April 22, 2009


One of my cherished new readers pointed out last night that there is a blogger who wrote about her family's ordeal with balanced translocation. I am reading the archives of Here Be Hippogriffs now. One post I think might be educational for my readers, especially the chromosomes made out of play-doh: Balanced Translocations 101.

I don't know if this story will type as well as it's told in person, but I was doing some research on my chromosomes yesterday. I told my mother over the phone that chromosome 7 was related to things like schizophrenia, cystic fibrosis, and deafness. "What?" she asked. "DEAFNESS." "Huh?" she asked right at the same time I was repeating myself. "Being DEAF," I practically screamed. Then we both cracked up.

Thank you for your kind words and your wows and your tempered optimism for the future. Everyone has responded beautifully. I am doing OK and letting everything slowly sink in. I am still on the high of having an answer, but actually, this is a crappy path to be on. I don't want to do IVF. I really don't want to do IVF by myself while my husband is in Afghanistan. How am I gonna give myself shots in the butt alone? I dread that, truly. Thinking about it already makes me panic.

But, distractions abound. I am happily attending the 2009 Milblogs Conference this weekend. And...my husband will be going with me! I am excited to see my imaginary and real worlds collide. We will be staying with AirForceFamily, which is always fun, and Charlie gets to torment pit bulls again. Plus I am excited to see AirForceWife's knitting. She has been at it for a while, but I've never gotten to see her stuff. She's all nonchalant about it; conversely, I am all "everyone should see how jacked and tan I am" about my knitting. So yay.

And I think I get to see someone I haven't seen since 1995. So that's fun.

So yeah, check out those play-doh chromosomes...

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1 Am I the only one who thought of this song? When your worlds collide, will the universe survive? Will you be knitting chromosomes?

Posted by: Amritas at April 22, 2009 11:09 AM (+nV09)

2 Amritas -- Bwhahahahaha!

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3 Here are two more blogs: Barren Goddess One in a Million

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4 I just want DH's men to CLEAN THEIR ROOMS! No double secret probation extra duty this weekend.

Posted by: MaryIndiana at April 22, 2009 04:37 PM (kPQtx)

5 Do you know which chromosomes got translocated? Perhaps something interesting is transcribed twice.

Posted by: deskmerc at April 22, 2009 09:07 PM (pYOXQ)

6 Nice cross reference. I'm on my way!

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7 I think IVF might seem like "a brave new world" to me if I hadn't watched a good friend go through it about a year 1/2 ago. I faithfully gave her "butt" shots for a month or whatever it was and actually, the whole process seemed normal. Of course, you never truly know until you're the one doing it.

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