This week has been full of doctors appointments. Monday I had some labs done, yesterday Chiquita and Snuggles had check-ups, and today I had my followup appointment with my doctor.
Recently I was asked how I am able to stay so "positive," and it made me laugh. The truth is I have been really struggling lately. In the fall I was blaming it on being pregnant and sick, over Thanksgiving and Christmas I was blaming it on losing our baby, and lately I have been wondering if I was struggling with postpartum depression/anxiety again. However, the weird thing is I feel like I should be fine, but at the same time I feel so sad, overwhelmed, and emotional. (It takes very little for me to start crying.) I didn't get it! In the past, exercise, eating healthy, and taking B-Stress Vitamins and/or 5HTP would make all the difference in my attitude, and the past couple weeks, even with doing all of those things, it was getting worse. On top of that, I have been able to sleep less and less each night. I am exhausted, yet I just lie there, praying that I will be able to sleep until 2-3am.
Well today we figured it out!!! A couple weeks ago, when talking to a friend about these challenges she recommended having my Vitamin D levels checked. Well, my results came back today and sure enough, they are really low. (Everything else came back perfect!) The normal range is 32-100 and mine are at 6. From what my doctor told me, low Vitamin D causes many of the same symptoms as depression. She also told me that the lowest she has seen in a patient was 2, and he was barely able to get out of bed in the morning and was SO sad all the time. A week later, he was a new person. YAY!!! There is hope!!!
My doctor wants me taking 1,000 IU each day in addition to my prescription of a weekly mega-dose of 50,000 IU. She said I should be feeling better within a week. I can't wait!!