Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The New Normal (Update on my Thyroid Disease)

Today was my second visit to the endocrinologist's office. Better than last time - my husband was home so I didn't have to take AJ with me. Knowing what to expect I felt a little better about the whole situation.

The good news is, the Synthroid medication is making me feel a little more energized. I used to have to try and squeeze in at least a 45 minute nap each day while my daughter was sleeping, and always blamed it on her "wearing me out." I'm starting to feel more alive again. Being a parent is not that exhausting - it was my thyroid.

The bad news is that things are not stabilized yet, and we will need to increase my dosage over the next few months. My doctor said that things will have to be continuously monitored, probably forever, because with Hashimoto's Disease a person can be stable for a long time and then the immune system decides to attack the thyroid again.

As I was sitting in the lab chair getting more blood tests taken, the doctor stopped by to tell me that we would discuss the results on Friday and she'd see me again in 6-8 weeks. I guess that was the point when I realized that this is the new normal. Getting blood drawn, monitoring symptoms, taking meds consistently at the same time and waiting a half an hour after to have any food.

I began to feel a little down on myself today (but getting my blood drawn always seems to take a lot out of me) when it hit me - this isn't so bad. I have a diagnosable disease that can be managed and treated safely with little to no risk to my overall health. I have every reason in the world to be happy and sing God's praises. My prayers go out to those in true need.

He does a good job reminding me that I am only human. So enough worrying about me. I'll keep you posted. If anyone else is on Synthroid medication or has thyroid problems, I would love to hear about your daily routines (with meds, etc.) and what different things work for you on a regular basis.

6 comments:

  1. I had my thyroid checked recently. I have had ZERO energy in WEEKS. It's very sad.

    I'm glad you can see the silver lining. I think we all get down every once in a while but need to remember to keep it positive. I think it just helps our attitude! (I posted a negative post today but redeemed myself by sticking in some positive stuff at the end)

    Good luck to you in the coming weeks and months!

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  2. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm already following you, i was your 98th follower. But thanks for following me back.

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  3. I have to go every 6 weeks as well but like you said and I always remind myself, this is treatable & managable so I certainly consider us lucky! Also, pregnancy & childbirth have such a crazy effect on it because it is all hormone related. I got a new doctor since I moved to Maryland and she is my favorite endocrinologist I've ever had (and I've had many since I've been dealing with this for the last 7 or 8 years and I'm picky about my doctors), but anyway, she told me that it takes your body 2 years to fully recover after a pregnancy. While we might be having a hard time keeping up with it now, I'm hopeful that things will be easier down the road after all the babies are born :)

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  4. Happy Holidays! First, I want to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment - I'm returning the favor with a follow :O)

    Secondly, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in 1984. It regulated itself for years and years and my tests came back normal for 20 years. 2008 was an extremely stressful year with the deaths of several loved ones AND my condition flared up again in full force. Back to having my blood checked every few months to get my meds regulated again. It is what it is...and I'm going to do what needs to be done.

    I'm so glad that someone so young has an Endocrinologist to work with and that they actually caught your condition - it is one of the most missed conditions around.

    It was recommended to me years ago that Synthroid should be taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and to not eat for a while...I've followed this routine and it seems to work better than just taking the dose any time of the day.

    You are not Thyroid Disease - don't let it control you. We ALL have something!!

    Blessings to you and Happy Holidays.

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  5. You are very corageous, sensible and embracing about your condition. Your positive attitude is a comfort and I hope a help to others going through the same thing. Thanks for stopping by and complimenting on my work, I'm now following your blog and look forward to what you'll post next:)

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  6. I have the same thing. I first found out in 2008 when we were trying for a baby. Thankfully my endo. has been able to get it all straight. Im a new follower from ABE.

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