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Egg Donor Mom

Apr 16, 2010 @ 01:54 PM – by SEO Admin

I still remember the doctor's face during my annual well-woman's check-up when I was 41 years old. I had just shared with him that I would like to have another child. His tone changed to a very monotone, Dr. Spock articulation and he developed a sort of "deer-in-the-headlight" expression. "The odds are not good," he said, and my heart sank. My oldest biological child had been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness at age 7. Although my desire to add to our family was still strong, my husband's desire was not. For him, the equation became, "Children equal pain -- the worst pain ever." Our firstborn had to undergo grueling, disfiguring treatments and was not expected to live. We were told that it would be a long, slow process. The brain tumor that the neurosurgeon had removed would almost surely grow back, and because she had metastases down her spinal column that required full brain/spine radiation, future treatment options were limited. They could operate again. And possi

Cerclage

Mar 24, 2010 @ 12:21 PM – by SEO Admin
After being monitored by my Dr. for a few days, she thought it best to perform a cerclage as my cervix was thinning at an alarming rate. She instructed me to go to the hospital, where they immediately admitted me. Needless to say, I was extremely nervous! Everything went by so fast and the procedure was over before I knew it. I had some mild abdominal cramping and spotting, similar to that of my egg retrieval but everything was back to normal by the next day. I am on bed rest for the duration of the pregnancy. It has been very frustrating because I feel like I have so many things to do to prepare for the twins' arrival and can't do any of it. I just keep reminding myself that each passing week is a triumph and it'll be over before I know it. In the mean time, I get to leave the house for a Dr. appointment every few weeks and watch lots of television.

More on the Importance of Exercise

Mar 12, 2010 @ 09:59 AM – by SEO Admin

Last week I was inspired to blog about one patient's success with weight loss. She lost a whopping 80 lbs. by making simple, modest lifestyle changes. This week I would like to share my enthusiasm about a new workout DVD. First, let me fill you in on a little background. I am the Queen of at-home work out videos. I love not having to worry about make-up or the latest trends in work-out fashion. I can wear my 80's leg warmers and baggy 90's work-out bicycling stretchy shorts with pride! Nobody is around to judge or criticize me. I do not have to keep up with some young twenty-something who has flat abs and "perky" breasts and who is really at the gym to check out the cute guys. And my rule at home is, "IF YOU COME IN THE ROOM WHEN I'M WORKING OUT AND MAKE FUN OF ME, THEN YOU MUST DROP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND WORK OUT WITH ME." This is a surefire way to get rid of any husband. And if he does take the challenge, he will forever respect what you are doing. After trying to keep u

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A Message from Dr. McBride

Mar 5, 2010 @ 07:45 AM – by SEO Admin

Okay, here is my first attempt at blogging. I had an inspiring visit with a patient today and wanted to share what she had to say with other CARE patients trying to lose weight. This patient is a young, African American woman diagnosed with PCOS two years ago. She was told that obesity is a factor in the development of PCOS, and was instructed by her physician to lose weight if she wanted to increase her ability to become pregnant. To date, she has lost 80 lbs., has no more cysts on her ovaries, and has normal menstrual cycles. She is so happy with her weight loss, and with the news that she can move forward with her plan to have a baby. I congratulated her, but also picked her brain about how she managed to be so successful with her weight loss efforts. Here is what she had to say: 1. She did not go on a "diet." She just started making small changes that had a huge impact. For example, she gave up soft drinks and started drinking more water. 2. She started moving -- playing Guitar Her

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Bed Rest

Feb 22, 2010 @ 11:13 AM – by SEO Admin
I went to the Dr. and she became very concerned because my cervix was shorter than it should be at this point. She has put me on bed rest for a few days and wants me to come back so she can measure again. She said it either is naturally short or it has already started thinning for delivery. She explained that if it has already started shortening, she will perform a cerclage. So, I will go back in a few days with my fingers crossed that everything is okay but for now, I'm on bed rest.

We are having...

Feb 2, 2010 @ 01:56 PM – by SEO Admin
...one of each! How lucky we are to experience the best of both worlds.

Scare

Jan 22, 2010 @ 12:00 PM – by SEO Admin
I had an episode of bright red bleeding, something that I never expected. I called my OB immediately and she told me to come to the office. She put me on bed rest for a week. The bleeding subsided after a few hours, but she says that all we can do is cross our fingers.

Another Sono Etc.

Dec 7, 2009 @ 02:06 PM – by SEO Admin
Ive had another sonogram and cant believe how fast they are growing. I was also able to finally stop the IM progesterone injections after having to continue an extra two weeks because my level wasnt high enough. It is such a relief that my level finally went up. My husband and I are so excited and feel so fortunate. I would never have imagined when we started this whole process that it would take us almost a year to get to this point, but Im glad we finally made it. It was well worth the effort.

My First Sono

Nov 8, 2009 @ 08:13 AM – by SEO Admin
We had our first sonogram and imagine our surprise when Dr. Nackley said we are having twins!!! We knew it was a possibility, but I never imagined we would be that lucky. After getting over the initial shock, we are both very excited.

Repeat Pregnancy Test

Oct 22, 2009 @ 04:53 PM – by SEO Admin
After my IVF cycle resulted in a biochemical pregnancy, I didnt think it would ever happen for me. I was surprised when my repeat pregnancy test went up just the way it was supposed to! I am shocked and still dont quite believe it. We are both very excited but dont want to get carried away until my first sonogram next week. I think seeing something will make it seem more real.