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  • Have you had your hormone levels checked by your doc yet?
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    • No. She wanted me to get on hormonal bc to fix the issue (temporarily) but I wanted to ride it out and see if it would improve. This month is an improvement on last month so far... the spasming is less intense/frequent and the cramping is definitely less intense. I don't feel physically ill this time. But, there again, I'm taking an anti-inflammatory so maybe that is helping some... I kind of want to ride it out a bit longer to see if next month will also be an improvement or not. I have a yearly due very soon - actually due this month, but when we talked about my periods, she allowed me to wait three months or so before making any decisions regarding treatment options.

      I saw her in May when I felt discomfort upon walking - every step was a throb in my uterus - running was torture. Prior to that period, I took Vitex every day. 3 capsules the first 2 weeks, 2 capsules the last two weeks, discontinued during period.

      June started the more intense cramping and the HORRID intestinal spasms, but I thought maybe they could be related to the probiotic. Took 2 vitex daily for first two weeks, then stopped taking all together thinking maybe Vitex was hurting me. Started a probiotic 3 days before period started. Assumed probiotic was waging war since the spasms were in the lower intestinal region.

      July - no vitex, no probiotic. Walking throbs in uterus, intestinal spasms, but less frequent and less intense, however also taking an anti-inflammatory (prescription) for foot tendonitis/nerve pain.

      Who knows what to think of all that...
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Pretty uneventful weekend - full of bad-for-me-but-gluten-free foods. Lots of sugar.

        Thursday afternoon I attempted to give blood. I had a feeling going in that it was a doomed attempt. First off, I was in the middle of the Russian Circus, so I suspected my iron would be low. It was for the first test, but the second test came back 'normal', so I was allowed to proceed. Second, my resting pulse rate was 45, so I had to be blessed off by the charge nurse. She noted on my profile that I'm an avid runner and train for "marathons" as she put it so that if there is ever another super low resting pulse or low blood pressure, they understand why and don't immediately freak out about it. Third, the phlebotomist (or whatever they call donor people) was having trouble getting a flash when she put the needle in (flash = initial show of blood inside the tubing) and it was flowing VERY slowly... It kept setting the alarm off on the machine that draws the blood. So, the phlebotomist dug around a bit and was still unable to get a good blood flow. Finally, after 100 mL, she pulled the needle - yep... blood clot at end of needle... this didn't suprise me a bit b/c when the guy doing the inprocessing went to put a bandaid on the spot where he pricked my finger for the iron check, he couldn't fine the spot b/c it had already clotted up. He said "Well, we know your platelet count is good if this is clotted already"... that was hint number 4 that this wasn't going to go well...

        So, no donation for me this time around. I still get credit in my records as having donated 500 mL, so that's cool at least. I don't get to go back until September 5th.

        After that I went home and pressure washed the deck and driveway. I have decided I want to whitewash the deck... just gotta find out how much that will cost and pick a day to do it.

        Thursday night, SIL asked me if I had any plans for Friday night. Expecting her to ask me to watch her boy while she went out for a run (she's taken up running - super cool if you ask me!), but she asked me if I wanted to have a girls' night out. She's never asked me this before so I was kind of shocked and apprehensive. I couldn't figure out why she wanted to hang out with me all of a sudden. She told me later that she saw on FB that her cousin and cousin's SIL hang out a lot and she realized we really don't, and she wanted to change that. So Friday night we went to Applebee's for dinner and to Despicable Me 2 (in 3D - I'd never seen a 3D movie so she decided we needed to go to a 3D movie). It was good. Funny and happy.

        Before we went out Friday night, I ran 6 miles, then restored the headlights on my car - they aren't perfect, but they're a hell of a lot better than they were - then weeded most of the garden. I have to weed around the squashes and beans yet, but got most of the garden done on Friday. Busy day with very little sit-down time until the date with SIL.

