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    Haha, oops, I now have two boxes of Tazo Zen at work. I don't have any Calm. I'll go get some at Shaw's today.

    I used the neti pot last night with a drop of tea tree oil in it. That was VERY clearing and I don't think I'd do it more than once every other day for fear of damage of some sort (I suffered from frequent nosebleeds a lot growing up so the slight burning sensation is scary to me). I did some reading beforehand to decide on how many drops (glad I didn't do more) and I think I want to try lavender oil. Unfortunately, once I went to bed, I started sneezing a bunch and got congested again. I think I'll wash the sheets soon, but it's probably just some nighttime bloom screwing me over. We use unscented detergent (Method) so I'm not worried about reactions there. Dear goodness, I HOPE I'm not developing sensitivities to cleaning products now!

    The sick feeling is gone, my glands aren't swollen today and I feel less run down. I'm still sneezing plenty and have post nasal drip. I'll get that Allegra at the store today too. I want to be able to differentiate from seasonal allergies & food responses! I miss that short period of time last month & earlier this month that I didn't have post nasal drip

    Speaking of cleaning products (uh, above), I'm trying to sort out the best way to clean our shower liners. Probably I'll just have to throw them in the washing machine every few weeks & let them dry a bit on the clothesline before putting them back up. Since I can't take down the bars over the clawfoot tub, it's a hassle to remove & rehang the liners, but it must be done. I tried spraying them down a bit last night & wiping them, but it's too difficult & didn't seem to do much. The water is pretty hard here and leaving lots of residue on the liners. This means I probably will not be able to continue going shampoo free as my hair grows out. Phooey.

    The chili I made last week STILL isn't finished off. Maybe I'll freeze the rest. There's a couple of servings left. I'm a bit tired of it. I have some for lunch today with 1/2 an acorn squash. I forgot my banana.

    My teeth feel so much better after oil pulling last night and this morning. I think this will help with the sensitivity. The gums over my lower right canine look much thicker this week than they did last week.

    I'm going to schedule my woman's annual exam soon & talk to the doctor about getting an IUD. [Edit] Lady check-up scheduled w/ a nurse practitioner for next week. I'll have to schedule a consultation w/ the gyn when I go in. It might not be until November, so I'll schedule the appointment and then see how soon I could go to Planned Parenthood.

    [edit]BM - mid-morning, between type 3 and 4 on Bristol stool chart. I feel...unfinished.
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    PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes – Pumpkin Cream Donut Sandwiches

    If I use honey instead of maple syrup, these are SCD compliant. They look awesome! I just need a donut pan...which I will probably not use for anything else haha.

    I posted this on Facebook. Any thoughts?:

    I have this blender. It needs a new blade assembly because the grooves in the base are worn out, but it's only about $10. It works well for blending liquids and is easier to clean than my other blender, a Ninja Pro Blender (which works pretty well as a food processor too). Worth it or no? I haven't used it much in the past year or so since I got the Ninja, but I feel like it could be useful...
    Vintage Osterizer Imperial Pulse matic Blender Avacado Green on eBay!
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    I have had a copper IUD for 9 years. I will be replacing it with a new one soon. The heavier bleeding was a problem until I started supplementing iron & iodine. When I started taking 1g of iodine every day, lugol's solution, the bleeding went back to "normal". Some months were very very heavy until I discovered the iodine connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pebbles67 View Post
    I have had a copper IUD for 9 years. I will be replacing it with a new one soon. The heavier bleeding was a problem until I started supplementing iron & iodine. When I started taking 1g of iodine every day, lugol's solution, the bleeding went back to "normal". Some months were very very heavy until I discovered the iodine connection.
    Thanks, P. I'll keep that in mind. I've had low ferritin in the past, so I will likely need to supplement that or iron too. I have iodine, a brand recommended by the doc I was seeing for gut stuff. I was deficient in January and have not had it tested again yet.

    I'm contacting Planned Parenthood today (emailing back & forth) to see how soon I could get in. They said it has to be inserted when I'm on my period since I'm not on hormonal birth control (to insure that I'm not pregnant). So either I go within the next few days or wait until next month. Not sure how soon my doctor's office could see me after the consultation (which has not yet been scheduled). I know I'll get charged for a pregnancy test at the doctor's (about $17 in lab fees) so I think I'd rather get it inserted during my period.

