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First Mirena Detox: Wrapping It Up

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My vibrant purple detox smoothie. Secret ingredient? Red cabbage!

I had promised to keep better notes for the remainder of my Mirena detox, but I failed to do so (life and all…) However, I did make observations that may be beneficial to others thinking of doing a detox, for whatever the reason.  Here is what I learned while doing my first detox.

  1.  A high quality detox is what your body deserves.  Do research and planning, make broad as well as specific goals for yourself, and be willing to invest in the best possible plan for you.  Mine was expensive, but overall I am happy with the results and plan to detox again.
  2. Don’t beat yourself up if something goes wrong during the detox process.  Case in point: during mine, I spent a week with severe stomach flu and then ended up with bronchitis! Getting my body to simply accept Pedialyte  and rice became the highest priority for several days, so I had to put detoxing on hold.  Be flexible with the process; it is all about listening to your body.
  3. Get the most out of it.  You are going to spend money (presumably) on this, so don’t counteract the positive effects by eating double bacon cheeseburgers and fried pickles the whole time.  It doesn’t work that way!  DO treat yourself to the best fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates.  Your body will respond.
  4. Get plenty of rest, drink a lot of water, stay active, and do things to reward yourself.  I like to make homemade cinnamon rice tea and stir fried vegetables to treat myself after a long day.
  5. Listen to your body during the process!  As toxins are released and the healing process accelerates, your body may begin to send more signals to indicate what it needs from you.  Go with it. Take naps, go for gentle walks, start doing yoga, try new and healthy foods for dinner.  Be open to the detox process and keep notes if you want to remember specific circumstances.  Above all, be patient and accept the fact that detoxing can take time and effort.

— G

 

Mirena Detox: Days 4 Through… I Lost Track

 

Dr. Schreiber of San Augustine giving a typhoi...

“At least I don’t have typhoid — yet.”  Dr. Schreiber of San Augustine giving a typhoid innoculation at a rural school, San Augustine County, Texas.Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first three days of my detox “diet” went well enough, but on Day 4 I managed to contract severe gastroenteritis, or stomach flu, which demanded all my time and attention through Day 11.  I wasn’t able to eat real food, much less do a body flushing detox.  Hell, I was barely able to get any liquids down for most of those days!  Apparently stomach flu is going around along with bronchitis, which I also now have. Great way to start the summer!  So I don’t really know what detox day this is supposed to be.  I consulted with my nutritionist and he encouraged me to get back on the detox horse, but half strength, until I feel fully recovered enough to go full throttle.

I visited my regular physician (again) because I had to get a doctor’s note to go back to work.  I was pretty cranky about having to drive an hour out of my way for permission to go back to work (and, more likely, proof that I was actually sick) when all I really needed was some rest and Pedialyte.  Ah, the bureaucracy of being employed!  I explained to my physician as much, and we had a good laugh.  He was interested to find out how my detox helps in treating and preventing future migraines, so I promised to keep in touch.  If I have to go back in for my bronchitis, it may be some kind of record.  I have visited this guy about five times in as many weeks!

Since I don’t have day to day notes on my detox, I can share a few noticeable changes.  While I am considerably weaker from being sick, I do feel better just from the initial few days of detoxing.  I am not trying to lose weight, but have lost about five pounds.  My hormones seem to be stabilizing and I’m not nearly as, well let’s just say it, bitchy as I was a couple of weeks ago.  My head is clearer, with sharper focus.  One notable disappointment is that I still feel as though I have no energy, even after a great night of sleep.  However, I am hopeful that with the return of my strength, my energy will also return.

The only changes made: starting the detox (clean food based, no chemicals or drugs) and stopping most if not all consumption of OTC drugs for my migraines.  I do still take daily prescriptions and vitamins, but nothing else if at all possible.  While I am not yet ready to sing the praises of this detox program, it would appear that using food to heal my body is beginning to work.  Hopefully I can get back on track with better notes in the weeks to come.  I am supposed to be doing a 21 day detox after all!

