Hi Amber! I was wondering where you had disappeared to.
Wow, we've been busy the past day or so. I think it's been a while since us 6+ers had 22 new posts!
Cortney, I hope your surgery went well and you enjoy your trip. Hey, it's a good excuse for you to not have to do the driving.
Amber, welcome to the new board. Femara is supposed to not inhibit EWCM like clomid does. It also has a shorter half-life, which means it stays in your body for a shorter time. I haven't really had any bad side effects, although I didn't have too many on clomid either. The thing about femara is that is not approved for fertility, so officially I'm using "off-label." It is a drug they give to breast cancer survivors. I guess they are doing tests on it now to see how effective and safe it is to use as a fertility drug.
I kinda figured that is where you would be going.
Adrienne ~ You were right :).......that is all LOL.
Ruth--We DO have a lot of teachers on here. Something about loving kids I think, hehe.
I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade writing. Last year was my first year and I only had 7th and 8th then, and I was half time. This year I am .8, which ended up being a huge "raise" for me. I put raise in quotes because I am making a ton more but doing more work so hourly I am not making more, so yeah.
Last year I had NO idea what I was doing and I just winged it, with not horrible results. They did amazing on the CMT's which made me so proud and happy because I am the main person in charge of prepping them in Language Arts.
This year we switched to reader's workshop (for all reading teachers) and I decided to try out writer's workshop, and the reading I have done on it so far makes me SUPER excited to try it out! It's not so different from what I was doing last year but I have way more structure and direction which I was severly lacking last year.
Okay, prob way more than you wanted to know about my teaching, LOL!
I think it is amazing that you work with the profoundly disabled kids--one of my best friends was a para last year for a little girl with Cerebral Palsy who was in a wheelchair, and she would always talk about how challenging it was--physically, since during gym class she would have to try to get the girl to walk (with support) and participate as much as possible in the activities, which means often she would practically be carrying her for the whole hour; and also mentally challenging in a million different ways. The little girl was quite bright but with almost no ability to speak, and my friend would always talk about how often she knew the girl had something she wanted to say but she couldn't get it out at all.
Anyway, the point being, good for you--that is a tough job that we need great teachers for, and I'm sure you are amazing at it!
We'll have to continue chatting about teaching as the year goes on!
"I was feeling hopeful this cycle since I was at 15 DPO today, but then AF showed up with no pre-AF cramps to warn me."
That sucks, Amber. I HATE it when my hopes get up and then AF shows and dashes them to the ground. It is so much worse when you think you might actually have a chance . . . and then, no.
"I am actually calling tomorrow to get a referral for DH to get an S/A. Hopefully he can get in next week, so we can get the peace of mind."
Good for you! I think a SA is a great first step for testing because it is super cheap, and easy and painless for DH. I think men are so lucky that they can find out what is up with them with ONE TEST. Comparatively, IF testing for women is like trying to find the pieces of a patchwork quilt in a dark and endless labyrinth, and then, after finding an unknown portion, you have to try to make a guess about what the picture was. (Can you tell I am super frustrated? LOL)
"If that shows up normal, then we’ll probably try a few more months until I have further testing."
Sounds like a great plan! I agree that hopefully you'll get PG before then, but I think it is really good to be looking at moving forward too. Hopefully the fall is a "fruitful harvest" for all of us, hehe.
"We got one heck of a storm up here. Along with all the torrential downpours, 60+ mph winds, and flashes and rumbles. It has definitely been a weird summer."
Wow. I agree--our weather here in the northeast has been so rainy and wet (especially during June and July) that we now have a blight. Apparently it was the same one from the potato famine in Ireland. My potatoes were completely dead by the end of July, 2/3's of my tomatoes are dead or dying and just recently all my squash plants caught it and quickly died as well.
That pretty much takes care of my garden. :-P
Kass- I somehow managed to sleep through the storm last night, but today I got drenched running to my car w/out an umbrella after work..... Of course, had I left just a few minutes earlier I would have been completely dry, and of course right now the sky is perfectly clear....typical :P Well I hope you won't need to find a fertility center after all but if you do come down to "the city" maybe we can meet up and chat about TTC and Okie living ;P
Adrienne- I sooo know what you mean about just "wingin it" the first year. I was so lost and barely managed. I actually think last year (my 2nd year) was worse than the 1st because we were so understaffed and I had to spend so much time on a bigger load of paperwork. That's awesome that you got a new curriculum to use this year. I know I always try to get a hold of whatever curriculum or training I can find because for us we're basically just given the alternative standards to teach and have to make up our own "curriculum." :P I know what your friend means about the girl she worked with. I have found that to be so hard when I know a student has a lot to say but only so many ways they can express it. Or when they could be utilizing some form of assistive technology to be more independent but the process can take sooo long and then there are always issues with funding assistive technology. :/ The 1st 2 years I have had students who were very limited on what they could do for themselves: one student could not "functionally" use her hands and had very little upper body control, and another one was completely dependent on others for her care. They have promoted to the other teacher this year and I keep thinking I better not get spoiled rotten this year because all of my students can use their hands and they all can either walk or push their own wheelchair. Still have a few that need help with toileting/diapers but at least I don't have anyone I have to actually lift onto a changing table so that will be soooo much easier on my back this year!!!
Oh yikes, sorry for the rambling! :P BTW, that stinks about your vegetable garden
AFM- Well today was not nearly as good a day as I had hoped for at work. :( Apparently that schedule change had been made without even consulting with the teacher so of course it caused a lot of drama and confusion for everybody. I took my temp this morning and it's still "low" so that's good. I hope I don't O anytime soon cuz we sure haven't had much time for GOFO lately. :D