Sunday, May 31, 2009

Crisis averted

I had resigned myself to cancelling this cycle, with the smallest glimmer of hope that maybe tomorrow wouldn't be too late to trigger for a Tuesday retrieval to at least get the smallest of my growing eggs. In tears, I sat in my husband's arms and said over and over again, "I'm so sorry."

A whole cycle wasted.

Worse: I would have to call Ye Olde Fertility Clinic tomorrow and admit to my stupidity. They have signs EVERYWHERE asking if you have your trigger shot. Are you SURE you have your trigger shot? ABSOLUTELY sure? Check with your nurse if you need it, they admonish. Their paperwork reminds you constantly to ensure ahead of time that you HAVE YOUR TRIGGER SHOT because the doctor on call can't guarantee that you'll be able to find a pharmacy that has it in stock if you call them in a panic in the middle of the night. On Thursday the nurse who went over my trigger instructions asked if I had the trigger shot. "Oh yes," I said. "I'm sure I do."

"You might want to check," she said.
"Oh, I'll definitely check. I wouldn't want to be THAT patient," I said. "You know, the one who calls in the middle of the night in a panic because she doesn't have it?"

Right. And I did have every intention of checking to see if I had it. Really. But, well, life got away from me.

We called all the 24 hour pharmacies around and, sure enough, no one had it in stock, so calling the doctor on call wasn't going to help me anyway. So, as I said, I had resigned myself to having completely wasted an entire cycle.

But then - my brilliant, handsome, perfect, amazing, wondermous husband came downstairs and said to me as I wallowed in my misery: "Hey, dumb question... does M have hCG?"

"M's out of town."
"Right. So does M have any?"
"Probably, but she's out of town and I don't have a key to her house."
"So... does anyone locally HAVE a key to her house?"


Well, it was worth a shot, despite the late hour. The clock was ticking on how long I could push my luck anyway. Last time I got this far, I took my trigger shot half an hour late and my nurse said that was no problem at all. She even said an hour late was no problem at all. Any more than that and it starts to become a problem.

So at 11:38, I called M on her cell phone. She didn't answer, but I left a message asking her to please call me if she got the message. And then, just for good measure, I tried calling her one more time, just in case she hadn't heard it the first time. It still went to voice mail, but it turned out that calling her the second time was the thing that clued her in to the fact that the phone ringing was actually something she needed to check.

She called me back moments later.

She did, indeed, have hCG at her house. Her neighbor across the street has a key. She was willing to call her neighbor to see if she wouldn't mind meeting me with the key. Miraculously, her neighbor was still awake and didn't mind meeting me with the key.

M gave me instructions for how to deal with the alarm and how to find the medication, and I dashed off to her house (she's only a couple blocks from me).

hCG in hand, I dashed home to take the trigger shot.

Tomorrow I will pick up MY hCG and return it to M. Along with some kind of super special treat. Because although there is really no repaying this kindness, I really must find a way. She said she was so glad that my husband thought to call her.

"I'm so glad we're in this together," she said.

Me too, M, me too.

I'm not sure she'll ever know how much this kindness means to me. I'm not sure I can ever articulate how huge her tiny sacrifice (of an hour's sleep to talk me through getting into her house) was for me. I don't know how things will work out this cycle, but I do know that without her help, I wouldn't have had an opportunity to find out. I also know that without my husband's quick thinking (WHY DIDN'T YOU THINK OF IT HALF AN HOUR EARLIER???), I wouldn't have had a chance to find out how this cycle will work out. I love you, sweetie. I'm so glad we're in this together.


P.S. At monitoring today, they thought I'm probably looking at getting 10 eggs at retrieval. Just so we're clear, the doctor more than doubled my medications this time around in hopes of getting at least a 50% increase in response this time. I got 10 eggs at retrieval last time. I know that it only takes one, but I'm not in the least bit amused that more than doubling my medications didn't really change the overall outcome. I *did* ask the sonographer how big my ovaries are and she measured them: they are over twice the size of an average, non-stimulated, ovary. I asked if I was exaggerating to call them baseballs and she said definitely not. My left side, she said, might be closer to the size of a softball.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Trigger Time... But...

There's always a but, right?

My nanny's father died suddenly on Thursday, so she is out of the country. I don't know for how long. I am assuming at least a week.

My retrieval which we THOUGHT was going to be either Saturday or Sunday is now... Monday. At almost exactly the time that I'm supposed to be at a school conference for my foster son. A school conference at which I'm paying for the pleasure of the company of the developmental pediatrician and the speech therapist.

