Day One: changes

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Nothing ever goes as planned. Some how plans change all the time. In this case, oh well!
Tomorrow was supposed to be day one. Instead, I woke up this morning with 4 cigarettes. All gone before noon of course. Sitting here now, it is 3:30pm and I am wanting one but not wanting a cigarette… so far I am feeling alright. Kinda dizzy. Normal feelings.003

I started my day at 5:30am when AJ is dropped off. I brewed the coffee. Made Mikes lunch for work. Cooked up breakfast for the kiddos. Then I sat down to write Blog: Mirena IUD while the kids played. In between writing, I took care of any needs the kids had, and also picked up as I went. However, I really need to wash today’s dishes. You can also kinda tell my house is in the middle of being spring cleaned. And I have projects everywhere! I decided today, day one, would be a good day to get this blog going.

So here we are! Not smoking, blogging. Admitting to the world and myself that smoking is a drug. It has taken over MY life. I keep telling myself not to be a junky but to be strong and give it to The Lord. Keep busy! Relax. Everything will work out and I can conquer this addiction.

Today’s post in the group: Orange juice and cream of tartar makes a drink to flush nicotine out of your system. Who would have guessed? I’ll be buying it soon! I also changed the groups cover picture. Made an administrators chat. And since the new early hours I’m waking, drank coffee not tea today.

Tomorrow I will work on projects:

  • Banana Bread
  • Pantry curtains hung
  • And the laundry I’ve neglected the past couple days preparing for this life change.

Well, I am off to look for recipe. Looking forward to tomorrow’s blog. Banana Bread will be good for breakfast and the blog. I also have to work. Extra day more money! Plus the kid is cool and gets along pretty good with my daughter.

I can do this! Until next time…. And if you come across my page, have something to say, I would love to hear from you! Quitting smoking is a BIG change. ANY and EVERY piece of advise or encouragement will be read and appreciated. Thanks! 🙂

Mirena (IUD)

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Mirena (IUD)


Overview

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a little, t-shaped piece of plastic inserted into the uterus to provide birth control. The purpose of the T-body is to adjust the system to the shape of the womb. Two removal threads are tied to the loop at the lower end of the vertical arm.

I would like to point out as a possible side effect not listed, the string may curl up which might become connected to the tissue. Thus, a difficult or complicated and painful removal.

There are 3 types of IUDs that use the hormone progestin include Mirena, Skyla, and Liletta. Skyla is the smallest of the progestin IUDs. A copper IUD (ParaGard) lasts up to 12 years, and can serve as emergency contraception if inserted within 5 days after unprotected sex.

I hear good things about the copper IUD’s. However, my insurance wouldn’t cover it. If I only knew…. But the point of this blog is to talk about the Mirena hormone progestin IUD.

How it works

A progestin IUD releases a small amount of hormones into the uterus to prevent sperm from fertilizing eggs. The vertical arm of the T-body carries a drug reservoir containing levonorgestrel. It’s inserted by a healthcare professional.

Effectiveness: over 99% effective. You are protected from pregnancy as soon as Mirena is fitted. The possibility of becoming pregnant is approximately 2 in 1,000 in the first year. The failure rate may increase in case of the Mirena coming out by itself or perforation.

What! It comes out on its own? Are you scared yet? LOL

Availability: at some clinics

Effort: requires a quick procedure to insert and remove by a health care worker.

Yes, it was quick! I like how they leave out details about what “may” happen during this procedure. And for me it wasn’t so quick to remove. Also, PLEASE do not try to remove it yourself or have someone other then a professional remove it!

Benefits & side effects

According to WebMD:

Acne: unlikely to be affected

Headaches: unlikely to be affected

Weight: unlikely to be affected

Menstrual changes: may become lighter with fewer cramps, or it may stop completely

Additional info: may help reduce symptoms of PMS

It is true Mirena is used to reduce bleeding for heavy bleeders which it does but it is really VERY effective in preventing conception. But they forget to mention the real side effects.

Possible side effects:

*Taking any medicine carries some risk of side effects.
Weight gain, depression, nervousness, headache, migraine, abdominal, pelvic or back pain, nausea, acne, increased growth of hair on the face and body, reduced sex drive, increased vaginal discharge, inflammation of the vulva and vagina, tender / painful breasts, Mirena coming out by itself.

A lot different then WebMD! 

Uncommon side effects:
Genital infections that may cause: vaginal itching; pain on passing urine; or lower abdominal pain from inflammation of the womb, ovaries or Fallopian tubes, swelling of your abdomen, legs or ankles, hair loss, itchy skin including eczema, skin discoloration / increased skin pigment especially on the face (chloasma). Mirena can also lower your chances of future conception.

