Thursday, October 29, 2009

EPP CD 17: Snowed

One good thing about a big snow storm before Halloween is that no one has their Christmas lights up yet.

Phoebe's backyard today

Looks like about a foot and a half of snow, huh? I just wish I hadn't gone to the climbing gym last night before I shoveled the driveway. Ugh! I feel sorry for the trick-or-treaters come Saturday. Snow melts pretty fast around these parts, but I don't think it will melt quite that fast.

I'm not sure what's going on down in my nether regions with the whole estrogen priming thing. What I am happy about is that the side effects of est.race are WAAAAAYY better than BCPs! In fact, I have had relatively few side effects. Today, I started the Pro.metrium. This is smooth sailing so far. Could it be the hypno.therapy? I had my second session last night. I really hope to blog on it soon. I am really loving it! Even though it is expensive, I feel like I get my money's worth because I'm in a session for two hours, plus I get little freebies, like Lynsi's book or CDs.

Back in June, I wrote about all the supplements I was taking to improve egg quality and general health. After getting my stellar Day 3 results in June, I scrapped most of that and went back to the drawing board. First, I added in the juicing, mostly with vegetables. I still am juicing, but I'm only averaging once a day now. It's hard to get the second one in after work, with all the acupuncture (2x/week), hypno.fertility sessions (once every 2 weeks), and support groups (1x/week). I have to cook dinner and work out somewhere in there too. I stopped the pregnenolone for awhile, but I'm now back on DHEA. I can tolerate it for short periods of time. I'm taking 10 mg twice a day. I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but it's all I can tolerate. Otherwise, it gives me heart palpatations. I also don't need my voice to go any deeper than it already is. It's bad enough when I answer the phone and the caller thinks I'm Magic! I'll stop the DHEA once I start my stims. I am also taking something like 3 g of L-arginine a day. I switched to a different brand and formulation that I seem to absorb better than what I was taking before. Everything gets approved by Dr. F, with his electro-dermal testing machine, before I take it.

In July, I added in frozen wheatgrass juice. I have now switched from frozen wheatgrass juice to chlorella, my secret ingredient of success, I think, for egg quality. I switched for a couple of different reasons. First, the frozen wheatgrass juice was a pain to buy and drink. I don't do well with cold drinks, according to my Chinese medicine diagnosis, so I would have to warm it up to room temperature. Also, the quality I was getting at the store was not consistent. I switched to chlorella because it is much easier to take and is much more potent than frozen wheatgrass juice. Plus, Paul_Pritchford, the well known TCM author who wrote Healing_With_Whole_Foods, loves the stuff. My brain feels clearer on the chlorella. I really feel like it is helping. I tried spirulina, but it tastes awful. I first started taking chlorella after I had all my mercury amalgams removed from my mouth two years ago. This was one of the many things I did to try to extend and improve my fertility. Not only do I like the idea of a toxic metal being removed from my mouth, I like how my teeth look with the white composite fillings now. It was one of the best things I ever did for my health and fertility. Chlorella helps to bind mercury from your body, also know as chelation, and remove it.

My last cycle was another 24 dayer for me, which is on the long end for me, or otherwise my normal. It was also clear when my period started. No weird starting and stopping, or spotting beforehand. This tells me I must be doing something right.

Eight more days of meds for the EPP. Everything feels like it is falling in place.

Edited at 8:37pm to add more info.


Infertile In the City said...

Sounds like your ramping up for this cycle! I love that feeling of momentum of moving forward to the goal.

kayjay said...

OMG - your backyard. I can't believe it has that much snow already! I would be very interested to read about your experience with the hypnotherapy and I'm glad that you are enjoying them. It really sounds like you're listening to your body and you're so in tune with what works and what isn't. Good luck with everything - I'm following along and wishing good things for you!

DAVs said...

You cracked me up talking about your voice. I have a deep voice, too, and right now I have a cold so it's like "excuse me sir?" Anyhoo, that snow looks AWESOME! It was humid here today :( and kind of warm. I love snow, probably because we never get it.
I'm glad everything is falling into place! I'm so happy for you Phoebe.

PaleMother said...

Glad you are liking the hypnotherapy. It's helped me in a couple of different areas, fertility included. Browse on sometime. I have enjoyed lots of their products, which come in both CD and MP3 formats.

Best Wishes,


Lost in Space said...

That is a boatload of snow!! I remember Halloween getting "cancelled" the year before we left NE because of a huge ice storm. I'll keep my 70's-80's winters now. (-;

So glad everything is falling into place!

Sweet Georgia said...

Wow - look at all that snow. I think it looks beautiful. I've always been partiall to the first big snowfall of the year. Thankfully we haven't had ours yet.

I think you're doing great with the juicing et al. And, I'm glad the estrace is being kind to you. I felt amazing when I was on it.

Jill M. said...

Beautiful picture!!! At least until it melts and become slush.

The estrogen always made me feel good, so glad you're enjoying it.

Can't wait to hear about your hypno sessions!

Me said...

I am impressed with the consistency of your dedication. I have been on and off the wagon so many times with so many different aspects of my health over the years of TTC. I'm a little embarrassed about it honestly. :P

Z said...

The snowfall you had was amazing! Looks like it's gonna be a cold winter! It makes me wanna go skiing now....

I am so impressed with all the things you're doing to help with your fertility! Even changing all your tooth fillings?!! Wow! I haven't done half the things you've tried with a fraction of dedication you have! You're inspiring!

Thanks for the tip about Chlorella-I didn't know it works with mercury. I am currently on spirulina, but I can't say it's done anything amazing for me! I think I'll give chlorella a try, since I've still got nasty mercury in my teeth!

My TCM doc tells me to take food/drinks at room temperature too. Don't you think it's so vague? Room temperature at your place with all that snow is not the same temperature where I am in the tropics! LOL!

I'm really happy to hear that you've been seeing improvements in your cycle. I think you're really on your way! I'm wishing the best for you!

(BTW-thanks for sharing on my 1st year TCM anniversary post- I left you a response there. Pls remember to check it out)

Sheri said...

That is a lot of snow...especially for October!

I'm glad to hear you like the hypno-therapy and I am impressed with how careful you are with your health, what you eat, drink, etc. Good for you!

Mad Hatter said...

Don't know how I missed this post a few days ago! So glad you are feeling so good and doing great! Keep up the excellent work!!
P.S. Thanks for posting all that info about fertility age on my blog...My parents both smoked when I was a kid and I was exposed as a fetus, too, so that's pretty unnerving, but it makes sense all the same.