Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wednesday'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

  • Vote: I'm a finalist for best medical/health blog for the Weblog Awards. I need your help to win (see, this is LFCA which is all about giving support. Pleeeease give me support, pleeeeease). Please click here and then click Stirrup Queens and then come back and read the rest of the LFCA. Spread the word by posting this message on your blog, emailing it out to friends, Twittering it, or sticking it on Facebook. You can vote once a day. Please, for the love of G-d, it's two clicks! I'm taking a one-week hiatus from the Kirtsy'd pick-o-the-day. It will return next Tuesday.
  • Searching for a Blogger: A fellow blogger was concerned with Navy Blue Elephant Trunks and was hoping everything was okay with Azure. If you write the blog or have a way of getting in touch with her, could you let her know that people are worried and holding her in their heart?
  • Question: Infertility on the Brain asks: "I had my 6w3d 1st ultrasound. The RE saw a yolk sac, but couldn't make out a heartbeat. I have to go back next Monday for another look. I don't know what to think. Will you ask on your next connections if anyone has been through this and what the result was, good or bad? I'd appreciate any insight."
  • Question: In Due Time has a question about becoming an egg donor. Head over if you can help.
  • Question: Mothering My Miracle Multiples has a question about getting a babysitter as well as specific questions about getting a babysitter for twins. Please head over if you can help.
  • Opportunity: I was sent this group project by the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada so I can't vouch for the project, but it sounds interesting. It is open to anyone living in Ontario.
  • Creme de la Creme: The Creme de la Creme list was posted. I continue to add to it daily and update the date/time link on the right sidebar whenever there has been a change.
  • Bridges continues to post 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 December 2008 or January 2009)
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)
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Yesterday would have been Shelby's due date. Go and sit with her as she remembers.
  • Becoming a Different Person is remembering the loss of her sister Kerri today. Go sit with 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)
  • Cara at Building Heavenly Bridges is celebrating her 100th post!
  • Mrs. Spit had a BFN. Please go give her a hug.
  • Baby Bound's IVF cycle has been canceled indefinitely. Please go give her support.
  • S.E. is having her transfer on Thursday. Go wish her well!
  • Polly will be having a 3 day transfer this Saturday. Please send good thoughts her way.
  • Wasted Money on Condoms and his wife have had their first IUI and are waiting to test. Keep your fingers crossed for them.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Dee remains on bedrest after Pprom at 13 weeks. She is now 24 weeks and has been moved to the hospital for bedrest for the remainder of the pregnancy.
  • Elana had the cerclage and is now at home on modified bed rest.
  • Heather is on bedrest for the foreseeable future after having a cerclage put in. Sweetpea is still doing great!
  • Ange is back home after being in the hospital after some bleeding. She is on bedrest for the time being.
  • Plan B gave birth to a girl, Kaia, yesterday. Go over and wish her congratulations.
  • My Baby Quest had a c-section yesterday. More details when she posts again.
  • Jennifer at Infertility Drama is having her scheduled c-section today. More information when she updates.
  • Deborah gave birth to a girl, Alexa. Go wish her congratulations.
  • Maria gave birth to a boy, EJ, on New Years Day! Go wish her congratulations.
  • Niobe's surrogate will have an induction first thing Thursday morning! More details when she posts again.
Read and Support


LJ said...

A huge word up to Mel - please please please go vote for her. She will hit me later for plugging for her on here later, and she didn't put me up on this, but I'm stepping on my soapbox, because Mel's the sweetest thing ever.

*steps on box*

She does SO much for our community and it takes less than two seconds to return the favor. So please, do go take a moment, tell your friends, or groups you can talk to. Vote at work and then from home. She deserves to win, and we owe it to help her.

*steps down*

Ahem. Thanks.

Lori Lavender Luz said...

Amen, Sister LJ.

And as much as it's a vote for Mel each day, it's also a vote for the ALI community.


Cara said...

So, I just voted, AGAIN - and I LOVE LOVE LOVE to watch those little bars move across the screen - cause Ms. Mel you are starting to KICK BUTT!!!!

Thalia said...

azure is doing pretty well, she is in remission and undergoing some extra chemo just to be on the safe side. If people leave navyblue a comment on her old site, she will email you a link to the one where she is posting about azure.