Tuesday, May 31, 2011
This blog is to help other woman who have the same issues as me or wanna know about the Minera...Guys, you can read if you like but it's grapical and girly...lol
Ok, so as some of you know, i've got endometriosis and heavy menstraul bleeding...Some of you have commented and helped me with ideas...and i've read a few of the blogs about what others do/have during their monthly..
I've been on seasonale for a year now, and while yes, the birth control i'm using is ment to stop you from getting pregrant, i use them only for trying to have less bleeding and pain..The seasonale pills(while expensive), worked fairly well for a year.Stopping my period except for every 3 months...then i would have a fairly light(for me, regular for most) period...Then the last one of the year came and it was very bad..same as very other one i've suffered through since having one at age 11...(except while pregrant)...
So, back to the doctor who refered me to a gynocologist...(also who i saw that started me on seasonale)...blood work, cervical exam and pap test revealed nothing wrong with my cervix and uterus...so Mirena was suggested...
I agreed and came home with the mirena(very expensive unless you have medical care plan).. and 4 days with of antibotics.
Day 1 of my period i called them(last tuesday), and i was booked for the next soonest date.(today).I checked the internet and the blogs i could find, and while the bad and the good of the mirena are listed, i decided to go ahead and have the mirena inserted...
The idea behind the mirnea is that within 3-6 months the horomones can STOP or very much lighten a period...(hormones are released directly from the IUD(mirena) into the uterus, the hormones cause the uterus to NOT build up a lining of blood every month.Eventually stopping it all together.)
So, today i took an antibotic(which made me sick to my stomach, maybe more food first and then the pill?), and then went into the hospital for the outpatient procedure.After an hour wait(lady in labour maybe?lol)..i was shown into the room, where my doctor was as well as a nurse...they allowed me to undress (bottoms)behind a curtain and cover with a sheet.Then came in...i was asked if my period went normal(for me), and if it was lightening now, and if i'd had sex at all in the last week(this question is to ensure you are not pregrant during insertion time)...
I was told to take ibuprophen before my appoinment...DO THIS! it helps with the pain, cause having a spectum widing your cervix is painful in a feeling of lots of pressure way...
Then they layed me back on a 45 degree angle and got to work...lol...The spectum was inserted to open the cervix and canal..Then wiped inside with iodine...There was pressure and then the doctor warned me of a pinch and then he inserted the Mirena...next he clipped the wires and told me he could shorten them later if needed and told me my spouse and i should not feel the wires in a few days to a week(they curve around the opening of the cervix)..he removed the spectum and cleaned me up..(ewww, slimmy from the goo they put on the spectum and the iodine...yuck! lol)
Then they left me and i could get dressed...The doctor said NO TAMPONS! and that there may be some bleeding and cramping for next few days, and that the hormones take 24-48hrs to start taking affect...then i could leave(once dressed)..I also got a book about the mirena and warning signs/things to expect with the insertion date on the front and may docotrs name...
I left and now it has been about 4 hours...my period that had basically been coming to an end, has returned...not heavy, but spotting almost..plus bad cramps..and bad pain...
I'm also tired and my head is sore...whether that is from getting up early in order to make the appointment or something else, i don't know and my stomach(tummy area) hurts...(cramping).....I can FEEL the wires inside me..it's almost like a tampon in the wrong place feeling...werid but not too bad..
I have to return in 4-12 months to have it checked that it is in place properly.
I also(despite getting up at 6 am, an hour earlier than normal)..did 25 minutes of zumba and 50 minutes of arobic dancing...
So, there..i'll update people as to problems/reactions/how it goes as time passes, but this way there's a positive blog about IUD's and the mirena...
Good luck everyone reading this and i'm hear if you'd like to ask questions...thanks!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Well, i'm down 30 lbs!Can we just have a WAHOO! moment for that?Sadly, i do have to say that when i stepped on my scale and realized that i'd made it to my halfway point i had a moment where i was depressed...yup, read that twice didn't you?All that hard work and i wasn't happy and doing a jig?lol...yup, for a moment i stood there and thought, crud, halfway, isn't this where they say it gets harder?
BUT, i shook that feeling off, yeah it might get hard but HEY! it's been challenging already, there were lots of times(especially in the beginning), where i thought i'd just give in and give up...but i held on...Routines and Plans are my thing...i love doing stuff on a "list" and checking it off...(no real list but one running in my head)...And each day is a little easier than the last...
Already i can walk 5 km without getting winded, i can bike 3 km with my sons(one is 50lbs and rides in a bike trailer/carrier thing that I PULL!), and i can do 15 minutes straight on the elliptical!50- a hour of zumba is only kinda hard, not lay down and rest afterwards hard...lol..
