Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday's Connections Abound

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The point to Lost and Found is to level the support playing field. When LFCA works correctly, the newest blogger with the smallest readership can receive the same level of support as the oldest blogger with the largest readership. Anyone can submit news to LFCA by clicking here.

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

  • Daylight Savings Time AND voting in one week? Pure craziness.
  • Another place to vote: Please vote for Shauna in this contest. The money will be used to pay for fertility treatments if she wins.
  • Idea: Knocked Up, Knocked Down is thinking of starting a literary magazine "for the TTC/KuKd set, comprised of readers' submitted essays, poetry, columns, and even artwork/photography. There are lot of cool 'zines for so-called normal mommas - but what about the reproductively wacked? I believe that writing is hugely cathartic not just for me, but for others who are at a point in their lives where they need some human connection in this lonely-seeming journey of infertility or knocked-downage. Regardless of what your situation is, you certainly have a unique perspective that others can benefit from." Go over and vote on the title.
  • Question: Turia has a friend who is struggling with trying to conceive while not taking her anti-depressants. She is finding the side effects from Clomid and progesterone are sending her to a very dark place. If anyone has experience they can share on how they coped with side effects without going back on their anti-depressants, could they leave a comment on Turia's blog and she'll pass the advice on to her friend.
  • Question: Pancake Saturday writes, "I am hoping that someone can recommend a good Pediatric GI within an hour of the Atlanta, GA area. We're also looking for a good Pediatric Pulmonologist or Pediatric Allergist. We are in Athens and don't mind traveling. I'm private, but you can e-mail me at"
  • Question: Tammy from Tammy's Journey is looking to connect with or find someone else who had their IVF transfer cancelled because the eggs didn't divide after fertilizing. She recently had her transfer cancelled for this reason. 4 of her eggs fertilized but none divided.
  • The new IComLeavWe list opened and there is a way to do it even with Thanksgiving. Come join along and increase the comments on your blog.
  • Harriet the Spy is the current book club selection and everyone is invited to join along.
  • Bridges continues to post daily. And it continues to be an amazing resource for insight into a multitude of worlds. And I'm not just saying that because I work on it.
  • 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 October or November 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)
  • Malky celebrated her birthday yesterday. Go over and sing her a little song.
  • Sunday was Tale of Two Coins first birthday after the loss of her husband this past summer and also her recent miscarriage. Please go over and wish her a happy birthday while giving her support.
  • WaterBishop and K celebrated their anniversary on Friday! Go wish them a spooky congratulations!
  • Help Emily wish Steve a very happy birthday!
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Noswimmers is approaching her unfulfilled due date on the 4th (Tuesday). She lost Karis and Addison at 19 weeks. This day is going to be very rough for her and she doesn't have a lot of family support other than her husband at this time. Please go over there and give her support.
  • Down that Dirt Road remembered her third unfulfilled due date on Friday. Please go over and give her support.
  • None Today.
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)
  • Going for it At Last is having her transfer today. Go give her good thoughts.
  • Evil Stepmonster just found that the lump in her breast was benign fatty breast tissue, most likely caused by IVF meds. She was given the all clear for her next IVF cycle--lucky number 13. Go wish her luck!
  • To Young For This Old Lark found out on Friday that she is going to be losing her job soon. She could use some encouragement.
  • GoodEgg could use a hug right now as her retrieval date moves closer. Please go over and give her some support and help her calm her fears.
  • Go over and celebrate with Allison. The insurance company has changed their mind and decided to cover Isaac's RSV antibody treatments.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Cali is having a boy!
  • Thalia is pregnant with excellent betas.
  • Somehow, Someway had a great first ultrasound. Go wish her congratulations.
  • Gas Passer has her cerclage out. More details soon.
  • Herstory gave birth to a girl on October 30th. Go over and wish her congratulations.
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