Thursday, March 18, 2010

hello strangers

Hey y'all. I'm back for a bit, although I have been quietly reading all blogs these past 5 weeks. I took a much needed break from the TTC madness. I enjoyed a very happy Mardi Gras, followed by a bit of a stressful mid-term, and now on to spring and all. Throwing away all the TTC was helpful in getting back my mental self. I was so obsessed with POAS for ovulation, etc., and it all became too overwhelming. Things that I have been doing, though, are as follows:

1. TCM and acupuncture: This has been, if anything, a complete miracle as far as AF goes. My first real cycle post-lap was when I was first starting TCM and my cramps sucked. The last two cycles I have had no cramps. Yup, you read that correctly. None. Zip. Zilch. I asked Dr. A and she said that yes, in Chinese medicine, it is believed to just get a period and it should be no big deal. Hmm... why am I just finding this out?

2. Diet and exercise: pretty much the same (sans Mardi Gras badness). I am conscious of my food choices, eat whole and real foods most of the time, still drink green tea, and still exercise somewhat regularly. Between yoga and jogging, I feel good. I've lost some weight (not that I really needed to, but I had some butt-sagging that is picking up and some belly fat that has disappeared). So I look and feel good.

3. We are still TTC which means we are having regular sex concentrated during my O times. I am listening to my body and paying attention to its signals. I am still having mid-cycle bleeding and ovulation pain, though, and Dr. A thinks that's not really a good sign. Today I had both, but at least that means I'm mid-cycle.

4. I think I am going to push for meds next cycle if this one doesn't pan out. In addition, I plan to request IUI just to make sure those swimmers get up there. The total cost will be around $1200 for everything, and DH is ready to go whenever I decide.

5. I feel more relaxed and more human. This "break" with blogging and temping and peeing allowed me to just be me. Thank you for that time. Thank you for the reflection.


MK said...

Welcome back. :) That's awesome about the acupuncture!

Kitty said...

I'm so glad you had a nice, relaxing "break." :)

That's awesome that acupuncture and TCM has gotten rid of your cramps! That makes me even more excited to get started myself.

Good luck this C, hopefully you don't even need the IUI :)

Kim said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sounds like you and I have taken simialr paths. I just got over a break from all the appointments and crap and just enjoyed my acupuncture. We went to see the RE to get ready in case the acupuncture doesn't work and to get a better idea of where I stand on ovarian reserve/time (I am 39 - yikes).
Keep up the good work!!! Look forward to following you.