Forgetting hormones

My body does not produce hormones the way a genetic female’s would, so instead I have to take estrogen supplying and testosterone blocking pills regularly to keep my body functioning normally.  I’m usually pretty good at remembering to take my hormones, and about 75% of the time I even remember to pack my hormones before going out for the night.   So far, I have only forgotten to medicate once.

This happened last July, about a week after my first dosage increase.  I was still adjusting to my new medication schedule, and one Saturday morning I forgot to take my hormones with breakfast.  I lasted about 4 – 5 hours before I started feeling really moody, for no obvious reason that I could think of.  I was out ice skating, and I needed a few angry laps around the ice rink before I finally thought: “My hormones!”.   When I finally reached home, I had about 6 hours to kill before taking my next pill.  There was no way I could wait that long.  I ended up cutting a pill in half and taking that, figuring it was be close enough.  I was back to normal within an hour!

I’m in California this week for a business trip, so I need to medicate three hours earlier every day.  Naturally, this is throwing off my normal routine.  I was good for most of the week, but this morning I managed to leave the hotel without packing my evening hormones.  I figured I had two options: 1) make a special trip back to the hotel to get my medicine or 2) subject my coworkers to moody-Anna during dinner.

Lucky for them, I picked option 2.





6 responses to “Forgetting hormones”

  1. You Know Avatar
    You Know

    Seems like a lot of work to be happy in life. Have you tried meditation? The brain is like a big computer. You just need to know how to program it properly. Here’s one article and there are lots more:

    1. Anna Avatar

      I’m not sure what you’re suggesting … are you trying to say that meditation would be a better route than hormone therapy? Hormones isn’t just about being happy, it’s about giving me the opportunity to be ME. Following your “tips for happiness” instead of HRT would mean I have to go back to living a lie, something I’m not willing to do. If you’re suggesting meditation instead of continuing with Humira, then no thank you. I’m going to stick with proper treatment for my medical conditions.

  2. You Know Avatar
    You Know

    You are always on the defense and never open to other ideas. You were the one who stated you were going to be “moody” without your pill. I was just trying to help you get through that time. Also, I have known a lot of women who were always “moody” and they blamed their hormones whether it was PMS, Baby Blues, Peri-menopause, Menopause or Post-Menopause. Perhaps you should get used to that feeling because that’s what it is like unless you find a way to control it.

    1. Anna Avatar

      I’m sorry I jumped to conclusions. You had suggested meditation as an alternative to HRT long ago, so I thought you were trying to say the same thing again. Happy thoughts if I happen to forget would definitely be a good thing! 🙂

  3. You Know Avatar
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    All people seek to be happy. Here’s a book to consider: Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom