06 October 2017

Dutchie is home + trying pescatarian

Dutchie came home to us today.  Her paw print shows her claws, which is about the most Dutchie thing ever.  She never learned to fully retract them.  Still working on a picture for her custom Etsy urn.

In totally unrelated news, I have decided to try switching my diet to pescatarian (vegetarians who eat fish - some eat dairy, some don't).  I don't think it will be that hard for me except for when we eat out.  I was having bacon once a week.  I already don't have a lot of dairy and no cow milk as it wrecks my stomach in ways other dairy doesn't.  I wanted to keep dairy in the mix because I really haven't had a vegan cheese that I liked and I do like yogurt now and then.   Also the hubby isn't going this route but will eat the meals I cook.  I want to be sure there are cheeses he likes too and paying for vegan and non vegan cheeses was just too much.  My fave salad dressing is also yogurt based.  Still undecided about whether or not I will eat eggs, they're already pretty limited in my diet.

I am considering trying Imperfect Produce and Chef'd but we already pay a grocery delivery service and would still need it for some things, so I am not sure I want to split everything up from different places.  Gonna look at the finances of it and see if it makes any sense.

Guess we'll see how it goes.  I have no problem with people who eat meat.  Meat is pretty delicious.  I've just seen too many stories of how animals are treated before becoming food and cannot add to that.  I realize that some people would say there's no point if you keep dairy and fish.  I get their point but for now, I just want to try meat free.  Chicken and turkey will be the toughest for me as they were my usual fast food choices.  Also I grew up in Santa Maria which is pretty much known for its tri-tip (and strawberries - thank goodness those are safe in this diet)  and while I wasn't eating tri-tip  regularly now, we did have it once every year or two.  

I am hoping it affects my weight, but honestly I added walking and got rid of soda  and those changes didn't affect my weight.  Being borderline hypothyroidism hasn't helped, neither has going on and off so many meds for migraines and MS the last dozen years or so.  So I don't truly expect it to help much.  A girl can dream though.


03 October 2017

The kind of lab results I'd expect.

So my lab results came back.  In order to be safe to get pregnant, they wanted to see a number of 20 or less.  My results were in the high 5k range.  So I am about to start a rapid elimination protocol to get the Aubagio out of my system.  The NP made it sound like it will be hell, at least she was honest about it.  Hopefully I survive the next few weeks without much health related dramas.  I have a pretty sensitive digestive system, so I don't expect this to be fun.  If something can wreck a stomach, I always get that side effect.

It'll be totally worth it in the end.  I just need to remember to keep that thought in my mind.

We went on a much needed mini-vacation this past weekend.  Down to Santa Barbara.  I have fond memories of going there as a kid.  We made our way to the wharf the first night and got a pretty good drink.  While walking back to the motel we ran into a young guy who was almost certainly on something.  He kept mentioning the police and said he couldn't breathe.  So me, the hubby, and a couple of ladies who also stopped to talk to him were asking him if he needed us to call someone or an ambulance.  He told us the cops were going to arrest him and they were out to get him.  We offered to get him to a hospital, but that was when he randomly ripped his shirt off and ran across the street then disappeared.  Hope he's okay.  Drugs are no joke.  Luckily it was late and there was no traffic when he bolted into the street.

The next morning we went to the Natural History Museum.  We were going to do the two day pass for that and the Sea Center to save some money but the Natural History Museum is undergoing renovation and was already half price (yay to saving money).  Then we got some coffee and headed to the Old Mission.  That place is so beautiful.  Has a rather old cemetery, I love cemeteries.

Then on our last day we went to the Sea Center where we pet a shark and held a crab.  Before heading out of town we stopped at the zoo.  We both have mixed feelings about the zoo but love animals so.... it was mostly enjoyable.  We fed lettuce to a giraffe, which was the coolest thing I have done in awhile.  Also petted a snake and not being into slithery crawly things, that was probably a big deal.  Saw the cutest otters.  Saw elephants that were there back when I was little apparently.  The only real downside was the gorillas.  Some jackhole was loudly mimicking what he thinks they sound like.  Right next to the sign asking you to Shhhh!  As they'll be out more and will be happier if you don't make a lot of noise.  I didn't see it but the guy next to us said one of the gorillas went and was pounding on the glass after that.  So rude and disrespectful of that dude.

29 September 2017

We're almost ready!

So it's been a sad time around here lately.  But there has also been some good news!

We had the appointment with the MFM doctor.  We really liked her.  She's willing to see us for an entire pregnancy so we can skip having two OBs (some see a regular OB and a MFM both).

Now I am just waiting to be sure that all of the Aubagio (MS med) I was on is out of my system.  Did that test last week.  For some reason (maybe because it's a "specialty test") the lab is taking a lot longer than usual to get the results.  Worst case scenario is that the med is still there and I get to do the rapid elimination process.  *fingers crossed that it's out*

22 September 2017

20 September 2017

Just checking in

I don't really think anyone reads here anymore since we all moved to social media sites, but may as well keep updating now and then.

Our kitty is still with us but she does struggling with eating a bit more than we like.   She mostly sleeps during the day.  Then at night she tells us off for giving her medicine.  Gets a wipe down because the drool makes her fur a bit nasty.  Then the meds kick in and she's a playful little piggie (mostly prescription / high calorie food but she tends to be finicky and also likes the gravy on some other foods - which ones she likes seems to change daily).

IVF journey is moving along.  We have our appointment with the high risk OB next week.  After that we're eligible for profiles with our IVF clinic.  The only thing we'll that will delay that at this point is  some lab work to test levels of my MS drugs.  It has to all be out of my system before I start IVF.  That got delayed because the drug rep that supported my neuro's office has left and the drug company  never replaced her.  So their contact at the drug company is currently someone who doesn't seem to know anything about how this test works.  The drug company pays for it, but only if the doctor prescribing the med gets listed on their account at the lab.  They did everything they are meant to do for that to happen, and nothing has happened.  Two weeks later.  They keep trying and are getting no answers beyond they'll do everything they can to make it happen... and yet nothing is happening.  So today they told me to do the test as they don't want to delay my IVF process and when I get a bill, they'll help me to get the drug company pay it, since we did everything they asked and cannot wait to do the test much longer.  I love my neuro's office.  The drug companies I could do without.

That's about it.

Hopefully by the end of the year, we'll have gotten a match and will be pregnant.  Fingers crossed.

18 August 2017

Our kitty

Yesterday we got the good news for our ivf journey (saline ultrasound was clear). Today it's devastating news (not IVF related). Our sweet kitty, who turns 12 next week, has a very aggresive form of cancer and they suspect she has only 1-3 months. She won't be here by the time we do have a baby. She's already spoiled rotten and will remain so until her time is up. Just heartbroken. And so close to her birthday and the anniversary of my best friend's death. Emotional weeks ahead.

17 August 2017

Saline ultrasound

After some silliness with the IVF clinic, we did finally get the saline ultrasound ordered and it is now complete.  It was all clear.  So, we're really officially doing IVF now.  I don't yet have a time frame.  One step at a time.  Still waiting to hear from the NP at my neuro office to see if she'll order the bloodwork I need to be sure my MS med is out of my system and if not, we can start their rapid elimination process.  We should be paying soon and then it's just a matter of time.
 

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