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The RE's Muse

After 4 years of infertility, 2 surgeries, 1 miscarriage, and 19 months of high risk pregnancies, hubby and I now have two little women in our lives--one a toddler, the other not far behind. Buckle your seatbelts, it's gonna be a wild ride.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Got the time?

Time...hmmm. Let me ponder that one. Time is that thing that crawls by interminably regardless of where you are in IF. It is also that thing that hurtles by as you grow older every day. Depending on your 'method of choice,' you can be waiting for CD1, waiting to start your meds, waiting for a surge on your OPK, waiting to trigger, waiting for your IUI/retrieval/transfer/home study, waiting for just the right time to do it the old-fashioned way (haha, that was a good one; silly me), waiting for test results, waiting for two weeks...and so many other forms of waiting, all of it linked by the wait for good news at every point. Yep, I agree Marla, time really does suck sometimes.

Speaking of waiting, I am waiting for good news of another type myself. Since I am currently on a D&C-inspired 'wait' (with an impatient wait for AF on top of that), I am waiting for good news in the form of "when the hell will we get our electricity back?" Florida Power & Light (FPL) estimates it could be up to 3 weeks. Aghhh!

Jeanne did, in fact, whollop the shit out of our neck of the woods. At my house, we lost the majority of our remaining roof shingles, down to the plywood here and there, and have two good-sized leaks--one in a guest bedroom, the other in the famliy room. The storm was definitely stronger than Frances by us. Yesterday, hubby, BIL and I spent a few hours on the roof tarping it. I'd say more than half our roof is tarped. And just think, almost two weeks ago, I spent 4 hot south Floridian September summer hours in the yard picking up all the shingles that Frances chucked. Shit, I should have just left them all there and got them done in this round. That's a chunk of time in my life that I'll never get back (kind of how I felt after I saw the movie 'Interolerable Cruelty'--and my apologies to those of you who actually enjoyed that film).

I won't complain too much though. Many others suffered much worse. But do you know just how effin' miserable south Florida is in Sept.? The heat, the humidity...and now the standing water--which equals mosquitos, lots and lots of the hungry bastards (whose fertility, may I add, is awe inspiring--I mean, we're talking about millions of eggs they can lay in the moat that now surrounds our home).

But, alas, Menita, relocation is not an option for us *sigh.* We relocated back here in February because this is homebase; both hubby and I were raised in these parts. This hurricane crap was a lot easier though when we were kids and our parents were the ones who had to deal with this. We simply got to play in a lot of standing, stagnant, mosquito-infested water after the storms passed (BTW, what the hell were we thinking? That's just nasty).

Our insurance adjustor is/was scheduled to come to the house today to assess our damage from Frances. We don't know if he's still coming though because there is no phone service (land or cell) at our house. Can you believe that we may have to pay a second deductible on our insurance if we claim additional damages from Jeanne? I won't even scare you with how much the deductible for one storm is--getting coverage is already costly but, on top of that, there's no flat rate deductible for hurricanes. The hurricane deductible is two percent of your home's value (on some policies it's as high as five percent) and you can get a rough idea of that amount if you've heard anything about the price of housing in the tri-county (Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) area.

On the positive side, we do have an 8,000 watt generator that dear SIL and her husband let us borrow. It is large enough to run most of our house (except the AC) if we want. However, we've only wired up a few essentials--like our bedroom (fan, TV, clock), our bathrooms, and our fridge. That way, we conserve the gasoline needed to run it. Gas is at a premium by us because not many stations have power in order to pump it. We do not yet have running water at the house either because we live on a well and the pump that runs it is a 240 volt. The generator is 120. Hubby bought an adaptor today so we're hoping to have running water later so we can actually bathe--a novel concept in our parts right about now (so I guess it's a good thing that AF did not show up in recent days!).

So, I'm posting this from work which has power and is fully operational, though the AC on my side of the building has taken a dump. It's stuffy, hot, and I'm not inclined to get any work done (hell, who am I kidding? When am I inclined to get any work done in this job? My sole salvation here is that I can 'steal time' to read your blogs on a daily basis!). I just hope our dogs are okay at home today. It's supposed to be a record scorcher today and we turn off the generator while we're gone. It's gets mighty hot without it--and quickly. Opening up the windows is not an option while we're out because A) our dogs are crazy and would jump out through the screens and B) someone would probably try to steal the generator (really, it's quite common after a storm) though, if that happened, C) the unfriendly one of our doggy duo would eat their arms off or, even better, their peckers. This, however, would be a blessing because we all know that STUPID PEOPLE SHOULDN'T BREED (though they either can't or won't realize this).

