As everyone knows, some “time-out” or “quiet-time” is a vital component of rest, relaxation and recuperation. However this quiet-time before we start our next IVF programme is driving me crazy.
I guess I got so used to the frenzy that accompanied our last 3 months of IVF that I keep wondering when my next injection or pill should be. This one-month time-off for my body to recover is crucial, and I am only now realising how much my body has been through since May this year. In this month off I have already experience drug-withdrawal headaches (not sure it is withdrawals but it sure feels like it), fatigue and stomach cramps. Granted, all these symptoms could be the side-effects of the junk-food I have been eating of late.
It’s not all bad though, part of me IS enjoying the down time – mostly the part that reminds me that I don’t have to take daily drug injections. The rest of me, however, is eagerly anticipating the start of our next programme. I got so used to taking the drugs, eating regularly and planning my days and weeks according to the doctors programme that I now feel as though I am flapping around in a void of no purpose or direction. I guess a good start would be returning to a healthy diet, or at least upping my water consumption again (I am not sure I can give up the caffeine and chocolate just yet). Doing this may help me feel one step closer to starting the programme again.
We’re only about a week away from starting again, so not a majorly long wait really. In the meantime though – you can find me on a comfy chair in front of our fireplace (it’s still wintry here) with a strong cuppa coffee in hand and a chocolate bar on the coffee table … oh and I’d better throw in a bottle of water to keep things balanced *sigh*!