TMI - but really need help/advice
- 12-21-2008, 09:53 AM #17Registered User
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- Hong Kong
MM- sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time :(. Could it be that you are just so run down that your body can't catch up? From post - you've had 2 children within 16 months. That must be a massive strain on your body. I read somewhere that your body takes 2 years after pregnancy to replenish itself with lost nutrients, etc. You've done it twice in less time than that !
Plus you mention that your children aren't sleeping and your husband is away.
To me it sounds like you have to be super kind to yourself - daytime naps (if possible), early nights, lots of healthy fresh food, gentle exercise when you can, some time to yourself. Do you have any hobbies? Do you have a helper or family who can give you a couple of hours break a day?
Best of luck, I hope it gets better for you soon.
- 12-22-2008, 11:08 PM #18Registered User
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- Sai Kung
Thanks Jane01, I am definitely run down...i know i should be taking better care of myself. hubby and i have decided to raise the boys without a helper and he travels every 3 weeks for a week at a time. it's rough. wow! 2yrs??!! haha i didn't know that! with my first baby i suffered from postpartum hemorrhaging and was admitted back to the hospital the day my baby came home. he was premature at 33 weeks. this time around it's infections and my 2nd son born at 30 weeks spent 50 days in the hospital. emotionally i am quite tired and i think this is affecting my health. this having kids thing has been really really hard!!! who knew??? lol i laugh but i just wish things would get a little better...soon...
My 7mth old JUST started sleeping through the night (hurray!!) so I will resume yoga in january - hopefully that helps!!
Thank you so much for taking time to write, all you mommies have been very helpful and kind.
- 12-28-2008, 09:03 PM #19MLBW Guest
- 12-29-2008, 02:17 PM #20Registered User
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Wow MM - you certainly have your work cut out for you with two babies and a husband who travels often. My heart goes out to you.
I have a similar issue to you in that everytime I get run down I get a throat infection. I will get one pretty much every 3 weeks if I don't look after myself. I know that a throat infection is different to a vaginal infection but
both are something that we are prone to and that manifests itself when our bodies can't cope anymore.
My suggestions are as follows:
- see a naturopath or specialist to talk about diet. It may be that starting a yeast free diet works wonders for your symptoms. Personally, I cut my diary intake by about 80% which worked wonders for my recurrent throat infections.
- if you can afford it hire a helper to come in a couple of afternoons a week. Use this time to catch up on sleep. Do not feel guilty about this - your children can cope for a couple of hours without you.
- have a set period of time every week that is just for you to do something you enjoy. I know this is tough with young children but I think it is important for our mental and physical health for us to have a couple of hours a week just to do what we want. Ditto the comment above about not feeling guilty.
- I totally agree with the yoguhrt suggestions. Dip a tampon in the yoghurt and insert (I can't believe that I am writing this on a public forum!).
Best of luck.
- 12-29-2008, 04:19 PM #21Registered User
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Hope your infection is all better. I agree with the others that the infections is probably a manifestation of lack of rest and sleep which all mothers especially new mothers are deprived of. As for me, I get eye infections easily since birth of my baby girl. 3 times in a space of just 4 months!
Also stress lowers our resistance to infection as well, we need to constant remind ourselves though I know it is hard!
Another thing is prolonged course of antibiotics may reverse effect and cause resistance of whatever bacteria you are trying to kill to the antibotics, you may want to switch different types of antiobiotics. I will also be a good idea to get a culture and see if the bacteria is already resistance to whatever antiobitics you are on - if so, the antiobiotic will not work and it will be pointless to continue them! Personally I feel docs in HK over prescribed antibiotics and for too short a course thus causing resistance to be an increasing problem. Hope this helps
(I am a pharmacist btw)
- 12-29-2008, 06:32 PM #22Registered User
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- Pokfulam Hong Kong
no new advice to offer, just support. praying 2009 is a bacteria free year for you!
- 12-29-2008, 09:31 PM #23Registered User
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- Sai Kung
Haha dsm you make me laugh - thanks
I have to say you mommies are so wonderful!!!! i am sooooo very touched by all this support and sharing, really, thank you very very much.
I agree that stress has a lot to do with overall health. i am sorry to hear about the infections others are suffering from be it throat or eye or what i have it's hard to be sick and frustrating to have to deal with it when you're already so busy with the kid(s).
MayC - I am very sorry to hear you are having/had a hard time. I hope the infertility treatments work out for you. Try to stay positive and I will keep you in my thoughts. Endometriosis was the reason we had to have our kids so suddenly (we had originally planned to wait until we were a little older) but my cysts were so painful that i collapsed in a restaurant 3 years ago and found out i had two 4cm cysts on both ovaries which if removed would likely leave me infertile. Haha what a day that was for us lol put our lives into fast forward!! Did your doctor do you think the vaginal infections are related to the endometriosis? I too have had ecoli, but also gardenella, streptococcus. *sigh*
sherwes, thanks for the suggestions. I too had slowly started to change my diet. i have cut out sugar and most dairy now. for endometriosis its recommended to be on a gluten free diet as well...lol i basically can't eat anything now...lol
yuukalim, i doooo!!! i get a swab and lab done every time to make sure the antibiotics will work against whatever strain of bacteria i have. and it actually does work, whatever i have at the time goes away but is replaced with a new strain of bacteria!!! lol i am laughing but this is just embarrassing!!!
I haven't gone for a check-up with my gyno yet. will wait until after the holidays to get another swab to see if there is still bacteria there. i am hoping all the probiotics (Jo if you are reading this - sorry i did get your email but haven't had a chance to reply *sorry* i am taking UDO's choice "super 8 high potency" and "adult blend" 3 times a day - alternating every day so i get the maximum of the different strains of good bacteria.) will have a chance to work and my body will heal itself...wishful thinking maybe, we will have to wait and see. Thanks again xx lots of love to you all
- 02-01-2009, 12:30 AM #24MLBW Guest
Or Try This...This Is What Is Working For Me
So, after this post, I started having this recurrent infection myself--every time a different bacteria and then a yeast infection to go along with it because of the antibiotics.
After three treatments of antibiotics (and trips to the gyno for the swab) I had had enough this past week when I got another one. So, I put myself on a diet of 1/2 liter of plain (no sugar, no flavorings) yogurt (I think it's by Nestle--you can buy it at Wellcome) as well as veggies (because many times recurrent infections are a sign that your ph balance is off--if it's too acidic from eating meat, refined foods and sugar it is a hospitable environment for bacteria to grow--the solution is to eat veggies that make your body more alkaline) every day and then I searched around and bought an iodine douche and have been using it and it works great!
Safe, not destroying your body's natural flora, completely relieves symptoms and is effective for treating a broad spectrum of infections as well as yeast.
I thought of this because about 5 years ago I was a study-abroad student and had this horrible infection--I was prescribed this iodine douche and the infection completely went away and never came back.
(Summer's Eve has one that is called a "Medicated Douche", however it is a bit spendy at 35 HKD because you need to use it for at least 7 days and recommended for 14 days and each case is a one-use application, even after symptoms clear up, so, I searched around and found a local dispensary in Causeway Bay called Miranda Dispensary that carries this in a larger re-usable pack for at least 14 treatments form for about $210 HKD--they said that it is pretty rare to find this at the other places in HK--Mannings and Watsons pharmacies don't carry it--I checked)
The contact for the dispensary is below. It says Wan Chai but it is quite close to the MTR in Causeway Bay (Sogo Exit). They speak English well and the business seems to have been there for a long time.
Jaffe Rd, Wan Chai
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