And I thought I'd be missing that school conference, because of the retrieval... but it looks like... maybe not so much.

I thought the problem with Monday's retrieval revolved around childcare for the wee ones. For if I had no care for them, I was going to have to call the whole thing off. Which seemed like an incredible waste, no?


Actually, just before 11pm tonight, I pulled out my bag o' medication and...

No trigger shot.

I forgot I used it when my last cycle was cancelled and it was the one thing I didn't refill this time around, assuming I already had it. My husband called around to all the local 24 hour pharmacies in the area and none of them have it in stock. So... I'm out of luck and I likely blew an entire cycle for nothing.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

same and back tomorrow

The doc at monitoring today thought I *might* trigger today, but I was skeptical. Turned out, I was right to be skeptical - "same and back tomorrow..." which is the same instruction I get every day. I have three or four mature folllicles, some of which I'm probably going to lose and a whole lot of smaller follicles that they want to give time to catch up. So there you go. My right ovary is still (as usual) subpar, but what are you going to do?

So I have to go back to the clinic tomorrow, which is a logistical nightmare because it's a Jewish Holiday (Shavuos), but I have a friend who agreed to take me, and all the important details are taken care of, so that's all that matters.

I'm extraordinarily uncomfortable - it feels like I have canteloupes for ovaries right now, and I assure you, I don't have room in there for two canteloupes. I will simply take this as a good sign of lots of growth even if we're not seeing it all on the ultrasound. Yeah, that's it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More Monitoring

I didn't update you on yesterday's monitoring because I was swamped. Anyway, yesterday's monitoring showed 1 follicle over 10mm on the right (aka: the useless ovary) and 4-5 on the right. They ranged from 16mm to 11mm. Everything else was smaller. My estrogen had jumped from 181 to 532 and my instructions were to stay on the same doses and return to the clinic today. My nurse sounded really perky about the whole thing, and honestly I was a little surprised by that. I'd been a bit down about the follicles - I had about 12 total, but half of them weren't over 10 yet and aren't showing a lot of promise, and with more than double the dose of Follistim from my first cycle (and a quarter of the Lupron), I'm not showing a much better response. I was discouraged. But she sounded so perky - and so I thought that estrogen must have been a really good sign, but who knows. I can't even tell anymore.

So I went in today and the doctor covering monitoring said right away, before the sonographer was even done with the ultrasound, "Well, we're going to need to have you back tomorrow; we've got to get your estrogen under control, and we've got to get some of those other follicles growing." He didn't sound encouraged, that's for sure. That being said, I do have 13 follicles today - but I have some clear leaders: a 21.3 and an 18.8. Everything else is much smaller. I suspect we may just lose those to let the others grow enough. We'll see. I don't know who's covering monitoring tomorrow, but I'm sure it'll be fun times, regardless.

I think I've decided to be optimistic at this point, despite the way the doctor today sounded. I know this is completely uncharacteristic for me, but hey, I like being unpredictable.

I have a couple posts floating around in my head, but I have so much going on I just can't get there. Bear with me, because they're coming. Eventually.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Keep Pluggin' Along

Here's the update from this morning's monitoring...

E2 was 181, so nice rise there. Good sign. Keep same doses and return to office on Tuesday morning.

I'm not sure what to think, to be honest. My doctor was there today, but wasn't in the monitoring room when I had my U/S (he was doing a procedure, I'm told), so I didn't get his direct take. He's usually pretty straight with me when I talk to him directly. But I talked with a nurse I don't know and I didn't bother to ask her anything other than for the directions written in my file, which were pretty straightforward since there were no changes so far.

Well, you know? My two crappiest IUI cycles resulted in pregnancies. So who's to say that my dreadful opinion of how this is starting has any bearing whatsoever on how this will turn out?

Not PCO, Indeed

All that Follistim, and you'd think I'd have some mighty perky ovaries today, wouldn't you. Try to at least consider living up to my original blog title, maybe? After all, my ovaries used to be perky all on their own without any help from Follistim/Luveris, etc.

But ... not so much.

My right ovary had only one measurable follicle - 14mm. 3, maybe 4 smaller follicles that weren't worth measuring yet.

My left ovary was a little better, but not much, with a 16, 14, and 11, and again 3-4 smaller follicles that weren't worth measuring yet.

