Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Baby has arrived with a surprise!

My whole pregnancy was unique for me this time and ended up being a very, very good thing to happen!

I had a lot of tummy problems and even passed gallstones twice! eek! I finally figured out that all forms of dairy and wheat really caused havoc on my gut and so I cut them all out with pretty good results. I even cut out eggs, just in case. I started feeling really great and I noticed that when my spondylitis flares, I normally would get strange little pimples in my scalp, behind my ears, on my jawline and chin area. But when I cut out the wheat this time, they have not come back! I've cut out wheat before, with no specific results so this is odd for me to see such a dramatic difference. It could be part of the healing, or maybe nothing. I found that I could tolerate Garden of Eden's RAW meal replacement shakes (gluten, dairy & soy free). Although, I only drank maybe 1 1/2 servings cuz I had a very small appetite. I also was able to eat Taco Bell nachos. It was a crazy craving!

I gained about 10-15 pounds and then lost it the last month and a half. I went to nearly 40 weeks this pregnancy, which is very odd for me. But the last 3 1/2 weeks of my pregnancy, my middle daughter was in the hospital with status epilepticus. A lot of stress those weeks as the docs were having a difficult time getting her brain to settle down. It is very difficult to see your daughter lose all function and have to re-learn everything. Thankfully, she is doing ok, even though we got a confirmed diagnoses of Lennox-Gaustaut syndrome and possible Hashiimoto's Encephalopathy.

I was starting & stopping labor the whole time and had a blast teasing the hospital staff that I was going to deliver in the room on their shift. Their reactions were fantastic!! Some were excited and others were terrified! LOL!

This baby went the longest gestation and was my largest baby at 8lbs, 11 oz.(15 inch head with his huge hands there too!). He was born at home and the next day we attended our Pirate Festival that whole week because I just couldn't stay away after so much work planning and preparing! AND I just could not miss the ROMANS!! Here's a link to some photos of the event.

Me & baby boy at 3 weeks old:


Anyway, after baby was born and the water weight expelled itself by day 3, I ended up weighing 32 lbs less than when I got pregnant. (207 to 175) My whole body and everything seemed to change for the better! What a great mid-life occurrence! LOL!



I am a little scared I will re-gain everything, but I am a little hopeful I won't. The hair on my legs is growing faster which is a symptom of my adrenals healing. During my pregnancy, I was able to get some blood labs to confirm my thyroid was still making the T3 hormones, but not absorbing it. My RT3 levels were over 500, so I stopped taking the synthroid and the heart palps went away and I started feeling better. I don't have the brain fog so bad and life seems much better, all things considering. Lots of stress in my life, but I am continuing to work on a good balance so as to not unduly damage myself.

Today, I am 6 weeks post-partum and weighing in at 170 pounds! Hubby and I are loading and starting hcg protocol once again.

I will continue with the Garden of Eden shakes as my food because I know it is safe. Hubby's goal is to get back into his uniform for the USMC birthday ball in November. My goal is to maybe lost 10 - 20 pounds and at least tighten the jiggly parts up a bit. I am also happy that my spondy problems are in a bit of a remission, which helps a TON as well because now I can go on walks with the kids and get my body moving.

Ok, that is my update. We are starting hcg today.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Stinging Nettle

Friends have asked me about stinging nettle of late, so I decided a series of videos. Enjoy!

Sorry the video is a bit wobbly in the beginning. Trying to cut stinging nettle with one hand holding a camera is a bit daunting!

Nettle: a good source of calcium, potassium, silicon, Vitamin K, etc. and is more powerful in nutrients than spinach. It helps with joints (arthritis), hair, nails, skin ... all the collagen areas. Nettle is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body balance problems like blood pressure, stress hormones, thyroid, etc. A very good thing for adrenals and thyroid too. You have to pick it EARLY in spring, before it goes into flower and seed, or you will cause irritation to your kidneys and bladder due to oxalates. Always best to pick when at knee level or smaller if you are going to use a large amount. An occasional leaf or two of an older nettle plant will not harm you.

