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Last night was day 1 of Stims for our last IVF round
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The value of announced and predictable change- AKA Why I hate ZIP codes

Today someone was looking for housing data by zipcode.   I hate ZIP codes.  Well I don't hate them they are decent geographic units that most people have some sense about (unlike census geography like block groups which most people don't have any sense of)

I strongly suggested that they reconsider and do the analysis by block group.  This is for a couple of reasons, but they are all related.  In general serious geographic data is stored by census geography, using ZIP codes means conversion.  In general people who deal with serious demographic data from a spatial perspective are suspicious of any analysis done on ZIP codes.  But these are both really kind of symptoms of the bigger problem.

Zip Codes Change.  

Census geography does too (they try to keep block groups at around 600-3,000 people) but it changes every ten years on a predictable schedule with geographic revisions carefully noted and historical data mostly back tabulated to reflect the new boundaries.  This predictable change is VERY important when you are trying to look at timespan data.

Zip Codes change when the post office decides they need to for postal, political, or other reasons.  It isn't a regular timetable and while it is announced to the households who are undergoing the change finding a statewide, much less a nationwide diff file is really hard.

It is totally common for people who don't think about the geographic nature of demographic data to compare zip codes when at least one code involved has changed over the period being analyzed.  It is so common that I tend to assume that IS the case for any ZIP code analysis.

Changes often happen as suburbs become urban, but they have also happened in rural areas where there have been pushes to readdress for reverse 911, sometime urban zips just grow too much.  Change you don't understand or can't document is just a feature I have come to expect with ZIP code based analysis.

So even if you are not a data geek or a GIS person there is something you can learn here too- there is a real value in data analysis to have a predictable change cycle for any units or subdivisions you create so that they can be accounted for in your forward projections.

This is often a thing people don't think of, especially when you are dealing with "hidden geography" like business divisions by management structure or delivery routes, but it is worth it to think about how you change and how you might make that more predictable and easier to account for in analysis 

(The picture is a graph of each zip code attache to the next numerically higher one after the state prefix and the first locality number so XX101 connects to XX102 and so forth but XX199 does not connect to XX200 it gives you a feel for how they cluster and related to geography from https://eagereyes.org/zipscribble-maps/united-states)
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+Melissa Hall LOLN still buys you a lot. Zone-specific comparisons, no, but average over any set of regions and you're OK.

Otherwise: rebalance by ZIP centroid.
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Egg Retrieval number 3 completed and 18 eggs sucked  out.  That is a 50% improvement on the next highest number so I am pleased

We get the fertilization report  tommrow and then we have asked to just hear the final outcome :) 
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Wow go ovaries, go!
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Day 7

Started off with an appointment. Eggs still smallish, all 15mm or less. Estrogen under 950. Count is around 10 or 11

So long slow burn is the plan, so next appointment is Wednesday.

Suppression in the morning. Stims in the evening.

And I am feeling it. Tired and cranky and kind of achy.

Ready for it to be done but I want it to not rush so we have many as possible at the same time
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So we are well in to overclocking my ovaries for another round of IVF, things are working but the response is more muted than last time, so there will be an amp up this weekend (waiting until I am on the meds to suppress ovulation)

Overall it is really not that bad, I just am tried and as I told +Dana Fried today I entered in to the whiny stage of the process.

With luck we will have egg reterval next week sometime.
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You can come here and whine to us :).
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Because I kept looking for advice on flirting and finally someone made something useful!
 
Flirting is an art, but it's a lot more crayons than it is glass blowing. In this work-safe episode of Sexplanations, Dr. Lindsey Doe explains the key steps involved in establishing intimacy with someone new -- with emphasis on recognizing body language. (Video contains good captions, and will be useful to the hearing impaired or those who may wish to watch it on mute.)

Via +Andrew Oplinger​.
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I am glad I wan't the only one who found that distracting!
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I tried to make my favorite dessert, but I will not know how well it worked until tommrow
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Excited!
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So we have the final cycle starting the 17th. That means no coffee so I went to the fancy Starbucks for a last fancy cup.
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Well egg retrieval went well, but I had a complication.

First the good news. 18 egg, 12 mature, 11 fertilized.

Next the not so fun. At around 6 I started having some shooting pain. About an hour later I had amazing dou led over pain.

We thought it might be a quirk so called the doctor and took the oxycodine I had been avoiding.

About an hour later it happened again, Dana looked at me doubled over and then panting on all fours and we went to the close by ER.

I had two more really bad episodes in the ER before they got IV pain meds in me. Then I was OK enough for an ultrasound.

That showed I had fluid (blood) in the peritoneal cavity, something that appently pissed my body right off.

So I was stable enough to move to the hospital where my Reproductive Endo had admitting privileges which was done though very uneventful medical transport.

They keep checking my red blood cell count and it is getting better and I am on oral pain meds. I will probably be home tonight but the doctor has to come by and write a physical prescription because drug laws before I can go

So yeah, I fine now, just had a really dramatic day 
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Yay, I'm glad you're feeling better!
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Day 10 went it for another shot of my ovaries. They are, unsurprisingly, still there. And full of eggs the largest of which is 25mm

So tonight at almost midnight we trigger

36 hours later is egg retrieval
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Sending wishes of fecundity!
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Netflix is messing with me. Leverage and the sword of destiny isn't a real thing and that is the ONLY reason I am not watching it right now.

Someone should fix that, this needs to exist
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Done with season one and waiting for more
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H/T +Kristin Milton

Maps have inherent problems because of population distribution and this helps explain that, we wanna think equiarea is equipeople even though we know, if we stop to think, that it isn't but this does a great job running down exactly how that mental bias effects what we see of the country when we put it on a map
 
There are 4 kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, statistics, and cartography.
Maps tell a story. And maps can also lie. Everyone already knows from The West Wing that with a poor choice of map proje…
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