Thursday, May 21, 2009

May IComLeavWe

Say What?Good morning, race fans! Today at the post in the fifteenth position we have Hope Endures, a filly who is past her prime. At nine million to one, she's a long-shot to even place in the Fertility Stakes. Oh, er, um - make that even finish. She seems to be sitting in the stall now; her jockey has jumped off. What a shame! C is one of the top jockeys around, and with his boyish charm and great genes was expected to do well here at the Stakes. Oh, dear...if you look closely you can see C is prodding his horse with the whip, and...did she just spit on him? Yes, folks, Hope Endures has just spit on her jockey. Maybe this little filly is part camel? (Photo Credit: taken by Zoran and downloaded from stock.xchng.)

I've been watching some horse-racing, can you tell? Well, to be more precise, I watched two races (the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness), and a few episodes of Jockeys on Animal Planet. It seemed an acceptable compromise to the never-ending stream of basketball, NASCAR, and golf that has infiltrated the living room lately.

Anyway...if you've just landed here from ICLW, welcome! Here are a few random facts about me:

  • My husband C and I just celebrated our fourth anniversary. We've been trying to conceive for three of those four years, with no luck - I am still woefully un-knocked-up.

  • Officially I've been diagnosed with PCOS, but my doctor thinks I may also have endometriosis.

  • C would like to proceed with IVF now. He's been great about not pressuring me lately, but I can tell that he struggles to understand my hesitation. We're currently pursuing alternative therapy via acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). My thoughts about IVF change so frequently, they give me whiplash.

  • We have two Sphynx (furless) cats, and a Scottish terrier. The cats beat up on the dog a lot; C thinks this is funny.

  • I'm a biologist by education, and work in an ecologically-related field. I'm not so outdoorsy, though (unless the ocean is involved), so I choose to confine myself to the office.

  • I love science fiction shows and movies, especially tv shows that are going to be cancelled long before their time. I'm drawn to them like a tribble to quadrotriticale; apparently I enjoy disappointment. (Firefly, Invasion, Farscape, anyone? I guess I can't really be bitter about Stargate SG-1's cancellation, but I do reserve the right to resent the end of Atlantis.)

  • So that's a little bit about me. If you're still reading and I haven't scared you off (yet), I'm looking forward to getting to know you a little better, too! So if you leave a comment but don't have a Blogger account, please leave your blog's URL - I'd love to return the visit!


    Clare said...

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm glad I found yours. My DH and I are also pursuing more natural methods before we consider any IVF-type treatments. My DH has responded really well to lifestyle changes and acupuncture:

    I start my first course of acupuncture tomorrow! We've given ourselves to the end of the year to see if it has any effects.. then we think we'll start looking into other options. Most likely adoption. Whatever route you choose it's filled with challenges. That's IF for you!

    Happy ICLW

    tomi said...

    hello again :)

    I loved Farscape whe i was still in high school and thought it was pretty cool ;)

    My specialist was going to talk to me about referring us to an IF clinic but I'm hoping that we won't have to - so I'll probably explore TCM and accupuncture.


    tomi :)

    BB said...

    Hello there... I would like to hear about your experience about Chinese Herbal Medicine. I have had 2 failed IUIs and am currently on my 3rd one. If this one doesnt work, we will be moving on to IVF... though I am thinking of trying herbal meds in between. I haven't been able to find too much literature about it. Sorry if I missed any of your posts about the same. Good luck with your journey!

    Katie said...

    Loved your horse race intro. Thanks for the account of your first acupuncture appt.- my first appt. is tomorrow and now I know a little of what to expect.

    ICLW :)

    twondra said...

    Here from ICLW. :) I'm so sorry you've been through so much. I've been through IVF so if you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask sweetie! I wish you the very best! (((HUGS)))

    WiseGuy said...

    Witty description!

    Good Luck! And yay for a supportive spouse!


    Kim H. said...

    The horse racing thing makes me laugh! You are certainly creative!

    Hillary said...

    I love the horse race analogy! So fun to read. :)


    A Mom in Jacksonville, FL said...

    Cool the horse race beginning. :)

    Best of luck to you and DH on your TTC journey.


    Beautiful Mess said...

    I loved you intro! Great work with the Jokey reference. I really like that show, as well as Firefly *sigh* We have it on DVD and have been known to have a Firefly night. Good luck with your alternative therapy and TCM.

    Rebecca said...

    Fellow PCOS-er stopping by from ICLW. Looking forward to going back and reading your journey and learning more. Good luck!


    Danifred said...

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the race horse introduction :) Hope you have a wonderful ICLW!!!

    BB said...

    Thanks for the herbal med info and for the best wishes! :)

    Anonymous said...

    I can't wait to read how you respond to the alternative therapies, I hope it works for you and you don't have to go through IVF.