Of all the strange things that Alice saw in her journey Through The Looking-Glass, this was the one that she always remembered most clearly. Years afterwards she could bring the whole scene back again, as if it had been only yesterday — the mild blue eyes and kindly smile of the Knight — the setting sun gleaming through his hair, and shining on his armour in a blaze of light that quite dazzled her — the horse quietly moving about, with the reins hanging loose on his neck, cropping the grass at her feet — and the black shadows of the forest behind — all this she took in like a picture, as, with one hand shading her eyes, she leant against a green, watching the strange pair, and listening, in a half dream, to the melancholy music of the song.
- Upon the advice of another patient, I ate a few leaves of cilantro each day (it has been shown in studies to help break down metals in the body that the bacteria can hide behind)
- I elected not to take probiotics at all throughout – although Dr. WK said they wouldn’t harm nor help, and I could take them if I wanted, I just didn’t want to take a chance – actually, I ate plain yogurt one day and that day was the day I felt most nauseous, interestingly
- Even though I felt crummy some days (especially post D&C), I did and do feel an overall light, energetic feeling….I used to think that heavy feeling/fatigue I always had was due to my under active thyroid, but I am learning it was due to my infection – Dr. WK has treated patients who had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and has seen wonderful results
- Something else I noticed was the joint pain in my elbows and hips disappeared very soon after I started the treatment (the bacteria can begin to attack the joints, causing rheumatoid arthritis – this is, sadly, what my mother suffered from – Dr. WK told me about a woman who could not stand up straight due to her arthritis and was absolutely fine post-treatment).
- Dr. WK and I noticed an increase in my CM post-D&C (aside from the usual discharge associated with the D&C)…and on Thursday I had some breast tenderness, so he took a peek at my ovaries – the left was quiet and there were a few follicles on the right, but none had been selected. The CM is a good sign that my ovaries are producing estrogen – the hope is that things will start to kick in and I will begin cycling again. That is, if we are not too late. I have had a lot of hot flashes throughout the therapy, which I have found very upsetting. It appears to be just a side effect of the antibiotics, but it’s not fun at all. Especially since we just don’t know which way this is going to go right now.
- Immediate next steps: I have to drive across the border this week to pick up a prescription for 2 kinds of oral antibiotics I need to start taking next week, once the IV antibiotic is out of my system. I will take the oral ones for 4 weeks to ensure we catch any “stragglers” post-treatment. No intercourse for 4 weeks to allow my cervix to heal after the D&C. After that, condoms only until my husband is treated (which I am hoping will take place in January – that’s another mountain to climb. Um, what else? I have to get in to see Dr. Click Clack this week to tell her what’s going on and request requisitions for CD3 bloodwork. All going well I will start a spontaneous period and then Dr. WK can start monitoring my FSH, E2, and LH levels from a distance. We will then get further direction on oral antibiotic therapy for both of us and when to start trying again after hubby’s treatment. All going poorly I will not get a period in the next 4 weeks and I will go for a hormone panel anyway and get confirmation that we missed the boat and I am menopausal. We will then discuss hormone replacement therapy and calcium and bone density testing.
The 4-Week Wait begins.
And I am petrified.