Monday, June 21, 2010

june ICLW

Welcome to my blog! If you are looking for my long, boring history with trying to have a baby and infertility, click here. The difference between now and April is that we are now down 4 IUIs, all negatives, and we are basically out of options other than IVF. Of course, like most couples, we don't typically keep an extra $15,000 sitting in our bank account to use for making babies in test tubes. So we are sitting out of fertility treatments until we come up with an extra stack of cash. For now, I'm going to acupuncture and taking traditional Chinese herbs. I'm really enjoying both and hope that Eastern medicine can accomplish what Western medicine has not.

A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling pretty defeated and down about our indefinite wait. Now I'm feeling better. Despite the fact that life seems to consistently throw us lemons, I've somehow found a way to pick myself up after getting pegged in the face with each one. Some lemons are larger and knock me down longer than others, but I just keep getting up. Like I always say, when life hands you lemons, just add tequila. And, in my case, lots of salt. So here are the latest lemons (and reasons why my ICLW post is coming so late in the day) and their tequila (the bright side):
  • Our garage door broke this morning. Joey went to take the trash out to the curb, and when he came back in and tried to shut the door, it wouldn't close. We tried everything: manually closing it, resetting the opener, resetting the breaker. Nada. Of course, we couldn't both leave for work with the door busted and people having access to the garage. (Even though I seriously doubt anyone would want our leftover paint, Wal-Mart Christmas tree, and Christmas decorations.) The tequila: we managed to get it fixed pretty easily and at no cost.
  • My car, which is getting older and which I drive nearly 1,000 miles per week, needs about $2,600 worth of repairs. We knew it was bad, but we had no idea it would be that much. The tequila: these are not repairs that need to be done right away, and one doesn't even need to be done at all. Yes, a dealership actually talked us out of giving them almost 3k. After the call came in, we contacted a mechanic we know who works for the dealership but does repairs on the side. His quote for the necessary repairs? $400.
  • I'm sick. Again. I decided enough was enough went to the doc. Apparently, this is some kind of infection that's going around and it requires antibiotics and strong cough syrup. Unfortunately my poor doc, who knows about our IF troubles, has to rule out pregnancy before I can go on these meds. He looked like he was telling me I needed an enema when he broke the news that I would need a beta. Joy. So, I spent an hour at the hospital after my appointment waiting for the most unnecessary pregnancy test ever. I get the results tomorrow and can then fill my prescription. The tequila: We all got a good laugh at it and my sweet doc shook my hand as I walked out the door and said, "I hope you don't have to take those cough meds."
The brightest side of the day, however, came in a white box, labeled with a pretty silver apple. We finally caved and bought ourselves a much-needed new computer: a MacBook. I'm writing this post on it now and I am in love. Sorry, Joey. I'm cuddling the laptop tonight.

Before I sign off of my intro, take a moment and visit Rebecca's blog. I'm not sure if she signed up for ICLW this time around, but she really needs some support right now after miscarrying at 11.5 weeks. She's a wonderful friend of mine and I know she would really appreciated some love and hugs.


ifcrossroads said...

ooohhhh a new Mac? SO jealous!

Sorry about the bullshit beta :(

Dawn said...

I have an iMac and love it, but a Macbook Pro would be awesome!

Sorry that you had to endure the beta!

Erin said...

Ohhhhh, I love my MacBook. Like, seriously. LOVE. We actually have two because I won't let Ted touch mine. :)

Marla Z said...

Ohhh, you know I heart my Macbook, right? So, I know you heart your's, too! Soooo happy for you!!!! :)

Ummm, how the heck does an estimate go from nearly 3 g's to 400 ??? What a rip-off those car dealerships are!

Hope you feel better soon! Stupid beta!

Leslie said...

I am sorry that you are not feeling well. I hope that the meds help you to feel better quickly. I am sorry that you had to endure the beta.

Hope you have fun playing with your new computer. How cool!

Hope you are enjoying the acupuncture as much I do!

JL said...

I love my Macbook. It makes me happy when skies are grey.

Hope you're feeling better soon!


(and happy ICLW!)

Kandid Kelli said...

My dear.... welcome to the world of Mac!! I am so excited!!

We NEED to get together!


Hayley said...

Yay Mac buddies! I'll see you on iChat! Can I secretly hope you don't need those meds? :)

Fran said...

Hi! stopping by for ICLW and enjoyed reading about your lemons! not that I "enjoy" the lemons, just the way you write about them! I also stopped by Rebecca's blog, what a terrible loss.
Enjoy the ICLW week, Fran

ICLW #130

Secret Sloper said...

Katie, I don't remember if I commented on your previous post about the puppies. That is complete bullshit and I'm so angry for the two of you.

I know you're trying to go breed-specific, but have you considered visiting a shelter, which are often less exacting that breed rescue groups? I know you love NYC. Maybe on your next visit you should check out the N.orth Shore Ani.mal League. It's a FANTASTIC no-kill shelter that has tons of puppies of all kinds and sizes and bring in their dogs from all over the country. I know several people who have adopted wonderful dogs from them.

Just Me...C said...

I am so very sorry for all of the lemons. You just keep adding the tequila and salt and things will inevitablly get least until you sober up again :)
Repeat cycle.

Crossed Fingers said...

Congrats on finding the tequila in a life of lemons. It makes life a little easier doesn't it?

That's awesome about the new Mac! :)

Mrs. S said...

I'm sorry to hear you had a rough day, I hope the week turns out better!

I think I'll have to look into acupuncture too. I've heard great things!

KeepOnTrying said...

Sounds like a lot of lemons - Glad you have some tequila to make it a little bit better!

AplusB said...

Sorry for all the crap you're dealing with right now, but yay for new computers! It's the little things, right?!

Jenny H said...

Love your outlook on all this. I just experienced a drive-by of lemons today, good thing I was carrying my salt! You will LOVE your Mac-Pro! My DH and I fight over who gets to use the Pro or the I'm a newbie to your blog, so it's nice to meet you! Feel better soon!
Jenny H

Lori said...

Bless your's not raining, it's pouring.

I know in the big scheme of things, the puppies are not dominant, but as a puppy lover (and a Golden Retriever Doggy Foster Mommy) I am really hating the puppy thing for you.

Yes--we want good homes for our dogs, but for PETE'S sake...considering that most of ours are rescues, there are NO perfect families or situations. I mean, seriously...I am dog lover extraordinaire, but there is such a thing as being so picky that good families are left out and I hate it when that happens. Unfortunately, that happens a lot. I hope the woman makes a decision in your favor!

Lori ICLW 105

Waiting Lisa said...

Yay for a new laptop. Adam got me one this past week too. (Mine broke and he got a really good deal.) He said it's cheaper than therapy :)

Your word verification word is tedasic. Just thought you should know. hehe

Marion said...

I'm sorry about the puppy saga - it hurts like hell to not be able to get kids, and now someone wants to refuse you for adopting puppies! That's not right! I hope you get some puppies soon and that the eastern medicine works and that you don't have to do IVF! ICLW # 25

Kaitlin said...

You're adorable. And I love that the bright side is the tequila. I'm glad you're able to find the tequila in everything. :)

Ashlee G. said...

I'm sorry that you had to do the beta.


But- new MacBook! Awesome!

Ashlee ICLW#180