Infertility Ramblings - Thoughts That Flitted Through
Thoughts About Infertility and Much More
The opposite of writers block is when nine million things wing their way through my brain like fireflies lighting up the summer night.
I like that visualization.
Here’s what’s flitting:
The RMACT team on their retreat yesterday, building relationships, breaking bread, having fun, indulging in “friendly” competition. So fun! We learned new things about each other as well as remembering the things that we have always had in common: loving patient care, excellent medical expertise, compassion and, yes, a sense of humor and playfulness. Notice patient care was first. Liking each other, working as a team makes us all do our jobs better: treating patients and helping support them through fertility treatment.
Finding Commonality: Ladies Night In and Fertile Yoga
Ladies Night In! Twice this week. Once last night in Danbury. What a great group of women. Sharing, asking, talking, supporting, and laughing. Amazing, how a group of women who don’t know each other can start talking as if they have known one another forever. How does that work? A commonality is infertility and fertility treatment. It may be the club that you don’t want to be part of; still, how comforting not to be alone. Makes the whole experience bearable, even manageable. Even fun, for a little while.
Tomorrow is the second evening of combining Fertile Yoga and Ladies Night In at the Norwalk office: 20 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Fertile Yoga from 5:45-6:45. Ladies Night In from 6:45-8:00. Come join us for yoga and dinner and conversation. Can’t wait to see you there.
Sticking your head in the sand. Another thought, flitting around, inspired by Jessica, from our Danbury office. She wanted credit for it, so here it is. And it’s not so much sticking your head in the sand as it is running away as fast as possible from your feelings. Yep, you heard it here first. Straight from Jessica. Some feelings are just a royal pain in the you know where. Who wants to face them?
Maybe it’s a great idea. Shove the feelings away as far as possible. I kind of like it. In yoga, sometimes we visualize our feelings floating away. It’s not that different, really.
Take it a step further, tennis racket in hand and knock those pain in the you know where feelings as hard as you can, as far as you can.
Those are just a few things flitting through my head.
Upcoming Topics Related to Infertility
Here are a few more topics related to infertility that you can expect to hear more about:
- Why your nurse is answering your question and not your doctor;
- Does your doctor tell you what you want to hear instead of what he/she believes is best for you?
- Pregnancy rates, fresh embryos versus frozen;
- Why one embryo instead of 2? Or 3? Or more?
- What’s the difference between a follicle and a cyst?
Is there something that you’ve been wondering about? This is a great place to ask because I am lucky enough to have the entire RMACT team as a resource. And while the RMACT team can indulge in some friendly competition as a way of getting to know one another better, there is nothing that we do better than pulling together as a team to treat our patients.
So ask away. We’re here to help.
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About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.