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Archive for June, 2010

Day 3

So, its day 3, I’m damn sore from the endo, and feeling a tad grumpy from that. Headaches are under control, but I am super tired. Tired, but wierdly excited. At least something is happening now.

Last night Angel’s dad lost his fight, it had been a monumental one, and flights of angels took him to his rest. My dear heart, A, I am so so sad for you, my Dad means so much to me, and I cannot even begin to put myself in your shoes, I can only offer prayers, and a sympathetic shoulder. Be brave, dear heart, its a slow journey back to wholeness. And Mr K, rest quietly now, and look up my gramps, Tom and Joe, they’ll show you the ropes.

Day 2

So its day 2, and after a quick scan this morning, I got the go ahead from Dr DB, and the injections have thus begun.

Who watched Grey’s last night? Oh my shattered nerves, that was horrendous, I could hardly believe my eyes. If Korev dies, I ain’t watching anymore! I won’t give the plot away, in case you haven’t watched it yet, but it was harrowing. (the only good thing about theis series ending, is it means that Private Practice will start again, and I’m dying to know what happened to Violet after the crazy chick cut her open, which is how that series ended.) And then The Good Wife started, I was relieved, just some dry courtroom drama, and what happens, she walks into a murder, argh! Too much blood and guts for adequate relaxation last night. And tonight CSI starts, too much TV violence for my own good.

Have great tuesdays!

Day 1

So, appropriately for a monday, today is day 1, tomorrow I scan myself and start my medication again, slightly different mix, let’s hope it produces lots of eggs. I had a chat to Dr DB on friday, and he sounded concerned for me, and I said that, honestly, I knew or chances were slim, I had prepared for the negative outcome, and was ready and as prepared as one can be for an IVF cycle to begin. And I am. Ready and anxious. 

The weekend was a nice one, friday night, Charlie and I had a quiet one at home, chatting about where we find ourselves, and making sure we were still talking the same language. It was divine to reconnect, after some very busy and distracted times of late. It was an early night, for saturday we were off to the Grahamstown Arts Festival for the day, with some friends. We arrived early and headed to our first show, which was Raiders of the lost Aardvark, a delightful tale of a world war 2 aeroplane and its adventures in Africa. The actors did a sterling job, keeping the audience entranced, and even recruiting some of them to help out as doors and camels and such extras. Then it was time for some shopping at the village green, something Charlie and I are rather skilled at, an nguni skin, some stone birds, a wooden carving and a few other additional items, and we were done, a snack and then onto the second show, Laugh, a David Newton stand up show, which we thoroughly enjoyed. With that, it was home and onto a family friend’s daghter’s 21st. Oh my goodness, I felt every one of my 35 years, and every one of my 15kg’s overweight. There were just dozens of gorgeous , thin little young girls, laughing, dancing and letting their hair down, ah, the memories of youth. Sunday we just had a quiet day, did some shopping, and then collapsed on the couch, watching some DVD’s – Traitor, Julia&Julia and I can’t remember the title of the third, strange flick about emigrants in America. And then bed, and monday has now arrived…

Meeting Henry

Look what Charlie bought his bird!

I got home after a busy busy day yesterday, to find this gorgeous rabbit waiting for me, I think his name is Henry. On the note Charlie said he dared not buy 2, otherwise we’d be overrun! I also got a gorgeous little jewellery box and 2 pewter mice for my cheese boards! He’s such a champ, it was a ‘just because’ present, love that man!

For the news that everyone is waiting for, its a negative (BFN (big f’ing negative) in fertility speak), but while I am sad, I wasn’t expecting much, so we try again, and that’s the plus side, we can still try, we are not at the end of the road yet. So when my next cycle starts, we’re onto the big guns, prepping for IVF.

This weekend I plan to drink some wine, we’re heading to Grahamstown tomorrow to catch a show or 2 at the festival, and freeze our butts off, no doubt, and sunday I think we’ll have a leisurely day… Hope you all enjoy yours!

Crazy days

Wow, I have been so busy and stressed of late, sorry I have been a bit absent here. The girls moaned at me at bookclub last night, they need more updates, so I apologise.

Work is much the same, demanding mistress that she is, I have been running an hour late for a month now, and cannot catch up. This leads to a lot of frustration on both my and my patients’ behalf. Anyway… I’m doing a very different operation today, I have a patient who has an early cancer of her outside girly bits, so I will be removing that and the plastic surgeon will help reconstrct things. Its certainly not a routine operation, and I am looking forward to a different challenge.  The babies keep coming…

One more day to test day, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Slightly indifferent?

