Friday, July 29, 2011

Woe of Long cycles & Some Good News

Just when I needed to start 300 mg Progesterone Suppositories for the first time this cycle, my body decided to play games. I had a long Pre-Peak Phase of 24 days & I wasn't under stress. That would make this cycle 38-39 days :(

I feel so horrible. How I wish I could have a textbook perfect 28 day cycle. I have always had long cycles mostly between 32-50 days. I guess I need to convince my NaPro Dr. to put me on Clomid/Femara. I have a feeling the more I wait, the more difficulty I will have with my long cycles. I don't have PCOS so I really would like to know why my cycles are so long.

How I wish I had known about NaPro as soon as I married. Again am I in control? Oh Jesus, you have perfectly planned everything for us. May your Holy Will be done in our lives and may we have the courage & strength to accept your Will.

And there's some good news - My sister-in-law is pregnant. She has struggled a lot with PCOS and has had a miscarriage in the past. After being on Metformin & restricted diet for many years, it was still not helping her ovulate. Her doctor put her on Clomid recently and she has now conceived on the 2nd cycle of Clomid. She is now on Progesterone and some Thyroid medication. Please do pray that this pregnancy goes well. 

My family has been struggling with miscarriages & infertility for the past 3 years. I really pray for my parents who have seen both their married children struggling for a child. There isn't a day they haven't prayed & shed tears for us. They are the ones who lift up our dreary souls with prayers & words of encouragement. God bless them always!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Exposition of over 150 Relics

God has given us a great spiritual blessing. Yesterday, there was an exposition of over 150 relics at our Cathedral. We were blessed in every way to venerate the relics of so many Saints. It was a spiritual encounter with the Church Triumphant and I was filled with such joyous tears.
  • Many of these were first class relics - fragments of the body of a saint like pieces of bone, flesh, hair and so on.
  • A few were second class relics - things personally owned by a saint. 
  • Third Class Relics are those items touched by a saint. And every article of devotion that has been touched to a first class or second class relic of a saint becomes a third class relic. Wow!
The highlight of the exposition was a piece of the "True Cross" of our Lord and a "Veil" of our Blessed Lady. There was a piece of the Crib of our Lord, a piece of the Holy Lance & a piece of the Holy Thorn.

We were armed with rosaries and prayer cards and we touched it to many first class relics. Now, my home is filled with third class relics of so many saints. Thank you Lord for this blessing!

As I walked into the room and held the relics of some of my favorite Saints, I experienced such great peace & joy.

I felt I was living the era of Christ & the early Church when I touched the relics of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Anne, St. John the Baptist, St. Martha, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Peter, St. Paul, St. John, St. Jude, St. Matthew, St. Thomas, all the other apostles, St. Mark, St. Luke and so on.

I held the first class relics of St. Anthony, St. Anne, St. Gerard, St. Rita of Cascia and prayed for all my family, friends & Blogger Ladies waiting to be blessed with a child. I prayed for all who were pursuing adoption & asked intercession for all Pregnant Ladies.
I prayed to St. Catherine of Sienna for all who had experienced Pregnancy Losses. I experienced great peace when I held her relic to my body. I prayed to St. Peregrine for all battling with Cancer.

Last week, I had just read the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska - "Divine Mercy in my Soul". I truly rejoiced when I saw the relic of St. Faustina. I begged St. Faustina to intercede to the Lord to have mercy on our poor souls.

I could find the relic of every Saint I had heard of - St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, Blessed Mother Theresa, St. Bernadette, St. Padre Pio, St. Dominic Savio, St. Augustine, St. Monica, St. Maria Goretti, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Maxmilian Kolbe, St. Francis Xavier, St. Josephine Bakita, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Teresa of the Andes, St. Alphonsis Liguiori, St. Catherine Laboure, St. Gertrude, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. John of the Cross, St. John Neumann, St. Louis de Montfort, St. Martin de Porres, St. Edith Stein, St. Thomas More, St. Thomas Beckett, St. Nicolas (Santa Claus), St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Pope Pius X, Pope Pius V and so many more.

Thank you Jesus for all the graces you have given us!!!

Visit the website Treasures of the Church for more information and to request an exposition at your Church.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Blood Work Results: Low Progesterone

I completed my P+3,5,7 & 9 bloodwork for Estradiol & Progesterone last week. My NaPro doctor left me a message saying that my Progesterone Levels are low right from P+3. Well, I cannot believe that after all these years, I have some solid news finally. Something as basic as Low Progesterone has finally been diagnosed by my NaPro doctor. My previous doctors never believed in checking Progesterone levels inspite of having Recurrent Losses. The only time I had my Progesterone bloodwork was on 7 DPO on a Clomid cycle to check if I ovulated or not and the doctor said the levels were normal (12.6) though I knew it was low.

I am supposed to start Progesterone Supplements this cycle. I have been reading about Progesterone Capsule, Suppositories and PIO Shots. I would be really grateful if someone could enlighten me about the different types of Progesterone and which one would be the most effective - the capsules, suppositories, shots?
I doubt if my insurance will cover Progesterone. Could anyone tell me how much it would cost with and without insurance?

Sometimes, I feel angry & sad that my 3 previous doctors never bothered to check for Progesterone & Estradiol though I requested plenty of times. Instead they ran millions of tests for Clotting disorders, Thyroid, Chromosomes, RPL and what not. Everything came back normal & we wasted so many $$$ on all those tests. My heart breaks when I wonder if Progesterone would have helped me from losing my babies. Now, I am even more convinced that my Ectopic Pregnancy could have been due to Low Progesterone. If it was not for NaPro, I would have lost all my trust in doctors.
Thank you Lord for leading me to NaPro & I feel so indebted to you bloggers for introducing me to NaPro though your blogs. I know there are many more things that could be wrong with my body like PCOS and Endo but I pray and hope that Progesterone will bring me closer to having a healthy baby. 

I will be taking Compounded Progesterone Wettable Vaginal Capsule 300mg at bedtime from P+3 to P+12.
The charge for 30 capsules is $45 and it is supposed to last for 3 months. Not bad! Hoping that it works.