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Jul.20th.2010 11:37 am
ME2 Viktor Shepard | red alert
There's a lot of stuff to catch you up on:

» J and I have been married for fourteen years today! Go, us! Counting the time we dated, we've been together for almost sixteen years now. Seriously, time really does fly. He is my best friend and the love of my life. We do almost everything together and enjoy spending as much time as we can with each other. There's no other person I would have rather spent the last sixteen years of my life and I hope to spend many, many more wonderful years with him in the future. Happy Anniversary, my love! ♥

» Today is also the anniversary of the first manned moon landing. Yes, we did specifically schedule our wedding on July 20th just so we could say we share the same anniversary with Apollo 11. We are such geeks. XD

» I've been so frakkin' stressed lately. Just yesterday, stress was weighing on me so heavily that it was like my own personal gravity had increased. I just wanted to curl up on my bed, hug a stuffed animal and take a nap. But I couldn't calm down enough to sleep. Ugh. Anyway, I have a hard time talking about personal issues, but bottling it up hasn't been helping so maybe talking about it on LJ will help. (That's what it's for, right?)

I ended up going to the gynecologist a couple of weeks ago because I've been having irregular bleeding. My last regular period was back in April, then I skipped a month in May. (I knew that I wasn't pregnant because J has had a vasectomy, but I thought it was caused by stress since J lost his job in May.) Then, in June, I started irregular spotting—I had a very light flow everyday for about 3/4 of the month. Obviously, something wasn't right, so I decided to face my fear of going to the doctor's so I could figure out what was going on.

Last Friday, I got the results of my pap smear and blood tests, and they came back fine. My doctor said the next thing to do would be to try to regulate my period by taking birth control pills; however, I was a little nervous about doing that because of the possible side-effects associated with them. So, I asked if there was anything else I could try first. She said that sometimes losing some weight can help change your hormonal levels and that might help get things back on track. (She also wants to do an ultrasound of my pelvic area to see if there is some other reason, such as a polyp, for the unexplained bleeding; but, that's not going to happen until August since our private health insurance hasn't issued us our cards yet.)

Anyway, I chose to try losing weight first. But, early Sunday morning, I think I started my long-delayed period. Only problem: the bleeding was a lot heavier than I've ever experienced with a period before. I'm a worrywart who has a tendency towards anxiety problems, so I promptly had a panic attack and thought I was in danger of bleeding to death. Luckily, I called my mom for some advice (since she's had issues like this before...unfortunately, she ended up having a hysterectomy). She said, if the flow slowed down at all in a few hours that it would be okay to wait until Monday when I could contact my doctor. That's what I ended up doing and, yesterday, my doctor prescribed birth control pills in an effort to slow down the flow. It already seems to be helping, actually.

Hopefully, the pills will help regulate me and I can get back to normal. *crosses fingers* Also, I hope the ultrasound goes well and doesn't reveal anything bad. *knocks on wood*

Argh! This has been so frustrating and stressful. I really can't remember what it feels like to have no, or at least low, stress.

» In cuter news, I recently ordered some new fur wigs from S&M (Spite & Malice on DoA). Caroline, my vampire girl, now has a new look (I gave her Edmond's old eyes as well). I took a few quick pictures of her so I could show my sis what she looked like. I decided to post them here as well:

New Wig Time (1 of 5)

» One more thing: aren't Squishables cute? I wonder if hugging one would help me de-stress? I just can't pick out which one I'd want. I've managed to narrow my choices down to the panda, octopus, rooster, penguin, shark or killer whale. I want your opinion: out of these choices, which one would you choose?. :)
Jul.20th.2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
awww she's so pretty! :D Congrats on the 14 years too! <3

man she makes me want to get off my duff and sew. :S

Jul.20th.2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really can't believe we've been together for so long. I feel very luck to have been able to marry my best friend.

You should totally sew! Doooo eeettt! ;)
May.12th.2011 01:39 pm (UTC) - Gratz!!!!
Firstly congratulations to you and J. Secondly, I was worried since your last post, I know you have real life issues, but you usually post every week, I figured, it might be your health.

I hope everything will turn out fine, be strong and positive, plus you have your sweet husband right beside you. I've had some problems too, like yeast infection, I got it for like 3 weeks or so, I was scared. But everything turned out fine. I know is not as big as your problem, but, hey, we have to care about our bodies. :p

Cheer up!

Ps. Did you know, ME3 is coming 2012.
Jul.20th.2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
also, i want a squishables Hanar. >_>;;;
Jul.20th.2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Squishable Hanar... Sign me up!
Jul.20th.2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
first, congrats to J for finding you! And the lunar landing? How cool is that!!! I never remember my anniversary!

that health problem is not one I have, but I do understand what you're going through. Got my own stuff and I get scared. Sounds like you're getting close to useless advice from the OB/GYN. The BCP's might help (helped me with something very much like that). You are not going to bleed to death though.

The squishables? Panda. For sure the panda.
Jul.20th.2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Beth! I feel lucky for having found him too.

