Hope y'all had a great Christmas.
Unfortunately, mine did not end well. I woke up this morning with a horribly sore, swollen throat, body aches, fever and runny nose. I'm hurting at the moment but can't really take anything. It is such a bummer to start my IVF cycle with a compromised immune system. But not much can be done about it.
My drugs arrived last week and I'll be taking my first Lupron shot tonight (um, actually in 30 minutes). Eeek. Hubby is at work so I'm on my own for injecting. I'm nervous but since I feel so crappy with this flu (or whatever I have)....I haven't been thinking about it too much.
And I'm also pretty much off the grid. Gone fishin'. Hiding out. Hibernating. Out of commission. Whatever you want to call it.
It is really hard for me to say no. To work requests. To social gatherings. To anything, really. I'm a yes girl and try to do everything all the time. Although I have a lot of fun and usually feel accomplished, sometimes all of my activities and commitments leave me feeling tired and rundown. And I feel like I never have enough time to get everything done.
Someone once told me that even "good" stress is still stress. And that is the last thing I need during this cycle. So I'm reining myself in and going MIA. It has been going on for a few weeks now. It feels weird to come home and just be. I am always resisting the urge to get back on my computer and work in the evenings. Or I see my friends on Facebook at events that I would normally be at and get the urge to "go" and "do". This is different for me.
But I'm proud of myself. If there were ever a time to take care of myself, it is now. And that is what I intend to do. So what am I doing with all my free time?
Watching chick flicks and comedies. Reading. Walking. Meditating. Okay, not on a regular basis yet but I bought the Anji CDs and listened once so far. I liked it and will be listening more. I'm also reading books about positive thinking like The Traveler's Gift (which my friend Janna recommended).
Getting weekly acupuncture treatments...which is supposed to improve IVF success by 17-25% depending on which article or study you refer to. If you're considering it, here is a list of some great articles about the benefits of acupuncture with fertility. I highly recommend it.
And I've been doing a lot of cuddling with this guy. He always relaxes me.
What do you do to relax?
Anything else I should add to my arsenal of relaxation techniques?