Use the leaves like spinach. Cooked or dried is easiest to deal with because the sting is gone. I put the dried leaves in smoothies and infusions (a strong tea). I later harvest the seeds for an even more potent adrenal and thyroid waker-upper.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Long overdue update

Lots going on here but the biggest news is the impending arrival of baby ... number 6!! Thankfully, I know enough about how hcg works in my body so I have not fretted about having severe nausea and loss of appetite. Or the fact that I have not gained more than a couple pounds by week 20. I have plenty of body fat to provide the nourishment I am unable to eat.

**Note: I do eat what I can and as healthy as possible, so please do NOT harass me on this point. I am not a vain female trying to keep a slender 120 lb body during pregnancy. I am, in fact, at 200 lbs due to continued problems with low thyroid auto-immune & adrenal issues. I also think my slow liver is contributing! After baby is born, I plan to cleanse my liver properly to hopefully get my other organs & glands working efficiently and hope that I can once again work with hcg and exercise as my body allows. I have found a wonderful physical therapist to help with my spondylitis, so I am crossing fingers that he will help me get actively moving again!**

(hey... not too bad for being 200 lbs, eh? Gaining weight after losing it with hcg really shows up much differently on your body)

My last 3 pregnancies have been filled with the midwife harassing me about eating enough and that my lack of appetite caused my preterm labor. They made me drink tons of protein drinks, which caused me to gain soo much weight. I found out, thru the hcg protocol, that this is untrue and not necessary. The one baby that had the most 'preterm labor' ended up having a genetic mutation (Turner's Syndrome) that often has miscarriages and early labor issues.

During this pregnancy, I noticed a lot of very early 'braxton-hix' contractions only in the lower half of my uterus... kinda strange, I thought. So I did some good ol' research and found out about 'irritable uterus'. DING DING DING!! Ok, so this has been what I have dealt with during ALL my pregnancies and has nothing to do with baby wanting out because I have a low appetite. AND this is why I never know when I am in labor because there is no consistency in labor pains for me!! I am SOOO relieved about all this. I also found out that high doses of Vitamin C (6000 - 10,000 mg a day) help with this problem and really help with quick deliveries and healthier babies. is a great website that specifically talks about Vitamin B, C & E deficiencies and all the studies of old that showed how much of our modern problems of mental issues, disease, etc are because of the lack of these specific vitamins. I do not believe the author's take on vegetarianism. I believe our bodies need healthy fats and proteins from animals. I'm sure many people do feel better after getting off the crap standard American Diet and going to just veggies, but only because they are actually feeding their bodies food. Long term studies have shown that eventually they do suffer problems with this diet. Besides those little issues, I really like what this doctor has to say. I've noticed an improvement in my own psychosis when my Vitamin C intake is consistent. I'm happy to find the one thing to get rid of the dragging depression and brain fog... and it is soooo easy!

I am awaiting my shipment of the other supplements any day now to get a good source of B's & E's withOUT soy in it. Do you realize how hard it is to find a non-soy supplement?? GAH! My biggest test is with my middle child who has severe epilepsy, Turner's Syndrome, hashimoto's, and now is severely cognitively impaired. It seems these supplements, along with Magnesium Chloride, may help her. I will try anything to give her a help. She has gone thru so much and things are only getting worse for her, which breaks my heart. I'm hanging on to this last thread of hope from the studies from the 1980's with mentally impaired Down Syndrome children. The supplements actually raised most IQ's by 30 points and many started losing their characteristic features! I can only hope that my efforts will help some small degree. If not, I can at least live with the fact that I tried my best.

Ok, on to a better topic..... maybe... For those that are trying to purchase hcg online.. it seems that my links are no longer functioning. It is probably an FDA shut-down thing. I am not connected, at the moment, with a group that has active links where to get hcg. I have seen it sold as a homeopathic in some drug stores, at Meijer's and online. I do not have experience with the homeopathic form so I do not usually recommend it. Many have great success with it. When I find another source of hcg online, I will for sure post the info here! Who knows, maybe the old links will become active again!

I will try to remember to keep posting... but life is pretty busy with organizing and planning a festival this summer. The kicker is that my due date is the very weekend we are putting the festival on: August 6-12!! I am kind of hoping my history of delivering at 36 or so weeks happens this time as well. Otherwise I will have to labor and deliver at the fair! LOL! Here's the website I put together that shows what we are doing:

Here's the latest picture of the family... I am 4 months pregnant here!