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Activating Bloggie Network: RE Suggestions in Birmingham, Alabama?

08/23/2012

Belle

No, not for me, unfortunately 🙂

Sadly and happily my “coming out” on Facebook and our Adventures in Marriage blog has prompted several women also struggling with infertility to contact me. I say sadly because NO ONE should have to go through this. I say happily because all of these women have been, for the most part, suffering in silence, alone with only their husband’s support which, as we all know, can at times be frustrating. Just like I feel about my friendships with my bloggie friends, I am saddened that it is infertility that has brought us together and not a Mommy’s Day Out Play Group.

While I can’t take away their pain and suffering, I can offer them support, friendship and occasionally tap into my vast pool of infertility resources via this blog. One friend, D., has been struggling to stay pregnant for two years. She has suffered numerous early miscarriages and is now facing the vague and daunting label of unexplained infertility & unexplained repeat loss. D. feels it is time for a second opinion and, hopefully, some fresh options.

This is where you all come in: D. needs some RE recommendations in the Birmingham, Ala. area. I know of at least one IF blogger who lives in Birmingham, and am certain there are others, and people who know people in that area. D. does not blog, nor is she gung-ho about me pumping her email address all over the blogosphere. She does read Scrambled Eggs, though, and would VERY much appreciate any recommendations (and positive success stories!) you may be able to share in my comment feed. Or you can email me at Belle.Hineman@yahoo.com with recommendations and I’ll pass them along to her. Thank you in advance for your help!

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In other news, I’m still hormonal and still have not located diary and gluten-free cake. It’s a terrible predicament, for sure 🙂 I’m also hot this cycle, and everything in my body seems dry. My throat is dry, my skin is dry, even the air I am exhaling seems excessively dry. Oh, and I’m tired. So. Freaking. Tired. I sure hope all this means that my ute is building one glorious lining.

Now I’m going to meet the Professor for a lunch date. Hormonal Belle is not at all excited about more tuna salad so she will splurge and eat out 🙂

 

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  1. August 23, 2012

    It’s too bad you aren’t in NY. There are TONS of places that sell vegan / dairy-free, gluten-free cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, ice cream, whatever you want. And a lot of them are pretty good! Next time you’re in the area let me know and I will give you some places to check out 🙂

  2. Jamie #
    August 23, 2012

    I can’t offer any help for your friend, but I CAN give you recipes for some pretty amazing dairy/gluten/nut/soy-free cakes and desserts! My husband and toddler both have food allergies, and since I’m nursing I’ve also eliminated the allergens from my diet, but I’m not willing to give up yummy food so I’ve had to find alternatives 🙂 Feel free to email me for recipes! Jamie.wilson.ca(at)gmail(dot)com.

  3. August 23, 2012

    Don’t know much about Alabama so I can’t help there, but you get some good recommendations!

    But as for gluten/dairy free cake. Now you’re talking my language… I have yet to ever find this pre-made. Bakeries are lame for this. However, I’ve made ones myself on several occasions. I use the “Gluten Free Pantry” all purpose flour to swap out the normal flour. I usually get this at whole foods. Then for milk products I usually use rice milk (rice dream brand, original) or coconut milk. For butter of course I use earth balance. I’ve made several cakes and even more breads and muffins using alternatives. My husband rarely even notices the difference, I feel like baked goods are the easiest thing to trick and make gluten/fairy free. It’s the damn mac & cheese that’s killing me, I want it to be GOOD and not all soy. =/ Or alfredo sauce… help me Gd….

    • August 23, 2012

      Oh oh! I have a fairly decent Alfredo recipe… I’ll dig it out and email it to you!

  4. veetamia #
    August 23, 2012

    That is amazing Belle that you are reaching out and others are reaching back. I’d love to have some sort of support like that over here. And you are right, it’s sad that we get to bond over infertility, but so far it’s been amazing meeting all you great ladies, so that’s a huge plus 🙂

  5. August 23, 2012

    MICHAEL STEINKAMPF!!! Cannot recommend him enough. He is on why 280 across from Moes and Taziki’s. Their clinic has been in the top 20 the last 2 years for IVF and he has awesome bedside manner, plus he is very knowledgeable.

  6. Kristy #
    August 26, 2012

    Summer berry trifle with vanilla cake:

    http://urbanposer.blogspot.com/2012/06/summer-berry-trifle-wcoconut-flour.html

    gluten, nut, and dairy free!

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