I am back from a great week on Gabriola. Mr. Turtle and I savoured the time together, and had lots of fun walking, reading on the beach, kayaking, biking, and eating and resting. Pictures soon. I have a very bad case of vacation hangover today. I had to go get my second chicken pox vaccination, which I promptly followed up with a long nap. Poor Mr. Turtle had to go to work today; I do hope he is doing better than I am. My goals for today include doing the bare minimum of chores and buying enough groceries to keep us alive, and catching up on IComLeavWe. Yeah blogs!
Last week wasn't a good week for our extended family, as there were two deaths. Such is the incongruity of life. Sometimes I think that the main lesson of getting older (maturing? getting wiser? Ha!) is that the happy things and the sad things are all mixed up together, and - surprise! - nobody actually has the power to sort them out and hand you only the happy pile. Long term happiness must be about eating your "mixed salad" with the minimum of bitterness.
In fertility news, the cycle that I was delighted last 28 days has now lasted 40 days (I think? I kinda lost count on holiday) with on-off spotting and 2 BFNs. Of course after a certain point I took a pregnancy test. Unlike many women who become addicted to "peeing on a stick," I hate testing for pregnancy. Those nasty little sticks are 1) expensive (I'm sure this is because the manufacturers are GREEDY, not because there is anything inherently valuable about them) and 2) I associate them with futility and defeat. I wait to test till long after a test should be able to detect a pregnancy (about 3 weeks after conception could possibly have taken place in this case).
This time around there was some additional angst because I had had a Chicken Pox vaccine on June 7th (sub cutaneous; live virus).When The Fertility Clinic did my bloodwork they found out I did not have immunity against that nasty little disease. Chicken Pox can be transmitted in utero and can cause birth defects, so all women trying to get pregnant should get the vaccine before getting pregnant. However, you are supposed to prevent pregnancy for a month after taking the vaccine (so that there is no chance of the fetus being infected). Well, we didn't bother with birth control after the vaccine because after all, we have built-in birth control, right? So I went through quite the muddle of emotions when The Period was late (or possibly late; it's hard to tell with my cycles). Incidentally, there is no record of the vaccine harming a pregnancy although the disease can. Anyway, I have now had my 2 vaccines, I am Not Pregnant (say the peesticks) and I have no idea when The Period will show, and well....whatever.
Going to get caught up with with everyone else now!