I've bumped up the amount of exercise I get. I've been riding bike, taking long walks, kick boxing and doing aerobics. It's been a great stress reliever. Unfortunately I've had to give up anything that gives me a good sweat as it causes my estrogen patches to peel off. I can't take a chance of messing up my lining by not getting enough e2.
As usual, as soon as I get a workout program going, this is what happens: I have to stop for fertility treatments, I chunk up and then have to start all over again. So here I am again, starting over just in time to have to stop again. But some is better than none. I thought I better try to lose as much chunk as I can now because soon I'll be taking it easy to grow a little human. =)
On Mondays I have electro-acup with an American guy. I provided him with the protocol that CCRM recommends for improving uterine blood flow. Americans, at least the ones I've had, seem to be pretty gentle with the needles, so it's not too bad. I love the e-stim as it's so relaxing.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays I go to chiro to make sure everything is in alignment and all communication is at its best. Hopefully I have some good brain signals traveling down my spine and telling my uterus to get ready because it's going to be busy for the next 9 months! =)
On Saturdays I have regular acup with a Chinese lady, the real deal. She's excellent. She doesn't follow CCRM's protocol as she believes she can do a better job by going after my specific areas of need instead of a one size fits all type of thing. While I'm sure her session is doing more for me, she about kills me. She has needles all over me from head to toe. Every time she starts inserting the needles, I become very clammy. After she taps the needle in, she then twists the needle while moving it up and down to really get the body's electrical current flowing towards the needle. Let me tell you, it works, sometimes too well. I can literally feel the current traveling to the needle and sometimes feel like I'm being shocked. One time I swore my uterus was hit by lightening, I felt the current exit my cervix. We saw no smoke, so we continued. Once every thing's in place, all's good. If torture = baby, bring it on.
I plan on having a session or 2 of electro-acup in Denver as well.
Here's my view of my tummy. You can't see all the needles in my legs and feet because there's a pillow under my knees. While I can't see my feet, I hope soon I won't be able to see my feet for other reasons. =)
Speaking of needles... Do any of you IVFers experience tough skin after so many injections? My injections start out easy and painless and then after so many, my skin gets tough and the injects start to hurt. I finally gave up and gave Kerry the job as I just couldn't self inflict pain anymore.
I have to tell you, he has wayyyyy too much fun playing doctor! See for yourself. The dark area next to my button is an estrogen patch.
That's all for now.
Thanks mom for your comment on my previous post, you made me cry! Ditto