I’m waiting for my Yang

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Less then a week leading up to my planned embryo transfer (last Saturday), I somehow managed to injure myself. Our house has been a chaotic mess for the past two months due to a kitchen renovation and I went on a mad cleaning spree. Apparently I bent over a few too many times as I felt a strong muscular ache start to build and spread from my lower back through my hamstring. But no biggy, I just worked hard. It’s just sore muscles. Just as I was about to sit down and relax after a day of cleaning, our dog started acting strange. She was frantically pacing and panting and drooling through the house. I rushed her to the vet right as they were closing up for the day. Nothing life threatening and her symptoms were inconclusive so we were sent home. Within a half hour after getting home she started vomiting. Repeatedly. Again, I was bending over, helping her and trying to take care of her. After two and a half hours of this, we rushed ourselves into stop and go Saturday night beach traffic and made our way to the emergency vet hospital with her gagging in the back seat for 45 minutes (our poor baby). We spent 3 hours there trying to figure out what was wrong and to treat her. Thankfully after their care for her, she started to improve and over the next couple of days she was on the road to recovery. But it turns out that all that repeated lower back strain I put myself through was reacting (unbeknownst to me) with a clamp down on a nerve like the strength of a zombie biting into it’s first victim. I woke up at 1am Monday morning in torturous pain running down my left leg. All the muscles in my glute and hamstring were as tight as steel rods and on fire. I’ve never had such horrible cramping and muscle pain in my life.   I had no idea what I was in for, but it turned out this pain did not let up and in fact got worse spreading through my calf and foot the next day. I could barely move. It was too painful for a long ride to a doctor’s office so my first thought was massage. It would just be a ten minute drive to a massage versus 30-40 minutes to the doctor. I had to drive myself as my husband had to go to work and I cried in pain all the way there. The massage provided a lot of relief for the 90 minutes I was there, but it quickly returned and I cried in agony all the way home. After a couple of days, I was able to get to my chiropractor (also near by) where he was rather concerned it was a pinched nerve (as half my left foot was numb and I did not have much control of my foot). As the week progressed, I got up the bravery and desperation to take the longer car rides to acupuncture and doctor appointments. This required some creativity with the husband and friends to coordinate with me since I couldn’t drive. But thanks to all of them, I eventually made it to the acupuncturist and the doctor. Every day, I kept thinking, this has got to get better, I have my embryo transfer on Friday! But I knew in my heart that my body was under too much stress and too much pain and on Thursday I talked to my doctor and we decided to cancel. I was so discouraged, disappointed and depressed. Of course, this cycle can be repeated but there had been so much work leading up to this point and now it was gone again. The injections, the workouts, the 3 day cleanse I did to make me feel healthier, the blood tests, the ultrasounds, the timed acupuncture appointments with my cycle…the list goes on and on. Plus the fact that this was my first cycle after taking a much needed break for several months. And now, just a big, fat, UGH. The embryos and I will have to wait for a later date.

I went to my acupuncturist for help with the pain and told her I had to cancel the embryo transfer. She said she was so sorry for my bad luck but not to worry. With bad luck, comes good luck. The Yin and the Yang have to balance out. My good luck would be coming.

After 4 days of absolute hell, I was finally in a doctor’s office. It was looking like sciatica and hopefully not as severe as a herniated disc. That night I started on a couple of different medications and the pain started to let up and I was finally able to sleep for the first night in 4 days. By Monday I was able to drive but still in discomfort. I spent this week, working a few hours in the office and a few hours at home each day. Unfortunately the medication I’m on during the day has been making me feel very sick and I’m struggling through every day in a Prednisone-induced stupor full of nausea, hot flashes, dizziness and overall uckyness and ickyness. Next week I’ll start physical therapy and my continued plight to find harmony between my Yin and my Yang.   There is no shadow without light. I want my Yang back and I want it in the form of a baby.

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Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 14 – Guest Post, Meet Ally!

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Check out Day 14 (the Final Day) of the Miss.Conception Coach Bloggers Fertility Conference! I am one of the participants in this conference (see Day 6) and I am very excited to get to share a part of my story through such a supportive forum. I hope you will be inspired to follow along as I’m sure you will feel a connection to the stories being shared. This is a journey we do not have to face alone. Check out today’s post by Ally at Uncomfortably Optimistic:

Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 14

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Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 13 – Guest Post, Meet Sarah!

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Check out Day 13 of the Miss.Conception Coach Bloggers Fertility Conference! I am one of the participants in this conference (see Day 6) and I am very excited to get to share a part of my story through such a supportive forum. I hope you will be inspired to follow along as I’m sure you will feel a connection to the stories being shared. This is a journey we do not have to face alone. Check out today’s post by Sarah at Ramblings of a Barren Heart:

Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 13

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Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 12 – Guest Post, Meet Ryanne!

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Check out Day 12 of the Miss.Conception Coach Bloggers Fertility Conference! I am one of the participants in this conference (see Day 6) and I am very excited to get to share a part of my story through such a supportive forum. I hope you will be inspired to follow along as I’m sure you will feel a connection to the stories being shared. This is a journey we do not have to face alone. Check out today’s post by Ryanne at Girl Ryanne:

Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 12

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Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 11 – Guest Post, Meet Lindsey!

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Check out Day 11 of the Miss.Conception Coach Bloggers Fertility Conference! I am one of the participants in this conference (see Day 6) and I am very excited to get to share a part of my story through such a supportive forum. I hope you will be inspired to follow along as I’m sure you will feel a connection to the stories being shared. This is a journey we do not have to face alone. Check out today’s post by Lindsey at Energizer 25:

Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 11

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Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 10 – Guest Post, Meet Lindsey!

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Check out Day 10 of the Miss.Conception Coach Bloggers Fertility Conference! I am one of the participants in this conference (see Day 6) and I am very excited to get to share a part of my story through such a supportive forum. I hope you will be inspired to follow along as I’m sure you will feel a connection to the stories being shared. This is a journey we do not have to face alone. Check out today’s post by Lindsey at Awaiting Autumn:

Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 10

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Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 9 – Guest Post, Meet Logan!

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Check out Day 9 of the Miss.Conception Coach Bloggers Fertility Conference! I am one of the participants in this conference (see Day 6) and I am very excited to get to share a part of my story through such a supportive forum. I hope you will be inspired to follow along as I’m sure you will feel a connection to the stories being shared. This is a journey we do not have to face alone. Check out today’s post by Logan at With Great Expectation:

Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 9

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Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 8 – Guest Post, Meet Caroline!

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Check out Day 8 of the Miss.Conception Coach Bloggers Fertility Conference! I am one of the participants in this conference (see Day 6) and I am very excited to get to share a part of my story through such a supportive forum. I hope you will be inspired to follow along as I’m sure you will feel a connection to the stories being shared. This is a journey we do not have to face alone. Check out today’s post by Caroline at In Due Time:

Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 8

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Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 7 – Guest Post, Meet Jessi!

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Check out Day 7 of the Miss.Conception Coach Bloggers Fertility Conference! I am one of the participants in this conference (see Day 6) and I am very excited to get to share a part of my story through such a supportive forum. I hope you will be inspired to follow along as I’m sure you will feel a connection to the stories being shared. This is a journey we do not have to face alone. Check out today’s post by Jessi at Life Abundant:

Miss.Conception Coach Fertility Conference Day 7

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