So last night, when I was writing about my weekend? I had taken Excedrin PM because my back urn from all the moving. Which means I was very sleepy and completely forgot three items I wanted to mention.
When John’s aunts came to the house, they brought us bread, salt and wine (or in our case, sparkling cider, because John doesn’t drink). They said it was an old Irish housewarming tradition – John’s mom’s family is Irish, but they grew up in London – and there was a blessing which went with it, explaining what each gift was for. It almost made me cry at the time, and yet somehow I’ve managed to forget it already. Something about the bread so we’d always have plenty, the wine so our lives would be sweet, and I can’t remember what the salt was for. But it was really touching and very meaningful, I swear.
John doesn’t like cake, so I always try to surprise him with some sort of creative birthday sweet. This year I made a chocolate soufflé with a white chocolate sauce and strawberries. It turned out really well and I just wanted to brag a bit. I’ve never made a soufflé before. It wasn’t all that hard, but my arm did just about fall off from having to beat the egg whites so long.
My new RE has both John and me taking Doxycycline. Me because I’m having a new HSG done on Friday and there’s apparently a risk of infection with that test, and both of us because we could have a “sub-clinical inflammation” of some sort that contributes to infertility. Apparently they just have everyone do a course of antibiotics rather than testing for these “sub-clinical” whatevers because they don’t always show up when you look for them. Or something like that. So, first of all, I sat down and read all of the literature that came with the Doxycycline, and it is a little frightening. You must take it with food, but don’t take it with dairy. Don’t take within two hours of taking a multivitamin. Do drink a whole glass of water. And on and on. I shouldn’t read that stuff. But once I was on an antibiotic and didn’t read the instructions and it turned out you were supposed to start taking it at night because it could make you really dizzy, and it did, in fact, make me really dizzy, and nauseous. Anyway, I’ve had three doses, and so far, nothing scary has happened, so I’ve decided maybe the little drug pamphlet was just a tad alarmist.
But, that brings me to my second point which is, I had an HSG before, and my old doctor didn’t prescribe antibiotics for me. And if there is a risk of infection, I’d like to know why not. Is there debate about whether or not this is helpful or necessary? What if we have this sub-clinical thingy and all we’ve needed for the past two and a half years was antibiotics? Although, doubtful, because I know there are other problems. But still, it makes me wonder.