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Soliciting Laparoscopy Info…

Hey friends!

My laparoscopy is a month from tomorrow, and my pre-op appointment with Dr. F, who will be performing the surgery, is on Thursday.

I don’t know what to expect from this appointment, honestly. 

I also don’t know what questions I should ask…

So I’m throwing it out to youse guys!

 

What should someone scheduled for a laparoscopy expect from a pre-op appointment?

What kind of questions should the patient ask the doctor?

Do you have any pre- or post-surgical tips you’d like to share?

Please comment below!  🙂

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Vitamins and Supplements – What Worked For You?

A question for all of the professional TTCer’s out there – What vitamins and supplements are you taking, or were you taking in your successful cycles?

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Here’s what I’m taking now:

Basic Rx Prenatal

Vitamin D3 – 5000iu  (my levels were tested borderline low, which is why I’m taking such a high-ish dose)

Evergreen Blossom Chinese herbs – different formula for each week of the cycle  (along with acupuncture once a week)

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I’ve heard good things about a few others, and wonder if they might be worthwhile/useless/dangerous to also pursue:

CoQ10

Royal Jelly

Bee Pollen

Vitex

Natural Progesterone Cream

High-dose Folic Acid

DHEA  (though because I seem to have high DHEA-S and borderline high DHEA, I’m thinking this one is probably out)

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I realize that some of these might interfere with others, and that some of them may not be appropriate to take in a medicated cycle or for someone who isn’t diagnosed with any particular reproductive ailment, but I figured I’d ask the Infertiles out there what worked for them!

Any information you can provide would be most welcome!  🙂

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Jetsetting…

DTW –> ATL

Got totally Julia-Goulia-ed out of my window seat, and am now sitting between a woman with a crying baby and a woman who hates crying babies…

*sigh*

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Seriously?!

Oh hey, remember that one time when I was going to pick up meds to jumpstart my cycle so we could get back to trying to knock me up?

Well that was today, and I picked up those meds tonight.  I rushed home to take them, too.

I was more than a little surprised to find Aunt Flo waiting for me when I got there…

Really?  Really?! 

Ugh.

So now I wait.  I’m not sure what this means… Will I start Femara in a couple days, or do I need to wait another month?

  Only time will tell, and I’ll call the doc on the morning.

In the meantime… Wow.  Periods suck. 

Like, a lot.  I think I’d sort of forgotten… Thankfully, I was able to scrounge up some Midol!

Now to attempt sleep… Wish me luck. 

Blerg.

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Dish :: Not Your Nana’s Goulash!

It’s cold and rainy today in Michigan.  A typical fall Sunday.

Weather like this calls for comfort food.

Carby, meaty, spicy, hearty comfort food!

When I was a kid, I remember my grandma cooking something she called “goulash”.  It was really just hamburger, elbow macaroni, and tomato juice.

As I got older, I had a few experiences with a more traditional Hungarian gulyas, or goulash.  This dish has so much more depth, and is exactly the kind of food that you could say “sticks to your ribs”.

…Or your thighs, haha.

I’ve adapted a few recipes over the years, and this is what I’ve ended up with.  It’s got a little kick to it, and it makes awesome leftovers!  I swear it’s even better the next day!

Next time it’s cold and you want something comforting for dinner, give this a try!  You won’t be sorry!!

 
Not Your Nana’s Goulash!

  • 1.5 lbs. fajita-cut beef  (you can also use stew meat, but be sure the cubes are small!)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 small yellow (or red, or orange, or green) pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 – 14oz. can unseasoned, diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup V8 or tomato juice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • olive oil (or bacon fat!)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)

Heat enough oil (or bacon fat – seriously, it makes everything taste amazing!) to generously coat the bottom of a large, deep skillet over medium heat.  Add the diced onion, pepper, and garlic and cook till soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the beef and brown well, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Once the beef is browned, turn the heat down a bit and add the paprika, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.  Cook a few minutes until fragrant.  Add in the butter and flour and stir well so there are no lumps; this will help to thicken the sauce later.

Deglaze the pan by adding the canned tomatoes (do not drain – add the juice and all!) and scraping up the yummy brown bits on the bottom of the pan.  Stir in the tomato juice, apple cider, and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to a boil, and then cook over low heat for 2 hours or until meat is tender.

If you like, you can stir in sour cream a few minutes before serving to make a creamier sauce.  I’ve done it both ways, and they are both delicious.

Serve over rice, potatoes, pasta or your favorite starch!  I like spaetzle, which is a small German dumpling.  You can find these dried in the pasta aisle, and all you need to do is boil them in salted water, drain, and toss into a sauté pan with a bit of butter to crisp up!

Enjoy!

Goulash with spaetzle… Ultimate comfort food!

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Eye-Roller

No, this isn’t a post about Christian Grey.  😉

I heard some news recently that made me roll my eyes and sigh, and I figured I’d share it with you all (because you have nothing better to do than care about the things that make me facepalm).

Remember the time I said cervical mucus at a bonfire?  And then I “counseled” a twenty-one year old single female about getting her girl parts checked out if she thought she might have a reproductive issue?

Yeah.

That girl’s like four months pregnant.

LOL.

So anyway, that happened.

As you were, friends.  🙂

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Bookish Thoughts?

 

Just a thought, but would any one out there care to read a post here and there on books I’ve been reading, books I love, books I hate… just books?

I love to read.  I love to write.  The reading makes the writing better.

I also love book suggestions, and figured there might be a few out there like me who could use a nudge in the right direction.

So let me know what you think!  I’ve just read two books in 24 hours, so I rather think I have enough to put out a post or two on the topic…  😉

 

 

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Narcolepsy

Seriously.  I don’t know if it’s because I have increased progesterone levels this month, or because I’m just so busy with work/life/what-life?-all-I-do-is-work!, but I can barely stay awake today.

Oh, and focusing on a task long enough to complete it?  Fuhgeddabouttit.

All this, and my workplace had the second week of Office Olympics today, in which we completed a photo scavenger hunt all over downtown Toledo.  In heels.

My poor thighs are going to be crying about that for days.

Oh.  And neither my Pandora nor my Spotify will work, so I can’t even listen to music at my desk to perk me up.

Wah.

 

At least there’s my old friend Mountain Dew.

I’m sure that’s great for baby, lol.

 

Ugh.

 

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LOOK AT IT!

Okay, now look at my chart:

I’m pretty happy with that temp spike.  🙂

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That. Just. Happened.

So yesterday, while at the in-laws’ Easter gathering, I mentioned to my sister-in-law that we had to get home soon so that I could prepare myself to trigger.  She asked what that entailed, and I told her:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vials of questionable drugs
  • Big-ass Needles
  • YouTube videos depicting ass-injections (Ew.  Not like that.)
  • Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry Vision
  • And, if you’re particularly wimpy, fainting on the bathroom floor.

She suggested I get someone to give me the shot, to which I said that I had attempted to recruit help in the past, but no one wants to stab me in the ass.

She told her husband, who then called his sister – the nurse – who of course said, “Sure!  Send her on over!  I’ll take care of it no problem!!”

And so, awkward though it was having my pants half-down in front of my sister-in-law’s sister-in-law, I received my trigger with little more than a quick poke and a few moments of eye-averting shame at my own wussiness.

Totally worth it, however.

I should probably send her flowers or something…  You know:  “Thanks for last night, and for not judging me.”

Le sigh.  The things we do for the masochistic urge to conceive.

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