Monday 28 January 2008

Where we are

At the risk of going off into a huge moan I'm going to keep this brief(ish).

Here is where we stand.
Last week, as you may imagine, lead to much wailing, pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth, I wager that that particular Jehovah's Witness won't be too quick to invite himself around again, but anyway, I digress.

Last week I got, can I phrase this eloquently enough to grace these yes, that's it, I got mightily pissed off. Call it worry, frustration, lashing out, desperation, anger or simply being a bit of a prick, I don't know but that's the way it was.

I think for the first time ET got a glimpse of just how important this all is to me, not just to her, or us as a couple, but to me personally. Now I know all you Dr. Philophiles are gasping in horror at what must have been an abhorrent breakdown in communications but you can all just go take a nice long walk off a short plank, I'm Irish, raised Catholic, and a man, that's just how we do it...I don't tell anyone what's going on in my head for 52 years until some overworked vessel pops and I collapse in a stroke struck heap on the patio floor and die. Probably while still wearing flip flops and white socks, just to add insult to fatal injury.

Anyway, long story short, ET went to our doctor today in order to see what the Dutch medical profession's opinion on our situation is. Credit where it's due, the 17 year old doctor was not as dismissive as I had feared and was quite reassuring in fact.
We are a good age, in decent health, and on the face if it ET is showing no clear signs of any problems, yadda, yadda, yadda, - "Google" anyone?

So, they are happy to let her take a back seat for the moment and your's truly will become the stage 1 guinea pig. I guess it makes sense as any tests or check for me would be a lot less invasive (mortal shame and embarrassment aside of course) and so, in the 2nd half of next week I'll be paying my own visit to our prepubescent GP so he can explain to me where/when/what/how and who I need get busy with.
Aside from the fact I'm pretty sure that a conversation on that particular subject between a man of my age and a 'man' of his age would have me incarcerated in 46 US states (I SOOOO want to add 'and elected in the other 4', but I won't, as it's childish).

So there you have it, only days after posting a tongue in cheek entry about having to 'knock one out' for the sake of science, it looks like I will be handing out free samples after all, sooner rather than later.

If anything I get this feeling we are moving further and further away from what we want, but in some perverted way, it's a relief, to have a direction, even if it does look like our life directing TomTom has lost touch with the satellites, but hey, I wouldn't expect any different at this stage.

Over and out.

Totally separate subject matter now

Please don't forget to give Dan @ All that comes with it a quick read eh?

Go on, you'll be happy you did.


Anonymous said...

That Doogie eh? At least he wasn't dressed like a SS officer like in Starship Troopers.

Say, when you eventually do have a baby, can I have your xbox?

Anonymous said...

In the absence of answers sometimes making yourself busy is just the kind of distraction we need. I feel quite in the same boat whenever I get back from a doctor's appointment and she asks if I want to do an ultrasound to see how big the baby is. Ultrasounds are notorious for being off by up to a pound and a half so this information in my opinion would be useless to me unless it said I was having a 10lb baby. But sometimes it's just nice to hear I could be "doing" something rather than just sitting around waiting. :) Good luck to you in your quest for answers.

Veronica Foale said...

Well, all that joking and looky where you are.

It will be okay and it won't be nearly as bad as the horror stories say.

Anonymous said...

All jokes aside, good luck, my friend. A new path to the journey.

Does that sound philosophical?

Don't forget about your long lost relative who has heard of your plight and has a surprise parcel just waiting for the posting...
Keep blogging it out, we are all here for you.

Anonymous said...

hmm, for what it's worth, my sister and her husband had lots of trouble getting pregnant. He has many issues in the production and motility department. They were told there was no way they could do it on their own. They turned to Science. They did In Vitro. They got pregnant on the first try...both times. They have two beautiful, healthy perfect little boys. Anyway...just sayin'...there a re lots of ways to get what we want.

Hang in there!

Russ said...

Jehovah's Witnesses huh? My Dad actually out talked one while I was growing up. As he explained it, "It was either talk to them, or do my taxes. It was easy really".

Out of curiosity, which four states?

Hilary (Maya Papaya) said...

I'm so hoping you get the answers you're needing.

Good luck "knocking one out". That should be a good post. Looking forward to it!

Seriously, best of luck. I think of you guys often.

Martin said...

Thanks all, I'm fascinated that anyone is still reading this repitive blaaaah, but anyway. Much appreciated.

Dan - If that happens you're more than welcome to it. Better still, as there is an air of Z-list celebrity surrounding that very xbox, how about if we do have a kid, we raffle it for the Joseph Salmon trust?

Dondi Tiples said...

Thank you for your comment on my latest post. I been off writing the whole time he was terribly sick, like I couldn't find any words at all.
I hope the "guinea pig" ordeal prescribed by your "Dr. Doogie Hauser" works. Best of luck!

Craig D said...

From what I've read recently, Doogie would be more than happy to assist you in collection of said specimen.

"Not that there's anything wrong with that!"

Foreigner by Default said...

Oh. Long time no see.

And things still circling around sperm count in your quarters. Sorry.

I have an immense respect towards you resolve and determination. Best of luck with all the poking and prodding ahead!

Joeprah said...

I suppose that's a good enough reason for me to try and get elected...good observation. LOL!

Anonymous said...

At least you're in good hands. er... maybe not the best choice of words. Seriously though - this is something different, and that may be enough to get the right switches flicked.

Unknown said...

Have you tried Fertility Friend? Go to

My wife did. And does. They provide all sorts of wonderful charts and graphs that show you the exact best times to make an effort.

And good luck giving the samples.

NH Yocal said...

There is nothing wrong with being Irish Catholic (I speak from experience)...breakdowns or not, it is important you wife is seeing how you feel.

Good luck on the coming "stuff"...I'm not speaking too eloquently today myself so I will leave it at that.

Mr Lady said...


Totally a recovering JW, over here. Give me the door knocking scoop!

Martin said...

Thanks folks for the comments, DD thanks for the website tip, it's going on the list with everything else we're trying, howling at the moon, Namibian fertility dances etc etc.

Mr Lady, thanks for commenting, welcome, but I haven't got the foggiest clue what any of it meant !