Thursday, October 24, 2013
Focused on Healing
Since my miscarriage I have been focused on healing and overall health. I am doing fine pain wise, it hasn't come back with the same intensity. However, my hormones are all over the place as usual. I don't think at this point my doctors can do much for me. I am on T3 and HC and it makes a big difference. My Thyroid hormone levels are within normal and I am due for a recheck next month. I have stopped taking vitamins with the exception of prenatal. I think taking all those vitamins were making me more ill and when I stopped I felt better.
There is nothing I can do about the Endometriosis. The fact that when I am pregnant that most of my pain disappears says it all. Pregnancy= no pain and hormonal stability for me. I had two surgeries, and even though I felt better after both, I still had pain shortly after the surgeries which suggests the Endo is aggressive. I don't think the answer for me is another surgery right now, it may change later on but for now I have to heal as much as possible with out any invasive procedures. If you have chronic pain and inflammation healing the adrenals is an uphill battle but I confess I haven't been doing enough to help the situation.
My diet is ok as far as cutting out most things that don't help the adrenals. I don't drink soda or any fruit juice and I don't miss it much. I avoid gluten and I don't try to substitute with gluten free products which most are processed. We hardly consume any processed food, I cook from scratch most of the time. Where I need improvement is increasing my protein intake and including more vegetables. Usually breakfast is 2 eggs with some cheese and a cup of tea. Sometimes I have a piece of fruit. After the 2 eggs I am full and don't want anything else. I have ready a few blogs on healing the adrenals that suggest to eat 50 g of protein in the morning. That is a lot. I figure the 2 eggs with cheese is about 20 g. I have tried to add avocado with my eggs. I do feel better when I have more protein in the morning. Now that the cooler temps has arrived I have been making soups loaded with protein and veggies and just a small cup of soup for a snack or with a meal makes a huge difference. I have already seen some improvement in my energy level. I don't crash as much in the afternoon.
Since my pain level is low I am able to do more physically. Right now I am keeping it light with a daily walks for 30 min. Anything more will be too harsh and I would crash.
Sleep wise I used to get at least 8 hours but I slept past midnight and would sleep in until 9am or so. I have been trying to be in bed by 10:30 pm on most weeknights. MH sleeps in late, we usually wake up after 9 am so if I sleep by 11pm I am sleeping at least 10 hours. That is a lot. I wake up when DH gets up in the morning and fall back asleep. I figured if I fall back asleep then my body needs the 10 hours of sleep.
I try not to overwhelm myself with many changes because I know I am inclined to fail when I try to implement too many things at once. So this winter is all about food and sleep. I am trying to catch up in reading and keeping myself current for my career. But I don't pressure myself much when I don't accomplish all I want.