This became my new catch-phrase yesterday, after I said it to DH ;)
(I'm going to skip right over the IL/money stuff in this post, suffice to say we will be moving forward with the lawyer shortly and hopefully work things out. Things just cannot continue like this.)
Anyway, I am all set to do my stool sample as recommended by the NaPro Dr out in California, to test for yeast primarily. In order to do it properly, I had to stop taking all vitamins and minerals for 3-4 days. I'm on day 2 of no supplements. I feel the difference. As do my bowels (or lack thereof).
I am also at the end of my unmedicated (no Metformin) cycle, and have all of my labwork results. My regular NaPro Dr went over them with me yesterday and was surprised to see that aside from my LH/FSH ratio being elevated (almost 3:1), nothing else in the labs would tip her off that I even have PCOS :) My androgens, testosterone, DHEA, etc. were all very low in normal ranges! I am so happy! I seem to be getting healthier. She wants me to try staying off Metformin for the time being, and I'm ok with that. I guess it was my crutch drug after all, and as long as I'm eating healthy, I don't really need it. (For now.)
My hormones pre and post-Peak were good, except progesterone was a tad on the low side unmedicated. I'm not so bummed by that, and already knew it based on the premenstrual spotting I always get when I'm not taking progesterone. Actually I suspected they would be much worse without Metformin. We were already planning on giving compounded progesterone a shot, and I'll be doing that this upcoming cycle.
I'm banking on the fact that getting my nutrition and diet in gear will in turn have even more positive impact on my ovarian hormone function.
Thyroid hormones were great. The Free T3, which Dr D in CA wanted to see above 3.5 was only 3.0. However, this was the first unmedicated cycle, and my adrenals are not yet working at their optimal capacity. There has been improvement already just in the short time in which I've been implementing these dietary changes, and it went from 2.8 to 3.0. I am going to give it another several cycles and test again before making the decision whether or not to go back on T3. I obviously would much rather not have to a) pay so much per month and b) live "by the clock" for the remainder of my reproductive years, but I'm not wholly opposed to being on a medication that can help me to live healthier and function better.
Once we are in the house (and yes, we believe we will be closing, thanks to the emergency fund I've been saving for years but was hoping not to have to deplete), I will be contacting the nutritionist Dr D recommended. I may also decide to contact this place, which I've looked into oh about 100 times already but never made the move to make an actual appointment. I have no idea why, since I've tried just about everything else... actually LSW was suggested to me by a fellow Practitioner who has PCOS. I will let you know if I move forward with them.
Finally, to end on a very positive note, my DH became a Knight of Columbus last night! He's at his first meeting right now. I'm so proud of him! You should have seen him showing off his little pin and rosary to me last night, it was too cute. This was the man who, when we were first dating, told me he thought our souls became dirt and trees and grass when we died... ;)