson right before we start the meds. We filled out and signed a whole bunch of paperwork which felt like we were buying a house or something..lol.
I guess the appointment wasn't a total bust but still very disappointing. I can't believe I'm getting this emotional already...I haven't even made it out of the bcp stage yet. Please send some shrinking cyst vibes my way....also, thanks for letting me rant.
I'm so sorry that you have a cyst!! It's understandable that you are upset. It's expectation vs. reality. You had a certain timeline in your head and now that's out the window. I hope that the extra days fly by for you. Is there something you can do to distract yourself? Maybe something that involves heavy lifting that you won't be able to do in a few weeks? I'm glad that you had a good rapport with the nurses. Hang in there. You are so close!!
That's a bummer about your cyst!! I can understand how disappointing that would be. Time drags by and then it comes time to do something and it's delayed. I'm glad your RE is having you wait though instead of just going on with your cycle. That's nice that you seem to have a good rapport with your nurses. That's a big thing because you will be so involved with them in the weeks to come. I had some real nasty, mean nurses at my first RE's and it didn't make a very fun experience. Nice nurses make a world of difference.
DH mowed the lawn today. It took him 3 hours because he pushed and bagged it all. It was the first mow of the season. I don't ever remember mowing long, green grass in March. We then went out to lunch at the Mexican restuarant. I took him out for an early Doctor's Day meal. It's really tomorrow but he is on-call so there's a chance he may not make it through a meal without being paged. We'll probably eat lunch at the hospital tomorrow.