It's been a while since I wrote this post. Since then, I have talked with a counselor, had my "procedure", and switched birth control. I don't think I've given an update since I switched to Lo-estrin at the end of November. I am happy to say that, hormonally, I am doing MUCH better. I have not really had to deal with "the crazy" for the past couple months and have just felt more stable. Of course, I still have my moments, and I am still quick to tear up at stuff (like Hallmark commercials), but I think that is just who I am.
The downside of the Lo-estrin is that I have gained some weight. I no longer fit into the jeans that I searched ALL over South Africa to find. I tried wearing them at Christmas when we were in Edgerton and then had to convince my in-laws that I was NOT pregnant when I had to use a rubber band to tie my jeans shut. Today I decided to wear them to get groceries and ended up walking through Aldi with my pants unbuttoned because I was starting to get a stomach ache. The pathetic thing is, I am still wearing them 2 hours later and while they do feel uncomfortably tight, I was just happy to report to Darin that I've been able to keep them buttoned up! Pathetic, I know, but I love these jeans!
The upside of gaining weight is that I've started exercising. My mom sent an ExerciseTV DVD out with my dad when he came in January and I have been pretty faithful about doing it since then-at least 3 times a week. Now that might not seem like a lot, but I am NOT an exerciser, so I am pretty proud of myself.
Another downside of the Lo-estrin is that my cycle is off again. I am not sure if this is due to the pill itself or if whatever was causing my problems before is going to come back. I had a couple months where my period was a week early and lots of spotting, and then this past month it never came, which made me think "Maybe I really AM pregnant", but the test said NO (and I promise, if I was pregnant, this is not how I would tell you!)
So I am going to just give it a few more months and if things haven't straightened out I will check in with my doctor. If I had to choose between having a "normal" cycle, which was finally happening with the Yaz (post surgery) or "normal" hormones, I would choose normal hormones, no doubt.
So that's my update. Thrilling, I know.