I'm improving so much on the inside and the out side.My husband comments on it sometimes as well.Last night we were talking and he asked if i had a reason for losing weight, and said he wants me to do it for ME!I'm like, yes honey it is for me, i wanna be here when our kids have kids, i don't wanna take after the women if my family (who gain, and gain, and GAIN after 30's), and i don't wanna be sick and unhealthy.I wanna be with HIM, as long as i can be.He was happy with that.
But you know it made me realize something, i'm changing me, yes, thinner(hopefully), healthier(definately), but i'm also changing those around me who care about me...It's nice to have the support i get here on Sparkspeople, but it's means more and is harder to get support from home and those around me...just knowing that my husband is behind me(i'm sure he's checking out the view too!lol), helps..He watches the boys so i can go for walks, ALONE!He comments on my lost weight, and trys to help me find good foods to eat when we are out...he and my boys help me by believing i can do it and wanting to be with me :)(love you guys )
So, that's today...new changes are gonna keep happening here in my home and with me and my family, but instead of changing into a new person because i've lost(and losing weight), i want the real "inside" me to come out, so that everyone can see the real me inside hiding behind these layers of FAT!I know some would see this as an opportunity to become someone new,i see this as a chance to show everyone ME!The way i should be!
Thanks for reading/commenting all you sparkers, if it wasn't for you guys/girls i'd possibly have given up....
WAHOO for ME! and when i make it to my goal(hopefully before my birthday), i'll have me, my family and YOU SPARKERS to thank!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Soo, today we are suppose to see the end of the world at 6 pm this evening...earthquakes to make the one in Japan look small....
Soo, is it the end?Honestly I doubt it...we'd see more signs if there was to be a giant earthquake I would think...
Soo, I'm gonna go on with my day as usual...that means some zumba(45 minutes) and then get laundry in before I do my stationary bike and elliptical...(50 minutes all together)...
Then hang out with my boys and do some housework stuff...hubby is at work till 5 and home about 5:30...
S, you guys have a great day and don't worry too much...if it is gonna end we have no way of stopping it.....lol...
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
So, this blog is probably more aimed at women then men, so...if you're reading this...help/ideas?
Ok, so i have endometriosis.
(Endometriosis (from endo, "inside", and metra, "womb") is a gynecological medical condition in which endometrial-like cells appear and flourish in areas outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the ovaries. The uterine cavity is lined by endometrial cells, which are under the influence of female hormones. These endometrial-like cells in areas outside the uterus (endometriosis) are influenced by hormonal changes and respond in a way that is similar to the cells found inside the uterus. Symptoms often worsen with the menstrual cycle.)
I also have HBM(heavy bleeding during menstrual cycle).
So, I KNOW i'm not alone in this.There's lots of others out there...
Now, my doctors have tried several things, and with the exception of being pregrant, the symptoms DON'T go away.
I've recently(last year and half), been on seasonale, with the idea being that removing several periods during the year would make my issues go away.Well,the first several months it worked well.No period when i shouldn't and less flow and pains..
That was till a year hit and then, hell returned...*sigh*.This is unexceptable for me.So, back to the doctors.The idea of surgery doesn't appeal to me as most of the symptoms reappear.I'm only 31, so too young for hysteractamy.(plus i don't wanna do that unless last resort.)
So, the new idea is an IUD, called Mirena.It's birth control that lasts 5 yrs and can stop periods after a year.(that'd be nice).(Mirena (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a soft, flexible IUD that releases small amounts of hormone. It gives you birth control you can count on—that lasts up to 5 years.
Also treats heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception).
It's a quick out patient procedure and i should see lessening in flow as well as pain within 3-6 months.And possible stopping completely in a year.
So, i've decided that may be my best route.However, i'd like to hear from others...
Maybe someone on hear has had one?knows someone..etc...Thanks.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Just a quick note to let you all know that yes, my fingers are slowly healing and the middle one is almost ok again..the index finger is still bad and still bleeding but it'll take quite awhile to heal...
I got items tonight in town to help me, a finger brace to protect my finger from bumps and while sleeping.I also got some latex gloves to keep me fingers covered and dry sothat I can cook and dry dishes easier..lol...
I also need a complaining section...it's hard!my fingers hurt constantly and it's very, very hard to do dishes, or bath my boys, heck getting dressed and undressed is an issue, I can't put my hair in a neat ponytail(just a messy one) and I can't even shower/wash my hair right :'(
Ok, got that out!whew...tonight was an eye opener in a way...we went to town and got groceries.My oldest son, pushed the cart around(vibrations killed me, I was almost in tears),and he helped grab items.Then when we got home, both boys helped bring groceries in and empty bags onto counters...then we put the boys to bed, hubby had meats re-bagged and was putting cans/cupboard items away when I came from kissing n tucking in boys.
It's always something I've done all alone(hubby brings groceries to porch n leaves them usually).So it was nice to have help, and I was done so much sooner!
Told hubby they should help more often cause they were great helpers!
So, that was my evening/day...still raining here...so, gotta be sunny inside...lol
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