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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
He's going to be a blood donor. And it is super hard to take photos of black kittens.
Today I took our menagerie to the vet all by myself. (Work is still super busy for us, but C has it worse than I do so he went into the office while I took the two hours to fix everyone up.) We had a big list of things to do for all three. Linus has worms and a yeast infection in his ears. Trout has an upper respiratory infection. Dexter needs to be vaccinated. I was pretty sure I was going to have a heck of a time wrangling two cat carriers and a giant dog but it actually wasn't so bad. Trout puked and then peed in her carrier on the way there; I'm not sure if she was carsick or stressed or what but the poor thing had to stand awkwardly in there for half the car ride so she didn't have to touch any of her accidents. Linus weighs 99.3 pounds, which is way more than he should, so they took a blood sample to see if he has thyroid problems. Dexter was the only one who came away unscathed; I'm going to talk to the blood bank who wants his blood and see if they're going to vaccinate him for me instead.
The doctor offered to help me carry everything back out to the car, but I declined (it wasn't all that bad). She said "it looks like if you ever have triplets, you'll be able to deal with them super easy!" Heh.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Realistically, it didn't hold any magic solution or insight, and I don't believe it will cure our problem with infertility, but it did make me start thinking about yoga again as just a healthy lifestyle. I also had never heard of Tara Stiles, and I like her approach - and the fact that she has a million videos on YouTube so I can start slow with 5-10 minute flows. I think it would be easy to discount yoga for fertility as a crock, and not bother, but I can't make decisions based only on my uterus and not think about the rest of my self.
I did yoga several years ago, for almost a year, and it was great fun. But I only did my one-hour-once-a-week thing and the rest of my life was business as usual (so I guess the yoga center was like my church, and I was a bad parishioner). I didn't eat any differently, I didn't feel any differently... I was pretty proud about getting into a full downward dog though. But I realized at some point (probably after I stopped going to the studio) that once a week was not the way it needs to happen.
So I've started easing myself back into yoga, in my bedroom for 10 minutes a night. And hopefully in a few months, after work dies down, I'll be able to start going to the studio again.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I think I'm most upset about these comments for two reasons.
The first is that he is a House representative. Now, it's not unusual for people in government to "misspeak" or to spread misinformation. But when that misinformation is the basis of potential policy that will affect my body, it concerns me.
Two, it's that he was a GYNECOLOGIST! He was a doctor who specialized in women's bodies! He should know first-hand what kinds of issues women's reproductive systems can have. And the fact that he is spreading misinformation not only as a representative of government but also as someone seemingly well educated in a related field - it infuriates me.
After I read the article, I struck up the discussion of insurance coverage with my coworker again. As long as there are people in government who believe that women are just plain wrong if they think that infertility is an actual disease, there's no way insurance will cover treatments. As long as people like Gingrey perpetuate the myth that "all there is to getting pregnant is to relax," insurance will be more likely to cover $10 bottles of wine before they cover $15,000 IVF.
At least take that $14,990 and send Gingrey back to medical school before he opens his mouth again.