Wednesday, August 29, 2007


So, as you know, I've been going for acupuncture once a week for the past 4-5 months as we waited for everything to fall into place. I went in tonight for my weekly needling and to find out what the status. Now that things are moving forward and we're looking at a late September retrieval, it was determined that it was time to move to twice a week sessions. I'm actually looking forward to it as it a) makes it all seem like things are moving forward and b) I really enjoy it. I find it totally relaxing and often drift off during treatment. My treatments have always been on my front but now that we're moving to twice a week, they'll be alternating between my front and my back. I've not been using the chinese herbs, primarily because of the cost. They can cost as much as $60 a week and are obviously not covered on my health plan. I wonder if they can be claimed as a medical expense on our taxes? In any case, they want me to start taking the herbs, at least for the 2 days before and including transfer (mostly to calm me) and then change herbs and take others for the two week wait and inwards. V. has said yes, take them, we'll make sure we have the money. But I'm so not looking forward to them. I can smell the herbs whenever I'm at the clinic for treatment, and I'm pretty sure that the taste is very much like the smell. This is going to be soooo unpleasant. Has anyone else ever used the chinese herbs?


Drowned Girl said...

Yes, mine come powdered in capsule form.

But we stop in the 2ww/pg

Nica said...

Yes for months. (No luck)

Pam said...

DG - unfortunately, I don't get the packaged ones. :( I think I could swallow a capsule easier. I get the herbs in natural form and will have to boil them and drink the resulting liquid. I already know I'm not going to like it. LOL.

Nica - we figure that we've got to give it a shot, rather than saying "what if" later on. Except that with the positive thinking mode I'm in, I won't have to say "what if". :)

Thalia said...

Pam I would stay away from the herbs during treatment - they interfere with the hormones you're getting and have unpredictable results. It's not worth it.

Pam said...

Thanks for the advice Thalia. I'm seeing my doctor on Wednesday and I'm going to see what he thinks about it all. I'd rather not do anything that might interfere with anything, obviously. But at the same time, I don't want to rule out anything that might help too. :)