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Dirty Secret Saturday

Welcome to Dirty Secret Saturday hosted by the lovely Lena of Mom2MemphisandRuby and the lovely Megan of AbsoluteMommy and of course, moi.  We have teamed up to bring you a monthly linky party we like to call…Dirty Secret Saturday! We will be hosting this on the last Saturday of each month so make sure you … Continue reading

Friday Confessional

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I Confess…I’m still adjusting to this WordPress format. It’s so weird! lol

I Confess…I might be a tad pissy today so hubby is bringing me a doughnut to make me feel better.

I Confess…I am really not looking forward to my next RE appt on Tuesday for a biopsy of my uterine lining.

I Confess…I am super duper excited about the Favorite Things swap, it’s almost time to mail our packages out to our partners!

I Confess…I love Spring time but my allergies are seriously still trying to kill me.

I Confess…I may have mentioned to hubby I would like to set up another fish tank (we used to have a 30 gallon freshwater tank but got rid of it a couple of years ago) and he is off and running doing research to set up a SALTWATER tank. Um, do you know how much work a saltwater tank is to maintain?! Gah! He is on his own with this one! lol

Well, those are my confessions for today. What do you have to confess? Go link up with Mamarazzi!

Pass It Forward

I am so so super excited to be part of this new project, Pass it Forward brought to us by Ashley of The Shine Project!

Pass It Forward was designed to get people to do little things, everyday, that makes an impact on the community around them. Pass it Forward is designed around a card. Each card is given a unique ID number. Lets say we’re at McDonalds, and I decide to pay for the person behind me in the drive through. I’d give the cashier the card, and tell them to pass it along to the next car when the give them the food that has been paid for. I then go home and log into the website that was on the card, and find my unique ID number. I log into it, and add my information… My first name, city, and a description of what I did….Let’s say the person behind me was you, you would pass it forward to someone else, and then would go home and do the same thing. From the very beginning, you will be able to track where your card goes, and how many people you affect just by doing one simple act of kindness.

I think this project is so great and will have the potential to really impact people’s lives. Everyone gets so involved in what they personally have going on that we often forget about other people who might be going through something that is bigger than anything we have ever had to deal with and maybe, just maybe paying for their gas or groceries or even just a coffee will be the thing that let’s them know they are not forgotten or alone. That might be the very thing that gets them through that tough time.

Thank you Ashley for letting me be part of the launch of this project!!

You Want Me To Do WHAT In That Cup?!

Hai y’all!  Hope everyone is having a great week so far.  Warning, this post is going to be dealing with vagina’s and periods and if you don’t wanna know about that you should probably turn around and go the other way about now!  Got a morbid curiosity?  Great!  Stick around!

Today was a big day in the fertility journey.  We started out with our appointments with the fertility doc.  Hubby was up first (hahahaha no pun intended, seriously!) with his ‘deposit’ for the semen analysis.  Obviously he went back on his own and did his thing while I waited for my appointment for my ultrasound.  They called me back only a few minutes after he went back.  I have had a vaginal ultrasound before so I knew what to expect, but honestly this time it was a little uncomfortable when he was moving it around up in there and I don’t know exactly why.  He did show me my ovaries and all the cysts on them, so it was clear to him that I do in fact have PCOS.  He also showed me the huge lining that has built up in my uterus since I haven’t had a period in 3 months.  This is totally normal for patients with PCOS to go months at a time without periods.

After the ultrasound was over, the doctor told me that he would be doing a biopsy next to determine if there are any cancerous cells in the uterine lining.  Patients with PCOS have a higher rate of uterine cancer because the lining doesn’t get shed monthly like in patients who have normal cycles.  So before we can go any further in this process of trying to get pregnant he has to make sure I’m healthy and don’t have any cancer or pre-cancerous cells up in my biznass!

