Wednesday, November 16, 2011
And then I came across this article by JoNel Aleccia about the fact that women didn't consistently answer correctly even some of the most basic fertility questions.
A few years back, I did research about women's estimates of their chances of conceiving each month. Interestingly, I found that the overestimated their chance of conceiving quickly, whereas they underestimated their chance of conceiving if they had already been trying for more than a few months. I never got around to doing the statistical analysis, but when I do, I think it will be an interesting read.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
1985. I was 16 years old, after graduating high school a year early (I'd skipped kindergarten too). I moved to Israel on my own and went to the preparatory program for overseas students. After that, I studied nursing for a little over a year before I dropped out. I studied graphics briefly (completed a course) and then got an associates degree in printing (finished in 1990). But I had to go back to school after that... I took my first course at the Open University in the fall of 1995, just when I found out I was pregnant with Matan and Lilach. Since then it's been on and off for (wow!) 16 years.
My seminar paper (the topic of which is ethical aspects of commercial cord blood banking) was my last requirement. I still haven't submitted the final version to the university, but I'm most of the way there - and now I have no excuse not to move ahead with so many other things that I've put on hold. YAY!
and BTW - if you're considering banking your newborn's cord blood and you don't have a specific reason to do so, send an email or leave a comment. I can direct you to the information you need to make an informed decision.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
A few years a go, Dina had heavier than normal bleeding and discovered she had cervical cancer. The first medical center she went to, recommended a complete hysterectomy, including both ovaries. She decided to get a second opinion.
She ended up with her uterus and ovaries intact, but with a 1cm long cervix - not long enough to hold a pregnancy. When she found out she was pregnant, it became clear that she would need a special type of cerclage, which required her to fly from Israel to the US for the surgery.
According to the article, she was on bed rest from 36 weeks and then had a planned c-section. This is only the third case in Israel in which a woman carries a pregnancy successfully following recovery from cervical cancer.
Congratulations to the Sela-Bracha family!!!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
In one, Keren Ayish, was battling infertility when it was discovered that she had a brain tumor. She successfully beat the cancer and then continued fertility treatments. Four years later, the cancer returned and spread. Keren had a miscarriage at 13 weeks and eventually died of cancer.
In the other news story, Eva Ottosson, a 56-year-old mother from Nottingham is donating her uterus to her daughter, Sarah, who due to a condition called Mayer Rokitanksy Kuster Hauser (MRKH), was born with no womb (watch the clip here). I wish them a lot of luck and a successful pregnancy and birth!!!
Thursday, June 02, 2011
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - this one is silly and makes me laugh no matter how many times I read it.
Hop on Pop - same & good for early readers who can pick up a word or two here and there
Green Eggs and Ham - both a classic and a fun read
Eric Carle books - these are the ones I know and like best
The Grouchy Ladybug - lots of repetition and a good story
The Very Lonely Firefly - slightly happier than the previous. We have the version with built-in sound at the end, which is a nice touch.
Good books to read to little kids (even under 3)
I'm Not Feeling Well Today by Shirley Neitzel - a very simple story, but it builds up piece by piece so that the kids learn it by heart. (May be hard to find.)
The Little Engine That Could - also a classic - and my son, Yirmi, is crazy about trains (particularly Thomas the Tank Engine)
Leo and the Wallpaper Jungle - just sweet. (May be hard to find.)
My Friend is Sad - great for even really little kids - and short, clever and funny.
For slightly older kids (probably around 4-5 and up to 7 or so)
Stone Soup - we have the John Muth version. Excellent pictures and a very enjoyable story
Caps for Sale - another classic, something charming about it. Circus Caps for Sale is excellent too.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - nice. A bit long for really little ones, but I enjoy reading it.
The Empty Pot - I found this touching - and also teaches a good lesson.
Madeline - might be more a girl book, but we enjoy reading it (and our best listeners are girls)
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Beautiful story.
My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza - clever. (May be hard to find.)
The Princess and the Pizza - part of the 'fractured fairy tales' series. This book is both clever and hilarious and will give both you and your kids a good laugh.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
It probably is. When I was going through infertility, it was hard for me to think of other things. I focused my entire being on becoming pregnant. It took up most of my thinking-time, even when it wasn’t taking up my actual clock time. I was proud of myself for being able to do my work without screwing up, because I was so overwhelmed… When I finally got pregnant, I was focused on getting through the pregnancy OK and having a live baby. And then she was born and I was really over the moon, but hey, I had a new baby to take care of – which was just so much to think about and so much to do (but still less overwhelming than the infertility)…
Since then, I’ve had numerous ups and downs. Times when I have been so preoccupied with something that I forget everything except the absolute most important things (like picking up my kids on time or making sure there’s enough food in the house) and times when I feel like I have to find something new to fill my time. I’ve taken anywhere from no courses to 3 at a time, depending on how I felt. Sometimes I crammed as many work hours as possible into my schedule & other times I worked just a few hours here and there… Life has been so dynamic that I’ve had to adapt over and over again to new situations. I think we all do.
Some people have kept in touch with me through this crazy thing I simply call “life” and some have chosen to be bitter about the times when I didn’t call often enough or forgot to answer their email. I think those who understand that everyone’s life is hectic realize that sometimes they have to be the one who calls, even if it’s ten times in a row (or more). If the other person is happy to chat – keep calling. I find myself on both sides of this – there are people who ‘always’ call me and people who I ‘always’ call (there are, admittedly, more of the former). The people I’m most disappointed with are the people who’ve chosen both not to call and to be bitter about the fact that I haven’t called. Want to talk to me? Pick up the phone. Send an email. An SMS. Leave a comment on my blog. Write me a message on Facebook. Drop by my house… I’m not that hard to get in touch with.
If you’re going through infertility and you’re feeling overwhelmed, I think this is a good message to give your friends and family. If you’re a friend, keep this in mind. That’s what friends do. They don’t keep score.