School is out! Now I have to figure out a way to be calm about not working for 2 months and try to relax. There are a million things I need to do this summer, but I am going to try to do as little as possible to create a stressfree reproductive system and allow our next chance of pregnancy every possible chance to make it. Our family beach vacation has been cancelled due to the oil spill and all I have on my agenda is keeping my joy of a neice next week for a few days and helping the Missionaries of Charity inner city youth camp for 3 weeks in July which I am very excited about especially because most of the children are hispanics.
I went for my progesterone test 2 weeks ago and talked to the nurse about TCM, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture which the clinic endorses and allows a TCM doctor to have free consults at their clinic. I have researched and read tons of supportive evidence not only for IVF success, but for rpl success as well. I met with Dr. X and he diagnosed what I had already diagnosed myself with after reading "the infertility cure" by Randine Lewis. I have Kidney Yang, Kidney Chi, a weak spleen, and my liver does not function well because of the kindney yang. What does all this mean? Basically what I already knew myself. I have a hard time relaxed, enjoying down time, am restless, and I have a cold uterus. What? Cold Uterus? He said he is not surprised I cannot keep a pregnancy in this state. He recommended twice weekly session and an herbal tea concotion. So I went yesterday for my first acupuncture treatment which I was pretty freaked out about but it was very relaxing! I barely felt the needles and he put ALOT of them all around my uterus, lower knees, upper middle arms and put me under a heat lamp to reduce stagantion and coldness of the uterus. I flipped over about 30 minutes later and more needles in the back, lower legs and another 30 minutes under the lamp. Chinese music was flowing and it was a very very relaxing experience. I checked out for a whopping $170 with 7 bags of herbal tea concotion to make at home and drink 3 x a day after meals at room temperature. I didn't even want to try last night, instead we went out for Mexican with friends where I enjoyed a beer and a margarita in place of the tea. Ha!
This morning I was dreading the tea like the plague. I finally brewed it up and still have my candle going strong in the kitchen to drown the smell of the tea. I chugged it and literally almost threw it right back up. I downed a diet coke (caffiene free) and still can taste the concoction in my mouth. This picture is the tea and also the herbs used to make it. The whole time I kept thinking, this is for a baby, you can do it....Now I wonder how I will be able to do it 3 times a day. The good news is once we are pregnant (God willing)I will quit the tea and only do the acupuncture. I told him we cannot afford twice weekly sessions and the tea mixture but will do once a week. I mean that was going to be $190 every week, as it is just once a week will be $130, Lord please help me get pregnant this month so the tea can stop not only for the difficulty in getting the stuff down, but the cost as well! He said he will be able to tell me I am pregnant right away, long before an ept test can tell based on my pulse. I almost don't wanna know so soon, that is just 2 weeks longer for me to worry and 2 weeks longer before I can see my doctor as well.
I am so not a person who buys into New Age type stuff, but the Chinese have been treating fertility issues since 2000 bc! Interesting stuff, right? I have researched it to death and got many positive stories from yahoo groups members, it is worth a shot to me. So with this and the progesterone suppositories my RE gave me, maybe this will be the combo to give us our healthy baby we so long for and desire...
I am quite nervous that so many of you take TONS of medicines to get and stay pregnant, and I am only taking 1 folguard daily and then these suppositories in a couple weeks. SHould I be asking for more? Or thankful I don't need anything else according to the doctors? I just wanted to be taking SOMETHING to make me feel like we are doing something to prevent another loss. I am eating totally organic (aside from the Mexican last night) and going to try to cram so many healthful foods into my jaws from here on out. I also have quit walking my wild dogs (feel guilty about it a bit) and have been walking on my own and doing "restoring fertility" yoga DVDS which has a different set for each part of the cycle. I bought foods which are supposed to be good for my kidney, spleen problems like dates, cantaloupe, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, bell peppers, shrimp, black beans, oranges, and have quit all caffiene. If any of you resident experts know of anything else I should be taking, feel free to prescribe it to me! Fish oil? Co enzyme 10? another prenatal in addition to the folguard? I am open to any and all suggestions. I am a nervous wreck to try again, but can't imagine not trying. I have to let go.....and let God.
This is the tea and the herbs used to make that delicious (ugh) tasting delight.