I can’t remember if I updated after the rant about Recruiting School but b/c of an indiscretion in hubs’ recent (<5 yrs) past, recruiting school is a no-go *sigh of relief*. Today we got the news that he will be able to attend a combat school that he has wanted to attend for the past year. We are both pumped. Apparently attending this school for sure FOR SURE takes him out of the running for recruiting school. Passing this school also makes him retainable at his current unit for 6 months which means no orders for crazy places coming down the wire and we get to stay with out fabulous RE for another 6 months. Yes, I loathe this place but I love our RE and my job so I don't mind being here another 6 months.
Reason #2 that I love the Army today is our healthcare. I looked at the receipt from yesterday's dr's visit and it would've cost us $700 without TriCare. Also, TriCare reimburses us for gas and meals associated with the drs' visits. Now, most military wives know that jumping through TriCare's hoops can be frustrating at times but this reimbursement is the easiest thing EVER. I picked up a print out ok'ing me to go to the dr and get reimbursed. I filled out paperwork for the money to be directly deposited. I kept receipts, attached them to the paperwork and turned it back in. Seriously, it was that simple. I was amazed.
Reason #3, my job. I work in an office of 6 women, including me. They literally cried with me yesterday when I got back from my appt. A couple even cried before I got back because i updated them via text. My boss has been AWESOME with letting me off any time for all these infertility appts. Now they just gave me card with the sweetest notes written in them <3 I am seriously blessed with the best work place ever.
For those of you who don’t know this is P90X. I kept seeing infomercials about it and then some fellow Army wife friends have tried it wirh great results so I thought that I might as well give it a shot. My hubby started it on Monday-I couldn’t start then because of the steroid epidural-and I joined him yesterday. There are 3 different programs that are offered with the program-Classic, Lean and Doubles. We are doing the Lean Program currently. After we complete that program then we plan to do the Classic Program and then the Doubles Program.
My husband has about 20 lbs that he wants to lose. He’s put on some weight since an injury left him unable to run for a few months and I’ve put on some weight just due to being lazy. We love working out together so we decided to invest in this program and do it together after work and in the mornings on the weekend. Thankfully my boss is doing it as well every morning so she will bust my ass if I try to get lazy and not do it :-p
Yesterday the Cardio X DVD was difficult but not at all as bad as I had expected and it made my back feel better. The best part is that he changes exercises every minute or two so I NEVER got bored during the DVD. I am seriously so pumped about this that I can hardly stand it. We are also kind of following the Nutrition Guide that comes with the program. I don’t have time to cook 3 meals per day since we both work full time but we are planning to eat dinners from the guide and I plan to have salad stuff at work so I can make different salads.
The biggest thing that I need to do diet wise is have plenty of fruits and veggies each day. I tend to do well at that for a while, and then I just fall off the wagon. My motivation this time around is getting healthier before the IUI so that I can continue to be healthy during and after the pregnancy. Yes, I am speaking optimisically about getting pregnant. I might even buy a few more baby things =)
P. S. It has taken me like 3 hours to write this blog because we got busy at work! I don’t mind being busy, though, since I’m helping soldiers =)
So yesterday we had an appointment with Dr. S, our RE. Let me say that so far I love him and his staff. Seriously, they are awesome and completely put my mind at ease. my only complaint is that I wish that his office was closer but we live in the middle of BFE so I can deal with it.
If all goes as planned we will be doing an IUI next month. Dr. S said that if I do not have a positive OPK in 4 days that I would start taking progesterone to make AF come. One the first day of AF I will call his office and they will schedule me to come in for baseline bloodwork and ultrasounds. If the u/s and bloodwork are ok (he thinks that they will be) then I will start taking Femara and will start using the injectable Follistim. I will be monitored via u/s and bloodwork to see if I am developing mature follicles and if I ovulate. If the follicles look good then I will get a trigger shot to induce ovulation and then we will have the IUI. Of course the medications that I will be taking increase the risk of multiples but as most of you know, I am totally ok if we have twins =)
I can’t even begin to explain how optimisitc and great I feel after that initial appointment. He told me that I have received great treatment from Dr. M-the military dr I was seeing-and that he would’ve done the exact same treatment. He also said that he would not need to repeat any of the tests, including the laparoscopy which was a huge relief to me. Finally after 2 years, 5 months and 8 days I might actually really have a chance at getting pregnant. Dare I hope that it will happen quickly?
