I'm going to have to keep this short because I'm exhausted, but I did want to post some pictures from St Augustine. Yesterday after Mass, DH and I drove 2 hours to St Augustine, where the first Marian shrine is located (Our Lady of La Leche, often invoked for prayers for motherhood and healthy pregnancies). I remember my Creighton Model Practitioner telling me about visiting the shrine, and I was so excited to be able to finally get there!
And another great part was that I finally got to meet "More Than Anything" and her husband! They were so, so sweet, and aside from Mr MTA being a Red Sox fan (blech!) they were perfectly awesome in every way ;)
Here are some pictures from the trip:
This is the Cross on the ground of the shrine, to commemorate the place where the first Catholic Mass was celebrated in the new world. The cross can be seen 25 miles from sea. It's ginormous, the pictures does it NO justice.
Here is a mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe (who will forever hold a special place in my heart, thanks to E from "A Martha Trying to Be Mary.")
You can't see it in this picture, but off to the left was the TINIEST little sign with an arrow pointing behind this mosaic, which read, "Juan Diego." So, we walked around to the back and this is what we saw:
Here is a statue of a very malnourished St Joseph (don't ya think?!)
And here is the shrine (in a tiny chapel covered in ivy):
Mr and Mrs TCIE
The shrine was so humble and beautiful. I LOVED it there.
After our time at the Shrine (and the gift shop, which was equally as wonderful, in particular the small statues of Jesus playing football and practicing karate), we went to a lovely dinner with the MTAs, then walked through part of the historic center of town. Here are some pictures from the inside of the St Augustine Basilica:
Here we are lighting a candle in front of St Joseph - praying for PTI to come through at the end of the month. Didn't realize the sneaky MTAs were taking a picture ;)
So today I had my first therapy session at Clear Passage. I immediately knew I was in the right place at the right time. This place is wonderful. The therapists are awesome (including Stubby), and even knew about the Creighton Model and NaPro Technology! We spoke a lot about fertility treatments (the real "treatment" treatments, not the ones they CALL treatments that don't actually fix anything), and it was refreshing to speak with women who have the same mindset about holistic approaches to healthcare. Right off the bat, I noticed KY Jelly and Femmeglide on one of the desks in the treatment room, and I asked the therapist if she would mind NOT using those for the internal part of my massage, and instead using water for lubrication. She said, "Oh, I can certainly use water if you'd like, but we also have Pre-Seed for those who are near ovulation." OK, yes, I love this place.
I did have some internal therapy today, and it wasn't bad at all. There was pressure but no pain. I think after the Dr S special pelvic exam, I was ready for the worst ;) Actually, parts of the external massage were much more uncomfortable than the internal, and I was warned that I may feel like my skin was tearing, like I was being poked with hot pokers, and burning sensations. I may even feel like they are poking me after therapy is finished for the day (they said others have experienced this and while it may be weird, it's normal). What's interesting is that through the initial assessment and treatments from today, they've ascertained already that the right side of my pelvis and lower abdomen are much more restricted than the left. The reason I find this interesting is that my right ovary is the "lazy" ovary that rarely ovulates on its own. I also had a ton of discomfort right behind the umbilicus, shooting right into my back. This is the site of both laparoscopy incisions.
After treatment today, both therapists said they were already sensing a lot of release - mostly superficially- and that they will be going "deeper" through the week.
More throughout the week, I'm off to go drink tons of water (a requirement of theirs) and watch some tv.
Happy Feast Day of St Anthony!