Skip to main content

Creating Harmony


Warning * Warning * Warning * Warning * Warning * Warning*
Men....This may NOT be a subject for you.


Harmony and Balance. Everyone wants more of that including me. Ok, here it is, it's only a matter of time before menopause catches up to me. So far, not many symptoms, but I have friends who are well into it. Not wanting to suffer night sweats, PMS type moodiness or lack of sex drive, I thought I would make the trip early... maybe too early! There is an office in San Luis Obispo called Creating Harmony Women's Healthcare and yesterday was my first appointment.

Before going in, I had to fill out several computerized forms that discussed everything related to being a female that's ever happened to me since my periods began. Needless to say, it was pretty thorough. I met with Kathi Fennelly, the Nurse Practitioner to go over all the information. Bottom line, I'm not anywhere close to menopause yet. My body is making too much Estrogen which can cause breast cancer and heavy periods. You see, I'm fat.... estrogen is stored in fat cells, the more fat cells, the more estrogen, then I think she said estrogen makes more fat that makes more estrogen and so on. So, she said I should probably begin taking ProgesterAll twice a day, everyday, for the next month and keep a journal and see where I'm at after that. It's a pretty easy treatment, not that expensive, available at most health food stores and doesn't have bad side effects. I'm going to try it and see what happens. If it makes my period lighter, I'm all for that! And even though she didn't say it, I'm hoping it makes losing weight easier because I have plans to work on my weight this year.

Don't you wonder why men don't have things that effect them sexually every single decade? For us it's periods, cramps, followed by birth control, then labor and delivery, then more birth control, sometimes permanent. We can have ectopic pregnancies, cancer of ovaries and uterus, heavy bleeding, and then menopause, hormone imbalances, growing facial hair, lack of sex drive and a whole other pot of problems. No wonder when it comes to menopause, most of us are chomping at the bit to be there even if we have a bunch of cruddy symptoms to go through. We think to ourselves, "At least it will all be over!"

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Patriotic Book Bag

My daughters and I love a challenge. So, back in late May we decided to take each other on in a $5 Dollar Store Challenge. We found inspiration over at Lindsay's Blog, Living With Lindsay. This is how this challenge goes. You shop your local Dollar Store spending no more than $5 on supplies. Then you put your purchases together, in a different way and make something brand new. You CAN use SOME supplies that you have on hand at your house already to complete it. For our challenge, we decided to put in that it would have to be something patriotic, red, white and blue, or something using 4th of July type supplies, knowing that the completion date would be right around the first of July.
I walked in the door of the store about a month ago and found some really nice, thick placemats like these. The ones I picked up were red and white stripes with a blue star pattern. I was already thinking a purse of some kind so I knew I would need about 3; one for each side and one to cut up for the b…

Grave's Disease

The Picture - Half Empty or Half Full?
Many of you who know me know I've been fighting a battle with Graves' Disease for about a year and a half. It was diagnosed in February of 2007. I was so very sick back then I actually thought I was going to die! One of the main symptoms was a rapid heartbeat and mine was probably 110 beats a minute. I was put on Methimazole, about 40 mg. per day to knock down the worst of the symptoms. That has gradually been reduced until now my dose is 5 mg. a day. Then I got some really bad news this week, my numbers are beginning to rise again. My Dr. called on Wednesday and told me he wanted to do the radioactive iodine treatment. I just don't feel ready for that at all. He gave me until the 7th of November, my next appointment, to "see the numbers change". He says to take the medicine every other day and in two weeks go off it all together. Yeah, the numbers will change and it won't be for the better I'm sure. So, I went on the…

Who Will Remember?

For the past 15 years I've admired your backyard garden. Each Spring the rows of vegetables looked so healthy. You had beautiful flowers that I'm sure you passed out to friends and neighbors. Pots were filled with cuttings and seedlings waiting to make their home in your rich garden soil. Your home looked like a cute little farm home. I could imagine it on property all by itself, surrounded by orchards, gardens and even a small flock of chickens. You walked everywhere you went toting a metal shopping cart and I used to see you take little cuttings of other peoples plants. I can still remember the day a couple of years back that the ambulance came to get your husband, a tall handsome man, most days in overalls. He didn't come back.....


I've wondered ever since how you've been. My mom lost my dad and was so lonesome. Her house quiet. Lacking hugs. Lights... I came to see your lights as a sign that you were OK. I saw you out working in your garden on warm summery days,…