It’s been a while since I blogged but it’s been a very busy few weeks so I thought I’d come in and give you an update about what I’ve been doing, updates on various PCOS related things and what I plan to be writing about over the next few weeks. Things are looking good right now; long may it continue!
In terms of my health, I’m doing a lot better. After nearly a year, my stomach is finally settling down. My mood has lifted and I’m sleeping better. I’m still having problems with my eyes but the optician says that it’s a side effect of the meds and there’s no permanent damage. Once I come off them, they’ll go back to normal. It’s such a minor effect that I don’t really notice it all that much any more and I figure it’s a small price to pay for all the benefits I’m getting from the meds. I’ve also had some great news this morning – a couple of months ago I was referred for an inpatient sleep study and told to expect at least an 18 month wait because there’s only one consultant in Scotland that can do the test. To my astonishment, I had a call this morning from the respiratory clinic to say that they have a cancellation next Wednesday and they’ve given it to me! I can’t believe it. I just hope we actually get some answers this time. I’m still losing weight, which is good, but at a much healthier speed now, just a pound or two every couple of weeks. Unfortunately I’ve also had a lot of weird food reactions lately so it was back to the doc, this time for a referral to an allergy clinic. They said the wait is at least a year, but who knows? Maybe I’ll get another cancellation call!
A lot of my improvement came in the second week of May when we took a trip to France for B’s birthday. I don’t know if it was the sunshine or the good food or all the walking and resting and the fact I came back with a new friend, but I came back a completely different woman. 2 weeks later I’m still full of energy, still on a French food kick and still having to remind myself to rest because I want to do all the things!
I have launched the website for my business EnWrapt, which was both exciting and terrifying! I haven’t put all the products on it yet and I’m making more every day, but I’m hoping to have it fully up to date by the end of next week. Check it out for scarves, headbands, pins, clips and so on.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve also planted a kitchen garden on our balcony. In a few months time we’re going to be completely over-run with herbs, summer squash, aubergines and tree spinach!! I can’t wait. I’ve never grown anything before and I’m a little surprised that I’m enjoying it as much as I am, but as hobbies go it’s been a lot of fun so far. Watch out for updates with pictures of how the garden progresses and then later in the summer, Tales From Rivvy’s Kitchen will have a bunch of recipes relating to home grown things!
In terms of PCOS there have been some scientific developments lately, although I urge caution in your enthusiasm if you are a Teal Warrior. I wrote about the Cetrorelix study here and talked a bit about what was in the study that had been left out of the sensational headlines. Since writing the original article, I have done some further research on Cetrorelix in terms of the potential benefits for women with PCOS and I plan to write again on the subject so that article will be coming soon. I’ll probably post again on Vocal so you can either follow me there or I’ll come back and crosslink the article here. In other PCOS related news, I recently came across a theory that totally blew my mind in terms of a potential cause of PCOS and suggested research studies in that direction. It’s to do with the RCCX gene cluster and there’s a lot of information to digest about it, so expect an article on that in the near future too. I plan to spend some time next week finishing my course on Food as Medicine so expect a post on diet and fertility in the very near future too.
Another topic I plan to cover as soon as I’ve corralled my thoughts about it is the fun we’ve been having in the French genealogy system. If you’ve read Saltire Rising you’ll know that I have an abiding love of researching my family tree (because mine is just insane…) so when B expressed an interest in researching his, I jumped in with both feet. The French system is both incredibly easy and incredibly difficult to use. Most of the records back to 1800 have been digitised but not indexed so you can’t search for names, but there are tools that make it easier, so I’ll give a brief rundown of how we’re working when I get a moment to put it together.
The final thing I wanted to mention is that I’ve started writing again. It’s been a long time coming and I think it says more about my emotional health than anything else in this post. This means that after a year of nothing, there’ll be new books coming your way soon. I have a couple that I’ve picked up to finish the editing and formatting on and I’ve also started writing a new one that I’m excited about. Perhaps by July I’ll be feeling ready to attempt my first NaNoWriMo in over a year. Watch this space!!