Wednesday, April 30, 2008


That was my hCG level at yesterday's appointment (down from 35.8, one week earlier). I have to go get stabbed again next week. And the nurse told me that there is nothing like it halving every 48 hours- it doubles every 48 hours when you become pregnant, but it doesn't go away that fast. Bummer! It's not that I mind the blood draw so much any more- I'm getting to be quite a trooper about it (although I still insist on lying down as they do it). I just wanted the closure of being done with this too. It would have been nice for all of the unpleasantness to be contained within the month of April. I'm so excited about this month ending that I feel like staying up until midnight just to see it go! I really am feeling fine- other than a general lethargy and crabbiness that will likely go away once I start eating better and exercising regularly (this will begin on May 13th after grades are in!)

I started reading a book on miscarriage- but it isn't a self-help type of book. It's an academic book written by an Anthropologist who experienced SEVEN miscarriages of her own (I cannot even imagine). She writes about the influence of culture on women's experiences of miscarriage and it sounds really interesting so far. I love the title too: Motherhood Lost. Am I a nerdy academic or what? I deal with my own loss by reading an academic book!

I will also be celebrating the arrival of May tomorrow by going to lunch and visiting the closest Lush Store with a friend (who also teaches MWF). I got some advice about Lush products for rosacea from the Lush Forums (what a great place to waste time and be tempted to spend even MORE money!) One of the products is refrigerated, so you can't buy it online (at least not in the U.S.)

Good bye, April 2008. You will not be missed.


Anonymous said...

ooh, I want to read that! sound good. we're both nerdy.

I was feeling a little sorry for myself this week (yes, still) but then on sunday, an older woman at church told me she had five stillborn children. not even miscarriages. stillborn. that cured me for a little while.

Seeking Solace said...

I am so glad you are doing something nice for yourself.

I am a little jealous because the closest LUSH is in Canada.

Addy N. said...

Anastasia: I'm sorry you are still feeling bad- that's awful about that woman at your church. I can't even imagine.

Seeking Solace: In Canada? I hope it's at least close! My nearest LUSH is in a Macy's that is an HOUR away.

Anonymous said...

I so get that kind of nerdy academic-ness. That's how I tend to deal with stuff too.

And now I want to go to Lush! Our nearest one is about an hour away...I don't see that happening anytime soon. Maybe I should order some stuff....And I haven't been on the Lush forums in a while. Maybe I need to pop back in there and reactivate my addiction. :)

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

Our Lush is in a Macy's too...

Do they have a deal with Macy's --- or are you in a big north-central state.... with a never-ending winterish spring this year? If so, we should meet sometime.

MommyProf said...

You might enjoy this article in today's New York Times

I want May to be over, too!