ramblings from the noisedoctor

June 30, 2007

praise to God for my house, family, and job

Filed under: Christianity, family, marriage, personal, pregnancy — noisedoctor @ 9:57 am

This week I celebrated the 5-year “anniversary” of closing on my house. At the time, I was dating someone, though not convinced it would last–and it didn’t. Yet, as I went through the house shopping process (finally opting to have a new house built–and helping design the floor plan) I was confident God was confirming that I would eventually find the right woman to marry, there would be kids, and I would need a home office. When I told people that I was having a 4-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot house built, most would say, “All that just for you?” I told them that it wasn’t just for me, that eventually the house would be full with a family.

In those five years, God has chosen to bestow those blessings on me. I’m feeling really blessed and believe God is honored as I give Him praise for His gifts to me. He gave me a wonderful wife nearly three years ago. I have been working from home for the past year and just accepted a new job that will allow me to continue to work from home. And, we’re 7 weeks pregnant.

God is good. God has been good to me. God will continue to be good to me. Praise God, He is worthy!

June 29, 2007

7 weeks, 11 mm, all is well

Filed under: family, pregnancy — noisedoctor @ 12:50 pm

We just went for our week 7 ultrasound and checkup today. Our baby is now 11mm long and had a heartbeat of 138 BPM. All is well! The baby is starting to look like a baby on the ultrasound. I’ll get the scanner out this weekend, promise 🙂

interesting search terms

Filed under: useless junk — noisedoctor @ 7:39 am

I enjoy looking at the daily report of search terms used to find my blog. Some are more interesting than others. Given that I have some time here while a server reboots, I’ll waste some time commenting on some.

Another Word for Green Beans in Bible
mmmkay… whatever…
hot flushes throughout clomid cycle
I hope you mean hot flashes. Unless someone hooked up your toilet to your hot water tank.
infertility, unsupportive husband
I’m sorry you feel that way. I hope I you find support. And, I hope you don’t believe that I am an unsupportive husband–my wife doesn’t.
unsupportive wife
I guess it’s an equal-opportunity search term. Unsupportive wife, unsupportive husband. I hope y’all can find a way to work out your differences.
i’m an alcoholic and my wife is pregnant
Get help now. No, I’m not kidding. Your wife and child will need you. Please get help. Stop searching the web and seek out a group that can help you.
inter curse a day before ovulation test
mmmkay. I seriously hope you mean intercourse. If not, I think you might be going about the whole thing the wrong way.
can i fall pregnant with uterine polyps?
Fall pregnant? Interesting choice of words.
where is it at in the bible no good deed
I don’t think that’s in the Bible. I think that’s one of Murphy’s Laws.
how does god feel about abortion
I’m really, honestly, surprised you need to search for this. I think that it should be pretty clear that God does not condone abortion.
clomid mood swings after ovulation
not as bad as the mood swings before ovulation 😉
do I exist
mmmkay. You need to search the web to determine if you exist? If you haven’t figured this out by now… maybe you don’t.
clomid didnt work, now what
I’m sorry to hear that. Luckily Clomid did work for us, so we didn’t have to consider other courses of actions.
useless junk/useless junk. com
Bored at work? I get dozens of hits every week from these searches. Why search the web for useless junk. Can’t you just find that anywhere and everywhere?
what does god feel about marriage
God doesn’t just feel about marriage–He designed it for us. Obviously it’s important to Him.
the bible and clomid
I don’t think the Bible actually mentions Clomid. I think it was discovered almost two thousand years later.
IUI Christian perspective
Good question. I can’t say there’s a definitive answer. It’s something you’ll need to discuss with God in prayer.
can you get pregnant with three follicle
You can get pregnant with any number of follicles.
how many follicles on 100mg of clomid
I’m sure you’ve discovered that there’s no easy answer to that question. It varies from woman to woman, varies with how long you’ve been taking it, etc.
clomid 100mg does it walk like 50mg
Walk?!?
wife doesn’t want pregnancy
Not sure how that lead you here. Sorry to hear that. But, I doubt I can help you. That’s between you, your wife, and God.
hot to kill crown vetch
Good luck! 🙂
uselessjunk guys cutting their junk off
mmmkay. whatever.
what can a patient do to help the IUI/CL
Pray.

broken sears check out

Filed under: useless junk — noisedoctor @ 6:25 am

I was trying to order a replacement part from Sears.com this past week. I thought I had previously registered for an account with them–apparently not. That’s fine. That’s my mistake. However, the page it gave me was a little less than useful. It told me to click a button but then forgot (or some error prevented) to display the button. Nice. Very helpful, folks.

Sears Parts Error

June 27, 2007

who are you to talk back to God?

Filed under: Bible study, Christianity — noisedoctor @ 7:27 am

I was reading in Romans this morning. It’s a book I’ve read several times–probably my favorite book in the Bible. This section really jumped out at me. I always cringe when I hear people say things like: “I can’t believe God would do that” or “I can’t believe that God would make us like that” or “I can’t believe God wouldn’t allow everyone free will.” In this passage, Paul emphatically challenges those sorts of statements, implying that anyone speaking in such terms has an inflated sense of his/her importance.

Not only that, but Rebekah’s children had one and the same father, our father Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad — in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls — she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” But who are you, O man, to talk back to God?Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?‘” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

Rom 9:10-21 (NIV) [emphasis mine]

When I hear people say these things (in the first paragraph above), I can’t help but think that they are trying to conform (or make) God into their image of who “God” should be, rather than spending time in the Bible trying to learn who God really is. Saying “That’s not what I want God to be like” or “I couldn’t believe in a God that does that” really doesn’t change God in any way. It’s much like me saying, I can’t believe that my state government would ever (insert action here). My saying that wouldn’t suddenly cause my state government to blink into nothingness or reverse an action they had taken just because I can’t fathom them doing a certain thing. That’s just reality and I can choose to believe it or deceive myself.

