Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Jinx

Let’s turn back the sands of time to the baseline ultrasound appointment before my “take two” IVF. Hubby and I were doing our regular morning routine, bantering back and forth as we battled over the one sink in our bathroom. The subject of my baseline ultrasound came up and my husband said, “Well, try not to get cancelled today.”

An innocent sarcastic comment, one of a hundred sarcastic comments we make to each other each day.

Those of you who have been playing along know that my IVF cycle was indeed cancelled that day. I thought I had brow beaten my husband enough for jinxing me before that appointment. But apparently not, because HE DID IT AGAIN!!!

Yesterday we were discussing prospective weekend plans, playing the how-to-do-IVF-and-still-have-a-life-game. Our anniversary is June 4th and my husband surprised me by booking a hotel room (actually a tree house hotel room) for a weekend get-away. If IVF “take three” goes to plan, we will go away for the weekend a day or two after our transfer. However, if the IVF calendar starts slipping, we will be having an embryo transfer instead of a weekend get-away (but I’ll get over it). And that’s when he said it. He said, “It doesn’t really matter, you’ll be cancelled by then anyway.”

WTF. Jinxed again. Finished before I have even started.

So what do I do now…walk around a pole backwards three times? Clip my toenails and bury them in the garden under a full moon? Tape my husband’s mouth shut and dip his testicles into cold water?

I’m really not a superstitious person, but I was seriously annoyed.

24 comments:

Mo and Will said...

Definitely option number three. If you do that, I guarantee he won't jinx you again.

Mo

Betty Rubble said...

I agree...option 3...or failing that...shove him out of the tree house...

I'm so so so sorry!

areyoukiddingme said...

While option #3 is definitely the most attractive, I'd suggest putting a sample of his sperm on ice before you try it.

They say the best revenge is living well, though. I say that you go ahead and get the proper drugs in the proper amounts that make you the perfect candidate. Then, have a successful IVF, a successful pregnancy, get the baby in your hands and then kick him square in the nuts while shouting "Cancelled, huh, smartass?"

Hey, at least your husband remembered your anniversary. Ours was yesterday (and I will admit that I forgot about it too), so when my husband called and wished me a Happy Anniversary today, I asked him who sent us a card...I'm still assuming it was his mom.

Mary said...

Tell him he needs to start talking about the 25 perfect embryos that you'll get out of this next cycle. If he can create the future then it needs to be positive, lol.

Lorza said...

ohhhh. I am SOOO superstitious..I have seen too many "hell breaking loose" in the ER after some DA said "it is a quiet night" or "I am bored".

UGH. I say, ice water...and PULL his toenails to bury.

Good luck, and hopefully *it* won't happen. Hopefully the preemptive booking of the hotel room will make you DEFINATELY have your transfer. Nothing like cancelling hotel reservations and losing deposit. :)k

Michelle said...

All very good ideas! My DH does the same thing and I always say I am going to slap him silly until he gets some sense. He laughs and says I am too superstitious but let me do something wrong when his hockey game is going and he goes crazy. I tell him its the same thing. I think it is finally getting through to him. I hope you do not need a next time to see he got the message. I think if you hop on one leg while singing a lullaby the superstition gods will forgive you.

The Patterson's said...

I'm so sorry! I would be annoyed if my husband said that and it came true, too! You'll have to tell him to start saying more positive things! Hope you'll be able to enjoy your weekend away. A tree house hotel room? That sounds awesome!!

Valerie said...

I hear ya on the jinxing thing! I was soooo super positive following the IVF protocol and when they retrieved 14 eggs and 9 fertilized, I/we were over the moon. On day 3, after the call from our embryologist that we still had 9 embryos, we went out to dinner to celebrating deciding over "drinks" that we would be donating our unused embryos to those "poor" infertile couples! Ha....little did I know the other shoe would drop. Day 4, 8AM, nurse calls and says, have you heard the news...No.....the embryologist will call you, but thinks you'll have SOMETHING left for transfer. WTF is right!!!

Over night our embryos began defragmenting or all-together topped dividing completely! On day 5, the day of transfer, we did end up with 2 healhty embryos. Fortunately 1 stuck and today we have a healthy almost-5-year old. Hang in there, girl! It is one crazy, bumpy ride w/o the JINXING! Go for option #3...LOL!

Best wishes,
Valerie

IVF 40+ said...

Good lord, what in the world! I say make him pee on a stick and then hop round it three times.
All joking aside, you must worried. He has no power to jinx, you have no weakness to be jinxed, it is all medical and out of our hands.
Hope this helps

Gabby said...

oh wow.. i love your options.. and yes, i agree that remembering your anniversary is a major plus... and a TREE HOUSE! that is uber cool!

Jennifer said...

I say go with option 3 hehehe
He did remember your anniversary so that is a major plus! With the pre booking I say that is an awesome sign that this time you will not be cancelled. So one good out ways the bad. Now go tape his mouth shut so he can not say that again. LOL
I am praying for you!!

infertilityrocks said...

Wow, that man has POWERS. I say make him repeat the phrase, "This IVF cycle will not be cancelled, will be wonderously successful, and I will worship the ground my wife walks on," each night before bed and each morning before he brushes his teeth.

There has to be reverse-jinx, right?

Tara said...

Definitely option 3. But, I think 3rd time is a charm. Best of luck!

Sarah said...

I say just smack him. But thats just me.

Jill said...

did you throw something at him? I would have! You should totally do #3. ugh! Men!

womb for improvement said...

The fact that he has booked somewhere to go away when you might be having the transfer cancels out the possible jinx of a cancellation. (Hey it makes sense to me, ok?)

Kristin said...

Number three is the only option. Whatever other voodoo rituals you want to add to it are fine, but first must come a bit of torture for dear hubby. Seriously?! He should know by now that no matter how sarcastic you may be with each other, this was seriously going too far. Good lord.

I hope hope hope that you are not cancelled.

strongblonde said...

ha ha. i like your options. i am so superstitious...i probably wouldn't change my socks or underwear either :)

Nicole said...

Boys are dumb. My Dh is living proof.

Megan, I'm so hoping for good things this time around! I can't wait to hear the that baseline was a tremendous bunch of nothing!

Even though I've been quiet, I'm reading you every day...go Megan!

Erica said...

Definitely dip his balls in cold water. Seriously, what is wrong with men?

Remember, jinxes are for little children who live in the land of make believe and athletes.

mekate said...

I'd do all three and enjoy the treehouse AFTER your perfect transfer of perfect embryos that turn into perfectly healthy babies.

eyeheartinternet said...

'Testicles inn cold water' - I love it.

Chelle said...

Cold water for sure!! errr. men.

IF Optimist, then... said...

I also vote for option #3, but believe that ice cubes should accompany the water.

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