Saturday, November 24, 2012

Being Thankful

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I traveled down to visit my family. I had a nice time. My sister was not there so that made things easier. My cousin had a baby 3 months ago. She looked great but she was complaining that she used to have a flat stomach...UGH  It was hard for me at first, but then I slowly got used to it. She is not such a show off like my sister. Also, she has been more kind to my situation. She also had a tough delivery bc she was induced, got bells palsy from it, and then her baby had major acid reflux. This made me feel less jealous and more sorry for her. After awhile though I started to reach my limit when the only topic of conversation for my relatives was the baby over and over.
It is that time to reflect on what you are thankful for. DH and I have been really thinking about this one lately. Being childless is still a major crisis. I still think about it every day, but I am trying to also think of the many blessings I have.  It is really hard when there is something you want really bad and you know you'll never get it. It makes you obsess over that one thing and forget about all the other good things.

We really do have a lot to be thankful for. We have a stable marriage, a house,  we are both in good shape and in good health. We both have jobs. I have a job that I love. I get a lot of time off including the summer. I have good friends and family who care about me. None of my family lost their lives or house during that hurricane last month.

 Even though we are on a budget due to saving for the adoption fund, we decided to work on the house some more. We kept it simple and bought some organizers and other items for the house. Sometimes a small change can make life better. I had a small section of my bedroom where I keep my extra sheets and blankets. It was a big mess. I had them on a table in the back. I finally bought a tall storage cabinet to store them in. It is great bc now they are tidy and you cannot see them behind the closed doors. There are also many shelves so I can sort and organize them.

I took last month off due to a cyst and I am taking this month off too. I just reached 5.5 years of TTC and I am tired of all this. I would like to relax and enjoy the holidays.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale on TPT


Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale 11/26 and 11/27. Please visit my store now and bookmark your favorites. During the sale I will be giving 15% off and then you can use the promo code to get an additional 10%.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


For the past three weeks I have had laryngitis which is one of the worst things a teacher can have.  I'm tough and like to just stick it out. I try not to take too many pills. As is it, I already take tons for my fertility issues. Well after three weeks I  had enough. I saw the dr and was prescribed amoxicillin for a sinus infection. The crazy thing is that yesterday was CD1 so I am taking antibiotics CD1-10 for the first time in months. I usually take biaxin, but since my TEBB went away I stopped taking it months ago.

Last night I woke up at 3am with killer cramps. OMG it was terrible. I was not even sure if it was AF or the my GI system from the AB. I did not have to go to the bathroom so I concluded it was AF and I took some Advil and went back to sleep.  I started to think about it this morning. I usually do not have any cramps. I'm not bragging, but since I have infertility and major Endo I'm very thankful to not have to suffer every month like that. It is also interesting for others to know  that I usually don't have any cramps, bc I know some women suffer with terrible ones and are told that is just what you should expect.

So now I am wondering if this is a sign of things to come or if the amoxicillin caused this. Who knows? This could be affecting something that made my uterus mad.... I did a google search and there was mention of it causing muscle cramps and stomach cramps. Some people were asking about how it would affect their cycle and/or give them cramps. UGH, I have 9 more days of this.... Biaxin made me feel sick but never gave me cramps like this...............

The funny thing is the Dr said she likes to start out simple and specifically gave me amoxicillin bc she said it was the most gentle on the stomach.....................

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Napro in the News

Not much to report today, so I decided to do a google news search for napro. I found three articles.

Dr. Edward Fleming, a napro trained dr joined the Dillsburg Family Health Center in PA.
Poland is 90% Catholic. A group of 100 Polish scientists were dismayed by the IVF plan after issuing a document urging the government to pursue NaProTechnology as an ethically acceptable and highly successful method of treating infertility. The government is now going to pay for IVF. This comes despite strong opposition from the country’s Catholic bishops who have threatened to excommunicate politicians who publicly support IVF.
 Lindsey Marugg is a senior majoring in music and pre-med at Our Lady’s University. She can be reached at

In her article she had two ruptured cysts and went to the ER. She went on birth control and had issues with others at school. She said that  the most common medicine prescribed for endometriosis is birth control, and the most common treatment for infertility caused by endo is ART. She concluded "Now here’s something that should strike a nerve with Catholic women. Are the only options birth control when you don’t want kids and in-vitro when you do?"  

She worked on a study in Omaha and said, "I can tell you that the science behind NaProTechnology is real.  Beyond that, I am a success story myself. I have polycystic ovarian disease, am on medication to treat the underlying problem and am now 8 natural cycles in a row, pain free. NaProTechnology has been successfully treating endometriosis without birth control for years."
At the end she raised a great point, "Why does no one at Our Lady’s University know about NaPro? If we claim to be a preeminent Catholic research institution, why isn’t NaPro on our radar? Why don’t we ever talk about how the World Health Organization labels hormonal birth control a class 1 carcinogen? The conversation always seems to fall back on: “The Catholic Church is against women.” False. The Catholic Church has been right all along.  Catholic teaching has led to a better way.  One that I confidently stand behind not based on the Catholic teaching alone, but on the proof offered in scientific statistics and in my own life. There is something better than contraception. But we need to open our hearts and minds to it.

I wrote her a letter bc I felt a connection to her frustration about lack of awareness of Napro. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Teachers Help Teachers

 This past week was crazy with hurricane Sandy. We don't usually get hurricanes to reach this far north. Last year Irene stopped by and now this year Sandy. Our region is not really equipped to handle this. Thankfully my immediate area was spared. I have many family and friends who live further south and they lost power. Some lost it for one day and others still have no power 4 days later. They all have a place to stay. Many places near the river were flooded or destroyed. Now people are lined up at gas stations to buy gas for generators. It is nuts down there.Prayers are needed to get the power back on.

Then I saw Staten Island on the news. It looked like a tornado came through. The houses were destroyed completely. They were shredded and thrown all over. People were on the news with nothing but the clothes on their backs. I was crying watching people pick through debris looking for photos. People also died. Prayers are needed to help these people find shelter.

Now I am trying to do what I can to help but also stay within my budget. Today when I go shopping I am going to gather items to send to my aunt who lives near a local shelter. She said that over 100 people are there and they expect 100 more. They need basics like socks, soap etc.

Then I saw this post about teachers helping teachers.  I have signed up to help.I am donating all of my products with decimals. I honestly would donate all my products, but I thought that would be too much to try and find all the files and send them etc. I thought if I picked one topic it would be manageable for me to do and for the person organizing the donations..  Here are my donated products.
Laurah Jurca at The ESOL Odyssey, herself impacted by the storm, came up with a way to help support teachers who may have lost teaching materials due to Sandy's wrath.  She has mobilized teachers from TpT and is putting together a care package of teaching products donated by other teachers wanting to lend a hand. 

If you are a teacher who is able to help others please click on this link  

Please spread the word and if you have a blog, create a post about this.

If you are a teacher in need of help click here