I am officially on the anti-yeast program. At least, *my* version of one.
A good friend sent me to this site: The Yeast Connection. I spent a good portion last night reading and reading and searching out more information - anything I could find, actually. I went to discussion boards too. After all of that, this is my new plan.
Today I began my new "diet". It's not a typical "lose weight" type of diet - instead it is very restricting in regards to sugars & carbs. The goal is to stop feeding the overgrowth of yeast I believe is in my body. I have to do this for 2-4 weeks. If you are intested in what this entails, the basic diet can be found at the Yeast Connection site. I'm basically just reading off their grocery list and seeing what I have in the house. We have so much food already in the house, it's silly to go buy more food - so I'm just making due with what we have. So....my diet is not as precise as the web site's, but I'm working on it.
*Acidophilus Blast (to add in good probiotics to my body)
*Yeast Assassin Lite (to kill the exsisting yeast - I ordered this today)
*Supermom (just an overall good multivitamin)
*Nystatin oral suspension (Micah and I are both using this, so we will both be treated and not reinfect one another)
Last night was AWFUL! I don't know how best to describe it, but it is just PAINFUL to nurse. You start off being itchy, but it progresses to dry, flaky skin - to a burning, painful sensation when the baby starts to nurse - to NOW, a horribly painful sensation every single time the baby suckles, swallows, or just plain ol' moves the nipple in *any* way. I can't have ANYTHING touch me there, or it is very painful. I heard one momma describe it as feeling like glass shards on the nipple as the baby nurses. Yes, glass, that's about right.......OUCH!!
Considering how much I love my sugars & carbs, this would *have* to be serious in order for me to give those things up - even for a short amount of time!!
Ok, well, I need to go have a salad and a hard-boiled egg. I also need to go nurse the baby (*sob, sob*).......if anyone has any advice for me, feel free!! I'll be back later and let you know how things are going~
p.s. today is also the first day with all five kiddos and NO more help. I was a bit frantic when my dh left for work today.....but things have gone fine. We still have plenty of food and leftovers, so I'm getting away easy in the food department. We are also only doing one or two things a day in regards to homeschooling, so it's light in that department as well. All in all, not bad. I think I can do this, I think...... ;)