Rare side effects:
*If you experience any of the following serious side effects please contact your doctor or nurse immediately:

Severe pain or fever developing shortly after insertion may mean that you have; severe infection which must be treated immediately. In rare cases very severe infection (sepsis) can occur.

Severe pain and continued bleeding as this might be a sign of damage or tear in the wall of the womb (perforation). Perforation is rare (1:1000 chance), but occurs most often during the fitting of the Mirena, although the perforation may not be detected until sometime later. If this happens the Mirena will be removed; very rarely this may require surgery. Possible signs and symptoms of perforation may include:

  • severe pain (like menstrual cramps) or more pain than expected – heavy bleeding (after insertion)
  • pain or bleeding which continues for more than a few weeks
  • sudden changes in your periods
  • pain during sex
  • Lower abdominal pain especially if you also have a fever or have missed a period or have unexpected bleeding, as this might be a sign of ectopic pregnancy.

The absolute risk of ectopic pregnancy in Mirena users is low. However, when a woman becomes pregnant with Mirena in place, the relative likelihood of ectopic pregnancy is increased.
Lower abdominal pain or experience painful or difficult sex as this might be a sign of ovarian cysts or pelvic inflammatory disease or cervical cancer (they say can’t be proven as a symptom). This is important as pelvic infections can reduce your chances of having a baby and can increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy or having cancer (again can’t be proven).

So, now that you know the facts, what is your opinion? Scary huh? And this is the best form of birth control. Most Doctors will recommend it over the pill or shot. I will NEVER get one again. It’s not worth it! If only I was more educated before getting it. Not all have problems but a lot do. Take at your own risk!

Thanks for reading!

Blogging

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Blogging

Where to begin? Okay!
A few months ago, November of last year to be exact, I went in for a routine  women’s checkup and my options on another form of birth control besides the Mirana (we will discuss this in another blog). Results to the Pap smear came back. Reality check!! I had what is called precancerous cells on my cervix. Yes, cancer. SCARY!! Fortunately it was just “pre” meaning stage 0 and a simple LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) is all it took to remove these cancerous cells from my body with side effects (another discussion for later). My chances of conceiving are less. My chances of a high risk pregnancy is higher. Low birth weight is another side effect. Anyways, did the procedure. My 4 month checkup is the end of this month.

So the reason for blogging! I HAVE TO QUIT SMOKING!!! I don’t think I have to explain why. I’ve done some listening, reading, and Pinterest and came to a conclusion: smoking is a drug. I need to treat quitting like I am quitting drugs. NOT EASY! And I have a plan of action to defeat this drug!

My plan:

  • Call it a drug.
  • Change my habit with other healthy habits.
  • Stay strong.
  • Be active in my group and blog!
  • Give it to God.

My other habits, habits to replace smoking. I found that would suit me is herbal tea. See it’s the process: heat water in kettle, pour water over tea in coffee press, wait to steep, and enjoy! By the time the cup is gone my craving passes and I make a habit that will benefit rather then distory. It actually helped. My problem with this trial period is i wasn’t keeping my mind off of smoking. I wasn’t think it of a drug but a relief. This is going to be hard!

Next is projects! These will help, I hope (crossing fingers)! My trial period I found for free an old end table. Real wood. I decided to fix it up and replace it with my daughters table holding her TV. It kept me busy. I had 2 cigarettes in the whole time only because I sat there waiting. Gotta keep busy! The finished product (I forgot to snap a before picture. Next time!):



The nobs I need to get longer screws. Forgot to get them today. I also could’ve gotten another can of purple but ….

Lastly, give it to God. Please give me the strength and courage to brace this change and over come it’s cravings.

If you are interested join this group I have joined. Check it out on Facebook! A group of awesome people. A few hundred (401) of smokers wanting to quit like me, current quitters (this ranges from 1 day to years) and ex-smokers! A lot of them are active.

Stop Smoking Support Group

Until next time! Oh! I’m planning on starting Saturday morning no cigarettes. Wish me luck!

Hey! 

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Welcome to my blog! Just a quick jot – this is a work in progress. I have a few topics to share in mind… Coming soon!!! :•)

I am a horrible blogger. Haha. But i am back with something’s to talk about. 

  1. I want/need to QUIT SMOKING!! I’ve been looking into ideas… Whatever will help! Journaling is one idea (aka blogging).
  2. Projects!!! Which will be my first blog after this introduction.

So here we go…