I have returned from my long vacation. I was pretty good about resting the entire time, at least from my job. I did ship a couple packages and answer a few messages, but I also extended the closure of my shop for five days. All Atelier Mandaline shops are open and my eBay and Etsy shops are on sale. You can link to all my shops from the Home page.
As far as updating you on my health, I am afraid I don't have much to report. Other than the vitamin deficiency and slight anemia caused by blood loss the doctor found nothing. A battery of tests and an ultrasound didn't reveal anything. I can't help feeling like this is because the attitude from the moment I walked in that this is "normal" kept them from really searching to find anything. So, I am still bleeding quite heavily at times. I did find a doctor who offers online treatment of Hashimoto's, which is what I am pretty sure I have, and started his treatment. I also adjusted my essential oils which contain bio-identical hormones, and I am already much less tired. The rash on my face is gone, and I succeeded in stopping the bleeding and slowing it down for a few days. I feel once I have been on the Hashimoto's treatment a bit longer and get the dosages of my oils correct I will be back to normal. My son who works in a lab as a geneticist ordered some more tests for me that he felt the doctor neglected to do and I am waiting for those results.
Today I woke up a few hours earlier than normal, went shopping, did some housework, and then worked in the yard for an hour. It's a big change, as since January just shipping my orders was enough to fatigue me to the point I needed a four-hour nap. Earlier this week I drove my kids to see my parents and to the beach for a day. So, I am hopeful I will soon be better. I am beyond disgusted with women's health care in this country. Almost every woman I have talked to since this began is experiencing similar issues and is being told it's normal and it's just because of her age. I was 24 when this first started for me, triggered by pregnancy, and I was never able to get a solution until I did it myself. Why are we all putting up with this? If this were happening to most men it wouldn't be happening! Thank goodness for the Internet putting testing and treatment into our own hands!
My name is Amanda, but my childhood nickname was "Mandaline". I am a mother of three turning my passion for creating into a full-time business.