rs -- i am so, so sorry to hear about all the crap you have had to deal with this week. AF showing up really sucks, and what your DP is going through sounds just horrible. i hope her biopsies come back completely negative. i also think that carmen's suggestion about TCM and acupuncture are really good ones. with age and experience, i've lost a lot of my faith in western medicine. it's definitely worth it to explore other options before taking any drastic steps. whatever happens, please keep us updated. you know we'll all be sending your DP and you positive vibes next week. i've read a lot of positive things about combined cycles, and i myself did one last month because we couldn't get the follistim until five days after i was supposed to have started it. is that what you're taking with the tamoxifen? when i did clomid and two days of follistim together, i had two big, juicy follicles when i triggered (unfortunately, one was on the side where i have a blocked tube). in any case, yay for free samples and low-price pharmacies. i hope it happens for you this month!
pokeycip -- glad to see you're back on the rollercoaster with us! i hope you get that birthday BFP!
lise -- *hugs*
hopeful -- i didn't get to respond before about your friend's pregnancy, but i'm glad the other gals chimed in with their wisdom. i think a lot of us have been there and understand how sh*tty it is to have someone close to us who doesn't even want kids get pregnant accidentally. for me it was my younger brother and his horrible gf, and i found out on my birthday last year... it made me feel sick at the time, and it took me a long time to get over. my DP still has a hard time with co-workers and friends who have their "oops" pregnancies, but i keep repeating what krista says about it not being a baby lottery. anyway, i hope you find some peace with it all. good luck with the insem tomorrow, btw!! it looks like we'll be going through this tww(t) together!
amt -- thanks, cycle buddy! wouldn't it be so cool if we got our BFPs at the same time? what dpo are you at now and when do you plan on testing? with all the health stuff she's gone through, i really feel for your DP, but damn is she a strong woman. *hugs* to both of you, and here's to in two weeks!
angelam -- welcome back! i've seen you around the forums before and was suprised and pleased to see your name in this room. here's hoping that it's a very short stay! i don't think you're crazy to not temp if you know your body and cycles well. before i got put on all these super fun meds (/sarcasm), i was checking CM and cervical position/texture, temping and using the CBFM like carmen. now the drugs make those things unreliable and unnecessary, and i can't say that i miss waking up early every day to pee in a cup and take my temp. you've already won this crazy game once before, so i imagine you know what you're doing. besides, i think temping sometimes adds more unneeded stress to the process. are you using the same donor this time around?
amanda -- and bienvenue. i hope your RE appointment goes well next thursday. are you going to be doing IUIs? tell us more about yourself and your DP!
outdoorsy -- we are totally going to wonder if it was the KD or the FUD (frozen unknown donor), but we both think we'll be able to tell if it's our lovely KD. if the kid is tall, blond, has light eyes and looks vaguegly viking-esque, we'll assume it was the FUD. i'd love for it to work with KD, but as i've said before, at this point, we just want a LO. how far into the tww(t) are you? it definitely sounds like you O'd if your temp has been up for three days. are you on FF by any chance so that we could chart stalk you? how's the waterbed treating you these days?
invitn -- thanks for the good wishes. i slept like a rock for about 11 hours, and boy did i need it. the crampy twinges sound promising, as does the acne (even if it's not a very fun symptom). you mentioned being on progesterone. what's your dose and how often do you take it? that you have the luck o' the threadkeeper!
carmen -- you sound so well and so positive.... that surely bodes well for april. i'm so happy that you're joining us again instead of giving up.
afm... belgium was wonderful, as always. for the first time, one of the other two docs did the insem, and if anything, she was even nicer than lovely doc #1. i convinced her to start DP on clomid this month and to give me vaginal progesterone instead of an hcg booster. she seemed so surprised that i didn't have a problem with putting the capsules up my hoo-hoo/woo-woo. as i mentioned before, the insemination itself was much easier than the last time and (i think) very well-timed. afterwards, we went and had our vegetarian fast food...which in belgium means fresh-baked, whole grain buns, a massive salad with homemade dressing and a choice of veggie "burgers". everything there is fresh, organic and fair trade and the utensils and dishes are either reusable or biodegradable.... i wish the french were as evolved as their neighbors (in more ways than one). dessert was, of course, hot waffles. we've decided that if we have to travel 8-9 hours twice a month, we're going to enjoy the hell out of the experience.