It’s Never Only Medical

Doctor Discussing CareI said to a patient in my office just yesterday, “If we put stress, time, and money aside, the best chance for you to get pregnant would be IVF with ICSI.” And then we talked through the stress, time, and money that actually ARE involved. She made the decision to proceed with a different treatment that was less intense – and less expensive, even though it would give her a lower chance of getting pregnant. (For those who don’t recognize the lingo, IVF with ICSI is a very high-tech option for conceiving in many cases of infertility.)

When can you ever put stress, time, and money aside? Medical care does not exist in a vacuum. There are times when a serious illness demands something be done right now – sometimes something intense and expensive. But there are many more situations where there are choices involved. And I believe those choices are available much more often than most people realize.

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5 Tips for Getting Past the Drama

Drama MasksIn my office today sat a couple planning the next steps in their journey to try to have a child. Couples dealing with infertility are already on somewhat of an emotional roller-coaster. On top of all this the additional stress of the Christmas holiday season is sometimes just too much.

But for this couple it wasn’t the physical or emotional pressure of infertility, or the extra travel or financial “stuff” over the Christmas holiday season, or the somewhat depressing weather that was getting them down: it was the family drama they had just been through. Why does it seem the holidays so often bring that drama to a boiling point?

I doubt this couple are the only ones who have just experienced some fatiguing family drama.

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No More Conversation!

ConversationTalking is good. Communication is even better. Having a good conversation warms the hearts of friends and improves understanding when people disagree.

But talk is cheap! I think I’ve heard it until I’m sick of the phrase: “Let’s start a conversation about this.”

Haven’t you heard this too? People are frustrated, upset, or unhappy about some state of affairs, and someone proposes to start a conversation.

Conversations abound about these areas:

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A Christmas Greeting

Christmas StarThis year so much has happened with all of us connected with the Dr Carol Show. First of all, we want to thank you for in some way being a part of who we are and what has been accomplished.

Most of all we are grateful that God has brought us these opportunities to help people live better in body, mind, and soul.

Here’s a short Audio Christmas Greeting from us to you. It’s only a couple minutes long, and we hope you take a moment to listen and enjoy.

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Pain at Christmas, Part 2

Teenager with an AttitudeThe topic of painful holidays, with Pain at Christmas, really touched a nerve with our readers/listeners! Therefore, here comes Part 2.

I wish you could see some of our reader’s responses. A number of them did not want to comment publically, and I can understand. Some of their personal messages express such heartache!

Here are some of the situations mentioned:

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