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Odds & Ends


Ack, waiting around for the insurance auditor to show up, so that I can figure out if I have to go all battle-axe on him, if I have to giggle like I don’t have a brain, or if I can be a normal person. It’s not the audit itself that is torturous, it is the having a total stranger in my office for 3 hours thing.

Small talk, yuk. Luckily, introverts tend towards excruciating things like auditing, but the problem with that is some take their jobs waaaaay too seriously. Those are the ones I have to go all battle-axe on. If it is an extrovert I’ll have to giggle, which is wearing in a completely different way. [Awesome, he seems to be completely normal, which means I can be normal. Still wearing, though]

I’m still up to my eyeballs in work & it doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. Sure, I goof off like nobody’s business, so it’s probably mostly my fault for being behind. I’m trying to care, but failing. Every time I turn around the powers that be are complicating my job. This is probably a good thing though because I’m not sure anyone could easily figure this stuff out. My brain seems to have an extremely high tolerance for numbers & details.

Changing the subject…

I’ve recently gone back from eating safe starches (not sure if there is such a thing for me) to very low carb & it is really working out for me. I seem to have a lot of inflammation where carbs are concerned. We made stir fry with veggies, chicken, coconut oil & rice & my face was hot to the touch all the next day. If I eat everything in the meal but the rice, I’m fine. My husband, on the other hand, seems to do really well with carbs.

My diet now consists of a lot of bone broth & fat with some protein & small amounts of veggies. I have started drinking raw whole milk before bed & raw heavy cream in my coffee in the morning & some homemade yogurt at lunch.

I haven’t made yogurt with my raw milk yet because I still have some of the other, but I think the only difference is with pasteurized you heat it up to 180F to kill anything living in it & then let it cool to 115F to add the culture & with raw you only heat it to 115F so you DON’T kill anything in it & then add the culture.

Changing again…

I’ve decided that menopause is all about zinc for me. When I first started ‘pausing & skipping periods, I had hot flashes all the time. Then I stupidly went on a potato diet & messed my body up massively. I bled profusely for about 2-1/2 weeks until I figured out that it was caused by zinc deficiency due to copper toxicity from the potatoes.

I started carefully taking as much zinc as I thought my body could safely handle & quit bleeding. Whew. Then I noticed that I don’t have hot flashes anymore. Now I seem to be successfully on my way to never having a period again! Whenever I have a hot flash or a hint of a period, I take zinc for a couple of days & it stops. Do you know how to never have a period again? Buy about $100 worth of sanitary products! Yay, I’m fully stocked up! Hopefully I will never have to use any of them!

Bitch & Moan & Grumble & Groan (Part 1)

Yeah, yeah, I have nothing to say, but I do have plenty to bitch about. Maybe if I bitch enough here I won’t bitch as much IRL (haha, I’ll let you know how that works). It all started a month ago when I unfortunately decided to go on a Potato Diet because I had 10 pounds that would be really fun to lose. Didn’t really NEED to lose, because I looked pretty awesome, but wouldn’t it be fun to be ultra-skinny for the holidaze?

For 3 days I (& my poor dear abused husband) ate pretty much nothing but potatoes & maybe some coconut oil. It was pretty tasty; I was surprised on the 3rd day when potatoes still tasted really good. There was no weight loss for me or mine even though others on the diet were shedding a few pounds per day. Fuck. The morning of the 4th day I blew my nose & it was bloody as hell. Fuck.

I felt like absolute crap. Body aches, tinnitus, ocular migraine, everything hurt, bad. I felt terrible for a couple of days & I kept trying to catch a cold or flu or something. I felt marginally awful for a couple of weeks & then I started my period. Fuck. I WAS in the middle of menopause. Like 6 months into not ever having a period again. Nope, all down the drain & starting over from scratch. Fuck. Doubly disturbing since we had been using menopause as birth control. Yikes.

That period continued to fire-hose blood out of my twat at an incredible rate (tampons plus pads changed almost hourly) for another 15 days. I had noticed white spots on my fingernails a few days ago, but didn’t really think anything about it until I was googling how to stop the incessant bleeding & was told that I needed to use progesterone cream. I googled foods high in progesterone & found that zinc is the main facilitator of progesterone (or something like that).

Aw, shit, my fingernails (that not only had white spots but were also shredding at an alarming rate) told me that a couple of days before. So I started taking a 75mg zinc in the morning & evening & the blood flow stopped almost immediately. Well, not stopped, but hugely reduced. A couple more days of almost normal period & I started taking zinc 3 times a day & now am NOT BLEEDING!!!!!!! Thank Fucking God! I’m totally going to have some awesome sex this weekend to make up for lost time.

Don’t get me wrong, I had some bloody sex, but it just isn’t the same. I even gave a nice blow job to my long-suffering husband who doesn’t ever get them (poor thing). And there was sex, but it is a lot different when you have to put the thick burgundy terrycloth floor-mat down & hope you don’t bleed through it before the deed is done.

The Potato Diet didn’t just disturb my reproductive organs, it disturbed my whole physical existence. My whole metabolism. My poor nose. When I figured out that I had a zinc deficiency, I realized that it was due to a copper toxicity. I don’t really know what that means, but I have every symptom of both combined with feeling lousy and the holidaze & drinking too much & eating weird foods & I fucking gained 10 pounds. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life.

So, now instead of losing 10 pounds that I looked fine having, I am a huge fat blubbery pig. And I feel like crap. The saga continues…