Thank you all for the sweet comments on my last post. I never expected that post to generate so much buzz, or to gain so many new readers from it (welcome, y’all!). My heart still aches for Mo’s loss. I saw her recent blog post and the change to a very sad, black/gray template and my heart broke all over again.
I want to echo what so many other bloggers have observed – we have an absolutely amazing family in this little blog world. I have never met you guys, but feel so close to your stories and experiences. The fact that we all banded together so quickly to spread love and support across the globe blows my mind. If my blog were a public thing among work and friends I would absolutely use this as an example of how new media can change lives during my talk at our next conference. But alas, I don’t want our accountant reading the nitty-gritty details of my lady area!
So my period showed up rather early and with vengeance last Thursday. I guess I still had a lot of lining despite the Lupron trigger and lack of estrogen supplements! Per doctors instructions I started the dreaded pack of birth control pills on Sunday. Dr. Hope had me on Lo Estrin fe, which was delightful as far as side effects go. Other than a complete lack of sex drive and some lady part dryness I felt fine. Dr A. put me on Ortho Tri Cyclen. Like the real stuff, not the low stuff. I didn’t question his techniques as I’m sure there was a reason for his choosing this.
Since starting it I have had an upset tummy (too much pooping vs. my usual not enough pooping) and pretty bad nausea. I’m also extra crabby which is sort of becoming the norm with the constant flood of synthetic hormones running through my body.
Here is my worry: The last time I had a chronically upset stomach and fierce nausea is when I was starting to flare majorly with uveitis/insert mystery autoimmune/maybe lupus disease here. Now, the rational part of me knows this is a very common side effect of Ortho Tri Cyclen, but the spaz in me is all “I’m about to flare and get too sick and never get to transfer my embabies!” Which is ridiculous. I have been in remission for months now, I’m taking care of myself (although I have not been practicing my yoga regularly and taking time to meditate and breathe), I’m still on a maintenance dose of my steroid eye drops to keep inflammation at bay and I do not have the headaches I had last time with the uveitis.
Despite all this, I’m still freaking out so I am turning to you – how did you react to Ortho Tri Cyclen? Did you have nausea? Or do you think I’m legit and should call my Rheumatologist/Retina Specialist? I can tough it out for 6 weeks till we start the transfer protocol, but first I need to calm down and stop thinking I’m getting sick.