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Things That Are Good

Today’s blog post is brought you by things in my life that are good (spoiler alert: it’s ALL THE THINGS), and Liz Lemon.

Why?  Because I’m happy, and because it’s my damn blog, and because Liz Lemon is my spirit animal.

Ready?

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So I know I haven’t posted in a few weeks, and it’s mainly because I’ve just been so darn busy.

Yeah okay, some of that busy-ness has been in the form of catching up on my dvr-ed programming, eating whatevathecrap I feel like, and generally carving out a deeper ass-indent in my couch, but some of it has actually been productive, yo!

But really, I’ve been up to some things in my regular old life these days.

THINGS, you guys.

Firstly, I’m like 98.56% sure that I ovulated on cycle day 15 last month.

FIFTEEN.

WHAT?  Like, without drugs??

Uhh… apparently so.  The new herbs McStabby has me taking seem to be working some kinda miracles down-unda, and I’m hoping the miraculous normality continues into this month.

So yay for functioning girly-bits!

Also, McStabby totally went all bitter renegade Infertility Advocate on me at my last appointment.  Seriously.  He was all like “UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY IS SUCH A BULLSH*T NON-DIAGNOSIS, GOD!” 

It was crazy, and awesome, and I almost would have laughed, but I was too impressed.  Basically, he is like SO OVER hearing about unexplained infertility as a hard and fast diagnosis.  He wants some of his UI patients to start looking more into other causes of infertility, like immunological issues and bacterial infections.

There are really no reproductive immunologists in this area, so he wants me to start with my OB rather than my RE.  He said that the OB may be more receptive to requesting some of these tests, and less likely to blacklist me from the office for even asking.

Because, you know, I see an acupuncturist, take Chinese herbs, and want to talk about antibiotic therapy and testing for immunological disorders, and I guess some fancy doctors don’t like that stuff.

So I’m trying to decide if this is a path I want to explore, or if I want to just want to keep on keepin’ on with the whole “infertility on the back burner” thing.

It’s a conundrum, to be sure.  I have no idea what to do here.

Aside from that, another cool thing happened:

I made a friend on Facebook.  A FRIEND WHO LIKES BOOKS.  I ran into her a while back in the comments section of a book blog I read, and she and I bonded over our shameful love of Bar Rescue marathons (don’t judge me).  I recognized her name as a news reporter for a local station, and lo and behold, she is also on the Facebooks and is totally friends with another blogger I love.

It was sorta meant to be, you guys.

Anyway, I sent her an email letting her know about the new RESOLVE support group I was looking to promote, and asked whether she thought the station would be willing to share a flyer on their website or via social media or something, and she was like “why don’t you come on my Sunday cooking show and we can talk about it on the air?”

And I accepted.

I was nervous as all get-out, but I think I actually spoke in coherent sentences (without any accidental swearing, yay!).

One thing did happen that I feel badly about, but I didn’t realize it until well after the show had already aired…

Prior to the taping, I was talking with my interviewer and a few other people in the room about infertility, and about people they knew that had struggled to get pregnant.  One of the women mentioned her sister, who had had years of trouble conceiving, and we talked about her sister’s stories of a coworker who was an unhealthy drunken chain-smoker that had magical Duggar-like fertility.  We’ve all heard stories like this, and it’s enough to make a compassionate infertile roll her eyes at the injustice of it all.

During the interview, I said something like “why can the girl at work who drinks and smokes get pregnant, and not me?”, generalizing, and referring to that bit of conversation we’d had off camera.  Apparently, some people I work with may have thought I was actually talking about someone specific in our office who is pregnant (and not a drunken chain-smoker at all, by the way)… which came to a bit of a shock to me, because OMG I WOULD NEVER!

I feel like such an a-hole, even though it was a completely innocent comment that had nothing to do with anyone I actually know.

Ugh.

So, you know… Tracy – 0, Tracy’s Foot-in-Mouth – 68,759.

Oh right.  Here’s the link to the video… I’m after the Fitbit segment at about 2:40.

And you know the best part of that day?  I spent two days prior deciding on what to wear, ultimately coming up with a navy sweater over a coral shirt and some light khaki pants.

You know what happens when you wear khakis, right?

Yep.  Tracy – 0, Scumbag Uterus – 159

Okay, so I guess that was a good thing with some bad undertones… but ultimately it was a good thing, so it still fits within the parameters of this good-things-and-Liz-Lemon-themed blog post.

YESSIR.  Still counts.

The last good thing I want to talk about is my RESOLVE support group.

We met for the first time last night, and while I can’t discuss specifics, I can tell you that we had a pretty nice turnout for a first meeting!  Six women attended, and I feel like it was a great mix of people in different stages of their journey to parenthood.  We had some lively conversations, there were a lot of different topics thrown out for further discussion at upcoming meetings, and I feel like the women who attended really wanted to be there.

This group means a lot to me, both in the sense that doing the legwork to make it happen is very fulfilling, but also in the sense that I have really been missing being a part of a group that exists because of a shared passion.

Also, we’re kind of like the really sassy Island of Misfit Toys, and I kind of love that.

So it’s all good right now.

Like, ridiculously good.

Marriage?  Good.

Work?  Good.

DVR capacity?  Good.

Life?

Bring it on, life.  I’m pretty happy accepting only good things from you for a change.

Let’s keep up the good work, eh?

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29 comments on “Things That Are Good

  1. thebarrenlibrarian
    March 24, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    This was so great. so many laughs! And Chief loves bar rescue and I’m a fan, even if I watch it with disdain outwardly.

    Also, I like books and Liz Lemon/Tina Fey. maybe we’re soul mates.

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    • Tracy
      April 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

      OMG. WE MIGHT BE.

      DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDS?

      YUP!

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  2. Elisha
    March 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Hilarious!! Loved this post and your amazing attitude! 🙂

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  3. Awaiting Autumn
    March 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    hahaha loved this post!

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  4. mylifeasacasestudy
    March 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Oh Lord, do I miss your posts…this post is a real masterpiece. Congrats on being a fearless famous infertile! Go on wit yo bad self. XO

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    • Tracy
      April 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

      Haha! Thank you for your kind words, my friend! And you know what? I think I will go on wit mah bad self. 😉

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  5. Kristen
    March 24, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    I loved everything about this post!

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  6. lucy50
    March 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I’ve often thought my infertility is possibly related to something other than my reproductive system. I don’t really know what that might be…but I ovulate, and his stuff is fine, and I don’t have endo and…? I have a thyroid issue. I’ve been repeatedly tested for Hashi, but I don’t have that. However, both my grandmother and my great aunt have Hashi. They also both have autoimmune issues that manifested in their 60s. I’m not sure why I’m giving you a medical download of my family history right now. Anyway, I do feel like Unexplained is a catch all. I’ve often heard that Unexplained just means they haven’t found a reason yet. If the reproductive system works, maybe it’s time to look at other systems. Because we all have tons of money to do that.

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    • Tracy
      April 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

      Ugh, yes. Unlimited funds for testing, of course! Thanks, doc! 😉

      I’m totally with you… I think there’s a reason for so-called unexplained infertility, but for some reason it just hasn’t been pinpointed yet! I will definitely update if I find anything out on my end, and please feel free to let me know if you do the same! XOXO

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  7. Kim
    March 25, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    I was totally cracking up at this post. Having a sense of humor about this is what has gotten me through the last 9+ years. Keep it up. As to the immunological issues, I highly recommend setting tested if you think it could be an issue. I have been “unexplained” since the day I walked into my RE’s office almost 9 years ago. I kept asking for more testing and more recently immunological testing and was basically told that it was all hogwash. “Really Dr??? You tell me I’m having a perfect cycle, beautiful embryos, and the best you could do was get me 2 early MCs, I think I’ll take my chances.” That was enough to motivate me to change REs and see an RI. I did have to travel to Chicago to see my RI, but it was totally worth it. She has a wonderful success rate with people with immunological issues who are “unexplained”. My insurance covered the testing. It was billed for immunological issues, not infertility. And oh boy, did they find issues. I was both happy and sad at the same time. Yes, I have a crap ton of problems…but the were IDENTIFIED and are being fixed. My problems are no longer “unexplained”.

    My only regret is that I did not change REs and go to an RI years ago.

    If anyone wants more details on the RI or my visit/testing do not hesitate to ask.

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    • Tracy
      April 8, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

      Thanks for the info, Kim! I would love any additional information you may have on immunological issues and unexplained infertility, and I’m sure some of my readers here would, too. Would you care to submit a guest post detailing your experience? Let me know! 🙂

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  8. Aislinn
    March 25, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    That was such an awesome news segment, and you looked absolutely beautiful (even if your uterus ruined your khaki pants.) I’m so glad that things with the support group are going well; I hope things continue that way and you’re able to help as many women in real life as you have on the internet.

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    • Tracy
      April 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      Aw, thank you! I feel like I’m getting a lot out of giving of myself, and I hope I can continue to have the energy to do this kind of thing more! 🙂

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  9. Heather
    March 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Love your post, love the way you insert all those Tina Fey videos (must be hard work)
    I’m happy for you about your group and the exposure you’re getting. Good for you.

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    • Tracy
      April 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

      You know, it’s not so hard to insert gifs like that, and I like telling a story through clips once in a while. It makes a regular old update a little more fun for everyone I think! 🙂

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  10. nonsequiturchica
    March 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Glad everything is going so well!

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  11. Erika
    March 27, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    This post wins everything.

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    • Tracy
      April 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

      I really wanted to find a way to incorporate “Good GOD, Lemon.”, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Another time, perhaps. Thanks for the visit! 🙂

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  12. Mel @ There Is A Higher Hope
    March 31, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    How have I not visited your blog before? LOVED IT! Good job on the interview too. I really liked the outfit you picked out, btw. 🙂

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    • Tracy
      April 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

      Thank you, Mel! 😀 I look forward to following your story, and thank you for stopping in! 🙂

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  13. Rose
    April 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Love Liz Lemon and love reading your posts! Thanks for making me roar with laughter.

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    • Tracy
      April 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

      Ha! Thank YOU for stopping in! 😀

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  14. A Morning Grouch
    April 5, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    What an awesome week! Sounds amazing.

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    • Tracy
      April 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

      Ya know? I’ve had worse! 🙂

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  15. Amy Dietz
    April 8, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    I think seeing an immunologist is a great idea! I wish they weren’t so hard to find though. :/ It’s funny because for four years I saw an endocrinologist for my thyroid issues, an obygyn for my menstrual issues, a dermatologist for my skin issues, and a gastroenterologist for my stomach issues…but really they were all an immune system issue! And they all were easily fixed. 🙂 I stopped eating gluten, my immune system calmed the eff down, and a year later everything has returned to normal. 🙂

    Also, to the lady who posted and said she’s been tested repeatedly for Hashis…I think you should ask for a copy of your medical records, especially since it runs in your family. I learned the hard way that my doctors were doing the right tests but apparently weren’t reading the results. My antibody levels and thyroid levels were off in multiple blood tests by multiple doctors…but every time my doctors said my results were normal. They definitely were not normal though… so it doesn’t hurt to double check!

    Every time I get blood work done now I ask for a written confirmation of my exact numbers so I know exactly what’s going on. 🙂

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