my placenta eating experience LOOOONGWhile I don't believe I have had Post Partum Depression, very possibly because I have been on antidepressants since long before even getting pregnant, I have had another brain problem. Concentration-- this is a problem I have had in the past (it is probably anxiety-related) it was very nicely eliminated with the addition of Wellbutrin to my medicinal regimen. I didn't feel sure I was having concentration issues until around 5 or 6 months post-partum. Problems in my head can be hard to detect-- sort of like the fish not being able to see the water.
I pulled it out of the freezer cut a tiny chunk off, maybe 3/4inch long by 1/4 inch wide at its widest. I poured soy sauce on it (sushi, right?), then flipped it over to get soy sauce on the other side, and popped it in my mouth. I even chewed it a few times. It tasted like soy sauce, kinda chewy. But that wasn't going to work for the whole frozen blob.
So I did some research, then set down to business. I steamed it in a pot on a Coleman stove on the back patio because I was concerned about the potential smelliness. It did smell nasty. It reminded me of a cooked meat smell I've smelled before. DH said the smell reminded him of liver. You know that grey, gelatinous gunk that collects on the top of a meatloaf or around the bottom of a roast in the pan? That stuff was all over the inside of the pot and on the lid and on the steamer. The smell combined with that visual really had me gagging and I even wretched a few times. I'm not even the gaggy or squeamish type. So, more or less 15 minutes on each side.
After it cooled a little I sliced it open to be sure it was done. It looked really spongy, greyish brown all the way through. (Breathing through my mouth, at the time. Is it possible for one's salivary glands to hurt?) I let it cool some more and then hacked it up into nice, thin, jerky-like strips. Didn't need to hold my breath so much any more. Thank goodness. Pretty rubbery. The whole thing sort of curled towards the cord. It kinda looked like a Portabella mushroom with a skinny stem (the cord). Maybe that's b/c of the spike in the middle of the steamer? I let our dog lick the cutting board. Arranged the whole thing in our food dehydrator-- it only took up two trays, but I had to use all the trays (6?) so that the heat/fan element had enough room. I fired it up in the house, just to see if it would smell. It smelled a little, DH couldn't smell it, but he suggested I put it in the garage anyway. I decided he had probably just gotten slowly desensitized to it as the smell got stronger. So I put it in the garage.
It didn't take long for the edges to turn black, not more than 2 hours, for sure. Hopefully that's not burnt. The middle parts were still spongy (quite like a synthetic sponge, actually), they didn't snap apart like the instructions said they should. Even one piece that was all black didn't snap apart. It was more like dried out rubber-- still a little supple. But a half hour later I tried some super thin pieces and they snapped well. I took the dry chunks off every half hour or so. Within a few hours all the chunks were done.
I put it all in my cuisinart with the steel blade and let 'er rip. It was really loud. And the powdered stuff came flying out the crack between the lid and the main bowl of the cuisinart. And it was super slow-going. After a while I switched to the blender. Still loud, still dusty, still slow. Then I realized it didn't really all have to be powder, it just needed to be small enough to fit in a capsule. So I stopped. It was basically a dull, greyish brown.
The next day I called around to pharmacies in town to ask about empty capsules. Of the three I called, only one had them. This was at a Wal-Mart-type chain store with a pharmacy. First they said they didn't have them, then I said "do you know where I could get some?" and then a pharmacist was put on the line and said they did have some, but only in the largest size. I said I'd come take a look. She said I would need to tell her what I was using them for or she wouldn't sell them to me because she didn't want me using them for anything illegal. I said I'd be happy to once I was there. I was at work and didn't feel like stirring up trouble, not when there isn't even good evidence for it working.
The box of capsules looked like it hadn't been re-designed since the 70's. $4.99 for the box of 100. It didn't have a real SKU. The store didn't usually sell these things to the public. They must have just used them for making stuff in-house. When I told the pharmacist it was for dehydrated placenta she didn't react at all, just moved on to the next thing.
I scooped the stuff up into the capsules using a pair of tweezers to hold the capsule. Then I would pop the other side on. I only made about 20. I decided I would make the rest if I needed to later. At first I took them with a meal because I was afraid of one gal's complaint of nasty burps. But I never had any even when I take it on an empty stomach.
I didn't notice any definite effect. My concentration is better, but not dramatically enough for me to even begin to consider attributing it to the pills. I'll keep taking it though. And get back to you if I feel like I can conclude anything meaningful.
The steamer had a lot of dried brown stuff on it. After three trips through the dishwasher I got brilliant and soaked it in hot water and dishwasher detergent highly rated by Consumer Reports for its enzymatic cleaning ability. (It has enzymes. I don't know how to know that w/o checking w/Consumer Reports.) Then it scrubbed clean pretty easily with a green scrubber.
I put the powder in the freezer. Cold slows everything down; decomposition, bacteria growth (in case there was still a little moisture left). Hopefully I'll remember what kind of container I put it in when I need to find it...