Monday, February 23, 2009

328th Issue of the LFCA

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 Bloorb. An extremely honest post about the danger of equating the lack of pregnancy to the ability to drink alcohol. Due to infertility, "our habits changed, our quantity changed, and our frequency changed. And none of those changes were positive." 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!
  • Helpful Article: Mission: Impossible wrote a great article about IVF for Raising Twins. It goes step by step through the procedure.
  • Question: Duck and Duck's Helper are 6dp3dt and GC is having cramps. Since neither know a lot about cramping after transfer, they wanted the opinion of experienced IVF cyclers.
  • Question: It's Not a Clown Car got an email recently from a reader who has premature ovarian failure and who has parasites attacking her ovaries. If anyone has any experience with this issue or knows someone who has, please pop on over to Karen's blog or send her an email directly ( as she's hoping to be able to pass some resources on to this reader. Thanks a million!
  • Join Along: Melissa is holding a book tour/shower for the U.S. release of Tertia's book, So Close. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to come to the online party.
  • If you see strange dotted lines appearing in the blogroll, ignore them. Cassandra and I have a system for making the changes and they'll be gone soon.
  • 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.
  • 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 January or February 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)
  • Erin is celebrating her thirtieth birthday next Monday.
  • LizaWasHere celebrated her anniversary yesterday. Go over and wish them congratulations.
  • Mrs. Spock is celebrating her blogoversary this Tuesday. Go wish her congratulations.
  • The Daily Doings of Mr Silly... is celebrating her birthday this week. Go sing her a little song.
  • Last Friday was So Dear and Yet So Far's one year blogoversary. It's not too late to go over and wish her congratulations.
  • Last Friday was Diana's 4th anniversary. Go over and wish them congratulations.
  • Grace Comes By Hearing turned 41 on Sunday! Go sing her a little song.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • None Today.
  • Water Bishop is experiencing an early loss. Please send her lots of love and support.
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)
  • Of Course You'll Get Pregnant just had an IUI. Go keep her company with the wait.
  • Go give Dora (embryo recipient) and Angry Canadian Nurse (embryo donor) good thoughts on this cycle--the transfer just took place.
  • Relaxing Doesn't Make Babies has four embryos going to blast! She is looking at a 5 day transfer. Go give her good thoughts.
  • The Pifer Family is having her 2nd HSG Monday to see if her tubes are still unblocked. After her last HSG, she had to have surgery. Please go give her good thoughts.
  • Seeking G-d Knows What is struggling with the adoption wait and could use some support.
  • After 23 days, Meg finally got a positive OPK! She had an IUI on Sunday and enters her first two week wait.
  • MeAndBaby's Blog is in the two week wait after IUI #5. Go keep her company.
  • Brenda just got a negative beta on her third and final IVF cycle. Please go give her support.
  • Emily the Hopeless is feeling...well...hopeless and could use some support.
  • Jumping Through The Hoops has had a change of plans and she is moving up her date to leave for Children's Hospital. She's trying to get everything ready while taking it easy. She could use some kind words and well wishes.
  • Celeste could use some support as her and the boys are struggling with some sleep issues.
  • Nina is thankful for all the support and advice.
  • Clomid has not seemed to work well for Strickly Southern this cycle and the doctor is recommending that she skip the IUI this month.
  • Barbara's retrieval has been scheduled for Tuesday. Please go wish her luck.
  • Joni got a negative peestick on her latest IUI cycle.
  • On the same day Onepinkline found out that her first IVF cycle may have to be cancelled, she also found out that a friend is pregnant after three months of trying. Please go give her some support.
  • PrincessOfTides got the green light to start stims for her next IVF cycle. Please go wish her luck.
  • Michelle's husband is being deployed again next weekend and she could use a little extra love right now.
  • Amanda could use some support as they try to work out all the details for all of Adam's upcoming testing.
  • Queenie had to put her much beloved cat to sleep today.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • 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!
  • G is home, but now on bedrest. Go give her some love as she cooks these babies a little longer.
  • Hoping for Another Lovebug is on hospital bedrest for the remainder of the pregnancy. Please keep her company. She has Internet access, though reading is easier than typing.
  • The Sweet Life received good results from the NT scan. Go wish her congratulations.
  • It's twins for Little Bit of Something. T had her 2nd ultrasound today and confirmed two heartbeats!
  • Leaping Hurdles saw a heartbeat at 5w6d and is being released to an OB!
  • Elize at Get Pregnant has had several positive hpts and had an initial beta of 67.3 on Friday. Go send good wishes for Mondays repeat beta.
  • ForeverHopeful had a great first beta result. Please stop by and wish her congratulations.
  • Anne's first ultrasound yielded some mixed results. She could use some company while she waits for the next scan.
  • Annacyclopedia is pregnant! She has password protected the post but you can find her email on her profile page if you'd like to read it.
  • The Ukulele's adoption will be finalized today, and the family will close on a new house! Go over and wish them congratulations.
Read and Support


Anonymous said...

Thanks Mel! Support from this community is amazing.

Anonymous said...

We've been TTC since June 2006. My gyn has blown me off, saying "You're young, it'll happen," since I'm 'only' 28. Today I finally went to see an infertility specialist and came away with some surprises: my uterus is tipped backwards (how, in ten years, did my original gyn not notice?!?) and I have endometriosis.

I don't know where to begin. Are there any suggestions for good endo resources? I've never had surgery, so I'm pretty freaked out about the laproscopic surgery in a couple weeks. I could really use some reassurance! said...

@Erica....Welcome to the club.... I have a retroverted uterus, which the lap was supposed to correct. My uterus still tips crazy.

Searching the Internet...I found that retroversion is not directly linked to infertility....but who knows!

Aurelia said...

Erica, I also have a retroverted uterus, and endometriosis. Your gyne might have noted it but not told you because he didn't think it was a big deal. Sometimes it isn't and for example, it never affected whether I got pregnant.

But it can be a sign of endo or fibroids or other uterine issues, so your lap should tell you what's going on. I've had a couple, and they are no big deal as long as you take the painkillers afterwards. Don't be a hero! The gas that floats out your shoulders can be painful, and the painkillers help a lot a lot a lot.

The good news is that fertility can dramatically improve after a lap for at least six months, so depending on what he finds, this could be excellent for you.

Mel has a list of good books and links on her sidebar. And really Dr.Google has been a godsend. Take care.