        Saturday, she and I decided to take our 3 kids to see Despicable Me 2. They enjoyed it. It was Brady and Makenna's first visit to a movie theater. I was worried at first b/c Makenna was scared, clung to my lap and had her ears covered, but about half way through she relaxed. Then as we were driving home we saw a local farm store was hosting an EMS day event with all kinds of fire trucks, ambulances and a life-flight helicopter, so we stopped at that, checked stuff out, watched the helicopter take off, then went home for naps, followed by a night at the races. Busy busy day for the three kids!

        Sunday, we mostly relaxed and did laundry. When Brad got home from work we went and got groceries. BUSY weekend.

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        Dairy... I'm going to count today as day 1 dairy free, even though lunch has a bit of dairy in it. My foot feels "ok" but not perfect. Still taking the prescription anti-inflammatory to keep it at bay while I eliminate the dairy. I'm not doing real well so far, which is why today will be day 1. I think I need to just do a 2 week whole30 to keep myself on track, but I'm apprehensive b/c I was thinking about doing the official W30 that's set for August. I think I'll wait on the W30 and just do dairy free primal for now - that way I can still enjoy white potatoes and sweeteners.

        This week I'm going to scale back the running a bit. Most half marathon training plans account for one or two step-back weeks where the long weekend run is scaled back by 1-2 miles. So, after running a 10 miler, the following week's long run would be 8 miles or so, then ramp back up to 10 miles the following week. I don't have enough time to allow for cutting back the mileage via the long run, so instead I'll reduce my two shorter runs. I'll run a 2 mile run and a 3 mile run this week, and stick to the 7 miles I planned to do on Friday, which will reduce my weekly mileage by 1.5 miles overall. It'll be a nice little break and will allow me to take a different route while running at work, lessening the dullness. Running the same route over and over and over again gets kind of dull after a while.

        I suppose... that's all I've really got - just rambles.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Cycling the same routes while I was "training" (aka practicing) for the ride to work got really boring. It's nice to be able to switch things up!
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          • Starting right now (with the exception of the butter on my lunch)... no refined sugar (maple syrup or honey is ok), no dairy - almost Whole30 rules.

            I will allow any fresh meat, veggie and fruit I want - to include white potatoes.

            For the rest of August.

            This shouldn't be too difficult b/c I'm not really restricting anything. I'm basically doing dairy free primal. I need to see if dairy is the cause of my foot pain. I KNOW it's the cause of my phlegminess.

            August will be much of the same, with an exception for Brad's birthday on/around the 8th (not sure when his birthday celebration will be). There will be chocolate zucchini cake - but I believe MIL will be making it gluten free again since it turned out so well the last time. There will be refined sugar in that. The meal will consist of fried fish (blech! I'll bake some in ghee) and potato salad (again, blech - her's wasn't so good last time - I could taste the nasty bitter oils in it) and probably something else, but I don't know what yet. The details are still sketchy. But, that's 3 weeks away yet.

            Brad leaves for North Carolina Tuesday evening so getting a start on dairy free won't be tough. I'll just leave it out of any cooking I do this week. Easy peasy. He returns Friday night - late Friday night.

            Ok, that's the plan...
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • My daughter has to have a procedure done in response to her bladder infection. The doctor said that anytime someone presents with a bladder infection that does not have bladder infection symptoms, they look at the kidneys. Specifically, they look for reflux in the ureters (tubes that go to the bladder from the kidneys). There are two ureters that go to the bladder, one from each kidney. At the junction between the bladder and the ureters, there is a sphincter muscle that is supposed to prevent reflux back into the ureters/kidney. If those muscles aren't working properly, urine will creep back up the ureters and over time can cause damage to the ureters and/or kidneys. The doctor wants to do a test that will test these muscles. She said they'll fill Kenna's bladder with water and check for backflow into the ureters. If there is, we'll take action to fix the problem. If not, I guess we're in the clear. I'm really quite nervous about it b/c I think that if there's a problem with one of the muscles, they'll have to do surgery to fix it.

