Category: Jean (O)
What an interesting time since the conference. I have been having problems with the photos I took, because I took the lazy way out and edited them in the software that came with the camera rather than my normal Photoshop. I didn't realize the pictures went into a totally different resolution when they were cropped, so I ended up with blobs of pixels rather than pictures.
Now that I am cleaning them up in Photoshop, I am a much happier camper.
I have spent the last month driving kids back and forth to Lacrosse games and practices. My husband is the coach for the little guy's team, so I get the "honour" of driving the 14 year old. We have had a few testosterone O type nights of fights (think hockey) and time in the penalty box. Older son is the captain and pretty quick but small. He inspires the wrath of the other teams many nights, but he does get the heart and hustle award quite often.
I have been having a heck of a time with allergies, muscle aches and trying to get my progesterone levels back up. I have been reading a number of books on tired adrenals and I think I have finally pieced everything together.
My big confession is that I am a perfectionist Type O who is pretty driven. I suspect for at least 20 years, my adrenals have been running at well below optimal levels. Evidently, when adrenals are tired, the first hormone they don't produce is progesterone. I have been on progesterone for 8 years and should have been on it for at least 20 years as I had all the signs of high estrogen and little or no progesterone.
I had surgery for a ruptured appendix in Feb 2004, but previous to that I had been having low grade infections from the appendix for 18 months. After my hospital stay, I felt incredible (a huge surge of adrenalin). At Christmas time I ended up hiking up from 7000 ft to 9000 feet in a heavy wind at -20 C with all my ski equipment (a huge rush of adrenalin required). Within 24 hours asthma kicked, awful allergies and all of my old injuries started aching and swelling. A day of skiing would cause my such pain, that I would need to put heat on my knees, ankles and back so I could walk the next day. I put on 10 lbs right around the middle that I can't lose and I have been experiending horrible fatigue.
Now that I have pieced everything together, sustained infection, invasive surgery, and an unusual physical strain can cause the adrenals a tremendous amount of stress. When they are really stressed, they will no longer produce enough cortisal which happens to control asthma, allergies and swelling. I have started taking more progesterone, but I am considering pregnenolone, which is the hormone that produces progesterone and cortisol (under the supervision of an ND).
I am also trying to sleep more and not let my O perfectionism get to me!!!!