I had my first PT (physical therapy) appt yesterday. Apparently not only do I have 2 bulging thoracic discs but my whole thoracic region is twisted. Fantastic. I will be doing physical therapy to untwist it, strengthen my muscles and decrease pain. She said that if it’s been twisted for a while that my muscles are most likely not strong enough to hold it in place and they will have to be retrained. So, no triathlon training and possibly no P90X for now. Instead I will be doing PT approved exercises and stretches as well as be receiving ultrasound massage and hot moist electric therapy. Hopefully the PT combined with the upcoming nerve block will work wonders on this pain.
Oh yeah, my PT and I have the same RE and she is also an Army wife. She told me how wonderful Dr. S is and told me that she’d let me know how her upcoming IUI goes. It is a small world here in rural LA.
I cannot believe I haven’t blogged in 2 weeks!!! So much has gone on….no really it has. Of course, none of it is incredibly interesting but whatever.
My father in law, Skip, was in town for a week and it was actaully great! He is now sober-6 months and going strong-since having an acute hypertension episode brought on by the combo of alcohol and his necessary prescription drugs. He is still the same fun Skip but now he doesn’t pass out early or fall down He helped us make our backyard into a place where we can actually have people over! We now have a nice charcoal grill (he bought), a table and chairs (I bought with tax return money) and we have decorative rocks and stepping stones where mud used to be The dogs love the fencced in yard and now they are tracking in way less dirt/mud. P has already used the grill twice and I plan to make him use it most every night so that I don’t have to cook :p
We went to Army prom and had a BLAST!!! We drank, we ate (not the best food in the world but not the worst), my hubby threw panties at our friend giving a speech and I had the grog. I had been told not to try the grog b/c it has dirt and such in it. However, Amy and I found out that the “dirt” was actually brown sugar so we promptly got ourselves a glass….or maybe two. Anyway, here are some pics that I stole from Amy.
For a full explanation of the last pic, please go here. You can also read a longer account of the Army prom and see a few more pics. I’ve said it before but I’m gonna say it again, I’m gonna miss those kids when they move to San Fran
Our new puppy, Bear, is still wreaking havoc but he’s a loveable little thing. Well, he’s not so little now. I really need to weigh him again b/c I swear that he’s put on at least 5 pounds since he’s been at our home. We still need to get his last round of shots and get his stitches removed. Guess I need to call the vet today.
Crap, just got busy at work. Why do I always get busy when I am in the middle of personal stuff?
It’s one of those days where all I can do, other than work, is daydream about PCS’ing fromthie place. Our next options are KY, GA or NC depending on what my hubby decides to do careerwise. I really, really, really want GA b/c the Army post where we would be stationed is close to my family and I would get to see them more often. KY or NC wouldn’t be bad either but now I have my heart set on GA. I’ve been researching buying vs. renting a house; where to live; where to work and all that jazz. I would be terribly sad to leave my job but dang it, I need civilization again.
Speaking of my job, it still rocks. In fact it has gotten even better since one of my coworkers-the only one i didn’t like-left. She always had a surly look on her face and just seemed generally unapproachable. We are in the process of hiring someone to replace her and I’m sure it will be a person who is a much better match with our staff. I am hoping that wherever we go after Polk, I can still work at that post’s ACAP Center. I really, really love doing this job.
There’s not really much else going on around here. P is in the field so I am left to handle the zoo by myself. My father in law comes in town next week and he is staying a week. I have some serious cleaning to do this weekend…joy, joy.
I called TriCare today and they approved our referral to see Dr. Storment in July. I am so freaking excited, I can hardly stand it!!! Seriously, I am so excited. I tried to call my hubby and tell him b/c he was just asking me about it this morning but his phone was off due to him being in the field. Seriously, this makes me starting AF today a bit less painful.
I’m about 1/4 of the way through The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis. So far I have figured out that several of my Qi (pronounced ‘chi’) are messed up. I have not gotten far enough in to see what exactly to do about the messed up Qi but that’s coming up in the next few chapters. My goal is to get all of them squared away before going to the dr in July. The boook really makes sense and treating infertility holisitcally makes complete sense to me. I should of started doing this months or even years ago.
Well, P and I are officially insane. We adopted another puppy. He is a Rottie/Lab mix and we named him Bear. He is 3 months old and already weighs 27 lbs.
