Thursday, September 27, 2007

I'm going to Oprah!

Yesterday my friend sent me a link to the Oprah show asking people to give their infertility stories for an upcoming show. I decided to write about our journey and received a phone call this afternoon asking if we'd like to be in the audience for the taping this Tuesday! My husband said he wants to come with me. Guess who gets husband of the year. We have to be there at 7:00 am!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Infertility Insurance Petition

Please take time to read and if you feel moved to sign the Infertility Insurance Petition. It is sad that most insurance companies will not cover infertility treatments because they actually think it's a lifestyle choice; infertility is not a choice. If you have any questions please let me know.
Thank you for the time and your consideration

Infertility Insurance Petition

Monday, September 17, 2007

Proud to be an American

Maybe it's a corny title but I was very proud to be an American on Saturday night. Or maybe I should say proud of my fellow Americans.

We had tickets to attend the Brewers game on Saturday with some friends. Our tickets included passes to the .300 club. Considered an elegant dining room and upscale sports lounge the .300 club is in the left field corner of Miller Park. Seating in the dining room gives spectators a beautiful view of Miller Park. We decided to stop up there before the game to have a drink in the lounge. Packed close to capacity, we were able to grab a little bar table and some drinks without much of a wait. The TVs in the bar broadcasted the game because you can't see the field from parts of the lounge. No one was really paying any attention to the TVs and the bartenders were running around making drinks. Quietly we could hear the announcer say "please rise for the National Anthem" and that is where I was shocked. The bar and restaurant went silent. Everyone stopped their conversations to turn their attention to the field or TV, whichever was their better view. The bartenders stopped mid drink and turned their attention to the TVs. I had chills. It was nice to see the respect people still have for their country.

Oh, and by the way, people at Miller Park do not treat "Jump Around " like they do in Madison. Pretty sure we were the only people jumping around, like idiots, in our seats.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Writers Block

I know, I haven't written much lately. I guess it's kind of writers block. Everyday I think of posting something and then I can't think of anything interesting, informational, fun or exciting to post about. Lets see, what is going on?

It's cold. Summer has left. It feels like it may snow tonight. I do not like this weather at all. I don't mind fall, but I know that winter is just around the corner. I do not like winter. I despise winter. I do not like snow, the sight of it makes me cry. I know, I know, I'm in the wrong state. I'm kinda stuck here.

We are moving forward with IVF. I have a couple more tests to get through this month and it' looks like I will be starting the medications/hormones around October 1. Some days I'm excited to be moving forward and some days I experience different emotions of fear, sadness and anger.

Jenny Crain remains in critical condition. She was able to get through the jaw and neck surgery. She was taken off the ventilator and is breathing on her own but she is still unconscious.

My brother turns 21 next week. Wow, that makes me feel really old. I use to change his diapers, and now I can drink with him, legally. Also, congratulations to my bro, he auditioned for and was selected to be part of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. His first performance will be Bernstein: Chichester Psalms and Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 on November 30 – December 2 and a Holiday Pops concert on December 7 – 9. I can't wait to see him and hear him perform.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Back from the Island

I'm watching Federer play right now in the US Open but I just wanted to give a quick update.

We were at "our" place on Washington Island this weekend and had great time and are refreshed and relaxed. (I say our place cause really it's my in-laws place but I'm married into the place, right?)

How do people like THIS have children?

GO BADGERS! And sucks to be Michigan (College Football).

Jenny Crain has been improving. It's been a long week for her and her family. This is the latest from (search supportjennycrain). Please keep her in your prayers.

"Unexpected Surgery Signals Important, Though Modest Step Forward

Today Jenny had surgery on her jaw. The medical team decided to perform the surgery in Jenny’s room rather than have her moved to an operating room. They wired her jaw shut so the process of healing her mouth injuries can begin. Jenny has several teeth missing and faces many oral surgeries in her future. After the surgery the jaw is in good shape. During this procedure doctors did nothing with her cheek injuries or the damage to her the base of Jenny’s skull.

In another positive sign Jenny’s brain pressure levels stayed constant throughout the procedure. As we have indicated in pervious posts, equalizing her brain pressures are very important in her being able to safely tolerate other more intensive surgeries, like the vertebrae operation, which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday September 4.

Jenny’s family also reported that she is blinking more with larger blinks and opening her eyes wider. Jenny remains highly sedated and in critical condition.

Overall, Saturday was a very good day in Jenny’s long road to recovery. Jenny needs many more days like today and with your prayers and support we can Make it Happen."