Monday, January 11, 2010

518th Issue of the LFCA

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The point of 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 Excavator. At a memorial service for a man who died too soon, the author writes: "Loss transports us to a world where we would never go if we could choose." How do you vote? Simply by clicking on the words "this one" 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!
  • Advice: Having decided to pursue IVF the topic of what to do with "extra" embryos has come up between Betty and Barney and unfortunately, they are on opposite sides. Can you weigh in? Betty would like to hear BOTH side of "when does life begin" thoughts as they relate to IVF.
  • Daily Update: There are currently 250 participants on the Creme de la Creme 2009 list.
  • Blogroll Question: Would non-US bloggers like a non-US treatment category on the blogroll so people can easily find one another? Dr. Spouse pointed out last week that the differing protocols could lead to people wanting to find different types of blogs. If you want me to start the category and place your blog in it, let me know.
  • Article and Projects: Parenthood for Me was in the Democrat and Chronicle. Go read about Erica and cheer her on. Parenthood for Me is also holding its third essay/blog entry contest. Help educate others on infertility, adoption, and loss by telling your story. There will be 1 winner and 2 honorable mentions. Rules and deadlines are on the blog. You can read past winner's entries as well. Lastly, Parenthood for Me is now accepting applications for grants. They are not yet posted on-line so you must email info(at) in order to receive the application. Please specify whether you need a medical grant app. or adoption grant application. Please read their FAQ page before submitting an application. Deadline for submission for June grants is April 20, 2010.
  • Project: Miriam's Foodie Fridays is a project where Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed has resolved to cook a new recipe at least once every week in 2010. Come join her Collective Cookbook by sharing in a weekly recipe swap and take a bite out of boredom.
  • Project: Dragondreamer's Lair just announced the start of her 2010 Book Challenge. Set a goal, keep track of your books, and maybe win a prize. Go stop by and join in the fun.
  • First Time Reading the LFCA: If this is your first time reading the LFCA or you need a refresher about how the LFCA works, please read this post. It has everything you need to know about getting your news in the LFCA.
  • Quicklink Resources: Forums: Join the forums if you'd like additional access to the bulletin boards and other features. Any blog reader or writer can become a member of the forums by clicking here and registering. Regular ALI Blogroll: If you would like your blog added to the ALI blogroll, please email me directly with your blog url and category pick. More information about being added is contained in that link. Password-Protected Blogroll: If you would like your password-protected blog added to the blogroll, please fill out the form.
NEW BLOGS (started in December 2009 or January 2010)
  • None Today.
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)
  • Tubeless in Seattle is celebrating her birthday on Wednesday. Go sing her a little song.
  • Baby, Interrupted is celebrating her birthday on Friday. Go have a piece of cake with her.
  • Loribeth's birthday is Tuesday, Jan. 12th! Go over and sing her a little song.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Wednesday is the anniversary of Alana-ism's miscarriage. Please go give her support.
  • Mrs. Hammer's father-in-law passed away from cancer. Please stop by and offer some support to her and her husband as they grieve.
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)
  • WiseGuy of Woman Anyone? breached the 300 posts mark!
  • Waiting in Sunshine is having an endoscopy this week. Go give her good thoughts before the procedure.
  • Astral goes in for her IVF consult on Thursday. Go give her good thoughts.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Good Egg Hunting is happy to say that she's now at 34 weeks and still going strong. Still on bed rest but right now the main issue is that the baby is transverse (and she has a fibroid that may get in the way of vertex) so she may need a scheduled c-section.
  • Puffer is home again - for now - but will be closely monitored until she delivers her twins.
  • Breeder Beware is on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy due to gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Feel free to go tell her a joke.
  • Sunny in Seattle is out of the hospital and back home.
  • Part of a Miracle (the GS for Expectant Duck) is on modified bedrest because of complete placenta previa.
  • N is on bedrest for the next couple of days (at least) and is having a really rough time. A little company would mean a lot.
  • Jackie had a discouraging appointment with her endocrinologist and has learned that, among other things, she will only be able to breastfeed for the first two months of her baby's life. This is much less time than the six months she was hoping for. She's feeling sad and frustrated and could use some support right now.
  • None Today.
Read and Support


Jackie said...

Thanks so much for including me in this! Support for people who understand is so necessary in this process.

Baby dust to all!


excavator said...

Hey, Mel!

You're so kind to submit my post to Kirtsy and send bloggers over to vote.

I'd just added a post to my blog, and as I usually do, went to the page just to verify that it posted ok. From there I usually go to my site meter, and use that opportunity to see if anyone's come by besides me. 11 visits is a good day, so I was very surprised to see 34. Sometimes I'll get 34 in a week. So I looked at another analysis tool, referrals, and found a whole lot came from a place called Kirtsy. After I went to their site and found my post on it I decided to write Lavender Luz and have her explain it to me. I found her shuffling her feet and whistling innocently, so I suspect she had something to do with it.

Anyway, I do thank you for the compliment of nominating my post, and for sending people to look at it. That is so nice of you!