So once I was allowed to get dressed again, I met back up with Hubby and the doctors nurse to go over the next step.  First up was a blood pregnancy test to make sure I’m not pregnant now before the biopsy.  Obviously, they won’t do a biopsy if I am pregnant already, but hello, if I am already pregnant why in the hell would I be needing to go to an RE to begin with?!  So right after the ultrasound they took some blood for the pg test.  Then we scheduled my biopsy for next week.  Then we talked about how we are not allowed to have S.E.X. until 48 hours AFTER the biopsy.  Fun times.

After that was over we made our way over to the lab so I could get 6 more vials of blood taken for all the other blood work the Doc had ordered.  Lord.  I was like really?  Do I get to keep any of my blood, at all?  I walked out of there with bandages on both arms looking like a drug addict with tons of track marks.  Ok, not really but I did have both arms bandaged from them sticking me in each arm to get all the blood they needed.  I was worn out, and I hadn’t eaten since dinner last night because I needed to be fasting for the labs today.  So I made hubby take me out to Carolina’s (mexican) for lunch.  It is like the best mexican food in Phoenix! haha

It was an emotional day with these appointments, but we are moving in the right direction.  I gotta say I will be super happy when I am done with the testing and get some answers.  I obviously am hopeful that the only problem they will find is the PCOS/weight issue.  But if they do find something else wrong with either one of us we will deal with it and even if we don’t ever have another baby, we are doing things that will ultimately be good for us health wise and that is the most important thing.

So that’s it for this week’s tests!  Amen and hallelujaz!

Kindly Remove Your ‘wand’ from my Girly Bits, Thanks!

It’s time for the next step in our new journey to have baby #2.  If you haven’t read the first couple of novels about this you can see here and here …go ahead, I’ll wait………..ok so you read them and you’re back now right?!  Good.

So, last week at my first appointment the RE pretty much guaranteed that I have PCOS (PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome) so to confirm that diagnosis I have to undergo a bit of testing.  First step being a crap ton of blood work. Yeah, I love being a human pin-cushion!  Yay!  I have a history of being hard to get a good vein for blood draws so hopefully they know what they are doing and don’t have to poke me too many times.  The second and uber fun test is a vaginal ultrasound.  Yeah, that’s fun.  Basically they need to view my ovaries to see size, shape and if there are cysts on them and the best way to do that is through the vaginal ultrasound.

While I am getting poked and prodded by something akin to one of E.T.’s fingers, my wonderful hubby will be doing his part by making a ‘deposit’ for a semen analysis.  bahahahahahah yes I am an immature woman who wants to die laughing every time I think about what hubby has to do in this whole process.  It’s the least he can do, after all I have to do every other damn thing.

Once the ultrasound, blood work and semen analysis are done, we can move on to the medications.  For me that will mean Metformin to treat the PCOS.  The hope is that the PCOS will be easy to treat with diet, exercise and medication and that will cause my body to start regulating itself which will also help me to lose the 30-40 lbs the doctor has said I need to drop before the fertility meds in a couple of months.

I’m hoping that by documenting my journey through all of this that I will be able to process my feelings easier so I’m not keeping things bottled up and not dealing with them.  I hope you will humor me as I go through this journey and please, if anyone has been through this and has some words of advice please share if you can!

March Sponsor Swaps!

Can you believe we are already talking about March?! Wow, this year is flying by!!

I am going to do sponsorship swaps again this month, if you are interested here are the deets:

We swap a button, I put your button on my sidebar under ‘sponsors’ and you would do the same on your blog with my button…oh yeah, I should probably create a new button now that I’m on WP and not Blogger anymore =)

I will Tweet about my sponsors on every ‘FF’ – follow Friday and a few other random times through the month and ask that you would do the same

I will post on Facebook about my lovely sponsors at least once per week

You have the option of doing a guest post, giveaway or promoting your Etsy or other store during my ‘Sponsor Highlight’ posts that feature you, my fantastic readers who sponsor my blog during the month of March

If you are interested in doing a sponsor swap for March please email me at chrissythomas04@yahoo.com or leave a comment on this post. =)