              Nervous Mommy here... The appointment is scheduled for August 2.
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • [[hugs]] I hope all goes well.
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                • Best of luck to your little one.

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                  • Reading up on Mayo's website. Sounds like it's not a serious issue and that most kids grow out of the muscle weakness that causes the reflux, if reflux is present. Also says that it tends to run in families, so may be genetic. My niece tested negative for the reflux, so that gives me hope that Makenna will also test negative.

                    My sister says the test sucks. They gave my niece a drug that made her loopy/drunk to relax her, but sister says she would have preferred they put her completely under for the procedure. She said it was not pleasant. My niece is 2 years older than my daughter.

                    Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about this (possible) condition, should anyone be interested. Vesicoureteral reflux - MayoClinic.com
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • All I wanted to eat last night was strawberries with heavy whipping cream and chocolate chips... dairy cravings suck.

                      Brad leaves for NC today. Won't see him again until close to 11 on Friday night. It's his first time flying. Probably should have sent him with a Xanax... I think I'll encourage him to get a beer from the airport before taking off to calm his nerves. He's as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs on a normal basis, so flying for the first time should have him reeling.

                      Hitting the gym today for some barbell love. Going to assess my current strength after so much time off and try to get back into a rhythm. I miss deadlifts and squats. I will probably do deadlifts and overhead press today.

                      Having a bit of gut unhappiness today. Not sure what that's about. Maybe it's the hormone shift from the Russian Circus leaving town.

                      After rambling yesterday I really don't have much to say today... hmmm... guess I'll go read some journals.
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • Sorry about the little one having to go through that yucky sounds procedure. At least they will give her something to relax and make her less fearful.

                        Do you think the dead lifts have anything to do with the foot pain?
                        1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                        2. Eat to heal
                        3. Move to live
                        4. Embrace today
                        5. Live with intention
                        6. Respect my body
                        7. Cultivate joy
                        8. Find my passion
                        9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                        • No. I haven't done deadlifts for a long time. And the foot doesn't hurt while lifting. Only while walking/running. I'm thinking it's a tendonitis, which comes from overuse, and since I'm just standing while doing deadlifts, they would not impact it.

                          So, I just discovered that my introductory period on my credit card is apparently expired. I'm now paying 15.99% interest on the card. This kind of pisses me off b/c as a result, my payment has gone up. It was $104, now it's $120. That might not be much to the average person, but we're struggling financially right now and that $16 makes a difference. I'm so frustrated and overwhelmed by our finances that I could just scream and say fukitol. I guess there's no longer any hurry to pay off this damn credit card if it's no longer interest free. No reason to kill ourselves over it. As such, I'm going to redo our budget... F*ck this shit... I should just call the bank and take a personal loan to pay it off. The interest rate would be WAY cheaper.
                          Primal since March 5, 2012
                          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                          • I just thought maybe the dead lifting had something to do with due to extra weight put on your feet when you're lifting. Something has to support your weight, plus the poundage you're lifting --- it all comes down to the feet.

                            Sorry about the credit card. If it were me --- I'd do a debt consolidation loan and work on the whole pile in one shot. The kicker would be absolutely no more credit usage until the debt was paid in full.
                            1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                            2. Eat to heal
                            3. Move to live
                            4. Embrace today
                            5. Live with intention
                            6. Respect my body
                            7. Cultivate joy
                            8. Find my passion
                            9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                            • The pain is in the front of my foot and when you lift, you push through the heels.

                              Our debt is too high for our credit union to do a debt consolidation loan. Debt consolidation loans are "personal loans", i.e. no collateral, and our debt is too high for no collateral.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Ok, I think I have everything square again... November 2017 is our completely out of debt month - excluding the mortgage - until we throw a curve ball by adding a new(ish) car at some point in the next year. Maybe we'll just continue to drive this car... I want to at least have that damn Citibank card paid off before we get a new(ish) car.

                                There's really nothing more mentally debilitating than feeling broke...
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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