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As of Thursday 4/26/12, we re-adjusted meds. So now I'm taking something that is very similar to a pharma grade thyroid med. It's a lot stronger than what I was taking before. A lot.

Immediately my appetite went waaaaay up and my energy started to rise too. It took until Saturday after an even nap to feel it.

The down side is that I'm higher strung than I've been. So I'm way more active and tolerating Kiddo's mood a lot less. This seems to be the trade off. I think this is where the adrenal stress comes in. I'm much more short with him about stuff.

Maybe it's the pain. I'm still having back pain. Now it's upper back and lower back, and that makes me short with people. But I now have the energy to move - lower back pain for me that is not kidney issues is helped with walking.

One of the things that I can do is to listen to my body and know how much of a pill to take. I upped my dosage of the new thyroid med (it's by Biotics and it's called GTA somethingorother). I picked up the pill bottle and it's like it pulls at me and when I have the right number in my hand, the pull is satisfied.

I chalk this up to doing so much applied kinesiology and NAET that my body is used to tell me dosages. I wonder if this happens to other people. I can do it with food too if I'm listening. I pick it up and things happen, like I'll get slightly nauseated if it's bad or my breathing will be very clear and strong if it's good.

My healer also added a supplement called Chezyn which is minerals to support iron absorption and anemia. She did some research about anemia and found something that would help. Because no matter how much iron I take, it hasn't fixed the problem - either the symptoms or the underlying issue. So this one has things in it like zinc and copper and enzymes that will help me change the way I metabolize iron.

We also did some dosage finding AK. So for the Hemevite and iron, tracking those along with my cycle so that they increase the week before I bleed is our current plan. This is what i've tried to do before, but the dosage is still less than I need. I seem to need 4 times the regular dosage during menses and the week before. That's a huge difference. I typically doubled it. Apparently I need to quadruple it. That's good to know.

By the way the down side for me about the thyroid meds working is that I need to eat, like absolutely must have food, no less than every 4 hours. And I wake up starving. It doesn't sound terrible, but for someone who's very used to not eating for 8+ hours, it's really hard. It's gotten easier over time. But last week and the week before as the Thyroxal stopped working (or wasn't working enough or...) my appetite went away. That's been my state of being for more than a decade so when it came back over the weekend, it took me by surprise.

I can't just "have a snack" every few hours, I need to sit down in front of food and eat a meal. At least 4 times a day. Granted those meals are half the size or less than what I would eat at other, non-working thyroid times. But they are not optional. I get headaches when I don't eat enough and my belly aches and my throat gets hungry and my brain stops working.

I think it's time to explore some recipes so that I have a wider repertoire again.

Oh and I passed the NAET for iron even though I was bleeding the second time through. So hopefully this next month my body will be able to take in enough iron to keep me from being in bed for a week. We'd like that.
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So I started eating what I wanted this afternoon and it seems fine. I haven't taken supplements yet (but will with dinner) and didn't have any major issues this morning aside from the dream and lethargy. The dreams being different, I'm told, is a sign that I'm detoxing and I'll take it, even if it's sad and painful.

Being able to be less reactive to iron so that my body will actually absorb it should give me a lot more energy in the long run. I'll be confirming test results on Thursday and re-treating if I didn't clear it entirely. Sometimes I clear a piece but not all of it which I don't quite understand, but it is true that once I've cleared something for reals, it stays clear most (greater than 95% of the time).

Oddly, I'm not crashed out, the blood sugar meds are holding (at least temporarily) and although today has been a bit challenging, all is essentially well. My mood is still stable even though I haven't taken meds in 24 hours. I'm still up for tonight's birthday party.

(We're dog sitting in Palo Alto and the puppy is sad so Kiddo is sad and that makes my day a little bit harder. Also a large parcel of my friends are at a workshop and I have a work deadline that I've been avoiding. Plus the mom-dream stuff and the boyfriend breaking stuff and it's a lot. The BF is ok by the way, but he's really, really sad. And there's nothing I can do about it.)
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I talk about this treatment method all the time, but most people don't know what it is. You can learn more about the method here and nothing I could say about it is better than what others have written. On the NAET site they talk a little bit about it here.

I'll talk a little bit about what happens in a treatment and then what it feels like afterwards. The treatment itself uses Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing to find things that you're reactive to. Then the doc uses that clicky thing (an activator, though in this case it's one that does multiple shots at once) and has you breathe different ways as she works on your spine. Then you wait a bit and she puts a light in your eyebrows and the crown of your head and you rub your hands together/wash your hands. It's really quite simple.

What it's doing is described as clearing out the energy of the thing you're reactive to. Most of the issues/reactions I've had around treatments start after I've left the office but I've had some intense experiences right on the table. I had one or two where I was so overwhelmed or shaky that I took a nap in the office before I could drive.

But today's treatment is pretty typical and so I thought I'd write a bit about it. Today she's treating me for iron (in NAET the vile was called "meat mix" and includes beef, pork, gelatin, and iron supplements and maybe something else that I've forgotten).

So I cannot eat or touch anything with iron in it. That includes quite a long list. I can eat light green veggies, cauliflower, chicken, potatoes, rice without iron fortification, sour dough bread without iron, water, orange juice and carrot juice. No gelatin means no capsule supplements. I typically take two different kinds of iron twice a day, one of which is a capsule, both of which are out. My thyroid medication, my mood supplements (Seretone and DL-phenylalanine) are out, blood sugar balance meds are out as are a number of other things.

That means that I have to take care to eat enough and often enough.

Water is often specified because there are some treatments for which you cannot drink anything but distilled water, treatments like heavy metals toxicity.

I'm really badly anemic and have struggled to deal with that especially since the thyroid stuff got bad. It has gotten better and better, but last month I spent 2 days curled up around a heating pad because of the pain and anemia.

Anemia for me feels like weakness, muscle pain, exhaustion, overwhelm, confusion, difficulty making decision, abdominal weakness/cramping. Usually I feel it in my belly and the tops of my thighs. It feels like my life force is draining out of me.

I felt fine during the treatment, but as usual I could feel the energy moving in my body. I'm really sensitive to that movement and so I give her a lot of feedback when she's working on me and sometimes we "chase" pain or feelings or sensation.

I usually get food cravings during a treatment and I often get food cravings once a treatment is complete. Today was no exception. I immediately got a craving for an In N Out double double and that let me know it was working.

On my drive home I started getting sensations. It felt like I was re-visintg many body pains I've had over time in very light ways. An elbow pain, a tummy pain, leg aches, then fuzzy headedness and confusion. Nothing overwhelming, but the sensations have been on and off all day.

I'm also really hungry. Really, really hungry. Because my diet is so limited Im basically eating potatoes, cauliflower and chicken. Even eating as much as I want hasn't helped much. I have found that if I'm not eating any grains (and I don't have rice without iron or the bread) I'm hungry all the time until I learn to eat enough veggies, carry the right snacks and nuts and stuff. So I'm just going to be a bit hungry.

I am finding that already I have more energy than I've had recently, but only after having a sluggish afternoon.

Typically night time is fine and I don't expect any issues.

Tomorrow I'll be headed off with Kiddo to dog sit for a friend, so I might not be able to write much more until I return.

I'm supposed to stay off of all of this for 25 hours. Or until tomorrow at about 1pm. I try to stay off of stuff as long as possible. But since I'm going to bleed in about 2 days, I can't stay off of iron for very long or next week will suck rocks through a straw.

Sometimes I can feel when it's time to end the treatment, there's a shifting of energy that tells me that it's done. The heaviness and movement sort of dissipate. I'm told most people don't' notice anything.

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