Spent the entire day on the sofa (TOTM). I was very tired. There was no pain or discomfort, but definitely 'sensation' and not sensation as in, 'this is pain, but I'm downsizing it mentally to detach'; it was feelings of heaviness around the uterus and that area and the sensations of contractions, but no pain. I really allowed my body to be totally relaxed and let what was happening happen.
Obv I had to get off the sofa to feed myself and visit the loo, and though it was a cloudy day I sat out on the back step for some fresh air, but mostly just rested.
I think this deep resting may have something to do with my periods being pain-free lately? Also I think the regular swimming helps, I try to swim right up to it arriving, so the muscles of the abdomen have had a good stretch. And yoga, I dont mention yoga much here, but yoga is always happening.
I took my meals as usual and my appetite seemed normal, not crazed!! Slow-cooked a butternut squash-carrot soup, I wanted the warm soothing of soup. So that was sweet and starchy and the only carbohydrate fix I needed. Beef casserole just keeps getting better and better. Slow cooked to begin with and reheated it in the slow cooker; t'was a day of slow cooking which perfectly suited my mood. I like to hear that pot gently bubbling.
Bought some discounted chicken thighs and drumsticks and they needed to be cooked, so in they went, yes into the slow cooker; with lemon quarters, fat garlic cloves and dried organic herbs. First time cooking raw chicken - I was quite surprised by the liquid produced. I knew it must have value so poured it into a glass jar which when cooled went into the fridge. It has a wobbly fatty top layer and clear liquid underneath, will prob scrape the fat off and add the stock to soup, I suppose that the fat is acting like a preservative? Should I eat that too? (the idea of chicken fat is unappealing.)
GP telephoned to discuss blood test results. I was very curious to know these as had had some disturbing results as a v*gan. GP arranged appointments with endocrinologists and immunologists and I really had not wanted to attend. Obv that was the tipping point for quitting WFPB and migrating here. I cancelled the hospital appts and asked for time to make dietary changes.
Good news: thyroid, folate, calcium = fine. Kidney sodium had been too low and is now resolved. My ferritin has been worryingly low and despite 3-4 months of liquid tonic (floradix) that has not ameliorated. The doctor marvels at my fitness schedule as I am supposed to be weak and fatigued and dizzy with my numbers. I told her that I have such a strong mental drive to be fit and active that it will override any other consideration!! Mind over matter. Either that or I am flogging myself senseless.
The plan is obvious: finished witht the v*gan supplements! That was quite literally £40 down the toilet I'm onto Solgar gentle iron from now and the next action point is equally clear: MOAR MEAT!! I might post on the nutrition forum, I'm wondering if it's OK to eat red meat, say 4 -6 oz; 5/6 times per week??
I asked the doctor about this and she really didnt know and said she thought red meat thrice per week, but I think she was just saying a number, if you know what I mean.
The other piece of the tests that has bothered me as it's a completely new one, is raised liver function - ALT? I have a nurse friend who is going to talk that over with me, but she was surprised when I told her - as I dont ingest anything that would stress the liver in her opinion (alcohol, toxins, pharmaceuticals) . She wanted to reassure me by telling me that the liver was supremely resilient, that I shouldnt worry. I'm getting a retest in one month.
I'm not really used to numbers and levels and bio-data, and I have to admit to being somewhat freaked out, and feeling out of my depth and worried about my iron and liver a little bit Today's mind work - not to ruminate over those results!!
That's a lot of quite personal info, hope that was OK, if you are still here, thank you for the mercy of your attention Any thoughts on iron/liver would be most welcome!!