ramblings from the noisedoctor

March 30, 2007

yeah, a treadmill is the solution…

Filed under: freecycle, humor — noisedoctor @ 8:53 am

A post on my local freecycle group today:

wanted treadmill
need a treadmill for my son to lose some weight will pick up could use asap needs to be able to handle at least 300 lbs. thanks

A treadmill is the only way, huh? How about getting his butt outside to walk around the neighborhood?

March 29, 2007

an unhappy and painful IUI

Filed under: clomid, family, infertility, IUI, marriage — noisedoctor @ 11:50 am

I wasn’t really sure how to title this posting. That was the best I could come up with. I previously posted that we were discussing (aka struggling) with the decision to have an IUI (aka artificial insemination) done. So, it was done, but not under the best of circumstances.

This one is pretty long, so I’ll just break it here. Suffice it to say, things haven’t been stellar in the household lately. We just couldn’t really reach agreement on the IUI. So, I gave my wife permission to have it done, even though I really didn’t want her to. [see the comment below for my change of the previous sentence to the following sentence] Eventually, I gave up trying to discuss it logically and rationally, and despite really not wanting her to have the IUI, I told her it was okay with me for her to go to have it done.

We would definitely appreciate continued prayer and support.

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March 24, 2007

why do we perform good deeds?

Filed under: Bible study, Christianity — noisedoctor @ 8:46 am

If you are a Christian, then you should have a desire to good deeds. But why is that? Or, I guess what I’m asking is what is the motivation there?

Do we want to “pay back” God for our salvation? Do we truly desire to be more righteous? Do we want to glorify God? Or, do we think that we can “win souls” to Christ?

I’ve heard lots of people through the years say that they’re trying to “win souls” to Christ. They want to exhibit “Christ-like” behavior in order to make an impression on people so they’ll be open to accepting Christ. I don’t subscribe to that philosophy.

Well, this all came to mind this morning as I was reading in Matthew:

[Jesus said] “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matt 5:14-16 (NIV)

This is from the so-called Sermon on the Mount, right after the Beatitudes. Why does Jesus ask us to perform “good deeds?” Yeah, so that people “praise your Father in heaven.” Not so that souls are won. Not so that you feel good about yourself. So that God the Father is glorified.

March 23, 2007

to IUI or not to IUI…

Filed under: clomid, family, infertility, IUI, marriage — noisedoctor @ 9:53 pm

So, last cycle we pondered and ultimately decided against using Clomid but used it on this cycle. Now, we’re left to ponder whether to do an IUI on Monday morning or not.

Even the low dose of Clomid that my wife has taken proved to be quite potent. She had an internal ultrasound this morning and there are two follicles formed on one ovary. There’s another smaller one on the other side–but the doctor doesn’t think that will mature “in time. So, that alleviates one of my fears–that Clomid would stimulate 4 or 5 follicles.

We had a PCT done this morning as well (that’s Post-Coital Test). This time I got to see the results under the microscope. After we left, my wife asked me, “Did you like seeing ‘your boys’ swimming under the microscope?” I had to admit that I did. She replied, “I thought you would.” Why? I have no idea. It was just pretty funny and yet somehow amazing how the whole process works there. God is a creative, if not eccentric creator, no?

So, the results of the PCT were good. The doctor is happy that Clomid hasn’t reduced the ability of things to get swimming where they need to be swimming. The doctor has said that there’s no real advantage to doing an IUI (Inter-Uterine Insemination). The assistant that called with the results today did admit that “it couldn’t hurt anything–except your wallet.” Sure, at $400, it would hurt the wallet a little. It’s not crippling or anything. But, in the range that I say, “If the doctor doesn’t think we need to do it, why bother?” But, my wife still really wants to do it.

I find this ironic in one way. I was hesitant to use Clomid in the past. She kept arguing that we should follow the doctor’s advice. She believes that part of trusting God through our fertility process is to trust the doctor that we’ve entrusted with our care. Yet, now when that same doctor says that an IUI isn’t needed, that tune is now dropped. Now she believes she knows better than the doctor. To me, that’s a little ironic.

At this point, there’s enough else going on with our relationship that has me beaten down and borderline depressed. So, I’m very inclined to just give in to stop having to talk about it. I can’t say I believe it’s wrong to do it. It’s just unnecessary in my mind. If it were unnecessary and $20, then fine. But, unnecessary and $400? That makes it a little different.

March 16, 2007

bring on the clomid

Filed under: clomid, family, infertility, marriage — noisedoctor @ 10:33 am

My wife (unfortunately) got her period two days ago. So, since she wants to try Clomid badly and it might help ease her cramping should she not get pregnant, she’ll be starting Clomid here in a couple days. I’m mildly concerned about it. But, I don’t feel strongly enough to stop her from taking the “plunge” so to speak. So, we’ll see how it goes.

It’s just a 50mg dose for four days. Apparently that’s a common “starting point” for Clomid.

March 15, 2007

who do you pray to? (and in whose name?)

Filed under: Bible study, Christianity, soapbox — noisedoctor @ 7:31 am

(apologies to the grammatical purists if the title should start with “To Whom do you pray”)

I have two things that mildly bother me about the way some Christians (including several pastors and other church leaders while leading their church congregations) pray.

  1. Praying to Jesus, or mixing the recipient through the prayer: Jesus, God, Father, etc.
  2. Ending the prayer “in your name we pray.”

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March 13, 2007

hannah’s prayer: “supporting couples” by excluding men

Filed under: Christianity, infertility, marriage, soapbox, unclear on the concept — noisedoctor @ 5:36 am

Hannah’s Prayer is a widely known and respected organization that supports “couples” with fertility challenges from/through a Christian/Biblical perspective. I learned about HP through the daily devotional my wife and I have been reading specifically for couples longing to conceive a child.

I thought that when an organization like this says they support “couples” that they would naturally include women and men. But, I was clearly wrong in this case.

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March 9, 2007

wanted: gun cabinet?!?!?

Filed under: freecycle, people unlike us, soapbox, unclear on the concept — noisedoctor @ 10:31 am

I just saw this today on the local Freecycle group:

WANTED: gun cabinet
I am looking for a gun cabinet that has a lock on it.

So… you bought/obtained a gun, but don’t have anything to lock it up in? [begin sarcasm]Brilliant. That’s really wise and safe for your family.[end sarcasm]

I love blasting the crazy/lazy/excessive freecycle postings. But, this one–sarcasm aside–is just frustrating to me. Why would someone get a gun and not have a plan for locking it up. This is one of those “excessive” requests, for sure–like everybody has a locking gun cabinet lying around their garage. But, geesh, not really smart.

March 4, 2007

is this warning sign really necessary?

Filed under: humor, useless junk — noisedoctor @ 9:27 am

Keep Hands Out

March 3, 2007

you gotta love foreign warning labels sometimes

Filed under: humor, useless junk — noisedoctor @ 11:21 pm

I’ve been meaning to post this since my wife and I took a most wonderful vacation to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago last October. In our hotel in Tobago, this was the warning label on the toilet. It’s just a little more polite than we’d see here in the U.S., huh?Toilet Warning Label

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