The Placebo Effect

Now that I’m getting started on my IVF cycle, I’ve been making some changes. My IVF coordinator said they treat us like we’re already pregnant, so I was told to go off two of my arthritis meds as well as caffeine. I drink 4-5 caffeinated drinks a day (I know, that’s way too many), but I still didn’t think it would be a problem. Boy, was I wrong.

I went off caffeine cold turkey, and the first night I had a horrible migraine. After Tylenol and Sudafed failed to make me feel better, I caved in and took some Excedrin, which helped since it contains caffeine.

Last night, I started to feel a migraine coming on while we were at Joe’s synagogue, so I took a few sips of his Coke during the refreshments after the service, trying to alleviate a full blown migraine.

In the middle if the night, I woke up with a pounding headache. I tried drinking some iced tea, and finally sipped a Diet Mtn. Dew to give myself a jolt of caffeine.

This morning I told Joe how odd it was that I still got a migraine after getting some caffeine in my system. Joe gave me a sheepish look and said, “That’s because if was caffeine-free. But if worked for a little bit, didn’t it??”

You can fool the mind, but you can’t fool the body.

Playing by the Rules

One of the shows I record each week is Wife Swap. I find it very interesting to see how people from different backgrounds live together and what the families take from the swap to apply to their lives.

Last night’s episode involved a fast food-loving woman from Missouri who swapped lives with a health nut from San Francisco who, along with her British husband, push their children in school. The Missouri parents, who never attended college, don’t care if their four sons go to college.

The British husband spent the two weeks putting down his new wife, mocking her lack of education and calling her names in front of his two children. When the time for rule change rolled around, he pitched a fit, refused to play by the rules and basically called off the swap. He decided to continue, but told his children to ignore the new mom, forcing her to spend the rest of the swap alone.

People like that really make me mad. Being more educated than someone doesn’t give you the right to hurt their feelings. And, I’m really annoyed with the families who think they’re so perfect that they don’t need to learn anything. They chose to participate in the swap and basically ruined the experience. No one is perfect, and everyone can learn from others. What a cop out.

The One in Which I Complain about my Pharmacy, Part Two

Remember the problems I had a couple weeks ago getting my Enbrel shipped from Caremark? Today was like deja vu, only with a different pharmacy.

I ordered my fertility meds from Schrafts because they are slightly cheaper than Caremark and because I had a $100 off coupon for any order over $500 placed before Jan. 31. I thought that meant any order over $500 placed before Jan. 31, so I called on Monday, placed my order and scheduled it for delivery next Tuesday since that worked out better with my schedule. I assumed my credit card was being billed then since that’s normally what happens when you place an order for something and because I was never told otherwise.

This morning, the rep I spoke to on Monday called and told me she messed up and, since my order isn’t being delivered until Tuesday, I can’t get the discount. I could have it shipped today for tomorrow, but I’d have to pay for next day shipping.

Really? Because I don’t think so. I’m not going to be penalized for something that *she* screwed up on. I spoke to a supervisor and was told I could have it delivered tomorrow with free shipping, but I have to be available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. That won’t work because I have church in the morning, and then we’re going to Rachel’s, and we’re planning to go to the hospital to see my grandpa, unless his bronchoscopy today is successful and he’s doing better by tonight and tomorrow morning. “We can have it delivered to the hospital or to the FedEx center nearby,” I was told. Right, because then my Follistim would be ruined since I won’t have access to a refrigerator *and* I’ll have a 1 1/2 hour drive home.

We finally decided that she would have my order billed today with the discount and delivered on Tuesday. I’m still not confident it will work out considering my recent mail order pharmacy experience. I foresee several phone calls today to make sure it was billed and to get an authorization number.

The best part about this story? When she confirmed the address the rep had entered when she placed my order on Monday, it was the address for our local FedEx center. I wouldn’t have received my order on Tuesday if this mess hadn’t happened today. I would have been waiting here, which is where I told her to send it, and it would have been sitting at the FedEx building. By the time I would have realized what had happened, it would have been too late to pick it up, and my Follistim would have been ruined.

With the stress of the IVF procedure and my grandpa being so sick, I really don’t need any extra stress in my life right now. I’m so over mail order pharmacies.

Getting my Craft On

Disclaimer: Husband is *not* eligible to participate!

I’ve been in a bit of a crafting funk lately. I don’t know what it is, but I just haven’t really had any motivation. Then, I saw this posted on Lisanne and Carol’s blogs, and I knew this would be something to help me get back into crafting. I knew instantly that I wanted to join in. If you’d like to participate, please leave a comment on this blog entry! The details:

The first seven people to respond to this post will get something made by me. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

  • What I create will be personalized and intended for you.
  • It’ll be done this year (2009).
  • You will have no idea what it’s going to be. It may be knitted, sewn, papercrafted, used in a bubble bath, related to photography, graphic design-y, or perhaps a mix CD. I might even bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
  • The catch? You have to put this offer in your journal as well and make seven things for your friends! (If you have already done this, then I will happily add you to the list.)

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    Beginning the Process

    My IVF cycle officially started today! I am super excited. I go in for a progesterone test on Feb. 16 and, if I’ve already ovulated, they’ll tell me when to start Lupron. That’s when all the fun starts. If I haven’t ovulated, they’ll give me something to force ovulation and then start me on Lupron. I’m not excited about being a living pincushion, but everything about to do will be worth it when I see that bfp!

    My IVF coordinator told me today that they treat us as if we’re already pregnant, so she wants me to come off as many of my arthritis meds as possible. I’m hoping to hear back from my rheumatologist today so we can figure out what our game plan will be. I’m going to need *something* to get me through the next month.

    I’ve had an overwhelming sense of peace come over me in the last 24 hours. I’m still anxious, but no where near as much as I was before. I like to attribute my talk with a friend who’s gone through this and all the prayers being lifted up for us. Prayer is a powerful thing. And, if I have a few good Grade A embryos, I’m pretty certain they’ll implant.

    But, please still keep us in your thoughts and prayers. It’s going to be a crazy ride.

    Bye Bye, Betty?

    It’s not looking good for “Ugly Betty”. The show is going on hiatus, and its primetime Thursday night slot will be filled with “Samantha, Who?” and “In the Motherhood”, a new show starring Megan Mullally from “Will and Grace”. The viewership for “Ugly Betty” has bounced around this season, starting at 8 million, dropping down to 3.6 million and then rising back to 7.5 million, which is still down from last season’s 9 million viewers.

    ABC officials say the show will return in June, which is after the fall season lineup ends, which doesn’t look good. However, network executives have said the show isn’t being cancelled and will be back next season.

    I hope it will, but I’m not counting on it until I see it on next season’s listings. Are any of you “Betty” fans? What do you think about this?