So with 900 IUs of Follistim and 225 units of Luveris in me (total over three nights), I'm not feeling like this is getting the brilliant response originally predicited. This was supposed to be easy, remember? Or, as easy as IVF ever is (I get that it's never "easy" but I think you know what I mean). SuperDoc's predictions in January were that this would be a snap. But... so far, this has been nothing but unpredictable.

I'm ... tired.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Change in Plans for the Cured One

Yep.  I'm being treated as a non-PCO patient now.  Go figure.  Turns out my e2 level wasn't 439, but it was high.  They like to see it under 50 at the Lupron Evaluation and mine was 93.  That's three cycles in a row of elevated e2 at the LE.  Sigh.  So much for my Coke theory - I haven't had a drop this cycle.  Now I'm going to drink one with wild abandon, darnit.  Starting now (or as soon as I finish this post).




Anyway, SuperDoc also noted that since I'm not acting all PCO and my reaction to the stims so far has been lackluster, we're going to treat me as a non-PCO patient and see where that gets me.  SO, tonight I take 300 units Follistim & 75 of Luveris.  Tomorrow morning I drop my Lupron down to FIVE measely units (rock ON!). 

Return to the office for monitoring on Sunday as planned.


Game on!

I'm Cured! (for all the good it does me...)

Yesterday turned out to be the "real" CD1, so I was able to go in for my LE today, as planned.  SuperDoc walked in, and I (ever the optimist), quipped, "You know, I think you should just cancel me now and save yourself a lot of time and trouble."


"Well, you know, it all depends on your ovaries.  Are they going to cooperate today?"
"How should I know?  I don't know anything about ovaries, you're the one who went to medical school, after all.  You're the one who should know something about ovaries."

"I may know something about ovaries, but that doesn't mean I know anything about your fickle ovaries."


Hey, now.  Don't go insulting my ovaries - they're sensitive souls, you know!  Why, isn't it bad enough that SuperDoc called them "goldilocks ovaries" last month?  They may just have overheard that remark and if they did… well, the backlash might not be pretty. 


SuperDoc peered at the ultrasound image of my left ovary – "Well that one looks fine…  and the right ovary… also looks good.  The thing is, your ovaries haven't been acting PCO anymore.  I think that's what's been going on."


"I'm cured!  The triplet pregnancy cured me!  It must have scared the heck out of those overly-perky ovaries and taught them a lesson!"


SuperDoc grumbled something incomprehensible, but the gerbil in my head was running furiously in his exercise wheel.  No, really.  This theory had some merit.  After all, I pointed out, I lost a ton of weight during and after my pregnancy. 


"How much weight did you lose?"
"About 50 pounds."

"That is impressive."


[to be fair, I actually lost 70, but I gained back 20… but I wasn't about to admit that then and there]


SuperDoc continued to make non-commital grumbly noises, while looking through my chart on the computer.  He said we should be good to go with 75 units of Luveris and 225 units of Follistim starting tonight and we'll see how these finicky ovaries of mine respond this time.   What happened to not insulting my ovaries within their hearing range?  Clearly he doesn't understand their sensitive nature.  I'm back on Sunday for monitoring, bright and early.  Yee-haw!


"That is, unless my e2 comes back at 437 today.  Then I'm just a puzzle."
"I don't foresee that happening.  But you're right; with you, we just never know."


Yeah.  I'm all kinds of fun.  I think doctors must love puzzles though.  Wouldn't it be boring if all cases were totally straight forward?  If they prescribed the same course of action for every patient, why, their jobs would be positively dull!  What would be the point of medical school, residency, fellowship and all the associated torture that goes along with those things?  I think doctors live for the "interesting" patients.  It's the patients themselves that long to be "boring."  "Interesting" is a distinction I could live without.  "Puzzle" is another.


But back to this cure.  I'm actually becoming more convinced of it the more I think about it.  Seriously!  One of the most common things that PCOS patients are told when they are diagnosed (if they are overweight) is that if they lose weight they may find a reduction, or even elimination of symptoms.  I lost 50 pounds fairly rapidly.  After I delivered my babies, I started getting regular periods, even while nursing three babies.  Every single month for thirteen months, I got a period.  For the first time in my life, I could predict exactly when my period would arrive with near to-the-minute accuracy. 


From my first ultrasound back at Ye Olde Fertility Clinic, I noticed that I didn't have 30 follicles per ovary anymore in my antral follicle count.  In fact, I worried I was over-suppressed on the Lupron.  Further, I haven't responded to the Follistim with my usual ridiculous overabundance of follicles – rather, I have produced lead follicles, something I was never capable of doing with my IUI cycles and something which is undesirable in an IVF cycle.  I attributed this to the Lupron, but even on a reduced dose of Lupron, and somewhat increased dose of Follistim …  no dice. 


