Welcome IComLeaveWe-help me make this blog better

July 21, 2010Carole 15 Comments »

Welcome everyone from “I Com Leave We” . I decided to participate in the week-long comment-leaving party as a kind of community service and to reach out to other bloggers. I am new to blogging as I am sure you realize if you noticed my two *redundant Home tabs!! Apparently, I have redundant code somewhere and I am supposed to find it and delete it. I am sure if I start deleting things, you’ll notice because this blog will disappear into oblivion. My 14 year old is laughing at my computer ineptitude. Fortunately, I am not blogging about WordPress but about IVF which, thankfully, I know a lot more about.Β  (*Finally fixed that redundant home tag, so there is hope for word press newbies like me!!)

I started thinking about blogging when my full time lab director position was eliminated and I was “severed”. Yes, that’s what it is called and yes, that’s exactly what it feels like. Anyway, wanting to feel useful, I starting downloading everything from my brain into this blog that I could think of that might be helpful for someone starting down the IVF treatment path. Sometimes, I run out of ideas and when that happens, I love getting suggestions from readers about lab related things they are interested in. It turns out that one of the best things about my old job and this new blog is when I can feel that someone has benefited from something I could do for them or share with them. Also, I take constructive criticism well so please tell me if you see some areas that need improvement. Hopefully, it won’t involve writing (or deleting) code.

In the meantime, best wishes for the shortest path to parenthood.

© 2010, Carole. All rights reserved.

15 Responses to this entry

  • Josey Says:

    I hope to goodness that I never have to go the IVF route (currently in Clomid hell) but if I do, I guarantee you I will be using this site as a reference. Thank you!

    ICLW #91

  • Rach Says:

    We decided that no matte what happened, IVF was not and will never be for us. 11years ttc later and 8 miscarriages, we still feel like that.

    #41 http://themissruby.blogspot.com/

  • gingerandlime Says:

    Your posts are always so informative and I’m glad you are blogging. Since you asked for suggestions, I would love to read more about ethical issues involved with ART.

  • Auntie Em Says:

    I check your blog regularly because I find it interesting to read these articles from the perspective of an embryologist. I’m just starting IVF #2 (this time at CCRM in Denver), and I’ve found the info you’ve posted tremendously helpful. Thank you!

  • Lori Lavender Luz Says:

    What a wonderful gift to the IF community! I sure wish I’d known you when I was undergoing treatments.

    Nice to “meet” you through ICLW.

  • Carole Says:

    Thanks. I am fascinated by ethical topics in IF too. I’ll see what I can do. I have a lawyer buddy who is an ethicist as well and I have been coercing her (in a friendly way) to write an anonymous guest post since she is a real ethicist and I am just a navel gazing “what if” or “have you thought about this?” sort of ethicist!! πŸ™‚

  • christine Says:

    What a great blog idea! Thank you for putting this information out here, I am grateful for it!

    ICLW #27

  • Krissi Says:

    Happy ICLW! And welcome to the blogosphere! I think the idea for this blog is awesome! My only suggestion is to write from the heart! Which I have a feeling you will! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog (My Ordinary Miracles) and for your lovely comment! I have another blog too…after my success, I now write to ease the stress of others going through it. It’s the link I left with my name! I will definitely stop back here and perhaps link to some of your posts to help my readers! πŸ˜‰

  • scholarships for women Says:

    It’s posts like this that keep me coming back and checking this site regularly, thanks for the info!

  • Jill Says:

    Wow, I am so pleased to find this site! What a great idea for a blog. You will surely be a resource from now on. Thanks for sharing your knowledge from the other side and happy ICLW.

  • Michelle Says:

    What a great service you are doing here! Sounds like your lab was foolish to let you go. I’m sure you were a gift to them, too.

    Thanks for the visit to my blog. I’m so glad to know about yours.
    ICLW #144

  • Sarah Says:

    Happy ICLW!!

    thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!! There are so many questions when it comes to IF treatments!!

  • Ashlee Says:

    thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

    iclw #50

  • heartincharge Says:

    What a nice and thoughtful thing for you to do!
    I am interested in knowing what all the blood tests are for and how much weight to put into each test.
    Also what do the RE staff really think about us? Do they think we are all crazy?

  • Carole Says:

    I’m not sure which blood tests you mean–in general- hormone tests like FSH, LH, estradiol and progesterone are all used to see how well the ovaries are working and the pregnancy test looks for the beta subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG which is produced by the implanted embryo. There are a lot of other tests that might also be ordered. These are great questions for your RE or nursing staff. They really do owe you an explanation of what every test is that they are ordering for you and why they are doing it. Don’t be shy about asking! I can’t speak for all RE staff everywhere but most of the nurses I have worked with have a deep reservoir of empathy for their patients and understand that their patients aren’t crazy, just hormonal and worried and scared. The good staff are very patient and learn to cope with patient emotional ups and downs. But it’s not a job for everyone and I know some nurses who didn’t last two weeks as infertility nurses!

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