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.