The pieces all fit.  My infertility may not have been cured, but the PCOS?  Is she still alive and kicking?


I need a double blind controlled study.  So all you PCOS patients out there – how about you sign up for a triplet pregnancy and see if your PCOS is cured, okay?


Get right on that, won't you?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CD1... um, maybe?

This morning I was fairly certain today was CD1, so I made an appointment for my Lupron Evaluation to be Thursday (it can be either CD2 or CD3 and tomorrow is simply impossible for me).

But... now I'm not so sure. Not to be too graphic or anything, but hello? What the heck did you expect? You're reading a frickin' infertility blog for crying out loud! Anyway, right. Disclaimer made, so... this morning I felt certain it was CD1 and all signs pointed that way. But no sooner had I seen those signs did they all disappear.

Except, you know, the mind-numbing, debilitating cramping. I'm actually starting to wonder if that's normal. Really. Is it? Do you all get positively debilitating cramps with your cycles? Because mine are so bad I literally almost throw up from the pain. I almost can't stand up. The pain is so intense I see spots. It's unbelievable. I just find it hard to believe that this is normal.

Anyway. Aside from the cramping - everything else pretty much went away. So now I don't think today really was CD1, so I've got to count on tomorrow being CD1, or I'll have to cancel Thursday's LE. This is all very aggravating.

Today my headache was so bad and I really wanted a Coke - I knew it would taste brilliant and I also knew that little bit of caffeine would take the edge off the Lupron headache. But... I also know that the last two cycles got canceled, in part because of elevated estrogen levels, and my first cycle did not. My first cycle I didn't have a drop of Coke (not intentionally - I just didn't happen to have any). I'm certain that one Coke isn't going to make a difference, but it's a slippery slope, you know? I even called my friend, M, knower-of-all-things and asked her to talk me off the Coke Ledge. "Seriously? I wouldn't be able to resist the siren-call of the Coke," she said. "It's not going to hurt you."

"Okay," I said, "but if I get canceled because of high estrogen levels, I'm blaming you and writing an entire blog post about how it was all your fault."

But... I couldn't take the guilt of the possibility that I'd make someone feel bad by doing that... so I didn't succumb to the siren-call of the nectar of the gods. You owe me one, M. ;)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Yee Haw!

It's 1:59pm.  Do you know what that means?  Yep, that's right; it means I have a raging headache.    I emailed my nurse last week to let her know that I'd started Lupron again and that I had the headaches to prove it.  "Don't forget the headaches are not my fault," she wrote back.  Not to worry, I take the headaches as a good sign.  Maybe this time my estrogen levels are not through the roof.  Maybe?   Hopefully? 


Am I just allowing my hopes to get up too high again?  Will the fall from hope be as devastating as before?


I just did an interview about my experience with infertility and with Ye Olde Fertility Clinic and I was asked about the rollercoaster of emotions that I had to go through to get to success the first time around - that emotional rollercoaster was huge.  Failure after failure after failure then pregnancy, but miscarriage, another failure, and a pregnancy that I couldn't be happy about for a long time because I just had no reason to believe it wasn't doomed to failure. 


You'd think that rollercoaster would have prepared me for the ups and downs of this experience the second time around - but...  there's really no comparison.  I guess the first time around I really had no reason to believe it would work, but this time... I never had reason to think the big guns would fail, but I've found three different ways to fail so far.  Will I find a fourth?


I never wanted to be this creative.


But the headaches.  They're a good sign, right?  And I'll be using a lot more Follistim this cycle.  You know, if I get that far.  And... it's different this time.  Right?  Third time's a charm and all that?

Friday, May 8, 2009


Okay, seriously.  I am taking a little blue pill every single night.  I am very, very compliant.  I have not forgotten the stupid blue pill even once.  This stupid little blue pill should be very carefully regulating my menstrual cycle.  I should, therefore, not be expecting my period for at least... I don't know... but not for a while. 


So why do I feel so horrifyingly crampy and awful and witchy?

Really.  This is uncool.


Anywhozit... there's another week or so until the Lupron doomsdays.  Rockin'.


Should be a grand ol' time, right?