June 22, 2007

we have a heartbeat!

Filed under: infertility, marriage, pregnancy — noisedoctor @ 10:30 am

It was an exciting appointment with the doctor today. My wife is an ultrasound tech. She has done hundreds–if not thousands–of baby ultrasounds in her career. So I was wondering how she’d react to watching the ultrasound today. As she was last week, she was a bit tense and her heart was racing. Her heart seemed to race even more as the tech got things going. We could see the sack was larger than last week. It took a few minutes for her to focus in on the sack, and we could soon see the tiny heart beating. My wife exclaimed “thank you God” and started crying. I think she really feared something would be wrong. I had no doubt whatsoever that things would be great. Now I have to go get my scanner set up!

June 20, 2007

one isn’t enough?

Filed under: freecycle, humor — noisedoctor @ 2:12 pm

Spotted this on our local freecycle group today:

**WANTED: Front-Loading Washer
in need of a second front-loading washing machine.
Thanks so much,
[name removed to protect the greedy]
**removed unnecessary information

One front-loading washing machine isn’t enough for you? You have that many dirty clothes? Oh, and I guess a traditional top-loader just isn’t good enough for you, huh?

Oh, and I wish the moderator had left the “unnecessary information” in the message…

June 15, 2007

all is well, one baby on the way!

Filed under: Christianity, clomid, family, infertility, pregnancy — noisedoctor @ 11:02 am

We had a visit with the fertility doctor this morning. We’ll get the results of the bloodwork later today. The ultrasound showed one sack where it should be in the uterus and it looked like there was a yolk sack. It’s too early to see a heartbeat. But, everything looks good. I’m very excited. If I can get my scanner out, I’ll post a scan of the ultrasound of the little peanut.

My wife was very nervous this morning and didn’t sleep well last night as a result. I’ve done everything to encourage her to relax and trust God that everything will work out fine. The ultrasound tech and doctor today both encouraged her to relax, since everything is fine. But, that’s just the way she is.

June 8, 2007

stunned…

Filed under: adoption, Christianity, clomid, family, infertility, marriage, pregnancy — noisedoctor @ 6:36 am

My wife just called me from work. I’m now sitting here stunned, my head swimming, my emotions all over the map. Why? Let me rewind.

The last few days have been really rough. My wife has, and she has admitted this, been very irritable. We went away on vacation from May 22-30th. We had a great time in Aruba. My wife had really wanted to go there for a while. The trip coincided with her potentially fertile time. The day before the trip, she had an ultrasound to verify that there were two follicles. He suggested taking a pack of ovulation detector kits with us on the trip. When we left the office, my wife suggested we stop and buy a pack. I asked if she’d be okay with not doing that–to just forget about planning, “trying,” or anything else and just going away, having a good time, and allowing God to take care of it. We discussed it for a few minutes and she agreed with my suggestion. We did have a great trip (I had too much of a great trip and gained 7 pounds. yikes!).

For the last few days, my wife has been very irritable, not just to me, but to her co-workers as well. The hospital has been very busy this week and she has been there every day this week (she usually gets one or two days at another of their facilities where it’s not nearly as stressful and busy). Day 28 was Tuesday or Wednesday–I’m not sure. She has been saying that she “isn’t feeling any different” than any other month right before starting her period. Wednesday morning her temperature dropped slightly, like it normally does a day or two before her period starts. So, she started taking her cramp/pain medication like she normally does to prevent her very painful cramping. Yesterday, her temperature held to what it was on Wednesday–which was odd, but not completely unheard of. This morning, it crept back up slightly. That was odd.

So, what should we do? She had to be at work soon. We have sworn off keeping pregnancy tests in the house. She didn’t have time to stop and get one on the way to work. So, she suggested just scanning herself (she’s an ultrasound tech) and having me come in with her (that was part of a deal we made–no scanning unless I’m there). But, it would be logistically tough for me to get dressed, get in there and have that done before any of her co-workers showed up, and she’s been trying to keep the fertility stuff from most of her co-workers. So, I suggested she just go in and scan herself without me. Partly because I was completely brain dead–I got up earlier than usual, partly because I didn’t expect the scan to show anything even if she is pregnant, and partly because I didn’t want to cause a scene if co-workers arrived.

I just got a phone call. She’s pretty confident that she sees one if not two sacks in her uterus. She’s not sure because she was so beside herself once she saw her lining intact (not about to be shed for her period).

I’m stunned most of all. I’m thrilled. I’m mildly concerned about there maybe being two (I’ve discussed that previously). I’m shocked at how it’s played out this month with her convinced that nothing “was going on” there.

I’m also a tiny bit concerned that… on the vacation, she was drinking a little bit. Does that matter in the first week after implantation? I doubt it. Does it matter that she was taking Anaprox here for a couple days? I don’t know. I guess I figure if God has finally decided this is the right time for a miracle (if not two miracles) then I have to doubt a little bit of pain medication isn’t going to be a problem.

I also find it very ironic that two nights ago, my wife started to express a strong desire to begin immediate work to start the adoption process. She had recently met a woman who works as a lawyer assisting in private adoptions. I had said that I am open to that possibility but really didn’t think I had received any sort of push from God in that direction just yet. Someday, just not right now.

So, here I am: stunned. I’m not sure when we’ll need to go in and see the fertility doctor. I don’t know when we’ll be able to find out for sure whether it’s one or two. I’m praying that whatever number, we don’t have to go through what our friends just did with a miscarriage. It’s just so early. Its so sudden. So many emotions. I want to know more and don’t have any choice but to wait.

I’m not sure what else to say. Wow.

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