Posts Tagged ‘reality tv’

IVF Shots Day 15 – Stim Day 6

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Folks, yesterday was a breeze!! I felt great all day long, save for some random nausea that lasted about an hour mid-afternoon. This headache is still lingering but I’ve decided it can suck it and choosing to ignore it. That is when it’s not beating on the back of my eyeballs like the police on a door in the middle of the night.

Shelton and I have a fantastic system for my morning Lupron shots. I do absolutely nothing and he does everything! It’s marvelous. He leaves for work about an hour before I wake up, and it’s better for the safety of everyone in our neighborhood if he not speak to me before I’ve had time to really wake up. So he walks over in the morning, pulls the blanket back, gently says good morning and swabs my stomach with alcohol and then does the Lupron injection. It’s so fast and painless I probably wouldn’t know he’s doing it if he didn’t let me know, we do a quick kiss goodbye and I go back to dreaming.

I took myself on a date last night, and let me tell you, it was hot! I’ve got some birthday money stashed from last week so I used it to get a pedicure and then a plate full of yummy Mexican food at Abuelo’s. It’s one of the few places I have no qualms about eating by myself. I sat at the bar, enjoyed some chips and salsa, green chili chicken enchiladas, and a beer. An ice-cold, touch of lime, Dos Equis lager off the tap and it was SOOOOO GOOOD!!! I savored every sip. It was just one and I haven’t had a drink for about a week, and considering how great I’ve been feeling, figured it couldn’t hurt. Then, I tried to grab a new book but they were sold out. Finally, I returned home in time to give myself the Menopur shot and watch Bachelorette: After the final rose.

For the record, I do not typically watch this show. But the trainer, Matt Johnson, at was on this season so I watched the whole damn thing and got sucked in like a hopeless romantic college freshman. While I really wanted to see her with Reid, I think she and Ed make a stellar match!!

Shelton had class last night which meant I was on my own for the evening Menopur shot. I had talked to my mom about coming over to do it, but then at the last minute I sent her a text to say I was fine and could handle it. Total lie. I was completely freaking out. I didn’t want her to do it, nor anyone else for that matter. I wanted Shelton, but he wasn’t available, so I had to do it myself. These Menopur shots really hurt. I’m not being dramatic, they are awful. I trust how Shelton does them and we’ve gotten comfortable in the way in which we do the shots. I was too panicked to deal with anyone else. Shelton offered to let me drive to the school and he could do the shot in the car… but getting the Menopur shot mixed and ready required 46 separate supplies and by the time we’re done our bathroom looks like a chemistry lab. And let’s just say the Xterra isn’t exactly a sterile environment. And for that matter, neither is the public restroom at the school.

So alas, there I am in the bathroom trying not to cry. I had the hardest time getting everything mixed. The pressure in the syringe as I was drawing the liquid out would force the liquid back into the vials and out of the syringe. I felt like I had a big backwash mess of Menopur. I finally got the syringe loaded, spot on my abdomen clean, and watched the needle go in and started the injection. I swear to God everything goes into slow motion when I’m giving myself shots. The same thing happened two weeks ago with the Lupron. I HATE IT!!! It hurt like hell and I was certain I didn’t do it right – I kept watching to see if it was going to spill out of my stomach or get another gynormous bruise to match the one on the left of my belly button. But all is well. I didn’t break anything.

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Monday, June 9th, 2008

I love Jon & Kate Plus 8! I get so excited when I find one of those hours-long marathons on TLC. I like to call it “research”! LOL! If you haven’t seen it, it’s this amazing couple named Jon & Kate. They did IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) to have a set of twins and then a few years later a set of sextuplets. They are only a few years older than we are, so it’s interesting to watch someone who was our age, maybe younger, when they were going through this too. They succeeded!

Their eight children are beautiful and funny and just bursting with life. They make me smile and laugh and I so thank them for sharing their family. It’s probably not right, but I have favorites. Shelton refuses to watch. If and when he watches TV, he prefers things like that 5 minute segment at the end of CBS Sunday Morning where they show the nature scenes. That’s the opposite of a house with eight children.

If you haven’t watched it, make some time to do so. It’s just a fun little baby-filled treat!

Biggest Loser Finale

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

As some of you know- I work as the senior editor for It was such a privilege last night that I was able to attend the live Biggest Loser finale in LA. It was an amazing experience and rather surreal. All of the contestants looked amazing… stunning.

I wanted to share with you the interviews I did immediately following the show with Ali Vincent– the first female Biggest Loser, as well as Bernie, the at-home Biggest Loser.

Using my Web site for Good- not evil

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

OK- again, nothing to do with babies. But I know the nice people who visit this site will definitely help with the first item and possibly be interested in the second.

