Monday, April 14, 2008

Monday's Connections Abound

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The Face-to-Face Lost and Found page is permanently located beneath this current post. Old Connections Abound can be accessed via the date or subject archives listed on the sidebar. Check the submissions page, FAQ, and ways to get involved for additional information. Email me at with any questions/concerns.

Lost and Found is open to anyone in the
infertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, pregnancy-and-parenting after infertility, assisted conception, living child-free after infertility or loss community (as well as anyone I inadvertently missed on that list). Please support the list as well as anyone posting announcements below.

Connections Abound

  • I'm better. Washed out and still vomiting sometimes when I least expect it, but feeling up to putting together our IKEA bounty. My house is going to be organized, damn it!
  • U.T.E.R.U.S. update: Auctions are still happening at US eBay and UK eBay, but the first sense of how much money we've raised has come in. On closed auctions, we have $734. On still-running auctions, we have $132 And on direct donations, we have $750. Which is pretty amazing. If you have donated an item and you item has sold, you will be receiving an email from Jen detailing what you should do next since we want to move efficiently and keep the buyers happy. Some of it was purchased by people all over the world and some was purchased by people within our community. Sales are still continuing and we're over halfway to the goal!
  • Question: Where to Go From Here has questions about what tests she should ask for at this first appointment. Go over to her blog and weigh in with your thoughts.
  • Question: Holly's friend is suffering from a very extreme case of OHSS and has been feeling the effects for 17 days. She has been in the hospital but "apparently she has a very severe form of OHSS and the doctor here in Austin (Dr. Youngkin) that she is working with has not seen a case to this degree. So I am trying to gather up any resources to help out." She was doing an IUI with injectibles cycle and has PCOS. She is currently pregnant. If you have experienced a very severe case of OHSS and have advice/doctor's names you can pass along, information can be emailed directly to
  • Question: I'm a Smart One has questions about testing for recurrent miscarriage, immunological incompatibility, and antiphospolipid testing. Head over to her blog if you can help her out.
  • Team On the Road continues to truck along. There are now three teams walking in honour of Lennox and Zoe: Stirrup Queens, My Perky Ovaries, and In Search of Biscuit 2.0. I cannot thank enough those who have donated or posted the code for Team On the Road. We've currently raised $2471! If you would like to help with our March of Dimes fundraising, read this post and join along. There are at least five things you could do!
  • If you notice another loading slow down or receive error messages for Stirrup Queens or Lost and Found, please let me know. Now I'm nervous every time I add anything to the side bar!
NEW BLOGS (started in March or April 2008)
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES (celebrate your birthday or blogoversary with the community. Send me date at any point and I'll post them on the correct day)
  • I missed Futurewise's birthday on Friday over at The Brave New World. You can still go over and sing her a song.
  • I Won't Fear Love had her blogoversary this weekend AND her 200th post. Go wish her congratulations.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • CLC is remembering Hannah today on the four month anniversary of her death.
  • Which Way to Baby? had a D&C on Friday. Please go over and give her a lot of support.
  • Please go give Rebecca from Clumsy Kisses a lot of support right now. She lost her father this weekend.
MISCELLANEOUS SUPPORT AND CELEBRATIONS (scary scans, anxious waits, OHSS, and a host of other reasons why these bloggers could use some additional support right now. Also, celebratory retrievals, transfers, and other good news)
  • Sarah received a bit of good news last week. They were able to freeze all five embryos!
  • Pepper finished her foster-to-adopt application.
  • Bleu's betas still aren't coming down after this last loss. Please go over there and give her a hug.
  • Char's Chit Chat is met with an expectant mum today and it went well! Please think good thoughts for her.
  • The Making of a Foxy Family accepted a job offer at Texas Children's Hospital. She will be working in the NICU and PICU. Go tell her congratulations.
  • Baby Steps's embryos didn't survive the thaw. Please go over and give her support.
  • Gas Passer is experiencing some mild OHSS. She has another ultrasound today to see what is going on.
  • Stop the World I Want to Get Off received terrible news. They found thyroid cancer cells in a nearby lymph node. They are removing her entire thyroid and she cannot try to conceive this year due to the treatment. Please go over and give her a huge hug.
  • My Battle with Infertility had her second IUI on Friday.
  • Blog Happens also received bad medical news. Her doctor found HPV. Please go over and give her a hug.
  • From Here to Maternity is having a hard time right now and could use some good thoughts.
  • A Journey Through Infertility had a negative for her last cycle and got her period over the weekend. Go over and give her support.
  • Kristin from The IF Journey broke her ankle this weekend and had to cancel her IUI. Please go over there and give her a hug.
  • Baby Dreams is disappointed after this IVF cycle and started bleeding early. Please go give her support.
  • Katie at The Happy Hours is recovering from having her wisdom teeth removed.
  • Family of Two is awaiting blood test results after a bleeding scare this past weekend. Go give her support while she waits.
  • Io's dog, Charlie, ran away this weekend. Please go over and sit with her while she waits for someone to bring him back.
  • Jen at Maybe If You Just Relax received bad news with her IVF cycle today--a negative.
  • No Child - Left Behind is having some scary bleeding with her pregnancy. Please go over and give her support. She has an ultrasound on Wednesday.
  • Due to the likelihood of recurrence, Brooke has decided that Caden will be her last biological child. Her partner, Kim, will give the egg and Brooke will carry the child so there is light at the end of the tunnel.
  • The Life and Times of KimboSue had her IUI today.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Two weeks of strict bedrest for Babylust. Go over and keep her company.
  • Tracy is back on bedrest after the tear in her placenta became bigger. Please go over and give her support.
  • Life As a Sandwich is on bedrest this week due to placental abruption (though she is now home from the hospital). Go over and keep her company.
  • Mean Mama (originally BlogPicchiPacchi) is on bedrest at 29 weeks. Go over and keep her company.
  • Schatzi is on "increased rest" and will most likely be on bedrest for a large portion of her pregnancy.
  • All Roads Lead to Family is on modified bedrest.
  • When All Else Fails... is on bedrest due to a shortened cervix.
  • None Today.
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Jen said...

Julie (MeanMama) has made it to 30 weeks! Hooray, hooray, hooray!

MrsSpock said...

Jenn and Rich at had their son yesterday afternoon. She hasn't updated the blog yet, but I wanted to pass this on.