Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A little of this, a little of that

I had a number of different topics to cover, so instead of doing multiple posts, I'm just including them all here...

DC Metro Get Together

Last night was the DC Metro get together, organized by LJ. What a wonderful time! Thank you, LJ. Amazingly, there were NINE of us at dinner. We traveled from far and wide, but we made it there and I'm pretty sure a good time was had by all. How refreshing it was to talk for a couple of hours with people who never asked what a particular acronym meant, nodded their head with understanding at all of your stories, and got all of your jokes. Aaaaah! I'm really looking forward to our next gathering.

Leah Needs

Kate tagged everyone to do the " Needs" game. You just go to Google and type it in, then see what pops up. Here's what I got...
  1. Leah needs to shed the pounds and the sooner the better (um, yeah, no kidding)
  2. Leah needs her own talk show (not so much, although I do love to talk)
  3. Leah needs the final copies by July 8
  4. Leah needs your help to raise nearly $4000 for her 8-week mission trip to Egypt
  5. Leah needs to finish the leaders contact sheet
  6. Leah needs to date more (not sure Kevin would agree with this one)
  7. Leah needs more training before she becomes the big star that she is GOING TO BE (that's just funny)
  8. Leah needs rescuing (AMEN to this, I need rescuing from my IF hell)
  9. Leah needs to watch herself on TV after she makes the rounds of the talk shows
  10. Leah needs pretty pictures
What's even funnier is that I found another blog that did the "Leah needs" thing back in October of '05. Here's that link.

Cycle News

AF arrived with a vengance yesterday. I stopped taking the estrogen and PIO on Saturday after the BFN, so I knew she'd show up sometime soon. Progesterone-enhanced periods really, really suck. All the better that I went to the gathering of DC Metro ladies, it really took my mind off of it. The only time I found it hard was when Mel said, "I'm really sorry. I thought we were going to be celebrating tonight." Her kindness touched me so much, if I knew these women better, I would have started crying right at the table. Mel, for that and a thousand other reasons, you ROCK! (And, for anyone that's wondering, she's every bit as fantastic as you think she's going to be.)

We have a follow up appointment with the RE on July 3rd. I think that Kevin wants him to tell us we should do another cycle (read: hemmorage lots of cash) with my eggs before moving on to donor eggs (read: hemmorage lots more cash). I'm not sure how I feel about this. Obviously I would love for it to magically work with my eggs, but that seems highly unlikely. I'm definitely less afraid of the donor egg concept, however, after talking to the lovely Changing Expectations last night. It was invaluable to talk to a real, live person in the flesh about her journey there. She is an amazingly strong woman who, with her husband, has been through an awful lot. Please hop over to her blog and show her some love.

I guess this is going to be an off cycle. Since I don't know what we are doing next, and it's already CD2, there's really nothing to do this month. I suppose I could start taking BCPs because they're the jumping off point for everything IVF-related at my clinic. But I don't feel like it. I'm acting all nonchalant right now, but I'm fairly confident that within a week I'll be stocking up on OPKs and trying to pretend like we aren't having scheduled sex.

One last thing, I found out that the folks at my clinic still really, really want me to come in on Friday for the beta. It's painfully obvious that I'm not pregnant, but apparently they need the official numbers to close out the cycle. Because I feel like being a rebel, I don't think I'm going to go. Why in the world would I want to pay them for a test when I already know the answer? Um, no thanks. If, during our consult on July 3rd, they notice that I never did the beta and want to suck my blood then, more power to them. But I'm not making a special trip in there. I guess that's my tiny way of saying F you to the IF universe.

18 comments:

Tuesday said...

I second your F you to the IF universe and throw in a shake of the fist as well.

Stacie said...

What kind of cruel people want you to pay for a beta when you are obviously not pregnant? That's messed up.

I have DC envy...

Kate said...

I wish you the very best of luck with the next part of your journey. Don't forget all of us little people when you become a star! :)

Tam said...

Glad that you had a good time, it's nice to get together with people that just really get you! Sorry that miserable cow showed up, I was hoping you had faulty HPT's! Good luck with your next dicision, it's a hard one. Thinking of you all the time xxx

In and Out of Luck said...

I hear you. Screw the beta. It was great to meet you last night - I wanted to talk to you more since I think we have a lot in common. Let's get in touch if you want!

KarenO said...

Yes, you need Tertia's Survival Kit ASAP! Make sure it's good chocolate and never forget - you're not crazy and you're not alone :) Thanks for the visit to my blog today!

Inconceivable said...

When you become an owner of a talk show host - can you do a REAL show on Infertility and send a shot out to all your Home girls? I agree F the IF universe - there is NO stinkin' way I would ask someone to come in for a beta on CD 4 -- PULEAsE

TeamWinks said...

How fun to get together with so many other wonderful women! Lucky all of you!

Oh, and I wouldn't pay for the beta either!

Nichole said...

I third your F you to the IF universe!

I see no need to pour more salt in the wound with a beta test!

Try and enjoy this next month as much as you can!

The Town Criers said...

G-d, they should pay YOU to come in for the beta if they want it so badly. Screw that.

It was so cool meeting you last night. You are even sassier and funnier in person. I hope you still come to the get togethers when you're a huge star. After all that training...

dmarie said...

I'm going to do the needs game cuz that just looks like fun!

Great meeting you. I can't wait til the next one!

Ughhhh about AF. I've got a lot of catch-up reading to do.

Amy said...

I'm in for the needs game! Thanks for visiting my blog. I too have DC envy -- both for the actual meeting and living back on the east coast!

I am sorry about the BFN and request for beta. They're just trying to cover their butts, but I understand how it must feel crappy.

It is never easy to take a month off, but try to resist the intense pull of those evil OPKs! They were never even reliable for me. They are naughty, naughty, evil things! Plus, who can hold their pee for 4 hours!

Sticky Bun said...

I'm so glad you had fun at the DC get together. I'm more bummed than ever that we moved out of DC! I so would have loved to have joined you!

I'm sorry that AF is being a b*tch this cycle...and best of luck as you think through what your next decision will be.

thinking of you...

Changing Expectations said...

Leah, it was so great meeting you and anytime that you want to talk you just let me know. I had such a great time meeting everyone and not feeling so alone in my own IF world.

I agree with the big F you to the IF universe. Good for you. Let us know how everything goes on July 3rd.

Bean said...

I'm sorry things are tough right now and I hope things improve soon.
I'm still disappointed that I didn't make it last night, but hearing the fun everyone had makes me really look forward to getting to the next one!

Thinking of you. HUGS.

Tina said...

I am sorry the cycle didn't work out. I hope you can come to a comfortable decision between you and DH on what to do next...seems the two of you don't 100% agree - and, I think for you, it would be comforting to have a united front on the next cycle.

Karen said...

Leah, it was really great to finally meet you in person. I, too, had hoped that we'd be celebrating your good news on Tuesday. But we're all here for you, good news or bad, anytime you need us. Thanks for putting up with the crazy-pregnant-lady at the table.

As for the beta... don't bother. They'll get dracula to draw your blood in July if they really want it. Screw them, really.

LJ said...

By the way, thanks so much for coming. You are just a total breath of fresh air, and I am so glad I've gotten a chance to meet you.

I'm gonna post a bit more later, but I think I'm gonna try for August, but I have to check with the ladies who couldn't come last round. Also, if babysitting is a stumbling block, maybe there's a group sitter situation that can be arranged...