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Callie Patient Expert

I'm 37 years old and have come to learn (much to my chagrin) that babymaking isn't quite as easy as my Grade 6 health teacher made it out to be. Since we're all more than just infertility, I'm also a lover of my husband, my family including an amazing niece and nephew, musical theatre, and... Full Bio
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Holding Pattern by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health My thanks to everyone for your support and kind words and happy ending stories (they really help)!.  Special thanks to Nat for providing me the link to http://www.babysa ... Read on »
Getting Answers by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I can definitively say that this past Friday through Monday were the worst 4 days of my life.  Armed with the diagnosis of rhabdomyoma that we had been given on Friday, ... Read on »
Reeling by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health So much has transpired since the last post that I’m going to bypass the dramatic arc of the genetic testing to bring things up to date.  To get caught up: The full ... Read on »
Beyond What to Expect – Part II by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Picking up from yesterday… Once the physical symptoms finally started to abate, it was time for the first trimester screening.  Before I go into that…a little context ... Read on »
Beyond What to Expect – Part I by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I am so touched by the small but incredibly appreciated group of people who follow my story.  I knew that I had dropped off the radar with nary a word and thought about ... Read on »
Changing Tides by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health So, um….seems I’m pregnant. LG and I have been living in a bit of a fog for several days as the news sinks in, which is why this post is slow in coming (and scattered). ... Read on »
Knife Skills by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health It’s been a busy week or so.  To catch up, I will rely on the tim e-honored tradition of bullet points. Apparently, I was not the summa cum laude graduate of my kn ... Read on »
Now Entering the Waiting Zone by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I’m officially off the 48 hour “coach-potato” rest advised by my clinic post transfer.   I’m still going to take it easy the rest of the day, but wanted to post a quick ... Read on »
Phone Calls by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I’m struck by how much and how quickly an IVF cycle can turn on a single phone call. The call after the baseline telling you you’re canceled because of a persistant c ... Read on »
Holding our Breath by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health All things considered, retrieval went well yesterday.   We needed to be there at 7:30 and since the lab we go to is about an hour away in no traffic and we’re both highl ... Read on »
Moving Closer by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health We’ve made it to the next milestone!  Retrieval is set for Friday morning.  I am more than ready as I’ve run out of real estate on my stomach for any more shots.  Appare ... Read on »
Green Light! by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Woohoo!  IVF #3 is a go!  I start shooting up on Saturday.    When AF was a no-show after stopping the birth control pills on Sunday, I was really afraid that this cycl ... Read on »
Connections by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health First, my thanks to everyone who’s stopped by and left a comment for ICLW. I’m so enjoying welcoming new people here and finding new stories to follow. Making some of th ... Read on »
Happy ICLW Week – May by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I thought I’d provide a quick synopsis of where things stand to date for those stopping by the first time (I’m very happy you’re here and I’m excited to visit your place ... Read on »
Expectations by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Thought I’d start with a couple of random updates before I get to what’s really been on my mind as of late: LG and I went to the acupuncture info meeting on Monday. ... Read on »
Brought out of Hiding by Neil Patrick Harris by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health So, true confessions time.  I’ve been a horrible blogette as of late.   I’ve even fallen behind on reading and commenting although I’m starting to get back into the swin ... Read on »
Why I Am Lucky by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Yesterday afternoon in a phone call to LG: Me: “If X* happens, that will be what puts me over the edge.” LG: “Well, then I’ll be on the other side waiting to catch ... Read on »
Put Me in Coach by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Through the use of blunt force (i.e. Provera), AF has finally arrived - officially clocking in at 49 days.   I have a date with my friendly wand wielder on Friday and th ... Read on »
Lunchroom Capers by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health First, I must start with the tragic news that I can no longer watch this season of Survivor.  I was SO hoping this would be the last time Coach would besmirch my televis ... Read on »
MTHFR…WTF? by Callie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health AF has still not arrived.  Cycle Day 42 and counting.  Good thing we already had a consult scheduled with Dr. Yacht for Tuesday just to make sure we had a solid understa ... Read on »