If you ever stop by any infertility support groups, you probably have noticed a lot of fellow infertility sufferers complaining about friends and relatives who don't understand what they're going through. Many say that friends and family have distanced themselves from them or even abandoned them ever since they have begun this loathesome ordeal. And you can relate wholeheartedly.
I think I can explain why. People don't like to be around crazy people. And during this entire infertility thing, and especially the treatments, you're nuts. We all are.
I've come to the conclusion that it's impossible to go through fertility treatments and be sane. And I'm only half-joking.
Consider the before and during of infertility: Before, you got up every day at seven, took a shower, brushed your teeth, went to work, came home, had dinner, watched some TV, kissed your husband good night and went to bed.
Now your days look like this: Got up at six, took a shower, brushed your teeth, went to the fertility clinic, got blood siphoned out of you, had a condom on a lubricated lit thing shoved into your love triangle to see if your uterus had a silver lining, or at least a well-padded one, went to work with a cotton ball taped to your arm vein...
...waited for a phone call from a nurse to tell you what number to dial a pen to to jab your gut with, came home, dialed the pen and jabbed your gut before sitting down to dinner...
...then didn't kiss your husband goodnight because you didn't want to start something that the doctor hadn't told you it was time to finish yet and went to bed. Does this sound normal to you?
All of a sudden you hear that haunting music "Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo, and the voice of Rod Serling bouncing off the walls of the fertility clinic hallways:
"What you don't realize is: You have just entered 'The Infertility Zone'"
And you're stuck in it as long as you continue treatments.
Listen, I gotta go. I'm expecting some creditors to call and I have to change the answering machine message to another language. I'll talk with ya tomorrow.
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