I feel better today, but still rocky. I feel like my mind is in a place so that I can make observations about my brain "status".
Period (TMI): I thought last week that I had my period, in the midst of the continuous "spotting" (very light bleeding) for the past nearly 2 months. On Thursday last week, I had a slightly heavier flow, but then it went back to "normal" (spotting). No doubt about it: yesterday, my period started (usual heavier flow that coincides with the start of it). The incredibly low mood and brain funk coincides with the terrible PMS I was experiencing prior to starting the Vitex. It always happened the week up to and especially the last couple of days just before my period started, including the very first day. That explains my low mood this week, and why I'm feeling quite a bit better now on day 2.
TL;DR non-TMI version is: bad mood this week was PMS and I now have a normal period. I can only hope that it ends like it's supposed to next week. I want to start the Vitex again for the PMS, but am wondering if I should wait to make sure this is all over with first. I sent a message to my gyn about this, she may get back to me today (she's only in the office once a week).
Doc wants me to go back in for more blood work today (just swing by the lab), but I'm wary of the lab costs. It will be at least a few weeks before I get any bills for this.
Food: I had more pizza yesterday, but then ordered sushi for dinner. Got to a point of, "Okay, I just made lunches for tomorrow, but I really don't want to eat this for dinner or make more food. I could, but it does feel really out of my capabilities right now." So I said screw it, took it easy on myself, and enjoyed some maki rolls. Today, I have chicken, broc, McIntosh apple, and 1/2 an orange for lunch. I think one more piece of fruit or a Larabar would round this off, I don't think this has been enough food for me in the past. I had 3 eggs scrambled in coconut oil for breakfast this morning, felt like enough.
Gut stuff (TMI): With the start of my period always comes with easier BMs, sometimes too loose. That was definitely true yesterday and with the Senna tea from the night before, it was all too much for me to handle (mentally). I decided to skip the tea last night, which means the only gut-health thing I've taken today is my probiotic. I just didn't get around to taking the L-Glutamine (and my drop of Iodine).
My energy is waaayyy low on the stairs. Really hoping that I can start taking Vitex again because that really seemed to help with overall energy before.