Charlie is being a champ, I have been very grumpy since we’ve been back from the Transkei, and I’m afraid he has born the brunt of it. Patient fellow he is… I’m bnot sure how he is feeling about tomorrow, hopefully we’ll have the chance to chat tomorrow, because we ceratinly haven’t had much of a chance this week yet.

last night was book club at mine, and it was a hoot! To eat, I gave the girls quite a meal, to start,baked poached pears stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped  in parma ham – very tasty; main was slow roasted lamb knuckles with pea and gorgonzola mash, and ended with a chocolate tart. The girls decimated the food, so it must have been good, I even had to tell Charlie to get a take away, no left overs for him! Funny story, MJ facebooked me to tell me that she would be early, I said ‘No way!!!!’, so when her and L arrived at 18h15 for our 19h00 dinner, Charlie greeted them with a ‘Seriously guys, the Bird ain’t ready, go and have a drink at the couch place’ which they did, getting thoroughly excited by being out, and drinking too much wine before even arriving, trying to impress random strangers, so much so, that they ended up late for the dinner!!!!! Hooligans! There was lotrs of generalised hilarity, and I think fun was had by all.

Its taken about 2 hours to get this typed between patients, so I am signing off now! Too much work, argh!!!!

Home again,

home again, jiggety jog!

I’m back, and what a treat the weekend was.

Thursday was such a hectic day, my trip to the neighbouring city was good, with the surgery on my patient taking 4 and a half hours (!) but leaving her in a way better condition than she has been in a long time. It was a pleasure and privilege to watch Dr DB operate once again, his hands are genius! After getting out of theatre at 20h30 that evening, it was off to my B&B, a quick snack, and then to bed, for it was early to rise on friday morning. I was on the road at 04h30, and made it home in good time, to pack up, and prep for or trip to the transkei. Ans by 12h30 we were there, alleluia! Lunch, a nap, and look at what awaited us…

and that was just the view from the bar at sunset… Dolphins danced through the waves, whales lolled in the water, splashing occasionally, the birds wheeled above and the sardines ran, truly spectacular, I have never seen the seas so alive!

We were seriously spoilt with the weather, and had glorious sunshine, with a light breeze during the day, which cooled down to cuddle worthy temperatures in the evenings. And the food, just great, with awesome home made breads with every meal, not very scale friendly, but soul satisfying! The only damper on the time was that dear Angel’s dad fell ill while we were away, and they had to return home suddenly when he was admitted to ICU, fortunately he’s rallying, and while still critically ill is certainly improving, keep fighting Mr K, we’re rooting for you!

And today it was certainly back to earth with a bump. Work was chaotic, lots of patients, with a power failure thrown in for good measure – damn! And I have a shadow! Yes I know I always had one, but I now have a grade 11 school girl following my every move, as she tries to learn more about medicine in general, and OBGYN more specifically. It’s an interesting experience, I must say, and she seems ultra enthusiastic, which helps.

On the fertility front, day 21 bloods confirmed ovulation, and testing day (yes, pregnancy testing) is on friday… I had a good chat with my FS on thursday, and I told him that while I try to remain optimistic, I am very cautious, and realise our chances are still small. His take was to just persevere, and keep trying, even if our initial attempts fail, so I think my attitude remains a good one. Cautious.

to sign off, some more Transkei pictures….

The Qora river mouth

the requisite cows on the beach, now you know I really was in the transkei!

 spot the dolphins!

and on a really final note, didn’t Bafana just make us all so proud tonight, I though my heart was going to beat out of my chest, I was so very proud to be a South African today. I’m sad they are not going through, but man, what a fight they fought today. God bless this, our beloved nation!


… we was robbed! We caught the game at MJ’s last night, and were devastated! I’m sad we lost, but old Gareth Cliff this morning said something that made a lot of sense. We went into this tournamentas the lowest ranked team, yes, we scored the first goal of the tournament (and it was spectacular) but we are still lowly ranked SA and noone expects much of us. To just be playing, is enough. Still, I think the neutral swiss ref wasn’t quite so neutral; and the uraguans put up some big performances; the academy should be knocking on their door soon, they’re looking for new actors!

Enough depressing news, today I am off to the neighbouring city, going to get involved with some cool surgery, and then I’m back tomorrow, and we’re off to the wild coast, Yay! I’m back in town on monday, so mini break report on tuesday, see you then, keep warm in the meantime!