—G

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Mirena Detox: Days 1 – 4

Whether or not this ends up helping anyone else going through the same nightmare known as the Mirena Crash, I wanted to document my detoxing experience.  If nothing else, it should prove highly entertaining.

Day 0

Starting weight is 156.  My nutritionist  advised me to stop eating corn and any foods containing corn, because it is a sneaky migraine trigger.  He suspects that I have a corn sensitivity.  He also encouraged me to start eating as much cabbage as I can stand, since that is a ‘known’ treatment for migraines.  Huh, I didn’t know that.  Bye bye cornbread I love so much; hello cabbage in my salad.

 

Ross The Dog photo bombing my attempted close up of my smoothie powder.

Ross The Dog photo bombing an attempted close up of my smoothie powder.

Day 1

The Smoothies taste terrible, but between them and the dozens of highly concentrated food based pills, I feel full.  I lost about 5 pounds of water weight, cried all day, and was terribly cranky.  I wasn’t very nice to my children, but to be fair, they were kind of acting like assholes too.  We had to get groceries at the commissary.  It was a death march up and down each aisle, and I required a long nap after all the food was “put away”.  Some of the non-perishables are still on the kitchen floor.  I don’t care.  Although the detox specifies that protein shouldn’t be consumed, I could not make it past 10:00 a.m. without withdrawal hysteria.  I also realized by late afternoon that I’d neglected to consume enough calories to support a shih tzu puppy, much less a medium-sized human.  Oops!  It is hard to keep eating when those pills make me feel so full.  I will have to try harder tomorrow.

Ending weight 151

 

Day 2

I still struggled to eat enough calories.  Fighting a nasty head cold and especially cranky, I cried while making coffee, while fixing lunch, and while angrily cleaning my house.  I say angrily because while cleaning, I was stewing over my husband’s ‘insensitivity’.  The bastard didn’t even have the decency to call me last night and check up on his poor, sick wife.  Who ACTS that way?!  He was probably bar hopping with his brother all over the California coast, not giving me a second thought.  About twenty minutes later I felt guilty for thinking such mean thoughts about him, because he probably will bring back all sorts of gifts from California and present them as a gesture of his undying love and support.  Probably?  He BETTER.  Another twenty minutes passed and I was crying into my green tea while panicking over my phone logs, which indicated that it was I who had to call him two nights ago, PROVING that he didn’t care about my illness or my crazed hormonal state at all.  Ah Ha!  Is it any wonder he has been avoiding me?

And, hot flashes, cold flashes, sob, sob, sob.  My husband did call (and apologized for not calling the night before) and I was mildly icy to him, then I cried after we got off the phone because I miss him.  And, hot flashes, cold flashes, sob, sob, sob.

Ending weight 149

Day 3

The girls goofing around in the exam room during another visit to see my physician about my headaches and illness.

The girls goofing around in the exam room during another visit to see my physician about my headaches and illness.

My weight is 149 again today, so I think I leveled off a bit after the initial toxin dump.  I feel tremendously better today.  In fact, I feel so much better that I harbor a feeling of goodwill towards the general public — a huge change!  I don’t feel like crying, I don’t have hot or cold flashes, and my stomach doesn’t hurt. Hey, neither does my head (aside from a mild protein withdrawal headache)!  I feel…like myself for the first time in months!  And do you know what I want to do, folks?  Change the batteries in my weather radio and do a supply inventory in the tornado shelter.  It’s that time of year!  Yep, I am starting to feel much better.  The girls went with me to another follow-up for my migraines, and I got a referral to see an endocrinologist.  My physician is interested in the results of the detox and asked me to keep him posted.

Day 4

Sick, sick as a dog!  I have some kind of virus running rampant through my body.  I had to halt the detox for a day of chills, thrills, and frequent visits to the porcelain throne.  It was uneventful other than a very sweet card made by my youngest child, wishing me speedy recovery.  My ending weight is 148, mostly from dehydration and lack of food.  I can’t even think about food right now, much less the detox…maybe tomorrow.

—G

 

A Get Well card from my daughter -- so sweet!

A Get Well card from my daughter — so sweet!

 

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