Meanwhile, I was asked to do a very interesting little marketing thing for YOFC.  I can't ever say no to J, Marketing Supervisor Extraordinaire, even though he refuses to commit to another nifty mobile.  I wonder what kind of cookies I should bring him this time.  I have a lovely recipe for Lemon Snowbars, but I'm not sure they travel well...



Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Yes, I'm schizophrenic. Am going invite-only again. If you already had an invite last time around, you still have it, not to worry. If you want one this time around, you'll have to email me. chezperky at the gmail place

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Nothing to See Here, Move Along, Move Along

Day 10 of BCPs. Nine more days until Lupron. Gawd. Stupid Lupron. My head is hurting just *thinking* of the Lupron. Except, the last two times I took the Lupron my head didn't hurt that much, so I should have known that something was wrong, right? Yeah. So I'm torn. Maybe I should wish for the earth-shattering headaches. Um. Yeah.

Anyway, there's seriously nothing going on here, except that I frickin' hate BCPs. I get all stupid and cranky on them (why should today be any different than any other day?) and I feel sick and, yes, my head hurts (different than the Lupron headaches - just an exacerbation of my normal migraines).

But it's SO BORING.

Seriously. Is this what I've come to? I've come to a life in which stabbing myself with a sharp stick is actually more interesting than the life I'm currently leading? Seriously? Taking a little blue pill isn't worth writing about? Heck 10 years ago, little blue pills were worth writing about. Today? You hardly ever even hear about little blue pills anymore!

Gah. It's not helping that I have pretty horrific cramps right now, and, um, HELLO? I'm on Day 10 of the pill! There is no good reason why I should be having cramps of all the damn things!


I told you there was nothing to see here.

Move along.

Monday, May 4, 2009

So Close (edited)

So, you've all read Tertia's blog, right? What? You haven't? Well, what are you waiting for? But I assume that those of you who haven't read Tertia's blog are few and far between. In fact, I'm guessing (hoping) that the vast majority of you have read Tertia's incredible book: So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope. The title, I believe, says it all. Something we can all relate to.

After all, isn't that what it's all about? Isn't that why we all hang on? Why we all keep jumping through the hoops? We just keep going because, after all - that next cycle might be the one. And for Tertia, hanging on to that hope was the right thing to do - her ability to hang on to hope got her out of the Land of If with what all of us hope we'll leave with: a baby. (Or, in her case, two babies)

Tertia went through more than most of us probably believe ourselves capable of enduring throughout her travels in the Land of If. She paid her dues in the infertile world a thousand times over, and she did so with grace, humor, tears, support, and the kind of stength and fortitude we can only hope that we display ourselves in the face of this infertile monster. If you've read her blog and her book, you know what I mean.

Mel gave five questions to those of us participating in this here book-shower for Tertia, to "jump start" our posts... but I clearly need no jumpstarting to talk about this amazing, wonderful, moving, heartfelt, deeply moving book. I spent so much time reading this book laughing along with Tertia, crying along with her, praying for the future (even already knowing how the ending turns out!), and turning the pages as quickly as I could. My husband, I'm certain, quickly grew tired of me shouting, "Of course! Exactly!" or "That's precisely how I feel!" Tertia put into such eloquent words what so many of us spend a lifetime trying to articulate. Brava, Tertia, Brava!

Still, never a girl to completely shirk her responsibilities, I won't avoid Mel's rules of the road for this here book shower, so I'll pick a question, just to humor her. ;)

On page 20, Tertia has a moment where she predicts that her journey to parenthood may be more difficult than she thought even though nothing has happened yet to point in that direction. Have you ever had a moment of premonition like that and if so, did it come true (this moment of premonition can be about fertility or any other aspect of life)?

Well, honestly, I'm not sure that I agree that by page 20 "nothing has happened yet to point in that direction"... After all, on pages 8 and 9, Tertia spends a fair bit of time explaining the signs that should have clued her in to a problem right from the start. And hey? by page 20, she's having a laparoscopy for a reason - she's seeing an RE by this point. And the RE did find endometriosis. So that's not exactly nothing.

But that point aside, I'll concede that this early in the game, it was likely inconceivable to anyone that Tertia's journey would take her through 9 in vitro procedures and the most horrific of losses before she finally arrived on the other side of the infertility journey.

