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  • #16
    Dear Gravyboat,
    Glad to see you journaling. As before, I am loving your goose!
    Interesting that the doctor's first (I am assuming instinctive) response was the melatonin, which he 'corrected'. I sometimes get the vibe from doctors that I should fit into a specific cubby. Makes me wonder if your symptoms said 'melatonin', but his perceptions said 'female/age/whatever' and pushed him into the second recommendation. Will you be telling him the melatonin worked? It might make a difference to his future patients.
    Thanks for posting your measurements. I always find them just as interesting as weights.

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    • #17
      Thanks, Pebbles!

      And thanks, Sabine! Basically what happened with the sleep doctor is that the guy I was seeing was likely still in training. So the poor sap still had this naive notion that that you're supposed to actually treat patients. Every time I saw him he would have to leave the room after consulting with me and go confer with his supervisor. When he looked over my sleep study results, his gut instinct (straight out of med school) was to treat me with an appropriate treatment. But his senior-doctor supervisor was like "Nah, let's stretch this out a couple more appointments/months by giving worthless advice! That way we get paid more! We're doctors, this is how it works!" (Or at least that's what my dad and I think)

      I actually have thought about calling the clinic back and saying "This is why I'm not coming back: because I solved my problem using melatonin, which is an actual treatment, not the stupid try-harder non-treatment you wanted me to do. PS: Y'all are condescending assholes. Thanks for nothing." I don't know if it would make a difference to them. Maybe I'll write the junior doctor a letter directly telling him that HIS suggestion cured me, and his SUPERVISOR'S suggestion was shit, and urge him to go with his gut feeling in the future because he was 100% right.

      I think people's measurements are interesting too, especially because my body seems to be so different from most women's. I'm pretty sure I'm always going to be thick and curvy no matter what. I'm pretty sure I will never be "skinny". To be honest, though, I have no idea how I'm going to end up at the end of my weight-loss journey (not that it will be the end of my primal journey!). It's kind of exciting but kind of makes me feel impatient too. I have no idea what's going to happen, and that's a little frustrating for me. Maybe I will end up eating my words later on and will somehow end up with a thin build. Who knows. I don't really care one way or another, because I'll be gorgeous either way, but I am still really impatient to find out how the story ends!!

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      • #18
        God damnit. My whole reproductive system is waking up. First the horny dreams and now I'm back to terrible periods. I feel so bloated today it's uncomfortable to even sit.

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        • #19
          For some reason I just got my results in the mail from my thyroid ultrasound in November..... Glad to see my doctor's office is so on the ball.

          CLINICAL INFORMATION: Thyroid enlargement.

          FINDINGS: Both lobes are mildly enlarged with the right lobe measuring 5.8 cm and the left lobe 5.6 cm in craniocaudal diameter. The thyroid is uniformly normal in echogenicity. There is no focal nodule.

          It's good that there were no nodules. I'd be interested to know exactly how big it is now for comparison, since I lost an inch off my neck when I started taking iodine.

          Since my thyroid and ovaries were both known to be enlarged, I sort of wonder what my adrenals look(ed) like.

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          • #20
            Very interesting results. You should retest at the 6 month mark.
            Primal since 9/24/2010
            "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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            • #21
              Lol, I don't think my body's very happy right now. I've been eating chili the past several days (lots of tomatoes and some brown sugar) and tacked on like 2lbs. Then last night I went out for shepherd's pie (it had a VERY floury gravy and some really crappy mashed potatoes -- I didn't eat much of it) and ice cream (had a peanut butter milkshake -- so good! I regret nothing!). Ended up with a pretty bad tummy ache and sipped water the rest of the night. Woke up today and I'm back up to 243. So that sucks, but whatever. I knew there would be consequences.

              Got my olive leaf extract in the mail last night, so I'll be starting an anti-candida program soon. Which means super low carb for a couple weeks. Gotta use up some turnips first though. I think I'll make a GOOD shepherd's pie tonight (not like that crap I had at the diner).

              I go to pick up my new 30lb box of meat on Saturday, and I'm getting a lot of roasts this month. Gonna be eating pretty much all meat and eggs with small amounts of vegetables and some cream-based sauces. I can't waaaiiit.

