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Mirena: And the Saga continues

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So my Mirena woes continue. If you’ve missed it before I blogged about all the side effects I’ve been having here. Husband went for a vasectomy and got the all clear that I could get the Mirena removed. I was very nervous for my appointment, seeing that the Mirena was embedded in my uterine wall the last time it was checked, but also very happy to finally be rid of the thing.

At the appointment the dr starts checking and first says he can’t find the strings. That’s not exactly news to me, as he couldn’t find the strings the previous time. So he is poking around while I’m trying not to freak out. He then tries an ultrasound…nothing, can’t find it. He then tried an internal ultrasound, still nothing. He did find a big cyst though. He said he thinks that the Mirena fell out at some stage without me noticing and that the cyst is causing my constant periods, and he gave me meds to stop the bleeding.

I can remember reading that the Mirena can move to different parts of the body, but didn’t want to sound stupid mentioning it. The moment I left the office I was Googling missing Mirena. Turns out in 1 in a 1000 women it goes through the uterine wall and gets stuck in other organs. From what I’ve seen on the internet it looks like it can be quite dangerous and that you can get more of the hormones that you would normally get. The other people on the internet were all referred for x-rays to find the missing device.

I phoned the gyneas offices, and the receptionist went to ask him if I can go for x-rays. She came back with a message that he says it wouldn’t be in another part of my body, but I’m welcome to go to x-rays out of my own (which would mean medical aid won’t pay). She actually laughed at me.

I made an appointment at another gynae at a different hospital, but will have to wait for more than 2 months to get in there. On the one hand I can be totally paranoid and that all my symptoms could be from the Mirena crash, but the Mirena in another part of my body will explain the bleeding, tiredness, constant headaches etc.

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Day 9: What’s on your life list/bucket list – March Blog Challenge

I made a bucket list a long time ago, with mostly action/adventure type things on. After becoming a Mom I realised that is not such a high priority for me anymore, so I’ll have to make a new list.

One item that is a big item on there, and something that I want to achieve before I turn 40 is climbing Kilimanjaro. I have started by going on a hike that lasted 4 days as preparation and to see if I liked it and I absolutely loved it. My husband thought the hike would ‘cure’ me of wanting to climb Kilimanjaro, but after the hike he is keen as well.

I want to go to Egypt and visit Machu Picchu.

I want to learn to speak German.

I want to become an expert in making pastries. I love pastries.

Go on a road trip in America (Route 66?)

I know there are more items but that is the only things I can think of now. Think I’ll update this list as I think of more things.

There is a guy called Joel Runyon which has what he calls an Impossible list as in ‘Do the Impossible’. He is very inspirational and I would urge everyone to have a look at his Blog http://joelrunyon.com/two3/the-impossible-list

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Day 1: Self Portrait & 5 Random Facts – 31 Day Blog Challenge

So let’s kick this off.

I’m not going to put a photo up here, so here is my self portrait 🙂 That’s the best I could with Paint, but that is actually how I see myself.

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And 5 random facts:

  • I’m 36
  • I’m a Mom of 2
  • I wish I was neat and organised, but I’m the exact opposite of it.
  • I’ve got a phobia against moths, but I don’t mind spiders and snakes.
  • I can touch my nose with my tongue

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Mosquito Bite Allergy

A few months before A1 turned 3 she got a bite mark on her leg. At first it just looked like a normal mosquito bite, but it didn’t want to go away. I tried putting on some bug cream, but it made no difference. She had a fever as well, but I never thought it could be from the bite. At the same time I noticed on her finger something that looked like a burn. We were sure the school would’ve told us if she burned, and we also didn’t know that she burned at home. After a few days the ‘mosquito bite’ started making small blisters that eventually turned into a seeping open sore. Her finger and her leg started looking the same, and the wounds got infected. She ended up with 2 bite marks on her face as well and no matter what I tried we couldn’t prevent it from turning into big sores. At least the facial ones didn’t get infected. I searched everywhere for what it could be and thought it might be sand fleas from the sand pit as school, and even considered that she might have had a reaction to one of the creams I used to try and fix the bite. The doctor wasn’t much help, and only treated the sores.

On her 3rd birthday she still had the big red marks on her face, and it took almost a year to go away.

After posting to the online peadiatrician we discovered it was a mosquito bite allergy. Fits all the symptoms. He suggested using Allecet syrup and Phenergan cream for the bites, but I’ve found that Allergex seems to work better than the Allecet.

She is now 4 and a half and recently she got her first mosquito bite for the season, and had no reaction, so I was very happy that she outgrew the allergy, but then she got a second bite a few days later, and she was back on her original reaction. She just had a slightly larger than normal bump for a few days, and then got a blister, and now it is a sore. I’m still looking for a cream that will help. For now I’m mostly just trying to prevent any other bites.

Here is a badly taken cellphone pic of the orginal bites on her finger and leg.

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