    If I do go to PP this week (unlikely), I'd reschedule my women's annual for November and they can check on the IUD at that time.
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    Well, I'm kind of jumping around a little: Planned Parenthood can insert the IUD tonight! Appointment at 7PM. I'll cancel my women's exam for next week & schedule a regular annual. I'll make sure to get Iodine & Vitamin D tested.
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    Yeah! No waiting

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    Good Luck! My husband and I have loved the ability to forgo condoms. No thinking or pre prep necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pebbles67 View Post
    Good Luck! My husband and I have loved the ability to forgo condoms. No thinking or pre prep necessary.
    Yes, definitely looking forward to less worrying in that regard.
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    I survived the IUD insertion

    Well, my dears, I survived.

    I am thinking about writing about this in my blog. Despite being a rather personal experience, I figure if I can talk about my suicide attempt there, why not my reproductive health? haha. I'll probably post about it in one of the IUD threads here on MDA & link to it here so folks can read it or not.

    In short: insertion hurt a lot. It was the worst pain I have ever felt, but I have never been seriously injured and I have never given birth (TBH, my piercings are probably the worst pain I've felt and that was so momentary). Hulky reminded me not to let anyone invalidate my pain, which I thought was very sweet. He picked me up from the train station on my way back. The clinic was an hour behind schedule so I was out until about 9:30 (hour-long train ride each way) and didn't have dinner. I was too nauseous to eat when I got back and the cramps were pretty awful. I am good at not crying from discomfort/pain though so I don't really know "how bad" it hurt on my personal pain scale. The staff at the clinic were very nice, very thorough, and I am glad I had it done, even though I was regretting it on the train ride home! No sex or any kind of insertion for 48 hrs, but I am protected immediately.

    The cramps are better today, thank goodness, though still worse than any cramping I usually have, and I'll be taking Ibuprofen all day and as needed. Hulky's doctor (who I have previously seen as well; great guy) told him that Ibuprofen doesn't really do much until you get over 1600 mg, so I am taking a fairly high dose of 1200 mg. I am not taking it around mealtimes, as I don't want to cause any issues when I take the Betaine HCL to increase my stomach acid.

    I cancelled my appointment for next week and will reschedule for about a month out so they can check on the IUD placement at that time. I will also ask when my last regular annual exam was because I can't remember. I want to check Vitamin D, Iodine, Iron, & Ferritin. Apparently, my hemoglobin levels are excellent (they checked last night). I want to donate blood soon but am afraid of nearly fainting again. I ate well before we went last time, but still almost passed out.

    BM - This AM, type 6 on Bristol stool chart. I am going to start taking some Vitamin C every day to help with any "detox" my body is doing from the candida. This means I will probably be able to lower the mag citrate dose. We shall see! My marshmallow root extract & more slippery elm (in powder form) arrived so I'm taking the marshmallow root extract twice a day with the slippery elm now too. Interested to see how that might help. [edit] Type 3 this evening, after dinner & my pre-bedtime warm goat milk.

    Body - I can tell my right leg is incredibly messed up right now. The foot placement feels even worse than usual. I should just make a chiropractic appointment.

    Sleep - Took Theanine Serene last night (and gave some to Hulky too). I slept pretty well, but woke up too early. Hulky did not sleep well, again. I think I am going to resume 50 mg of 5-HTP for a few nights and see how that goes.

    BTW, I promised you guys a prom photo of me. Voila, 2006. The hair dye was temporary (it applied in a mousse foam form, only lasted a week, smelled AMAZING), I don't think they make it anymore. It was by one of the big hair-dye brands.


    Me on the left. Girl next to me was my date, who, funnily enough, dated Hulky for 3 years while he was in the Army. We started dating not long after they broke up and were both very afraid it was going to be a rebound thing, but I think it has worked out well . I still have my entire prom outfit except for various jewelry (bracelets made from embroidery floss, so obviously those haven't lasted the past 7 years) and the shoes.


    My circus friend (he did gymnastics since age 12, then trapeze, all kinds of circus stuff, and is doing that as his job now. I think he just moved to Los Angeles to provide trapeze lessons to movie stars) has the green hair behind me, but the photo has a very cool effect of making it look like it was part of my hair.
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    BTW, I had fun educating Hulky on how the IUD works. I forget that high school sex ed was such a long time ago & I was a member of a sex ed group in college (all volunteers were trained on STI's and forms of birth control, and we provided condoms and lube for pocket change or free if you had nothing) so I have learned about all this much more recently. I think I'll ask him to read the little informational brochure so he is aware of what symptoms to look out for, in case I have any trouble with the IUD.

    I am having trouble not being tense today, but it's getting better as the cramps reduce. I don't expect my gut to play along for the next few days, at least.
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