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              • #22
                Dear Gravyboat,
                Have you seen Bee's Egg Drink? It is from a anti-candida regimen. If you search on the forum it will pop up. I was surprised at how much I like it, since my first thought was, 'you do WHAT?. Raw egg and hot water?' Worth checking out.

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                • #23
                  Thanks, I'll look it up! You're right, though, it sounds gross.

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                  • #24
                    Woke up early today feeling really good! I love how that's becoming normal for me. If you'd said to me even two months ago that I would be waking up around 6am with tons of energy, I would have laughed in your face. In fact, after my sleep study follow-up appointment, I remember saying to my dad in no uncertain terms that I would never be the sort of person who goes to bed at 10pm and wakes up at 7. But, um... here we are.

                    So anyway, I woke up feeling really energetic. My friend was online (he hadn't slept yet) and so I asked if he wanted to go get coffee with me. So.. we met up at like 7:30am and ended up walking 5 damn miles! I was so not expecting to walk 5 miles today, but it happened and I don't regret it. I might tomorrow, though.

                    In other news, I have totally not been eating enough. Like one meal a day and a lot of fasting in between restaurant dinners. That maaay be partly why I am gaining/not losing weight. Need to get back to 2-3 squares a day. Need to make sure I am getting enough calories. I've had some pretty disordered eating habits in the past, and one of the "skills" I came away with was the ability to ignore even strong, gnawing hunger. Been doing that sorta often lately, mostly when I just don't feel like getting up and making something. Not good.

                    I need to remember that putting shitty non-primal restaurant food in my mouth and then not eating for 18+ hours means my body is getting absolute crap-tier nutrition. I need to eat crappy restaurant food AND healthy food. Fasting is good, but only when I'm otherwise eating well. In fact, I can probably consider non-primal restaurant meals a fast for all the nutrition I get out of them.

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                    • #25
                      Holy shit, I feel like I got hit by a bus. That walk yesterday tore me up. My calves are so tight my heels don't want to go all the way down when I walk. Strange sensation. The most frustrating part, though: today I'm actually a pound heavier at 244! Blahhhh. I was at 240 for like two days! What is this shit! My measurements are also the exact same as they've been for a while now: 37" waist, 44" navel, 51" hips, 19" calf.

                      Damnit. This better be some kind of systemic inflammation that's going to go away.

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                      • #26
                        Exercise water weight. No worries. Keep holding onto the fabulousness of increased energy.
                        Primal since 9/24/2010
                        "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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                        • #27
                          Thanks for the encouragement. Today I feel physically run down, but I had plans to go out with my best friend. So we got cambodian curry for lunch and went to the farmer's market. I bought two full grocery bags of vegetables for $10, and local eggs and cheese. Then we went to the butcher. I got 32lbs of meat for the month. Now we're out at the local indie coffee shop (I absolutely love it here, and have been a patron for nearly 15 years. Everyone in here is always super friendly!) and there is a string quartet playing live while I'm typing this. <3

                          Life is so nice today! I feel so calm and happy.

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                          • #28
                            Oh my gosh. Got my LHT in for the day carrying all that meat up to the 4th floor. Phew! Didn't have an asthma attack though, even taking 2 trips to carry other groceries up first, and not resting in between! So yay. That's improvement!

                            But daaaamn am I retaining some water. My whole body is squishy as hell. My breasts in particular are 100% squish. My ankles actually don't look that bad, especially for having been walking around so much (I used to have perma-swollen ankles when I ate grain, and being on my feet made it 10x worse), but my torso is noticeably bloated. The scale says 247.

                            SQUISH SQUISH SQUISH.

                            Gonna try and guzzle water tonight to fix this. Kind of too bad I don't have a partner right now though because all this squish is soooo soft. <3
                            Last edited by Gravyboat; 03-03-2012, 06:00 PM.

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                            • #29
                              Hurray for no asthma! I used to get environmental asthma every winter. The last 2 Primal winters...nothing.
                              Primal since 9/24/2010
                              "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

                              Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools
                              MFP username: MDAPebbles67

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                              • #30
                                Yeah, I've had exercise-induced asthma since I was a small child. Like, since before I can remember. It's especially bad in cold weather (like yesterday -- I was carrying everything up the steep outside stairs). So the fact that I was breathing hard in the cold and DIDN'T get any serious, lasting lung pain is a pretty positive change.

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