Friday, September 29, 2006

Update - 9/29

I’m feeling a tad bit overwhelmed. I’ve been wanting to write for a bit but either I was busy or not in the mood to write. Unfortunately, I put it off for so long that I feel like everything I was thinking belongs in like 3 or 4 different posts.

Anyway, I’ll dive in with an update. The self reflective posts may have to wait for another day which means I may no longer be inspired by then.

It’s been three weeks since I’ve been off birth control and I already feel a difference. I feel a bit less on edge emotionally then I use to. I feel a bit more comfortable then I use to. I’ve had other changes as well that coincided with getting off birth control, but I think I’m reacting to them better because I’m off. I’ve also started my belly dancing classes and signed up for my gym. Yesterday I even went to a step aerobics class. My god, I have such a long way to go before I get into shape. Though I’m still recovering from a mild case of Bronchitis, I didn’t want to let that affect my need to actually get up off my butt and do something. I figure I’ll go at working out more slowly, but I won’t quit it.

I had a happy sign this month. A few weeks after my period I had a slight pinching feeling on the left side of my lower abdomen. Basically, I was ovulating. It was something called Mittelshmerz and I have felt it before. Even while I was on birth control. That doesn’t mean I’m completely normal or that I’ll even get my period (though I am PMSing). But it does mean that at least I don’t have to stress about not ovulating. For a bit, I was happily terrified that I was pregnant since my PMS symptoms were accompanied by constipation (sorry about being so personal). But then I realized that constipation is probably due to the fact that I’m now on pre-natal vitamins to prepare my body. Regardless, I have a 3 pack of pregnancy tests sitting in my cabinet to take for missed periods and such. The only thing I’m doing that might be not such a great idea while pregnant is drinking a cup of coffee a day.

On topic with my health, I also went for some allergy testing earlier this week. So apparently, I’m allergic to EVERYTHING but dogs and food. Um, yeah. Thankfully, my doctor was nice and didn’t do what my other doctor had done by telling me to get rid of my cats. He strongly suggested I start getting allergy shots right away. I explained my concerns about the fact that I would be trying for a child soon. He then told me something that completely made my day. He told me that allergy shots were completely safe for pregnant and nursing women since it uses natural botanicals and builds my immunity to them. He told me that medicine could only maintain allergy symptoms. Allergy shots were going to help me either eliminate or at least alleviate my reactions to things. His greatest concern was my asthma. He wants to do something to get rid of it and my dependency on my inhaled steroid. It would be a pain at first. We’re talking about two shots or so a week at the beginning. But eventually, I would become more and more resistant. Of course, the process lasts 3 to 5 years. J was very very happy to hear about this possibility. He’s concerned not so much about how much I might whine for the next 5 years but how I’ll feel after that for the rest of my life. By the way, did I mention J is the one that put his foot down and told me to see an allergist ASAP? Yes, he’s very happy with himself at this moment. I guess that’s okay because I’m pretty happy with him myself too.

Okay, so there’s my update and I’ll have to do my self reflection posts at another time. Maybe this afternoon if I end up getting a chance.


Blogger ToniM said...

I have to say, I 100% recommend the allergy shots.

Bobby took them for just two years and he was allergic to everything under the sun, something like 23 distinct allergic reactions. He took 24-hour Claritin-D (when it was an Rx) plus 24-hour Zyrtec, plus Flonase nasal spray, and still had allergy symptoms. After two years of allergy shots, he was off every single allergy med and never needs his Albuterol or Seravent inhalers anymore.

I took allergy shots for almost two years and while I was not allergic to quite as much as him (it was close though), I stopped my shots at just under two years, earlier than they recommended for me. I have virtually no allergic reactions anymore. I sniffle a little around cats and sometimes, very rarely, during heavy ragweed season (like, now) I need an over the counter allergy pill for one day. That's it.

I would recommend the shots to anyone who suffers like you seem to.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Mina Wolf said...

If it worked for me the same way it did for Bobby, I think I would seriously cry from happiness.

8:48 AM  

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