Bear, our newest furbaby
He is cute, soft and WILD!!!! He is so funny running around on his big ol’ feet =) Hopefully we get our yard super soon so that I can let all the dogs run out their energy outside. So our current zoo population is 4 dogs and 2 cats. The zoo is no longer accepting tenants at this time.
I’m having a pity party. Adoption is too expensive (don’t crucify us, we’re not interested in foster to adopt) and we barely have enough for IUI. We will have to save for IVF. My sis in law hasn’t answered a text in 2 weeks which concerns me. I’m just tired of infertility and tonight I’m asking “why me?” I swear to God, I’m fine most days but Mother’s Day is fucking with me. I want to scream and have a temper tantrum but apparently that’s unacceptable as an adult. As I write this, the sobbing gets worse. I’m tired of this tonight. My hubby isn’t home. I’m not strong tonight. Thankfully I have a second bottle of wine.
P is going to watch the guys compete in Best Ranger at Ft. Benning. I knew that he would probably go and of course he SHOULD go b/c he’s on the team (though injured) and b/c they’re his friends. He leaves tomorrow, comes back early next week and then goes to the box (JRTC-training soldiers to be deployed) to play terrorist for 5 days. It was like having him home was just a tease. And to top it off the weekend that we had together was not so great b/c we had a HUGE fight (over nothing) and I had to take a muscle relaxer (b/c of my back) which left me hungover for the rest of the weekend. Oh yeah, and to REALLY top it all off, just when he gets back his Dad (whom I love) is soming to stay for 7 days. So basically the only alone time I will get with my hubby will be during the military ball….but we wont REALLY Be alone b/c all those other damn soldiers and their wives/girlfriends/hookers will be there.
I just started reading The Infertility Cure-The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies. Wow, I have A LOT of lifestyle changes ahead of me but so far what she, the author, is saying it makes sense. I’m only into the second chapter but I have gotten all teary eyed a couple of times just from the author’s encouraging words. I’ve long believed in alternative/Eastern medicine but have not had the chance to fully experience it. I plan to fully embrace this book and the lifestyle changes that it recommends. If nothing else it will prepare my body for an IUI/IVF in the next few months.
*If you think that Chinese medicine is a bunch of bullshit, please keep your comments to yourself. I have struggled to have a child for 27 months now. I have been on hormones that have driven me mad and others that have made me burst into tears. If I have a shot in hell of conceiving the natural way then I will do it. Unless you’ve been there you can’t possibly understand.
I woke up in a surly mood today for no apparent reason. I
think no I know that I am jealous that P gets to go back to the land of civilization while I stay here in Shit Town. Why don’t I go with him you ask? Well, b/c a coworker just quit and only gave 5 days notice. My other coworker is going out of state next week so that leaves me as the only counselor in the office next….so I can’t take off. Also, I want to use my days later when P and I can go to Austin and enjoy ourselves. I don’t want to waste my days on driving to GA to see guys other than my husband compete. I mean, I love Amy’s hubby and all and I hope to hell that his team wins but I don’t love him enough to drive 20 hours round trip to see him. Although when they move to San Francisco I will gladly hop on a plane to see both of them
It’s not even 10AM. This day is S-L-O-W. I guess I’ll go read more of my book and then study some stuff for a class that I have to teach in a week and a half. That’s right, I’m getting more job responsibility and I love it
Hubby is home so my routine is back to normal again. I am cooking, cleaning and exercising again. It feels good.
I have been having upper back, neck and shoulder pain on my right side for years now. A few years ago I had some testing done-inconclusive-and then received a nerve block which helped for quite a while. This past week I had an appt with a local orthopaedic dr and his PA is referring me for 2 MRIs and an EMG, all of which should be completed by the end of the month. The PA hopes that PT will be an option but she was also pretty sure that I would require another nerve block. Whatever is fine with; I just don\’t want back surgery.
I am still waiting for TriCare to approve the referral request for me to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) but in the mean time the clinic has let me make an appt If all goes as planned then P and I will have our first RE appt on July 22. Yes, I realize that\’s a long way off but at least we got an appt. I am super excited!!!
ON an unrelated and not so happy note, I have a reactin to poison sumac/ivy/oak whetever the hell is behind our townhome. I have it on my arm and it is NOT attractive. Another reason to dislike this crappy little town.