Tuesday, August 11, 2009

431st 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 Weebles Wobblog. The author will tweak the way you view your body. A must read post. 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!
  • Activism: Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss Directory: The Stillbirth and SUID Prevention, Education and Awareness Act of 2009 has been introduced into Congress to fund research into the causes and ways to prevent Stillbirth and SIDS and neonatal death. Please call your Congressional Representatives to support this bill, and please blog about it, email about it, and pass the word to anyone you can to get support for this bill. More information such as Fact sheets, sample letters, and contact information for Senators and the House of Representatives can also be found in this space.
  • Blog Move: Soapchick has a new blog (Family Tree of Two) since she and Tarzan are taking a break after their failed DE cycle. She still has the private blog as well, but the new one is public.
  • Theater: This was sent to me: "I just want to make you aware of the Midwest Premiere of Journey to the Center of the Uterus: Adventures Infertility! which opens on Sept 23rd at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago. It's a poignant comedy based on my own experiences with infertility and it's a chance for patients and staff to laugh a little to relieve the stress of treatments. Check out the website for more information."
  • Study: This was sent to me: "My name is Audrey Reyenga and I am a physician assistant student at Baylor College of Medicine, I am doing a research study about women who have become pregnant with their own eggs after diagnosis with premature ovarian failure. This is a descriptive study looking at characteristics so it involves an online survey and you sending your medical record in for review. All information will remain confidential. If you are interested in participating in the study or have questions about the study, please email me at reyenga@bcm.edu for more information, if possible please have "POF study" as the subject line in your email. I appreciate your time and consideration."
  • Connection: Caitlin asks, "is there perhaps someone out there with tubal IF experience and/or PID?" If you can help, go over to her blog and connect.
  • Connection: Laine states: "yesterday I had my third consecutive miscarriage after 4 live births and one other miscarriage between those live births. I cannot find ANY information for a woman who has had more than one live child who is experiencing recurrent miscarriage." If you fall into this category, could you please leave her a comment on this post directing her to your blog?
  • Blog Change: There's a Baby at the End of This, Right? is in a new home on Wordpress. Update your blogroll links and visit her in her new space.
  • Vote: On a non-IF note, Pam has entered a "Best Travel Story" contest in the hopes of winning a pair of coveted opening season hockey tickets for her husband. Please help her out and vote. We can vote once a day until August 29th.
  • Request: S from By the pricking of my thumbs has a rather unique request - she's trying to undergo a traditional surrogacy - in Australia - and needs an Indian sperm donor.
    Can you help her or know someone who can?
  • Forums: If you are not a member of the forums, you will not have access to the LFCA on days when we are utilizing an open thread in the forums instead of posting on this site. Any blog reader or writer can become a member of the forums by clicking here and registering. On days when we don't have the LFCA, it also follows that I'll be slow on approving new members (that whole lack of Internet access thing) so please be patient.
NEW BLOGS (started in July or August 2009)
  • 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)
  • PerchancetoDream is celebrating her birthday on Wednesday. Go sing her a little song.
  • Saturday is A New Day's birthday. Go over and have a slice of cake with her.
  • Michele's husband, Peter, is turning 31 on Wednesday. Have a piece of dark chocolate cake with them!
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • On Thursday, Julie will be remembering her father on the date of his death. Please give her support this week.
  • Saturday is Jen's loss date of her first pregnancy. Please give her support this week.
  • 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)
  • Millie is preparing to travel to where the expectant mum is giving birth this week. Please give all of them support and good wishes through these first steps of their open adoption experience.
  • Carrie of Tubeless in Seattle is celebrating her 100th post today with good news and bad news. The good news is that she had a negative fFN test and that the identical twins do not show any signs of TTTS. The bad news is that her cervix has shortened even more and that there's a good chance she will be hospitalized in the next few weeks until her triplets arrive.
  • Eve is in limboland after her egg retrieval and is waiting for transfer day. Stop in and give her some support and her five little embies some 'grow' vibes before her Thursday transfer.
  • Womb For Improvement has just had her first shot at IUI go and wish her luck that it has hit its target.
  • Bec is scheduled for egg retrieval on Wednesday.
  • The Light at the End of Our Tunnel was in a car accident and was taken to the ER--thankfully she's okay!
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Although she will remain on strict bedrest in the hospital until the twins are born, Michele had a good u/s yesterday. The babies are doing well and her cervix is closed. Stop by and share this good news with her.
  • Empty Arms is experiencing several signs of incompetent cervix and is currently on bedrest. Please go keep her company.
  • Devon has been admitted to the hospital with contractions. Please send her many prayers and warm thoughts. Her little one is still too young to be born and it is important that she stay inside as long as possible.
  • Carrie of Tubeless in Seattle has been placed on modified bedrest and will most likely be getting a cerclage in the next week or two. Please give her some support as she awaits her triplets arrival.
  • Jamie was recently released off hospital bedrest but is now on modified bedrest at home.
  • Niobe and her surrogate, Trish, have a great first beta.
  • Babychaser got a positive peestick AND and 326 beta! Go over and celebrate with her!
  • But A Moment had a huge scare with lots of bleeding and a trip to the ER. There is a heartbeat, but it's unknown if the bleeding will continue. She could use some company while she waits and hopes.
  • None Today.
Read and Support


Liz said...

Thanks for the support. And thanks to everyone who has come over to help me while away my next two weeks!

Queenie. . . said...

I don't know how helpful Laine will find this, but my MIL had four live births (all a year apart), and then three m/c's, before she had child #5, my husband. She went on to then have 3 more m/c's, and then they were done. When I mentioned this to our genetic counselor, she suggested that this was unusual, and that perhaps a chromosomal translocation was to blame. We actually had my husband's DNA reviewed just to make sure (I've also had 2 m/c's) there was no issue there. His DNA came back fine. Obviously, his mother had no testing, but perhaps this will give Laine an idea.

Rachel said...

Laine -- look for people with Balanced Translocations. Often times they have both multiple (biological) children and multiple miscarriages.

I don't know of any blogs that fit under this category, but there is a yahoo group of BT-ers where several of them fell into this category.