Monday, July 21, 2008

Clomid, WebMD, and the American Epidemic

Warning: This post contains ranting, raving, venting, major opinions, and whining. You may not agree with the thoughts written by me on my blog.

First: clomid. Clomid is kicking my rear this time around. This is my fifth cycle on it and I have been having the worst hot flashes ever. I'll be cold one second and burning up the next. I can't stand it anymore!!! Also, I've been having terrible mood swings. These are worse than my normal moodiness. I can't control these. I feel insane fits of rage and then in less than a second, I'll be laughing. I don't know how much more clomid I can stand. "More better," huh. I don't think so.

WebMD. I love WebMD. I am obsessed with the message boards and posting on them. I never take anything anyone says there as absolute truth, though. I save my trust for my doctor. That's why I'm paying him and not paying the girls on WebMD. Though, they are very knowledgeable and very sweet, I still only take what Obi-Wan says as fact. So, it irritates me to no end that women get on there and ask these questions and say that they are too embarrassed to ask their doctors. THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR!!! They won't laugh at you and if they do (Doogie Howser, Russ's doctor laughed at him), you need to find a new doctor ASAP. I love the information I gain from the web, but I also realize that it can be wrong. As a side note, I also realize that Obi-Wan is human and may make a mistake and that the way he does things isn't necessarily the way other doctors do things so I try to keep well informed. Part 2 of my WebMD rant: my posts. Lately, I've been called out on some of my posts. I answer people's questions with answers that I don't pull out of the sky. I actually do research and I don't say things that I don't know about. So, I wish some people would just stop saying that other people's..ok, MY answers are wrong. They always seem to back up the critique with the way their body responded to certain meds. Well, I have news for you: the way your body responds isn't necessarily the way everyone else's body will respond. The boards are not meant to take the place of a doctors advice so answer the posts like YOU want and leave me alone! Plus, the times this has happened I said basically the same thing as posts above mine. So why am I the one being called out? Part three: if you are going to call me out on my posts, then READ THEM CORRECTLY! It irritates me beyond belief when someone says something back to me and they didn't really comprehend what I had said. Part four: I hate it when people get on there and say things like "My insurance won't pay for anything but I don't want to wait to get pregnant any longer. We don't have the money for treatments. I could switch plans, but that would take up to a year and I don't want to go in debt." Well, aren't we at an impasse? Unless you find a money growing tree or have a rich uncle that dies and leaves you his fortune, you're going to have to decide what is more important to you. Not going into debt or having a family? Grrrr...I guess I should go ahead and actually work at work instead of getting on the message boards....just kidding Penny!

The American Epidemic: And no, I'm not talking about the bird flu. I'm talking about obesity. I understand all too well what makes one obese. I was overweight for way too long. I finally decided to do something about it and I've lost the equivalent of a small child in terms of weight. I've also gained a lot of convictions on this subject. I had to decide what I wanted more: skittles and donuts or my health? I chose my health and I wish the rest of America would fall into step behind those of us that have lost the weight. I hate reading about the rise in childhood obesity and diabetes. Where do you think the habits that these children are forming are coming from? It's us! It's the adults and the parents that are their role models. If we, as parents and adults, show no kind of self-control, do you really think the next generation is going to have any self-control either? All we seem to eat is fried foods, starches, and carbs. It's the American way. You definitely wouldn't want to get some green beans or other healthy food in there. I'm afraid that if all of America jumped once at the exact same time, we would knock the earth off it's axis. This is an epidemic and we need to just stop it! I know it's hard. I know it can be painful, but we have to stand up and shout "I'M NOT GOING TO BE FAT ANYMORE!" And by the way, I really dislike doctors who don't say something when someone is overweight. Doctors are supposed to have your health in mind and those that don't say anything about you slowly killing yourself by suffocating your heart with a ton of fat need to rethink their jobs. I had to have a physical before I started my current job and that doctor didn't say anything about my weight. I was so big and he just ignored it. It was a physical! They are supposed to tell you what you need to work on at a physical! If I ever have the chance to, I wouldn't go back to that doctor.

Woo, thanks for letting me get that off my chest. And good job if you made it this far!


Nikki said...

OK lets see here - I want to say so much! On the clomid - I guess it is "super clomid" after all, huh? I hope it's doing it's work and the IUI works, and make all the mood swings and the hot flashes worth it.

2) Your rant about your posts on WebMD getting called out - I agree with you, but then I also would say "To each his own" - I know it's hard to have someone directly say something to you about your post, but try and let it be. Oh, and I hope I didn't say anything that upset you? I try and be very cautious not to step on anyone's toes, and would hate it if I did something. If I did inadvertently, I am sorry.

3) Obesity - yes, and I admire you for taking charge of your health in such a determined manner. I don't know many people that can do it and sustain it. I am petite myself, but am very conscious to stay petite - completely paranoid of each pound that comes on me, and very conscious of what I eat etc. So I understand where you're coming from. Awesome job done!

Sorry for the long comment :-)

heavenlytini said...

yeah that was long whew!!!lol and ur right i read that post and you were right also clomid does need monitoring no matter what anyone says!!!!!

and i can't stand that insurance stuff either. my insurance stopped paying a long time ago. what do they expect us to say to that question? i don't know save money and try when u have enough saved up i don't know. the only thing i know is i pay alot and i don't mind b/c in the end it will all be worth it.

and yeah i must admitt i could stand to lose a couple of pounds my first RE visit he was like ur over weight. i was offended but like you say its their job to make sure you're healthy!!! guess this comment turned more into a rant lol!!! but i love this blog subject!!!!!!

I Believe in Miracles said...

Good job!! I love that you were able to get that off your chest.

I hear you on the obesity. It's hard.

And my body totally reacts differently... to each his own is right!

elephantscanremember said...

I must not be reading the same boards you are. But I must add a vent of my own. People that are new to ttc don't like to hear the plain and simple truth. They whine and they don't like it if someone puts an answer that's straight forward, and not sugar coated. I am not going to answer people with lollipops and roses, especially when the questioner has no idea how it all works in the first place! Do some research people! Yes, the boards are for support, but grow a pair and get over it! Oh, and please learn how to use spelling and correct punctuation. (This was not intended for you or your readers.) Sorry it was so long! But I do totally agree with you. Doctors do know more, and people don't need to be confusing others with misinformation.

And the only way some people will eat their vegetables is if they are deep fried. Does that still count as a serving? :P

Chelley N said...

Mmmm, yes the wonderful hotflashes that Clomooooood causes! Now those were the days! Hang in there, each cycle tells you something you need to know.