For me, I don't know that I'd call my own experience in infertility (and yes, I know that you said I could go with any other aspect of life, but this blog focuses on infertility and that's where I plan to stay, so there!) ... wait, where was I? Right. Um. I don't know that I'd say that what I felt about my own infertility was a premonition... but I always believed that my journey to parenthood wouldn't be the easiest. I had reason to feel that way, though. My mother had at least 7 or 8 miscarriages (that she knows of), eclampsia, and almost died having my brother. I knew going into my marriage that I had oligo-ovulation and probable PCOS.

But doctors all said PCOS was no biggie, you know? A little Clomid and bing-bang-boom, I'd be pregnant in no time, something I never, ever believed. When I got married, we played things pretty casual for a while, even though I knew I wanted to get pregnant right away. Not too long after that, I bought (at my fertile friends' urging) Taking Charge of Your Fertility and began charting. What a frickin' waste of time that was. Sometime thereafter, the first of my five Clomid cycles began; another waste of time, and I always believed they would be. IUI was supposed to be the miracle answer, too, but it took six cycles to have a successful pregnancy, and even that was a "failure" in the RE's eyes - HOMs are never a success. (and it was a hellaciously bad pregnancy, too) And now? To have another pregnancy, the only safe way for me to do so is to to IVF with eSET (it's not safe for me to have another multiple pregnancy- even twins).

So my strong belief, all along, that this whole pregnancy thing wasn't going to be so easy? Yeah, I was right. It's rare for me to be so sorry to be right about something as I am sorry to be right about this.

Aw, heck, that was so much fun, I'm going to pick another of Mel's questions...

On page 35, Tertia explains where she draws her emotional support for the journey. Where do you draw your support?

Obviously, I draw a lot of my emotional support from my fellow stirrup-queens in the blogosphere. Those who have been there before me, been there with me, came after me, and are there again with me now. This is an amazing community, and it's so vast and overwhelmingly perfect, I couldn't possibly attempt to name all of the wonderful, amazing women who have supported me over the last 6 years of my journey, for if I were to start, I would surely leave someone off accidentally, and by ommission, offend them. But you are all amazing, and I love you for it.

But I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge that I draw more emotional support and stability from my husband than even he realizes. While I don't turn to him for every bit of day-to-day blithering and detail-venting (he wouldn't understand all those blasted acronyms anyway, would he? I certainly don't), the fact is, he puts up with my shit day in and day out. He deals with the blind rage of the Lupron and, frankly, takes it mostly without complaint. He woke to me weeping in the middle of the night days after my miscarriage and offered me the strength of his embrace, rather than the platitudes that others offered me (not YOU guys... I mean real life people who felt like things like "it wasn't meant to be" would actually make me FEEL better!). The fact is, how many husbands would listen to their wife state clearly throughout her scary, scary HOM pregnancy "this is not my last pregnancy; I want another" and fully support her? How many husbands, after the seemingly endless, bleary nights of feed-a-baby-change-a-baby-feed-a-baby-change-a-baby-lather-rinse-repeat would still support their wives when they said, "no really, I wasn't kidding! I want another baby!" Really? When I'm falling apart and at my absolute worst, he's there to pick me up. And when I'm at my best, he's there to shine with me. (Um, that's assuming I'm ever at my best. Er... I'm not sure that's ever happened).

Yeah. So he rocks. And so do all of you.

Now, seriously? I kind of want to answer the rest of Mel's questions, but I just can't find the time right now. Maybe later.

The bottom line? Tertia's book is unbelievably good. I can't believe you haven't read it yet. Go buy it!

And when you're done reading it, you should go buy Mel's book. It's also phenomenal. More on that later.

To see other posts for Tertia's book shower, visit Mel's Blog. Her post for May 4th should list all the bloggers participating in Tertia's book shower, and the post should be up by 8am.

But now I ask you, as Mel did... Tertia's book, like her blog, essentially chronicles her life through infertility. Our blogs do much the same. We chronicle the ins and outs, the tears, our fears, our hopes our dreams. We talk about our deepest emotions and our most difficult experiences. We use our blogs to give a voice to the struggle that deserves a voice. Tertia made the ultimate leap and took her entire experience and wrote a book - an extraordinairily compelling book.

It has long been my dream to write a book, but I've never felt that I quite have the voice to do so, nor the story to tell yet, whether first-hand memoir, or researched non-fiction book, or simply a fiction story (least likely). I know that it is unlikely that I will ever write a book, especially when I see far more talented writers like Mel and Tertia turning out such extraordinary volumes. But I know that so many of you out there have that voice, that drive, that story to tell. So I ask you:

Have you ever considered turning your blog into a book? And, at the same time, whose blog would you most like to see turn into a book?