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.  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.