Monday, November 19, 2007

Revealed - Stim Day 5

Well, everyone in my office knows about the IVF now.

I wish I could blame the office gossip channels but actually it was me. I spilled the beans. This is my last week of work before I take a short leave of absence to go through the IVF procedure (barring nothing goes wrong to prevent moving forward). I want plenty of time to have the procedure and go through the 2WW without worrying about work or dealing with any kind of stress at all.

My boss suggested that I send a short email to let everyone know that I would be away from the office, which I did this morning. I should have known sending an email like that would get people asking questions. Questions I just couldn't not answer. As it turns out, I really like talking about it.

It started with quietly telling one person about the IVF, then two, then three four five and before I knew it, I had told practically everyone. Like I said, I really like to talk about it.

At first I was worried because I thought it would make things weird if everyone knew. But something happened today that changed my mind. One of my co-workers said, "I'm going to ask my wife to include you in her prayers at her Monday night prayer group." Now I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination. But something about this offer of prayer was so comforting, and it was one of the nicest things anyone has said to me during this process. I don't think my co-worker knows how much I truly appreciated this kind gesture.

So now I'm of the opinion that it doesn't matter who knows. It's not a secret. And if I can get some extra good thoughts, good energy, good luck, and good prayers coming my way, well, all the better. I really believe that stuff works.

In recent stim news, my lower abdomen is getting quite bruised (I might try to take another photo) and has become extremely sore. While I was showing one of my co-workers how I give myself the injections, I pinched part of my belly to illustrate, not realizing until too late that I pinched a recent injection site and wow did it send a wave of hot purple soreness through my gut. Won't be doing THAT again.

Next blood test tomorrow. I really hope the results are good.

4 comments:

Ally said...

I'm impressed that you took the plunge and revealed your IVF status to everyone. I've chosen to tell very few people and still wonder if that was the right or wrong thing to do.

At any rate, I know what you mean about the prayers. A friend of my mother's sent me a medal and a novena to say to the Catholic patron saint of IF patients. (Okay, that's not his real title. But you catch my drift.) Anyway, I'm totally not Catholic. But the thought was tender and sweet and it brought tears to my eyes. So enjoy those prayers that you get from others...Energy, positive energy, is always good, regardless of where it comes from!

Barb said...

I repeat that we are long lost cousins. I can't keep my mouth shut either, and I do it the same way you do.. bit by bit. It feels good though when you get it off your chest! Now it's like it's just a normal part of who I am... just like my hair is brown or I like cheese. ;-)

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for excellent results! :)

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