VOTE FOR WICHITA!! A good friend of mine designed Wichita’s minor league baseball team’s logo, Wichita Wingnuts. The logo has made it to the Sweet 16 in a national logo contest at CNBC. We need your vote today!!

As I shared- I had the opportunity to talk to Biggest Loser’s Bernie for Diets In Review last week, or the week before. He is such an amazingly nice guy that he sent me an autographed Berndana, and we’re giving it away at Diets In Review.

My big interview with Bernie from Biggest Loser!

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Yes I know, Bernie has nothing to do with babies, pregnancy or infertility. He’s cute enough though to think he’ll have cute babies of his own, right?

But I did score an interview with him today and I’m so excited I wanted to share it with all of you.

Check it out! Biggest Loser Interview

Fact vs. Fiction

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Yes, we’re still here. We’re still alive and still trying to save and earn our IVF money. I can’t tell you how totally shocked I am that a month has passed since I last posted. I’m equally shocked that October came and went about as fast as a pizza does in this house. Please accept my apology for leaving everyone out there just hanging.

Since the start of the fall TV season, I’ve become quite a fan of the new show Brothers & Sisters. It follows Desperate Housewives Sundays on ABC. We don’t watch a terrible amount of TV, it’s something we try hard to limit. That’s why we’re cheap and pay for the $12/mo cable!

If you don’t follow the show, it’s about a large, close-knit family in LA who recently lost the father (Tom Skerritt). The mom (Sally Field) manages to keep the family together, all adult children who have a variety of successful careers, some married, one couple with children. A few of the kids work to manage the family’s fruit business which their father left in a huge financial mess. That’s the short and sweet of it, just to give some background.

One of the siblings/couples, Tommy and his wife Julia, have been trying to conceive for sometime. They are probably in their late 20s to early 30s. A cute, successful, fun-loving couple. In last week’s episode, they show Tommy visiting his doctor and getting the results of a sperm sample he gave. He went in on his own, unbeknownst to his wife, to find out if there was a problem. The doctor reveals that Tommy’s sperm count was zero and that he is sterile. Tommy is of course devestated. By the end of the show he tells his wife who proclaims that she doesn’t care, it’s not his fault and that with or without children she’ll always love him. This is really similar to the reaction I had. By the way, I’m totally bawling my eyes out during this entire episode.

The episode that aired last night shows them visiting a sperm bank to get donor sperm. Tommy freaks out about having someone else’s sperm inside Julia and says that he wants a baby that is from his blood… as we all do. The show moves on to show him asking his brother, Kevin, if he would be willing to donate. I start bawling, again! (We received an email from a reader who told us that after many years of unsuccessful attempts, his wife’s sister donated an egg. They now have a beautiful little boy!!) By the end of the show, Kevin and another brother, Justin, both donate sperm and everyone agrees to keep it confidential so no one will ever know who the bio-dad is.

I like the story line and I’m so glad that they’ve brought the subject of infertilty into mainstream, primetime television. It’s an issue that can always use as much attention as it can get. My only frustration is how far from the truth a lot of this, and while this would be an opportunity to educate people about a subject that is so hush and most people know very little about, it’s just going to help people who don’t understand infertility to understand it less. Our society is ignorant to infertility. Now, before my inbox fills with hate mail, let me clarify. Ignorance just means you have a lack of information or you’re not educated in a subject. Six months ago, I couldn’t have carried on a conversation with anyone about IVF and infertility, because I was ignorant. I would hope that sites like ours and TV shows can help educate the general public, but much of the story line is far from true.

Tommy wouldn’t have had just one trip to the “Squirt Cup”, as I like to call it!! He would have had several exams and tests to confirm that he is sterile.

He and Julia would have visited with their doctor, read up on the subject and their options and come to terms emotionally with the diagnosis- all of which takes a lot of time.

Per my previous statement, they would have never ended up at the sperm bank so quickly.

As we’re all aware, the process is unbelievably expensive. They would have had to work out the finances.

Asking his brothers to donate and having them do so so quickly seems far-fetched as well.

I could nit-pick the storyline to death. I know it’s fiction and I know for the sake of keeping the story moving it has to, well, keep moving. And hanging up on the details of what real IVFers are living would bore the viewers to tears. Unfortunately, it is a very real story for Shelton and I, and for so many of us. I remember when Monica and Chandler on Friends were going through their adoption and how fast the process seemed and how they so effortlessly found a baby. I didn’t even really know about all this infertility business back then and I knew that wasn’t right. And my heart went out to so many couples who have tried for years and spent thousands of dollars and had no success, couples I know personally. How frustrating that must have been to watch- again, filling society with misinformation that doesn’t educate.

Like I said, I’m excited to see this subject in primetime. I hope it at least peaks curiosity in people and they try to learn more… try to learn the truth. What an opportunity to showcase the financial hardship that infertility brings and gain momentum for insurance coverage. But that’s a boat that’s probably been missed.