Why do I feel like I'm going backwards??
I've eliminated all casein (protein in milk) and all gluten as of early February, so it's officially been one month on this new diet (which is also low glycemic-index, and high protein)... and this cycle has SUCKED. There, I said it.
Not only did my TEBB (tail-end brown bleeding, at the end of my period) come back with a vengeance, but it never went away!! I did ultrasounds on myself (c'mon, you know you would, too, if you were in my shoes), and I ovulated early since I took a low dose of Femara. I took 4 Femara pills (2.5mgs each) on cycle day 2, because I wanted to force my right ovary into working again. The last time when I thought I saw a follicle on my right side, it didn't end up developing, and the left side took over that cycle. But THIS time, the right side made a nice, big, juicy follicle that got to 2.3cm (or slightly bigger) before rupturing. It also had a nice and obvious cumulus oopherus (evidence of an egg). But, all the while, I was spotting. Right around rupture, the brown turned to red for two days - and each day it was very, very light... then after rupture it went back to brown.
At P+3, I started my compounded progesterone, thinking for sure that would get rid of it... and it did, in the mornings. But by the afternoon, the brown is back again.
WHAT THE SHIT?!?!?!?!
I am so upset by this... all of the FertilityCare conferences I have attended in the past 3 years have shown charts of women who implemented major diet changes, and their charts went from confusing as all heck to GORGEOUS, TEXTBOOK cycles (which inevitably wound up to be fertile as they soon got pregnant). I implement major diet changes, and my body rebels?? Does it miss bread and cheese that much??
I'm so over it. All this drama from my body.
In other, better news, I started my new job with the new NaPro Center this week, but unfortunately there has not been much for me to do yet since they are still waiting for their actual office space to open. There is an ultrasound machine, and I could technically start scanning, but there are a bunch of "logistics" to the patient registration, etc. that have to be combed out before I do that. I am truly excited about this center, though, and I think it will have great success :) I'm so honored to be a part of it!
And for those of you wondering, I have kept my promise to Gloria, and I've said a rosary every single day, and plan to continue through Lent. It works out well on my ride in to work in the mornings (thanks for the tip, alliemich!)
And to end things on a TOTALLY different note, my DH and I are looking into restoring the old Chickering piano we had "thrown in" to the house deal. We sent the restoration place pictures of it before we bought the house, and they dated it at 1895! At the time, we thought our house was built in 1900, so that pre-dated our house! (We've since discovered that our house was actually built in 1873 - HOW COOL!!! We found this out because our neighbors have a twin Victorian that was built at exactly the same time, and they threw a "Welcome to the Neighborhood Party" for us, and told us then that our houses were actually built in 1873!)
So, now that we are in the house, I was able to find the serial number and email it to the restoration place - at first he told me that wasn't the serial number, and to look again, but when I emailed him pictures of where I found it (it's quite obviously the serial number), he was confused. He said that serial number dated my piano at...
BUT, that he "knew for sure" it was NOT built in 1835. Apparently, they did not make upright pianos of that height back then (ours is 4 feet high).
So, now I'm wondering if our piano was specially-commissioned for someone of importance... hmmm... (probably not, but a woman can dream!) I guess I'll find out for sure when they take it in to restore it.
I have a really great post in my head that I'm saving for Lent. Sorry for the boring one today :)