Hi Francis -
Nice to hear from you again today.
I'm not on any meds currently, had lots of problems early this year, and pdoc stopped the mood stabilizers, and I weaned myself off Cymbalta and Wellbutrin. Don't feel any the worse, and my GP has agreed to monitor me and prescribe antidepressant as needed.
So, that's why I started the vits. Not everything, just ordinary amts of zinc, magnesium, B complex, folic acid, fish oil, a multi vit for trace ; then mega doses of Vit C, Lecithin, niacin, cinnamon and one other, forget. The plan is to fix any depletions I might have with the first group, then see how I feel when the bottle of those are gone. The second group I was going to continue on, but its been 3 wks, and haven't noticed anything different in how I feel. So don't know that it was necessary, just covering all bases.
Have eliminated caffeine, sugar, processed foods and mostly eat whole food, fruits & veg. Again, no change. So think those things weren't causing my problems.
Begged my GP to put me on HRTs but she won't because of my mother having breast cancer. Grabbing at straws to find the reason I have gained so much weight, and of course the depression. She says of course your hormones are low, you have no ovaries. I don't need a test to tell me that, but you're not getting HRTs. So, I got a progesterone cream off the internet, carefully researched by a friend of mine who goes to a holistic doc, and its a good cream, not just something off the shelf. She's taken it for years now, and her mom, gma, and her gma all had breast cancer and the doc knows them all. So far no change, but just started and it will take 1-4 mos. Also have my eye on Suzanne Somers, pushing a book and bio identical hormones. She LOOKS fantastic. Of course she has the best in personal care and all the money in the world for cosmetic procedures.
Regarding the B12, in July went thru a funny time of being dizzy/unbalanced and my husband took me to Urgent care after a few days of this. (on no meds) so I had a lot of blood work, and think they would have noticed the sodium or potassium problem. They did give me an IV with B12, which did pick me up by evening. The next day the staff there marvelled at how much better I looked. Said I was some ungodly color, ? Thanks I guess. I asked for a B12 injection. Thought maybe I would become Super woman, but didn't.
What you said about
the dehydration/sodium/potassium thing. I am always thirsty, and drink a lot of water but still am thirsty. Extremely dry mouth, can't taste food, have decreased my sodium since being on whole foods and not adding salt, not having pop with sodium benzoate. I could test this by eating salty stuff and see if that gets any better. Originally the GP said the dry mouth was a side effect of the antidepressants, both, but since stopping them there has been no change. Trial and error, don't ya just love it. Have an appt for a complete physical again in Nov. with bloodwork.
Yeah, who'd ever think bananas could be lethal, ha ha Had a friend I took grocery shopping and she had a potassium problem and so we had a list of high K foods, nectarines ? She ended up going to a kidney spec who put her on a strong water pill because her 92 yo kidneys were shrinking. Been fine ever since, but was on death's doorstep for awhile.
I'm depressed in a physical way, not wanting to go out etc. no interests other than researching on the web. But don't feel sad or cry. My daughter is in a tizzy because I'm not on any meds, and she thinks the bottom is going to fall out on me. Wanted to hosp me in Feb. by getting power of attorney. So I really do an about
face when I know I will see her, not very often. Its OK for a few hrs.
I will check out the recording of the Desiderata, thanks. What's your bedtime song if you don't mind me asking ?
The beauty college is a good suggestion and we have a big one not too far away. Knitting, ixnay, was crocheting up a storm last year then couldn't crochet fast enough and was very impatient after telling myself I would make scarves for Christmas for EVERYONE across the board. Even found out their winter coat colors, ha ha
Definitely dragging my feet on exercise as I am ashamed to go out and be seen I am so heavy. So embarrassing. Signed up at Curves a year ago but never went back, started having anxiety attacks about
being 1 on 1 for my introductory visit, and then being somewhere with too many people in the room, and MIRRORS everywhere. Ridiculous I know. I have heard that if you move it in there, you can burn 500 cal a session.
Excuses, excuses. I could play a game called I wonder, I wonder how much wt loss I could accomplish by this Christmas ? I'm on the cusp of going over there. And I fault the young ones for being so stubborn, ha ha
The program at Rush sounds good. I like things that have a starting date, duration and ending date, structure and a professional leader. I have a paper I got out telling briefly about
a program at our local hosp which my daughter gave me during the "crisis". Since my daughter has been waiting for me to crash, I needed to know about
the hosp. And know my husband would hustle me right over there if need be. Thought I might be cheating myself by not going but don't think so now. So far, so good.
OK, note to self, Self: go to Curves starting tomorrow. Find your shoes and shorts tonight. Call about
the day programs at the hosp. Find out when its reduced day at the Beauty college and don't hang up till you make the appt for ASAP. Stock up on salty stuff, chips pretzels, virgin Margarita fixins, salsa, tortilla strips. (I know, need the sodium IV, just kidding)
Thanks again for all your suggestions, dear friend. Will give it the old heave ho
Post Edited (Trying to Understand) : 10/12/2010 4:43:56 PM (GMT-6)