That dreaded time of year
for people who are stressed
and angry and sad from the toll that
infertility is taking.
What is a person supposed
to do during this time of
great cheer and Santa Claus?
Get in bed, cover your head
and come out for the adult
holiday called New Year's Eve?
Sounds like a good idea huh?
Here are a few other, more
realistic things you can do.
*Take a break from treatment. A couple
of weeks or even a month free of
doctors, injections, planned intercourse,
pee sticks, temperature taking, marking
off your cycle days on a calendar, yada, yada,
yada, will not compromise your journey towards
Give yourself permission to ditch all of
it...... just for a little while.
*Go ahead and go to the office
party, because no one will bring
their children to that!
*Skip the family get together and
go on a vacation to a warm sunny place
or a snowy ski lodge. (whichever is the
opposite of the weather you're having!)
*If you absolutely can't skip the family
stuff, be on your guard and have a few
rehearsed answers for the questions
you may be asked. Here is a really good
and simple one: if anyone mentions
anything about children, pregnancy, or
infertility, politely say:
"We aren't talking about that subject this month."
And don't allow them to make you answer their
questions. If they pry, just repeat it again:
"We aren't talking about that subject this
*Try a few little romantic dinners at
restaurants that don't cater to children.
Go to the restaurant that serves French
cuisine and skip "Chucky Cheese."
* Stay out of the mall on weekends.
*Rent some funny movies. You need a
*Get a "his and her" massage.
*Now is a good time to visit your older relatives, such as
grandparents and great aunts and uncles. You can
take them dinner and there's a good possibility
there won't be any children around.
*Do not feel obligated to attend any function, even
on Christmas Day, if it will be too painful for you.
You are an adult, and you need to take care of you.
Tell everyone you don't feel well. (You probably won't
be lying!) Then stay home, wear your pajamas - since
you don't feel well :) Eat some comfort food and read a good
*If you have a cat or dog, they are one of the
nicest things God has made. So love on them
and accept their unconditional love for you.
*Sometimes some of the best ways to help
yourself, is to help others. Go to a shelter and
serve Christmas dinner. Or invite an elderly person
with no family, to your house for Christmas Day.
*Most of all, remember that in the end, Christmas Day
is just another day in the year and you will get
through it and you will survive.
And after the holidays have passed, you can choose
to get back on that roller coaster and perhaps
you will have that little child you're yearning for
by the time next Christmas rolls around.