Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bummed Out

I've just been feeling kind of down lately. I'm also feeling completely exhausted and irritable (and I'm still pre-ovulation, so they're definitely not pregnancy symptoms). I think the answer is (here's rocket science for you) to get more sleep and to exercise so that I'll be healthier, sleep better, and have more energy. I'm thinking maybe I should try the low-GI diet, too. I think I react pretty strongly to sugar, and eating healthier certainly won't hurt, right? I sang with the choir this morning and I really thought I might pass out. I kept getting kind of woozy and hot, and I was just so tired every time we stood up. I was going to go to bed early tonight, but I take my thryoid medication at 10:30am and 10:30pm, so that's kind of my "early" threshold. So, I think I'm going to go get ready for bed and see if more sleep doesn't help things.

Oh, and I feel bad that I haven't really responded much to comments in a while! I'm sorry!

So, lifehopes asked about the enzyme stuff we used when the dog peed on the bed! This is it, and it really worked for us (it worked perfectly on a mattress that she peed on a couple of years ago--we were out of town, so it had a couple of days to sink in). It is scented, and the scent can be a bit overpowering at first if you're sensitive to that, but it really does get the odor out. The scent fades pretty quickly, and there's definitely no lingering pet odor.

And athorninthepew mentioned having saliva tests done for adrenal function (thank you!). That definitely makes sense given the little I know about cortisol levels. I know a few of you out there have had this done. If you've had this done or checked it out, do you know what's involved in the testing? What can they learn from those tests? And do you have any recommendations about who would be likely to do it (if my Napro doctor doesn't feel comfortable with it, who do you think I should look for)?

I think there may be a couple of other questions lingering, so I'll look at the comments again and write another post soon!


Meridith @ The Road Less Traveled said...

So sorry you've been down... I've been there as well, especially here lately... (((hugs)))

As for the saliva test... I have my kit and really need to do it tomorrow... basically you have 4 test tubes that you fill with saliva at specific times during they day. They can test for the following hormones: FSH, LH, Estrone, Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, Androstenedione, Dihydrotestosterone, Cortisol as well as Insulin levels and some food intolerance & immunity and Parasitic & GI Diseases. Apparently there's a lot of info in that spit of ours!

Sew Infertile said...

Sorry you are in the dumps! It is interesting that you are thinking about the LOW GI diet. This is my very uneducated thought about sugar. Have you noticed reading the blogs there are a lot woman that are sensitive to sugar and infertile and all on or getting on the LOW GI Diet! I realize there are other issues but it is interesting that ALL of us are so insensitive to sugar. I am sensitive to sugar as well....I think the LGD will help with your energy tremendously. Even if the first few days are awful! Good Luck and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Jen said...

I hope the extra sleep and exercise helps! It certainly can't hurt.

I am going to have to get some of that enzyme stuff.

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

That cleansing stuff looks amazing. I also like Nature's Miracle, but it's a little pricey.

As for the saliva, my NaPro Dr is a D.O.- she's always had sort of a "holistic" approach to things, so she was a big advocate of the saliva testing for cortisol (she says it gives a much better picture of what's happening with the level than a single blood draw). So if your NaPro Dr isn't fond of them, maybe try a regular family practice D.O.

Meridith said...

Just wanted to check back and see how you are doing... hope you are feeling better (((hugs)))


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