Wednesday I met with my nutritionist for the first time. She is awesome and she has a lot of experience helping people with anxiety and PMS (and many other conditions ) change their eating habits to relieve their symptoms. We will meet every 2-3 weeks and go over her goals for me and what I have been eating and how I have been feeling. My goals for the next two weeks are to go 100% gluten free and to control my blood sugar by eating breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack and dinner. If I eat fruit or a (gluten free) carb I need to "anchor" it with a healthy fat like avocado, coconut products, nuts or seeds. So if I want an apple I need to have almond butter with it so that my blood sugar doesn't spike. She also wants me to add more of these healthy fats to each meal. Meeting with her helped me a lot and made me feel like I was doing something productive to feel better.
I didn't get a lot of sleep the night before so I had been a tiny bit anxious all day. When we picked the kids up from daycare I was feeling really anxious. For some reason the needs of the kids and the loudness/craziness has been triggering my anxiety. It doesn't happen all the time but it happens. So after dinner we decided to go for a walk because being out in the fresh air almost always helps to calm my anxiety.
We got home from the walk and I was feeling better, when out of nowhere I started having really sharp pains in my lower abdomen. I thought maybe I needed to go to the bathroom but that wasn't the case. I sat on the bathroom floor trying not to get sick and told Steve to call his mom (she has a long career in nursing). When she got to our house I was feeling very faint, the pain was getting much worse and I was starting to hyperventilate. She said we should probably get to the ER in case it was my appendix or another kidney stone.
I put on the bravest/most normal face that I could and said goodnight to the kids and off to the ER we went. The ER doc was convinced it was my appendix but after a cat scan they told me I had an ovarian cyst that had burst and that I have three other cysts on my left ovary.
The upside to all of this is that I was able to keep my anxiety under control and besides being very sore I was fairly calm all day yesterday.
Here's hoping this weekend is a relaxing one.