Well, since this IS an infertility blog, I figure I should post every once in a while with infertility-related topics, right? Oh but don't worry, there will be a house update at the end for those of you who, like I, are bored to tears with my boring, barren uterus.
This morning I had a Mayan Abdominal Massage. I found a practitioner online after a quick google search (gotta love google) when I read some of the girls on another online forum talking about it. I thought to myself, "Self, that's something you haven't tried yet! And since you've tried everything ever mentioned to you under the Sun, might as well try it, Self!" So off I went, called the place, and made an appointment for today. One thing I do like about the area where I live is that there are a TON of holistic, alternative medicine options, and they are all very good at what they do. The woman I found is also a retired registered nurse, and nutritionist/herbalist. So, she told me my appointment would be 1.5 hours and to bring all of my current medications/supplements with me.
We went over my paperwork and supplements list for a long time before the actual massage. She did have some ideas for my diet/nutritional needs, but really nothing additional to what Dr D. (NaPro California) has already suggested (namely, PROTEIN, protein, protein, and eating more consistently and less processed foods). She also thinks the LEAP testing may not be very accurate, because I was so overmedicated at the time I took the test that my immune system was not in alignment, so the results could be skewed. She's not convinced all those "red" areas are really sensitive, like rice and yogurt. BUT, she doesn't suggest I start overdoing it on rice, anyway, since it is binding and I lean towards... well, irregularity.
She had asked me to bring any pertinent labwork and ultrasounds. Well, I couldn't get my hands on my ultrasounds, but I had a bunch of labs that I already had compiled for Dr D, so I brought those. They only date back as far as 2008. She kept saying, "Well, I agree you've been overmedicated, and I don't think you need any of these prescriptions," speaking mainly of the Metformin, Naltrexone, and Hydrocortisone. Now, I love me some Metformin. BUT, Dr D. also mentioned that this is a med I may not actually need. Dr D. had more basis for her conclusion than this lady, though, who went on to say, "I don't even see anything here that convinces me of your PCOS diagnosis..." Ummm... trust me lady, neither I nor my SURGEON would have gone forward with a 7.5 hour ovarian wedge resection procedure if I didn't REALLY have PCOS. Yes I'm thin, and yes I'm blonde, but I assure you I had a MEAN CASE of PCOS.
Then we finally did the massage, which I began on my stomach and she massaged down my spine and legs and then along acupressure points surrounding my sacrum. Then I flipped over and she massaged my lower abdomen and pelvis. She taught me how to do it, as well, and afterwards told me her findings: my pelvis is really congested. It is slightly more anteverted than the "norm" (or what is optimal), and everything is sort of "pulled" towards the left side, which is the side with the most congestion. Interesting, since that is the side I ovulate from almost exclusively.
She recommended a technique for "clearing out" a lot of the congestion in the uterus - a vaginal steam. It consists of boiling water with any one or number of various plants (basil, dandelion, etc.) and then sitting over the steaming pot commando-style. Am I weird for thinking immediately, "Oooh, that sounds nice!" (Or am I just weird for admitting that's what I thought?)
She also recommended a couple of herbs - she's happy with the supplements I'm taking, but did want me to consider not using any prescriptions. That is a tough one. I may consider it, though, since I'm already down to only three (not including progesterone, which I will continue no matter what). I do think the Metformin helps with the quality of my ovulation... hmmm...
All in all, it was a good experience, and I'm happy I did it. She wants me to come back after my next period, which I plan to do. We did have a small battle of the wills at one point when we were talking about the history of my cycles, though. I never did tell her that I'm a FertilityCare Practitioner, but she does know I have been charting my cycles for 4.5 years. I was explaining that I first went for medical treatment NOT for infertility, but because I was anovulatory after years on the pill and my Dr knew this from my charts because of all the unusual bleeding episodes and continual mucus (I didn't say "Peak-type" because I didn't want to confuse her). She kept asking stuff about my period BEFORE any medication or treatment, like, if my husband thinks I had severe PMS BEFORE I was on any meds, and I said, "Well, that's not a question I can answer, because before I was on any meds, I wasn't having actual periods, they were anovulatory cycles with irregular bleeding." She would always say, "No, if you are anovulatory, you don't have periods." Um, yes, that's exactly what I'm saying, too, lady! They WEREN'T periods! Therefore, I wasn't having PMS! I think she was just trying to further prove that I don't really have PCOS, because I was "bleeding" before I went on meds. (I'll have to go dig up my pre-ovarian wedge resection labwork from 2006 with my crazy androgens and shove it in her face... along with my large-and-in-charge dumbbell ovaries.)
But she was very nice and helpful, and I was there for 2.45 hours! I still think I'm going to contact the nutritionist that Dr D. recommended to me for that end of things, though, because while this lady had suggestions of what types of foods I should eat, it wasn't really a LIST of ingredients and/or meals, and I need some additional help on that end.
As for the house, we are still waiting on the pre-approval, but we looked at the two houses today that we are interested in. The second is smaller, but has an AWESOME turret, large front porch, and is fully renovated and updated. Essentially, it is completely move-in-ready and livable, without having to put any money into it. Appealing, but doesn't have half the charm of the first house. Not to mention... neither of us can really truly envision raising our family in the second house. BUT, it is good we're looking at both and showing interest in both because the listing agent will know that we would have no incentive to go ABOVE the listing price of the second home on the first home while bidding. He may just let the seller know this ;) So, we looked at both with my parents today who drove down from NY. They both liked them both, my Mom thought they were both great but that we should be prepared for all the work involved in the first home. My Dad preferred the second home. He just simply liked it better, and he doesn't think we're prepared for all the money and time it will take to make the first one the home of our dreams. But as DH pointed out, if we moved into the second home, we'd literally have nothing to do. We want, and need, a project to help get our minds off all this other crummy stuff going on in our lives.
So, tomorrow we are hoping to have the pre-approval, get the paperwork for the offer from the agent, go over our proposal/offer with our friend/real estate lawyer, and MAYBE make our first offer by tomorrow evening. (The agent is going on vacation next week! Doh!) But if it doesn't happen tomorrow, it'll happen soon. We're not going to intentionally wait until 90 days on the market or anything. (He did tell us that there has still been no interest on either house... but he said not to wait if we're ready to make an offer, because we don't want to risk a bidding war.)
Tomorrow I go in to negotiate my salary for work, which starts... NEXT WEEK!! Yay, a start-date, and it's not October!! I'm excited, but nervous about tomorrow. I KNOW I deserve more than they're offering, but whether or not I'll get any more is still in question. Please say a prayer on that front. I'll also be getting bloodwork and ultrasound tomorrow, it'll be CD 11.
See? I started AND ended this post with infertility-related items. This still counts as an infertility blog.