Thank you all for your concern. We are alive, we are fortunate, but mostly we are hot (this heat is doing wonders for my already uber-oily face), getting fragrantly ripe, and waiting for our power to be restored. But we are optimistic, and we shall pick up the cracked pieces and soldier on--yet again. This seems to be par for the course of our lives these past three-and-a-half years. I don't have the time to look back, only forward...let's hope I see the FPL man there soon.


At 3:13 PM, Blogger Julie said...

I am so sorry to hear that you got walloped by Jeanne. I hope everything gets cleaned up and up and running very quickly.

My in-laws were planning on heading down there later this week (they have a place in Boca). Maybe I should tell them to reconsider.

Boy, do I know about the post-D&C wait for AF. It's bad enough to have been through what you have, but then you sit in limbo waiting to move on. Hope your wait is almost over.

At 3:32 PM, Blogger amanda said...

Oh, man. Jeanne sounds like a bitch. I'm so glad you're safe but sorry to hear about the damage and power outage. I really hope your power is restored soon. I can't even imagine three weeks without a/c.

At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Dee.
I am so sorry. Every thing you wrote had me saying "oh no oh no oh no oh no."
In all that awfulness, to have to do the D&C to AF wait... Oh I am so sorry.
I wish I could send shingles, phone lines, hugs, low insurance premiums, more hugs, low deductibles, AC, big hugs your way.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Toni said...

Glad to hear you're okay!! Was worried about you. Those damn hurricanes...I just can't believe what a magnet Florida has become.

At 7:48 PM, Blogger April said...

Oh Dee, I am so incredibly sorry for what you're going through. If I can be of any help at all, ice, bringing you supplies, etc. please feel free to email me.

My thoughts are with you right now.

At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy cow girl! I can't even imagine weathering those storms...sorry about all of the damage and additional headaches!!!! I'm so glad you are safe and well.

As for the time/IF thing...I certainly can relate. I've never been much for waiting...don't like waiting in line, don't like waiting for the pizza delivery dude, don't like waiting for my next hair-dye appointment...but waiting for something, anything, to happen regarding fertility treatments is the suckiest kind of waiting of all.

Hang in there dear!

Fractured Fairytale

At 10:00 PM, Blogger Jen P said...

Gah. I'm sorry Jeanne treated you guys so badly. I really hope hurricaine season is over soon. And I really, really, really hope the power comes on soon. I can't imagine that kind of heat and humidity and mosquitoes.

Hope things get back to 'normal' soon and you guys get a break soon.

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I'm so glad you're ok, leaky roof and all. Still, three weeks without electricity? Ouch. You are a much tougher chick than I.

We are, however, in total agreement on "Intolerable Cruelty." WTF was that?

One Pink Line

At 1:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a great post. Hope you recover from Jeanne and Frances soon. I just realized that Jean and Frances were my schizo mother's first two names. Maybe she's come to haunt you with a delusional episode...


At 5:24 PM, Blogger DeadBug said...


You're right, waiting is the very heart of TTC. And how is it that the days go by so slowly, but the years zoom ahead in a flash?

Best of luck on the Jeanne recovery.


At 2:35 PM, Blogger Pazel said...

I can't say much except that it sounds like a nightmare. I hate being hot. I've only been to Florida once and it was to Orlando in August. It was so hot and humid that I didn't want to do anything. I can't imagine that without AC, or running water, and with a big mess to clean up.

All I can give you is my husband to borrow for a few weeks to help restore your power. I don't know where you live but he's around Fort Lauderdale or at least he slept there last night. Their trucks are mostly light blue and say PG&E. He'll be the good looking one probably climbing near the top of the pole working on the wires. If you see him, give him a little smile. He is used to encountering angry people out here who wanted their power on hours/days/weeks ago and seem to feel the delay is his fault. But please don't give him too big of a smile or he'll think you're coming on to him and he will start to think that he's all that. He is, but we can't let him know it.

Lots of love to you Dee.

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

Dee, I am so sorry about your house not to mention the stress. Here in Tampa we got some damage and there are still many without power. We were out for just 36 hours or so. A neighbor across the street had a HUGE tree land in her living room. The first quote was $4000 to remove it. Insurance only covers the part of the tree on the house, nothing else. Plus, the 2% deductible you mentioned. They felt they were getting taken, and they were. They found someone else for $1800 and this company got the tree off hosue and removed it all at once. What a mess. My mom, in Port St. Lucie, was suppose to be out of power until Oct. 12. Thank goodness it came back on today.

I will be praying your comes on soon. I know how miserable it is. When our house was without AC it felt like we were being smothered. It was awful. If your having a hard time finding things let me know and I am sure I can get things on this side of the state and maybe meet you 1/2 way to bring them to you.



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