Monday, May 23, 2011

Catch up.

TTC has been far from my mind recently. And I'm actually enjoying it.

If you would have told me two months ago that I'd enjoy taking a break from needles in the belly, being wanded by oafs (among other total strangers), and the up and down of testing out a trigger, I would never have believed you. But here I am today, smack in the middle of my second month of a TTC "break".

I'm pretty sure I ovulated very recently, or will today. We've BD'd once in the past couple of days, and that might be it for this fertile period. We have been so busy recently, it's hard to fit "us" time in.


I spent 4 hours yesterday planting my very first garden! Buster built me a raised bed, and yesterday I filled it with top soil, manure and MiracleGro! I planted sweet peppers, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, rosemary, onions, and sage. We have some squash to plant as well, but I'm going to need another raised bed from Buster before that gets done!

I think I must have burned lots of calories, plus I got some sun, so it was a great day!


Tomorrow night is my follow-up consultation with Dr. Sher. I'm nervous, anxious and excited to hear the results of all of my bloodwork. Part of me is really expecting the bloodwork to reveal nothing, and for me to remain "unexplained" forever. The other part of me is hoping that there is something wrong, so at least we know what path to take next.


So, this past Thursday I went for a walk/jog after work. After I got home and I was taking my headphones off, I brushed my neck with my hand and it hurt. I felt what appeared to be the beginnings of one of those really painful under-the-skin zits that never fully emerges (I hope you know what I'm talking about here, lol). I didn't think much of it, jumped in the shower, made dinner, went on with my life.

That night I could not get comfortable because the damn "zit" was swollen and hurt so bad! It's on the back of my neck, kind of below my ear and towards my spine. Friday morning it was still going strong. I quelled my urges to poke, pop, squeeze and prod it.

Saturday morning, still there. Still huge. Still hurting. Still red and swollen.

Sunday morning, still there. Still huge. Still hurting. Still red and swollen.

I started freaking myself out that it was some kind of poisonous spider bite, and googled things like, "Is this a spider bite or zit" and got lots of, well, helpful(??) photos to accompany descriptions of the disgusting creatures that left the pictured bite.

At this point I decided to go to our local urgent care place. I figured that the embarrassment of going in for what appears to just be a zit would be overshadowed by my peace of mind.

The first diagnosis I get from the doctor is that it feels like a lymph node, but looks like an abscess. The doctor then had to call a second doctor in to come and take a look at it, and he agreed with her. He suggested she numb the area, cut into it and see what comes out.

I'm totally thinking baby spiders. Baby spiders are going to emerge from my neck.

(Ok, if you are creeped out by spiders, like yours truly, NEVER google "baby spiders". Seriously, that is some golden advice right there. Take it. Also, make sure the word "abscess" isn't in your google search bar when you click on "images". Abscess images are almost as fucking disgusting as baby spider images.)

The doc numbed me and cut into it, and based on what found it's way out, her diagnosis is that of an infected hair follicle. Geez. All of that for an infected hair follicle? It sounds so... not painful. And small. She did say it's a good thing I came in, because it was slightly infected. If I would have waited it out, there's a good chance it would have just gotten worse.

So I'm on an antibiotic 3 times a day for 5 days. It feels better today, but is still big. And still there. I'm so ready for it to be gone!

Sorry if that was TMI! ;)


  1. good to "hear" from you again. glad you are enjoying your break and please post pics of your garden when you get a chance!

  2. Ouch! I had to scroll so that the baby spiders picture was hidden while I read this. I have a pretty serious phobia... I don't think they even deserve to be called babies, thats too sweet of a word. Anyway, glad you caught the infection early and I agree that TTC breaks are nice sometimes!

  3. We are living parallel lives....kind of. We've been so busy we missed the window this month, so we're on a much needed break - AND I just planted a garden too! All containers so far - just tomatoes and herbs, but it's a start. I'd love to do a raised bed. You don't need to tell me twice not to google baby spiders...probably didn't even need to tell me once, lol.

  4. Infected hair follicles are supposed to be pretty painful, from what I have heard.
    Thought you were going to say you had a tick or something

  5. Um, yeah, so that picture of baby spiders made me a little paranoid and now I'm making sure I don't find any on me ;)...ha... Glad it was only a hair follicle.

    Happy ICLW!
    Carmela #56

  6. Good that you're enjoying the break. The gardening sounds like fun, not so the infected hair follicle..

  7. Infected hair follicles are nothing to mess with. I've had them before - in my bikini area and they hurt and some of them have left scars. :( Glad you are enjoying your break!! <3 Anxious to hear about your phone consult with Sher!!

  8. Hello from ICLWland! Sounds like you have had an interesting few days. I hope they get better! Best of luck moving forward!

  9. That goodness it was a hair follicle! As I was reading, NOOOO was in my head - please don't let it be baby spiders! Phew! Can't wait to hear about your consult.


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