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Well, let me know if they are out.. I bought a box of tests the other day at Fred's.. and I know what life is like when one desperately needs one and doesn't have one..
He brought one home. I tested. I'm awaiting the results and hoping I did it right. The box had one set of instruction on it, which I followed, the insert said something a bit different. The box said use dropper and put two drops on sample spot. The insert said hold downward facing in urine stream. So there is a definite difference in sample quantity between the two set of instructions.
post #62 of 271
I'm not one to pee on a stick, but now you have me sitting on the edge of my seat.
post #63 of 271
The test is negative. I realized as I waited, nursing Sophia, that I'm not making anymore milk. No wonder it has hurt a bit when she nurses. She still nurses about 2 times a day and asks for it before bed. So either the test is wrong and I'm pregnant and lack of breast milk is evidence of pregnancy... or.... no more milk explains why sex is no longer uncomfortable this past month.
post #64 of 271
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Katreena

Whichever way it turns out, we're here to support you.

love, penelope
Amen.
post #65 of 271
Katreena,

sending you some hugs!!!
post #66 of 271
I'm looking for info on raw milk, interested in buying a share and getting into a co-op in the Mat-Su, with deliveries in the Anchorage area. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? I had an acquaintance in Eagle River who was organizing a new group of co-op'ers, but I've lost her email/contact info...
post #67 of 271
I know where to get $50 shares for raw freerange goat milk for $8 a gallon with deliveries to the Valley. Anchorage trips only happen once or twice a month though. Email me for details...
post #68 of 271
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post

I just wish that sometimes people would stop messing with nature.
: :

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Katreena

Whichever way it turns out, we're here to support you.

love, penelope
Thank you.

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Amen.
Thank you.

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Katreena,

sending you some hugs!!!
Thanks you.

I just can't stop thinking about this. So, my husband was talking with her sister, so she mentions how their cousin, who is younger than both of them, and they're all younger than me, is going through early menopause and that may be what is happening to me (I'm 35). I don't want that!: I really truly have hoped that I would have more babies, just at the right time, like when we have a house, no debt and all that good stuff.

Speaking of debt, we were going through my husband's medical bills this morning, trying to get things organized Yeah. And his other debts, and reapplying for Denali Kid Care for our daughters, and applying for Charity for some of those medical bills.
post #69 of 271
So a quick internet research found this:

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Early Menopause Symptoms
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Premature menopause symptoms are essentially the same as those of natural menopause. Women commonly suffer from night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, headaches, and joint or muscle pain. Body shape changes are also common, causing you to put on weight around the abdomen. Additionally, water retention and menopause commonly go together.
Menopausal women can experience emotional ups and downs, including anxiety, depression, cravings, and forgetfulness. All of these symptoms are triggered by the fluctuation of hormones in the body during menopause. In particular, estrogen levels reduce dramatically during the onset of menopause, causing a variety of changes in the body's functions.

Those symptoms I've had all my life, most specifically, my life since first my first pregnancy; headaches, hot all the time, water retention, depression, anxiety, forgetfulness...... all me. This is certainly not anything new. So if I was experiencing early menopause, and these are the symptoms, I wouldn't have confirmation without hormone testing, I suppose.


I really need to stop thinking about this and just wait until my doctor appointment next Friday.
post #70 of 271
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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
This whole post is rather personal.

My mind is all scattered lately and I guess now I am willing to share what has me freaking out.
There is a possibility I may be pregnant, or having early menopause, or some other uterine problem. I've scheduled an appointment at the ANHC for next Friday, before anyone suggests I must first get medical advice.

Background: I was pregnant in 1995 by my first husband and miscarried. If I hadn't miscarried, I'd have a 14 year old daughter right now. I never used any birth control during the nine years I was married to him and never got pregnant again. Four months into knowing my now husband, I was preganant with Abigail. hen Abigail was only 5 months old, while I was on two forms of birth control, we conceived Sophia. 2 months after Sophia was born, I had an IUD put in (the kind that is safe for use while breastfeeding, of course). Sophia will be three years old on the 22nd. I've been, overall, fairly happy with the IUD.

After the IUD was put in, my periods were pretty much the same as they'd always been. Instead of a 28-29 day cycle, though, I've had a 30-31 day cycle. I am counting from first day of one period to the first day of the next period. My periods last between 6 to 7 days just like they did pre - IUD. They are heavy, and I get clots and cramps and PMS really bad, just as I always have.

Well, the last several months I hadn't been writing down start/end dates as I usually do. But, I know my last period pretty much ended on July 1st, which means it likely began on or around June 24th. The past couple months I've had some spotting around ovulation time and thought nothing of it. All of July, I've had some spotting every 3rd day or every other day, it varies. It's nothing that requires a tampon or pad, it's just noticeable when I wipe after peeing. Well, here it is now 6 weeks since my last period began. I'm really worried.

