Friday, April 22, 2011

If Only Life Were Like TV...

with B gone and all of our shows on the tivo being saved for when he gets home on the weekends, i'm left with little else to watch on the hundreds of channels we have. why is it that with so many channels there is still nothing good on TV? sorry, i digress...

yesterday, after an excellent yoga class, i flipped on the TV and started surfing. an old rerun of the king of queens came on, which was a far better choice than any of the other shows. it was an episode i had seen before, years ago, but that was before we started the fertility treatments. let me tell you, knowing what i know now made a huge difference in what i paid attention to in the episode.

in this particular episode, doug (kevin james) and carrie (leah remini) decided to pursue help in the baby-making department. they had had a miscarriage a few months before and had been having trouble getting pregnant since. the episode starts out with her holding a pee stick, waiting for the results, which of course was negative. she then tells doug that they need to see a specialist. he doesn't want to, but she calls anyway only to be told that there's a long wait to get an appointment. then, miraculously, there's a sudden cancellation and they're able to get in that afternoon! oh, what luck!

later it shows them in with the RE (jane lynch) who tells them something along the lines of "we ran all the tests this afternoon and doug's numbers are great, but you, carrie, only have one good ovary. the good news, however, is that you are ovulating right now on the good side!" yay! they can go home and baby-dance the night away!

wait just a second, there...so, you're telling me that she hasn't had her period (why else would she pee on a stick?), got all of her testing done within a couple of hours (so much for CD3 bloodwork, CD12 ultrasounds, etc!), got her diagnosis right away, and just happens to be ovulating, even though she hasn't had a period? seriously? if only it were that easy!!!

i appreciate that this sitcom tried to shine a spotlight on infertility, i really do, but couldn't they have made it just the tiniest bit realistic? they had to know we'd notice how contrived and far-fetched it all was. why can't we see shows where real people (not celebrities like giuliana rancic, where half the crap is probably scripted) battle infertility (and hopefully win)? instead of giving away a million dollars for answering a question correctly, i think there should be a show that gives deserving couples the chance to go through fertility treatments, documenting their real life experiences with all their highs and lows. i want to watch a couple that i can relate to and feel for, that wouldn't have had the chance otherwise, seek treatment and finally be able to bring home a baby. now, that's a TV show i would watch!

oh, and in the latest IUI cycle #2 news, it's CD12 and i am waiting for the results from my bloodwork to come back, but this morning i had 3 follies measuring at 15 and one at 12 for a grand total of 4 potential eggs (2 on each ovary)! they're much larger than they started out last cycle, so i'm expecting to trigger on sunday and do the IUI on tuesday. crossing my fingers!

8 comments:

Baby Hopes said...

So exciting! My second IUI was a lot faster than my first. Wishing you the very best of luck!!!

Rebecca said...

Yeah, they make it look so easy. And, I'm sure they went home, had sex and got pregnant immediately. Lovely. I would love a "reality show" about IF treatments that was actually "real."

Good luck with the IUI!

Tiffany said...

I agree! We all should be on a reality show.:o) Have you ever watched Guiliana and Bill? It documented their time going through IUI and two IVF's and a miscarriage. It was really good.
Anyway- good luck with this cycle!

Josey said...

I agree - I see reruns of shows where I barely noticed the IF storyline, and now I get super frustrated with the inaccuracy of it all!

Wow - those are great sizes on the follies - excited for you!

I actually liked Guiliana & Bill. :) But yes, I'd love a reality show for real life infertiles to win a chance at a free IVF cycle or something. :)

New Year Mum said...

Great that this IUI is going well... sending you lots of growing vibes for the long w/end :) Not long now until the big day xoxo

Krissi said...

Wow! I must have missed that episode! It is a shame that some of this stuff is really not portrayed well at all. I just found you and added your button! Good luck on this IUI!! Happy ICLW!

Lori said...

Clearly no one writing for the show has ever dealt with infertility. Drives me crazy when the media/Hollywood promote myths like that. i will say that Grey's Anatomy and Rules of Engagement have had pretty realistic "fertility challenges" story lines. of course, I also surmise someone on the writing team has dealt with it.

good luck on the IUI!

Miss Conception said...

Lovely how easy everything is in TV land, isn't it? If only realy life worked that way! Just stopping by from ICLW to say hi and sending MANY good vibes your way for your cycle!

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