Monday, January 18, 2010

Doctor Appointment

This post-partum recovery time has been like no other. I am always tired and weak. I am still having headaches. I was encouraged by a friend to go see a doctor, so I made an appointment. (I go tomorrow afternoon) I had to wait a few weeks to get in to see him, but now I am starting to think that is a good thing.
Because, this past week my finger joints have started hurting. It is getting harder to hold a spoon, or cut fruit with a knife. And, yesterday after church I was hardly able to unbutton my shirt to change it. And, when I was trying to put up my hair my arms were VERY weak, and it took several attempts to complete the job. These are usually the first signs in the downward spiral of my unnamed disability (though it seems to be vitamin D deficiency). I am thinking that my Vit D3 levels have plummeted after delivery, and I need to have them re-checked.

Please pray for my doctor that he will wisely order whatever lab work I need to identify the source of the problem. And, pray for me, as I continue to research Vit D deficiency on my own, that I would get the bottom of the problem - what causes my body to be deficient. Sure, I can buy supplements for the rest of my life, but I would rather know what I can do to prevent the problem.

I have read in Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon that vit D cannot be absorbed without plenty of animal proteins being consumed. So, I have tried to drink more milk, eat more eggs, use more real butter, and eat more meat... but I do not think this is helping. (But, who knows, maybe I would have been worse by now without taking that step.)

6 comments:

Fine Linen said...

I'll keep you in prayer dear friend. I'm glad your going to the doctor, I pray he'll be able to help you recover.
Blessings to you and yours,

Mama in Uganda said...

I am so sorry to read this news. How frustrating it must be. I completely understand how you feel. "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in ALL of your ways acknowledge Him and HE WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH."

Love and a hug from,
Uganda

Kimberly said...

I have hand weakness issues, mine seems to be more of a repetitive motion thing though. Just this payday shopping trip, have switched this family to real butter- sure that margarine is cheap- you've encouraged me to use more real foods, rather than processeed stuff. Thanks!

Steve and Paula said...

Oh, I am sorry!
One thing to be sure of, is to make sure you are getting the right ratio of A witht he D, because they work together.
Its 10 A to 1 D.
Just be careful that its all from animal sources.

Have you tried going gluten free yet, to see if that is causing the problem?
It might also be the reason your brain is getting foggy as well.
FOod allergies are the main causer of depletion and malabsorbtion (sp?)
Big hugs,
Paula

Mama Hen said...

I so hope that you and the doc can get to the bottom of this soon. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be.

Ruby said...

Still praying Bethany.
If there is a problem like Caeliacs, the body cannot absorb the vitamins no matter how much extra you are taking in. I know it was considered and not thought to be the problem but perhaps there is some digestion issue which is blocking absorption.
"God is our refuge and our strength. A very present help in time of trouble." Ps 46:1