It's not that I wouldn't want another child... someday, when we have a decent housing environment, more space, more money, less debt, etc. ... I did after all, at some point in time, want 4 kids, but that was before two unplanned for and unwanted cesarean deliveries. I'm fat, I'm out of shape and can't imagine I have a suitable body for growing another life. Those are just some of my worries right now. That aside, if I am pregnant, I'm having a third child!
From what you have said, it really does not sound like pre-menopause but more like an internal miscommunication with your Birth Control. Are you on the Mirena IUD? maybe the hormones are going wacky and causing your periods to become messed up.
I would probably look at having the IUD removed for a few months and see if that helps.
Also you could look at doing some herbals to help regulate your cycle. Such as Dong Quai Tea.
post #71 of 271
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
From what you have said, it really does not sound like pre-menopause but more like an internal miscommunication with your Birth Control. Are you on the Mirena IUD? maybe the hormones are going wacky and causing your periods to become messed up.
I would probably look at having the IUD removed for a few months and see if that helps.
Also you could look at doing some herbals to help regulate your cycle. Such as Dong Quai Tea.
I know I have the non-hormonal IUD, I just didn't remember which name it was, since I've had it for nearly 3 years now. I know it's the non-hormonal because I looked at the two choices offered and selected the one that wouldn't interfere with breastfeeding. So I'm guessing it must be the paraguard. It was supposed to last 8-10 years.

I never heard of Dong Quai Tea. What does that do specifically?
post #72 of 271
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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
I never heard of Dong Quai Tea. What does that do specifically?
You're correct, paragard is non-hormonal.

Dong Quai supports the female reproductive system. I don't take the tea, I take Pregnancy Prep, which is a vitamin supplement I get at Natural Pantry. It has raspberry leaf, vitex (chasteberry), Dong Quai, and motherwort. Since I have started taking it I have seen higher temps post ovulation, and also almost non existant cramping during my cycle... and before I had an IUD, my cramps would often be so bad I would vomit for days. True, I am 4 years older than I was when I had regular cycles before, so certainly my cycles could have changed just because of time, but I do think the supplements really help.
post #73 of 271
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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
You're correct, paragard is non-hormonal.

Dong Quai supports the female reproductive system. I don't take the tea, I take Pregnancy Prep, which is a vitamin supplement I get at Natural Pantry. It has raspberry leaf, vitex (chasteberry), Dong Quai, and motherwort. Since I have started taking it I have seen higher temps post ovulation, and also almost non existant cramping during my cycle... and before I had an IUD, my cramps would often be so bad I would vomit for days. True, I am 4 years older than I was when I had regular cycles before, so certainly my cycles could have changed just because of time, but I do think the supplements really help.

Yeah that!

I have used Dong Quai to help regulate my cycles. IT can be in a mixed tea or straight or I think it even comes in a pill form.
post #74 of 271
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Originally Posted by akwifeandmomma View Post
I'm looking for info on raw milk, interested in buying a share and getting into a co-op in the Mat-Su, with deliveries in the Anchorage area. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? I had an acquaintance in Eagle River who was organizing a new group of co-op'ers, but I've lost her email/contact info...


Paula heads up a co-op in the Valley and I am thinking she has a lady that delivers to Anchorage. I know she's not posting on here, but if you PM her, you might be able to get ahold of her. If you can't, pm me and I'll see if I still have her number.
post #75 of 271
Today is my third anniversary!!! :
post #76 of 271
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Today is my third anniversary!!! :
CONGRATS!! ::
post #77 of 271

Odd "Freecycle" Item

I have a pair of broken binoculars. The 2 sides are out of sync with each other and they are too cheap & old to bother repairing. (These were a lost and found item from a hike I led 3 years ago. After 3 years its my decision on how to dispose of the item.)

They are free if you want them. I've given away previous pairs of dead ones to mammas of curious kids or homeschooling mommas so their kids can "dissect" them. These are Porro-prism design binos - and if you are good with some screwdrivers and hacksaw it can be really neat to open them up and see exactly how the sequence of lenses creates the up-close effect. (Wikipedia actually has a descent description of how they work.)

I'm in Anchorage but regularly in Eagle River. PM me if you are interested.
post #78 of 271
Anyone else been to the fair yet? We went yesterday. I'm glad the rocket launch is over even though I'll be writting the FAA about it.

DD really wanted to do the mni monster trucks of all things! She's too short but she loved watching them. We got food, saw the veggies in the jr. competition (we could have won with zucchini, broccoli and cauliflower...will have to enter next year!) and the photography.

Jenn
post #79 of 271
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Anyone else been to the fair yet? We went yesterday. I'm glad the rocket launch is over even though I'll be writting the FAA about it.

DD really wanted to do the mni monster trucks of all things! She's too short but she loved watching them. We got food, saw the veggies in the jr. competition (we could have won with zucchini, broccoli and cauliflower...will have to enter next year!) and the photography.

Jenn
Okay, Am I the ONLY one who did not know about this??
post #80 of 271
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Originally Posted by rabrog View Post
Anyone else been to the fair yet? We went yesterday. I'm glad the rocket launch is over even though I'll be writting the FAA about it.

DD really wanted to do the mni monster trucks of all things! She's too short but she loved watching them. We got food, saw the veggies in the jr. competition (we could have won with zucchini, broccoli and cauliflower...will have to enter next year!) and the photography.

Jenn

We *live* at the fair (or it feels like it)! The kids entered artwork and one poem this year...no veggies or flowers. E usually enters his sunflowers, but they really aren't growing well (we tried a new type) this year.

The Jr. baking is an awesome contest. I'm thinking of entering apple pie or bread into the adult perishables day...but i don't know. We'll see.

The boys were disappointed that they forgot the Lego Competition. (They didn't forget, I reminded them five or six times that it would be happening, and they should enter something...but they decided not to).

B works the EMS booth a lot, so we hang out in the ditch near there. Pay for the fair to play in a ditch!

Next year you should enter! It's SO much fun!

love, p
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