Monday, December 1, 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

  • Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day: Please vote for this one from Healing Arts. A post about how one defines infertility. It is about the mind games, the twisting of words, the linguistic reaches. And in the end, still remaining in the same place. It is a post about marriage and it is a beautifully-written one at that. How do you vote? Simply by clicking on the link above and then clicking on the post's title. Why the Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day? Click on that link in the header navigation bar above for the story. And send me stuff!
  • 89 people already on the The Creme de la Creme List. Are you?
  • New IComLeavWe list opened for December (with a caveat about participating over Christmas). Come join along and increase your comments.
  • Opportunity: I don't know this particular press, but a blogger sent this in: Catalyst Book Press is seeking literary essays telling personal stories of miscarriage for an anthology, in particular emotional and spiritual ramifications of miscarriage or the transformations that occurred in people’s lives as a result of undergoing or observing a miscarriage. They are looking for essays that reflect a diversity of experiences and outcomes. Authors of accepted essays will receive $50 for their stories and one copy of the publication. Deadline is 8/15/09.
  • Vote: Mrs. Spit is asking everyone to go vote for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, since it is a cause close to her heart and her family.
  • Question: Please Give Me Back My Heart has some questions about the MTHFR mutation. They've found out that she carries one copy and her husband carries two. She's having trouble finding any information on this scenario and how it could affect their baby.
  • Question: Ange has some questions about her placenta being too low and could use some reassurance.
  • 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)
  • Infertility on the Brain is celebrating her birthday today. Go sing her a little song.
  • Weebles Wobblog is celebrating her birthday today. Go have a little cake with her.
  • Are We There Yet is celebrating her birthday on Wednesday. Go sing her a little song.
  • This week is Melanie's one-year blogoversary.
  • It will be E and I's 2 year anniversary on Tuesday. Go wish them congratulations.
  • Anne's birthday was last week. It's not too late to go over and sing her a little song. She is in a hard space right now after her loss.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Beth is honoring the birth of her son, Charlie, two years ago and celebrating his too-short life. Lend her your support and honor him with her.
  • N and J's are experiencing a loss. Please stop by and give them love and support.
  • Anne has miscarried and feels bleak. Please go and support her.
  • Please give Logan and Cathi your support and prayers. Their triplets were born extremely premature on 10/17 and 11/12. They have lost their two sons, Raiden and Ryker, shortly after their births. Their daughter, Gwyn, is just under three weeks old with a long NICU stay ahead of her.
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)
  • Transfer is probably on Tuesday for Vee's FET cycle and Max receives his CT scan results back today. Please go give them both support.
  • Rememberella is going through a health scare right now--please go give her support while she waits for more information.
  • Transfer is set for Tuesday for Allison. Go over and give her good thoughts.
  • Retrieval for The Hardest Quest is tomorrow. Go give her good thoughts.
  • Today marks Leslee's fourth anniversary of trying to conceive. Having just completed her 8th unsuccessful dIUI, she's currently taking a break for the holidays and to prepare her home for an adoption profile.
  • Our (pre)Baby Blog had her cycle canceled after the eggs didn't fertilize. Please go give her a hug.
  • Please give Logan and Cathi your support and prayers. Their daughter, Gwyn, has a long NICU stay ahead of her.
  • Little Miss Hopeful's mother in law is officially free of cancer. Go celebrate with her!
  • The Shifty Shadow is in need of some love. Go over and give her a hug.
  • Sara's newborn daughter Brynn continues to lose weight and is back at the hospital as they check on her renal and liver function. Please keep the family in your thoughts.
  • Little Bits O'Cracker's mom has a brain tumor. She was operated on last Thursday, and the surgery went as well as could be expected. Send her and her family your support.
  • Jill and Steve had their embryo transfer on Friday.
  • Princess Jo in her search to marry Prince Charming has hit a big stumbling block: the IN LAWS. They are threatening to not attend the wedding. Support would be really, really appreciated, as Princess Jo is feeling quite down and inadequate.
  • Rebecca is now in the 2WW after transferring one embryo for FET #2. She is feeling very stressed, and could use some hugs.
  • Last Thursday, Clio started stims for her first IVF cycle.
  • Dagny could use some words of encouragement.
  • Tinted Sky is having a hard time post ivf-ectopic-surgery and could use some hugs.
  • IVF #4 is underway for Sarah from Dreams and False Alarms.
  • Birds & Squirrels in is her IUI 2ww. Go wish her a lot of good thoughts.
  • Shelby is scheduled for IUI #6 today. She doesn't have high hopes for this cycle because of some medical mismanagement, but she could use some hugs.
  • Astral received good news about her back and getting pregnant.
  • Emily the Hopeless had a negative after her FET. She could use some support.
  • What to Expect When You're Not Expecting received a negative on IVF #3. Please go give her a hug.
  • On Tuesday, The Barreness will be starting at a new clinic in hopes of beginning IVF. Go and help her find her hope.
  • Missed Conceptions was able to get Baby S in to see a top pediatric neurologist to address her pedi's concerns regarding Baby S's trembling when sitting. Baby S is going to be fine -- it's a shudder that is expected to resolve itself by the time he is one! Breathe a sign of relief with her.
  • Elaina is losing weight and LisaMarie is having problems with her supply and with keeping Elaina awake during feeds. Drop by to give her support and advice.
  • VA Blondie has her IUI this morning. She could really use some support right now.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • CC at Inconceivable No More got a fetal fibronectin test and so is on modified bedrest for at least the next two week. Go keep her company.
  • Denise is on bedrest at home.
  • Dee is on bedrest after Pprom at 13 weeks. She could use support as she helps her babies defy the odds.
  • David and Wendell at Bulgy the Blog adopted a boy, Gus, last Tuesday. Go over and wish them congratulations and see pictures of Gus.
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Clio said...

I just wanted to take a moment to thank Mel and all the clickers for the amazing job you all do on Lost and Found. :)

Heidi said...

Thank you Mel for fixing my are the bestest!!