Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Journey to Good Health.

It seems silly to open up a book and start reading in the middle of it, doesn't it? Yet I feel like that's what I'm doing by diving in and starting to write about my health journey from today. To get a little history, read this post. That might give you a little insight anyways. I never did write my health history, part 2. I think by the end of this, there might be a part 3, 4 and 5. :)

          On Tuesday, B & I both went to our doctor in Ruston, LA. This summer Dr. Goodyear gave us several take home tests to finish. None of the tests were pleasant and involved bottling up various bodily fluids and mailing them to different testing companies. I sort of felt like a lab rat by the time it was all said and done. Nevertheless all tests were completed and mailed off about 6 weeks ago. We were very eager to hear the results.

After saying our initial hellos & how are you doing, the first words out of the doc's mouth were, "Let's dive in, shall we? We have A LOT to talk about, especially with you, Cara. We found multiple issues." Just what you want to hear, right? "Multiple issues." This is on top of Celiac Disease, Fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr Virus (among others), multiple Vitamin Deficiencies, etc. that I have already been diagnosed with in earlier doctor visits. I was honestly hopeful that this dr visit would be different. I was hopeful but realistic. You see, B is my voice of logic. He's the intellectual one. I'm the emotional one. When I'm over here saying, "Let's have a baby!" He says, "You're not healthy enough yet." See, he's realistic. So before the doctor's appointment, B gave me a don't be disappointed speech so honestly I wasn't that too disappointed because I felt it coming.

So what else is wrong with me? To name a few: improper cortisol production, low progesterone, high testosterone, extremely low vitamin D levels... to sum it up for you...basically all of my hormones are out of whack. Honestly, the appointment was all very detailed but there was one word the dr kept repeating. INFLAMMATION. All of these different issues in my body is causing major inflammation which is why I'm in pain a majority of time. I won't bore you with all the details... well, I might if I understood exactly what was wrong with me. After he got finished explaining (or trying to explain) my test results, he asked if I had any questions. OF COURSE I HAVE QUESTIONS! But one main question is on my mind and has been for...well, all of my life: Can I have a baby? Is my body healthy enough to conceive? In one word. NO. But the dr. went on to explain why IF I were to try to get pregnant now that I would most likely not be able to carry the child past the first trimester. Was this a shock to me? No, not at all. 6 months ago the doctor told me the exact same thing and I knew my hormones hadn't miraculously corrected themselves. Now my question is WHEN? When can I have a baby? In the next year? Doctor's response: Probably so. Those words are like music to my ears.

The thing I love about my doctor is that while it may be slightly depressing to see about 12 typed pages listing everything that is wrong with you, Dr. Goodyear ALWAYS provides a solution. And it's hardly ever prescription drugs- another plus. So what's the answer? Get my hormones balanced so that I will be healthy enough to not only conceive a child but be able to enjoy life to the fullest! And how do we accomplish this? First things first: DETOX my body so that I will rid my body of toxins. After the detox I will be able to better absorb the nutrients and supplements my doc gives me.

Yes! We have a plan. We have a timeline in place. We have a goal in mind. Let's do this! Monday morning B & I will both start our diet detox. It will last 6 weeks and involves no caffeine. Yeah, that's right no caffeine. This morning I have drinking half-caf in order to prepare myself for what is to come.

Is this exciting? Yes! Is the detox most likely going to suck?  Well, of course! Will it all be worth it in the end? DEFINITELY.

Thanks for joining me on this journey. Hopefully this time next year I will be writing about the joys of pregnancy!

1 comment:

ashley said...

Your health history is not boring and I AM still reading along! I want to pray for you through this journey and rejoice with you at the end..hopefully with a baby in your arms!!!