What/who are BCPs? I'm very curious. And, yeah, getting scared doesn't seem very productive, but it's really hard to control, isn't it?

Panda is adorable. Thanks for your input! ♥

Edited to add: Ah, BCPs stands for "birth control pills". I gotcha! ;) I hope they help too.

Edited at 2010-07-20 09:58 pm (UTC)
Jul.20th.2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! =D

I hope the pills help. I have been contemplating a doctor visit for something similar myself.

Caroline is adorable. <3
Jul.20th.2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Yeah, I hope the pills help too. I really hate going to the doctor, but it got to the point where I just needed to figure out what was going on. Good luck to you!
Jul.20th.2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your anniversary! I never forget mine either, Valentine's Day (corny, I know).

I do hope you feel better. Sometimes it is scarier not knowing the truth and letting your imagination run rampant. I hope you get some answers quickly and that you get well soon.

I am all for the octopus, all those arms.

Thinking of you...sending good thoughts.
Jul.20th.2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Gayl! It's great having an anniversary date that's easy to remember, isn't it? Of course, now we never have any excuse in case we accidentally do. haha

Yeah, I have a problem with letting my imagination get away from me. I'm such a pessimist about some stuff too, so that doesn't help.

Octopus! He's so cute too. See why I'm having such a hard time deciding? :)
Jul.20th.2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the 14 years! My anniversary is some random date we picked cause we just had to pick a date we didn't think to link it up with other events as a reminder. XD

Hope the pill works, I can't take it because it increases my depression and makes me put on weight, but luckily my period has regulated itself over the years that I don't have to worry about things like this so much. I feel you on the stress though, I don't remember the last time I felt truly relaxed and stress free. I hope things are on the up for you soon!

And Caroline is so so cute! Love that wig. :)
Jul.21st.2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

The pill seems to be helping so far. Hopefully, I won't have to be on it for too many months. And, yes, stress is...well...stressful!!! haha I've never been completely stress free, but it sure would be nice to be back to at least low-level stress.

Caroline says "thank you!" I really wanted to try a completely different look for her and I love how she looks in this wig.
Jul.21st.2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Hang in there, girl! *hugs* I don't know how old you are but when this sort of thing began for me at 40 I started walking two miles every single morning and pretty much got everything back to working order. When my back went out last year and I couldn't walk, things got weird again. :( Regular vigorous exercise really helped me.

Congrats on your Anniversary!

That girlie elf doll is adorable!!!
Jul.21st.2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you, E!

I'm 37 so I'm edging closer to 40. heh It's so great to hear that getting on a regular exercise schedule helped you out. I'd really slacked on my exercise and need to amp it up again. I'm hopeful that it will work. It's good to feel like I can do something to help my well-being anyway, and not totally depend on the birth control pills.

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Jul.21st.2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

I've definitely been under stress and gained some weight, so what your doctor said makes sense. I need to exercise more, which should help both issues. Hopefully it'll help regulate my period too.

I'm so glad I decided to talk about this here. It's really helped to know that I'm not alone in my problems and to hear other people's advice. :)

That Hedgehog is great! I was sad to see it wasn't available until October. :(
Jul.21st.2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Congrats on your Anniversary ^_^ glad to know you are on the road to recovery it sounds and that you have Mommy nearby ^_^
Jul.21st.2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, C!

I don't ever think I'll be to old to call my Mommy for help. heehee :D
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Jul.21st.2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Christin!

You know, I used to be totally into herbal remedies, but I've not looked into them as an alternative for a long time. I really appreciate you taking the time to point me in the right direction with these as I would have had no idea where to start. I'm going to check out that website more closely too.

Yeah, I really need to get back into exercising. I know it helps with a lot of things not to mention stress-relief. I've just been really lazy and let myself slack in that regard. It'll be good to back into shape again. (I just have to get through the first month...gah... I have the hardest time just staring exercising. haha)

I had a Panda cat too when I was in high school. We named her Harlequin. :)
Jul.21st.2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your health concerns.

Try to have someone go with you when you see the doctor next time. Its amazing what sort of questions people forget to ask when they're alone and it makes the doctors kinda take more notice, you know? Ask around about which bcp would work best for you, (they creep my out to be honest).
I wish you luck, Let us know how you're doing, okay?

imo, The squishables is a toss-up between the shark and the penguin.

Congrats on the anniversary!
Jul.22nd.2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
First off, happy late anniversary to you!

Next, always, ALWAYS penguin ;)

Your BJDs just get prettier and prettier.
Jul.22nd.2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming this anonymous commenter is Kev, right? ;)

And thank you! I have a lot of fun with my BJDs.

Penguin is adorable! The best pairing would be a penguin and a killer whale. Or is that too morbid? XD heehee
Jul.22nd.2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The birth control pills really seem to be working. I'm doing much better! Yay! Hopefully, nothing is found on my ultrasound next month and the getting back into shape will help regulate me so I can eventually go off the bcp. *crosses fingers*

My husband voted for the shark too. I think because Shark Week is coming up. haha!
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