Friday, August 15, 2008

Music and Infertility

I've got a bad case of insomnia right now. And, I can't get some songs out of my head. Does that ever happen to you? So, you know the old saying that if you can't sleep, then try to write down what's keeping you awake? Well, this is my attempt at just that....

There was a random question on the MSN board a few months ago about putting the stages/categories of IVF to various song titles. I love music, so naturally, I loved thinking of some of those titles. Since this is my blog, I'm changing some things to adapt to overall infertility. Let me give this a try...

The early days: "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin
Clomid: "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley or Patsy Cline
IUIs: "Come As You Are" by Nirvana
Break Cycle attempts: "Hail Mary" by Tupac
AF: "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks

Now on to IVF:
Gearing up: "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake (this one is for repeat offenders such as myself)
On BCPs: "Just Like A Pill" by Pink
On Lupron: "(Feeling) Hot, Hot, Hot" by Arrow (I was blessed with night sweats earlier--I think that's what woke me up in the first place)
FET cycle: "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds
Stimming: "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar
Trigger Day: "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye (one needs Marvin's help here, 'cause nothing is sexy about timed intercourse)
Pre-op: "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd
ER: "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes
Fertilization Reports: "Come Together" by The Beatles
ET: "(Hey Now You're An) Allstar (Get Your Game On, Go Play)" by Smash Mouth
2ww (or with genetic testing 4-6 week wait): "The Waiting Is The Hardest Part" by Tom Petty
On Progesterone: "Everybody Plays The Fool" by The Manhattans
HPT +/- Limbo Hell: "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak
BFNs: "Unbreak My Heart" by Toni Braxton
BFPs: "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses
On a Break/Cancelled cycle: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones

The one song that can fit into every category: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey

I can't think of any other categories. Can you? Any song titles you have come up with? This has been fun for me!!

I will pay for this insomnia later today. Oh well, at least it's Friday! Have a great weekend!


DAVs said...

This was really cute! It's early and I'm about to go for a run so I'm not thinking clearly enough to be so clever or come up with any other songs...but I'll let you know if I do :) Happy Friday and sorry about the night sweats.

Chelle said...

All so true!

MamaSoon said...

That was awesome! I totally have played Hit My With Your Best SHot during stims!

I had Mother and Child Reunion for Transfer day.

Faith by George Michaels

Chelle said...

Nice List! Every line I read, I sang the song in my head. Totally fits!

Deborah said...

That was a lot of fun and very creative.

I too have been having the good old night sweats lately-fun aren't they. I see you are taking dexamethasone-that's what gives me insomnia. I take it in the morning now. I've slept pretty good this cycle.

Me on lupron and dexa, or atleast what my husband might say-"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" from the Lion King

g said...

that was AWESOME! i am so bad with song titles so i wont even try! GRAET job!

hopeful #1 said...

This cracks me up but it's so true!!! Love applying music to everyday things... like infertility! Great post~!

Hope2morrow said...

Oh, I love this post! You should have insomnia more often. HA! Kidding.

Thanks for making me smile today after some discouraging news.

M. said...

You're so funny! I totally have a soundtrack for my life-- I love your list. Music can make almost anything better :)

Emily said...

Cute, cute, cute!

My IF anthem is "blessed" by Elton John, but I can't listen to it without bawling my eyes out.

I always think of "chasing cars" by snow patrol for my IF. There are a few lines in that song that I relate to this journey.

BFP/Birth song - "a new day" by celine dion.

I always relate songs to my life too. I always have. Sean laughs at me sometimes!

MamaSoon said...

I am sorry you are getting bad headaches. I stopped BCPs tonight so i wonder if that will do it for me.

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Lost in Space said...

These are so great!! I am putting the IVF ones on my ipod for "next time".

You are very creative in your state of insomnia. I hope it eases up soon though.

Just Me. said...

LOL. I have such bad insomnia since infertility hit us.

Music's my life and I just love all the songs that you've listed! Great list btw!!!

Emily said...

Ooh! I have more! Can't stop thinking about it now:

The whole journey/what keeps us motivated: "desire" by U2 and "running down a dream" tom petty

bfn/mc - "broken" lifehouse - i am loving this song right now!

We are similar :)

Jen & Jeff said...

Omg.. Hilarious!!!!!!

Penny said...

hahaha, this is so funny I may reference you.

MamaSoon said...

How are you doing on your lupron supply? i am wondering if we'll need more than one vial. How many did you get? I got a box with a 14 day supply. Can you come back to my blog and let me know? Thanks Jill.

hope your headaches have subsided.

MamaSoon said...

Thanks for the answer, Jill. I was totally freaking out that I was gonna end up short on meds. Thank you! I have no symptoms yet. I am getting excited/nervous about the suppression check.

Have you started making plans for outtings in Denver? We are working on our plans now.

Kate said...

Creative and hysterical!

Shelby said...

Hi Jill,

I'm new to reading your blog and I use music therapy to keep me sane through IF. Funny thing is, I play Journey's 'Don't stop Believin' throughout. I love it! I'll have to steal your list. :)

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I am 28 years old. I got preg first time on my own & miscarried. after a while of trying, my dr put me on clomid. after the first round i got pregnant & miscarried. i decided not to try or think about it at all probably for a 9 months... right around the time baby would be due & then started trying again. after a few months got back on clomid. after 5 months and no pregnancy i'm giving it a rest again. it's to much disappointment. i'm going to give it a try again soon, in the mean time we're keeping our fingers crossed for the old fashioned way to work.

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