Monday, August 17, 2009

435th 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 Growing Inside. The author lists some of the words she and others have used after a loss and turned these phrases on their head, making you examine the words we use in an entirely new way. 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!
  • Just a heads up on the Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day. It happened three times in one week, so it seems worth saying. Once a post has been Kirtsy'd, I can't reKirtsy it. Which is not to say that you shouldn't Kirtsy posts--you should. But if you want to make it part of this group project, it can't be previously Kirtsy'd. At the same time, if you do Kirtsy it, make sure you get your friends to vote for it too by posting it on your blog because to move it to the front page of Kirtsy and have it seen by the general public, it usually needs to happen within the same day as submitting it to Kirtsy. Hence why I can't use a post if it has already been submitted. The times we've done that, it's too difficult to get it to reach the front page. Just an explanation if you see that I haven't used something you or someone else has already Kirtsy'd--the program locks me out from submitting it again.
  • Password Protected: Emily the Hopeless is going private. If you would like to continue reading and receive the password, write her at emumlyATgmailDOTcom.
  • Password Protected: Miss E's Musings has decided to make her blog password protected beginning Friday, Aug. 21. Please email her using the link on her blog's About page if you would like to receive the new password.
  • Hold the Date: LLOST is holding their annual Walk to Remember on October 3, 2009 in Fredericksburg, VA. Save the date on your calendar and spread the word.
  • Post Series: Yodeling Mamas on Yahoo have started a series of posts on infertility.
  • Advice: Meg would like input on RE's in the Bay Area (San Fransisco) who do CGH testing.
  • Advice: Exile in Kidville seeks a bit of wisdom on two fronts. She needs some suggestions for appropriate ways to reach out to a friend who just had her baby via emergency c-section at 29 weeks. The baby is not doing well and has Down syndrome. It's perplexing because PDG testing was done before the embryos were transferred and apparently all was well. Has anyone ever heard of a similar situation? More importantly, she needs advice/suggestions for the best way to help/let her friend know she is thinking of her.
  • Advice: Sarah and Richard are taking requests for names for Rory's Garden. Please go and see their beautiful photos.
  • Question: Gwinne's first attempt at IVF (ganirelix and microdose flare) was cancelled due to oversuppression. She needs to make a decision immediately about what to do for a cycle in October and is looking for info about estrogen priming protocols, or other protocols for poor responders.
  • Off Topic Question: Hobbit-ish Thoughts & Ramblings is planning her first trip to New York City and is looking for input. What would be on the top of your to do list? Is there something on her list that you would suggest skipping?
  • 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 (more blogs being added to the blogroll right after I post the LFCA)
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)
  • CD1 Again is celebrating her anniversary next Tuesday. Go over and wish them congratulations.
  • The Adventures of Tader Baby is celebrating her blogoversary next Thursday. Go wish her congratulations.
  • Here We Go Again is celebrating her blogoversary next Friday. Go wish the blog-hijacking woman congratulations.
  • OmegaMom is celebrating four years of blogging!
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • On August 15th, Waiting in Sunshine was remembering her son on what should have been his due date. He died in utero and she writes: "Today I was supposed to meet D.I.J and become a mother. That’s not to be. He died at 5 months gestation." Please go over and give her a lot of support.
  • Donna is remembering Ellie since she has just hit 23w3d in her current pregnancy and this was the day in her last pregnancy that she lost her daughter.
  • 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)
  • No Regrets is mourning the loss of the embryos that didn't make it, of all the hopes and dreams that they represented. Her "really letting go" post is wonderful and sad. Please go give her support.
  • Fran is experiencing bleeding and an ultrasound did not find a sac. She doesn't know whether she's miscarrying or whether the ultrasound was wrong. She'll have another ultrasound on Monday.
  • Alison is having a hard time. She and her husband recently found out they are dealing with azoospermia. After running more tests, their told them that they would never have a biological child. Please give her a hug.
  • Getting There needs advice on how to help her mother-in-law understand that adoption is a positive step foward - any ideas welcome.
  • It's Not a Clown Car was laid-off from her job. Please go over and give her support.
  • Seraphim has been through alot lately and could use a hug. Please go give her one.
  • Stop by and visit Amy as she receives the results of her beta today (Monday) after her second IVF cycle.
  • Keisha at the Long Journey had an incredibly rude comment from a nurse while getting her thyroid checked out prior to her upcoming IVF cycle.
  • M has started stims, and IVF #3 is officially underway. Wish her luck!
  • Kat is closing her blog and starting a new one. Please head over to her blog to show your support.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Michele received the news that the twins are doing great, weighing 1lb10oz and 1lb9oz, at 23w4d. Unfortunately, her cervix is dynamic and opening and closing at random. The cerclage is still holding things together and she is still on strict bedrest in the hospital until the twins are born.
  • 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.
  • Baby Smiling In Back Seat's cervix has shortened and she is now on modified bedrest to keep her twins inside as long as possible.
  • Empty Arms gave birth to a daughter, Gwendolyn, on August 13. Go over and wish her congratulations.
  • The expectant mom matched with Quest for a Lifetime gave birth to a little girl on Thursday, with everyone on hand to welcome her into the world.
  • Henry Street has a new son! He was born Friday night to his birthparents and welcomed by both families with great love.
  • Miss Conception's water broke on Saturday. More news when she posts again.
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1 comment:

Miss Tori said...

I tried to go over to Gwinne's blog, but the url didn't work. Can you check it to see if it's correct?