Over the last two and half+ years I tried many alternative treatments. At the year mark of “trying” I asked for a referral to our local fertility clinic, at the same time my doctor discovered that my thyroid was out of whack. Once I adjusted to the idea of taking a pill every morning for the rest of my life, I decided that I needed to look into some sort of natural treatments to help me while I waited for the clinic to call. I started with the Naturopath. I had been to others in my past for allergies and digestive trouble and I always found them helpful, however, never stuck it out longer than 6 months.
My co-worker recommended a practitioner near our office that specialized in women’s health. At first, she seemed to be extremely helpful. She assessed my needs and made a big list of recommendations: hot water with lemon, body scrubbing, castor oil packs, hot and cold showers, unda drops, diet changes, and a cleanse (and I think I missed a few too). Over the course of 6 months to a year I tried a lot of stuff and even went on a Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free diet for 3 months (kudos to everyone who can sustain this diet). I did feel better to some extent, but at some point I started to feel discouraged.
She made a lot of promises:
- I will email you a recipe
- I will send you the name of a good Yoga Nidra track on iTunes
- I will look into “this” and get back to you
- I will do a little research and let you know tonight
Pretty much every appointment closed with a promise of doing something and nothing ever followed. It pissed me off. Professionally and personally in life I believe that it’s critical to “doing what you say you will do.” Because of my strong personal beliefs on following through, I realize now that my expectations for others is very high… so needless to say I felt like my first reach out for help with the Naturopath had let me down.
This whole experience was at the start of my consciousness of the emotional rollercoaster that this journey can be and looking back I realize the Naturopath I was visiting didn’t get this emotional piece at all. If anything, she just added to my feeling of being alone.
Now, to say she didn’t help me is not a fair statement. I think the experience made me healthier and I am happy to say I picked up the daily habit of drinking hot water and lemon each morning (I have since read many articles about how good this practice is for your body). I also think that I underestimated how my high TSH levels were making me feel and getting synthroid into my body daily helped better regulate my system.
At the end of the day, the Naturopath did a few right things…the best one was a referral to try acupuncture. I had done acupuncture before and I had no expectation other than for this person to stick pins in me in the right places to encourage a baby to grow. Little did I know that the lady she referred me to would be a ray of light in a dark time. She instilled me with hope and has helped me through my toughest times. As I start my IVF journey next month, I can’t imagine doing it without her. So, for that alone, I need to say “Thank You!”