First Endocrinologist Appointment

Our weekend was good. We were camping with some long time friends. We have a wonderful State Park not far from where we live and it’s the perfect place to just get away for a weekend.

Friday, it was cold chilly and damp. It rained lightly on and off all day. Saturday, the weather was MUCH nicer! Sunny and warmer!

Even on the chilly, damp day… the woods were so beautiful!

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Anyway… back to that blog post that I tried to write before I left the other day. It won’t be exactly the same, but close enough!


 

Journal Entry: Thursday – January 22, 2015

I woke up this morning about 4:30 with my legs jerking! So, I’m sure I’ll be tired later. I am anxious to go to the doctor tomorrow about my thyroid.

Journal Entry: Friday – January 23, 2015

I worked this morning and “lightly” worked out. I felt like my heart was racing and I felt “flushed”. I stopped and took my blood pressure. It was WAY high again! Thankfully, I have my appointment with the endocrinologist today. I pray that he will give me some answers. Thankfully, Hubs is going with me. 

Journal Entry: Saturday – January 24, 2015

This is how my endocrinologist appointment went yesterday —

I REALLY liked the doctor. He was VERY thorough. They saw me almost immediately, which was great! I was taken back by a woman that had me get on that evil scale! Then, she took me to another room and asked me a whole LOT of questions about my health history and about my parents health history. She also took my blood pressure, and … again… it was EXTREMELY HIGH!! 147/101!!! SOOOOO Scary!! 

She then, took us into another room where we waited for the doctor. He came in and asked me even MORE questions. (Like I said… he was VERY thorough!) He felt of my neck and said that my thyroid felt slightly enlarged. He also talked to me about my diet, alcohol intake, and my sleep. He wants me to change all of that. He doesn’t feel like I’m getting enough sleep and I am not eating at the right time since I get up so early. That makes sense, of course. 

I go back next week to have blood work done and to have an ultrasound of my thyroid. Then, I go back on February 13th for my follow up appointment. 

He is checking my thyroid levels and my estrogen levels. He thinks that I may have HYPOTHYROIDISM and/or my estrogen is low. (This is what I wanted my regular doctor to check for in the first place and she said that it couldn’t be done!)

I can’t wait to get answers and start feeling better!! 

Seeing Stars, But Not the Kind in the Sky

I am enjoying blogging. I can write all day long! That isn’t a problem with me at all. My problem seems to be coming up with good titles for my posts. Why is that such a struggle??  So… forgive me if they sounds boring and not thought out. I try. I really do!!

It’s a nasty rain day here in Georgia. I’m thankful that I don’t have to be out in it today!

I am also thankful that I have had more energy lately! My endocrinologist put on a thyroid medication called “Armour Thyroid”. Of course, it’s not really to help my Hashi’s or to help my thyroid. It’s just to help me battle the symptoms of it all. This autoimmune disease will still kill my thyroid over time. Could be months. Could be years. The Hashi’s will never go away, unfortunately.


Journal Entry: Tuesday – January 20, 2014

I don’t have long to write this morning since it’s a work day, but I wanted to document that I had a MEDICAL SCARE yesterday!! 

My blood pressure has been running high. (I have been checking it at work) Yesterday, before I worked out… it was high — 139/95!!!! I was kind of scared to work out after that, but I did. 

Then, while I was doing Zumba… about 40 minutes into it… I started seeing stars!! I knew I needed to sit down. So, I did. I felt better then. It sure did scare me!!! I just pray that it’s my thyroid and nothing else. I pray that I can take medication for it and feel better.

Journal Entry: Wednesday – January 21, 2014

All I can think about is all this possible thyroid stuff!!! It is consuming my mind! I’m not really worried. (Ya, right!!) I’m just anxious to get started on some answers and get to feeling like myself again! (I’m STILL waiting on that!)

I keep thinking … what if the doctor says that my thyroid is fine?? Then WHAT? Do I keep insisting on answers?? UGH! I don’t know what to do. 

I know that I really need to quit thinking about it and let God be in control. It sure is hard to do, though. 

I’m going to get some chores done here at home this morning and then go to town. I need to run some errands and then I have to go to the nursing home. Chester ate some of my mom’s important papers! Soooo…. I have to go get copies of those and then take them to get signed. 

Chester was one of our beautiful Golden Retrievers. Sadly, he developed Leukemia and we had to put him down in April of last year. 😦

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Learning About the Thyroid

Thank you for the prayers for my Levi. He is doing MUCH better! The vet said that he probably just twisted his knee. She didn’t think it was anything serious. She gave him some pain meds and said to let him be a “couch potato” for the next week or two to let the inflammation subside. 🙂


Journal Entry: Thursday – January 15, 2015

I got my hair done yesterday. (I have been getting my hair highlighted for many years now.) I was there for what felt like FOREVER!! I had two girls in front of me. Usually, I am her first appointment. Oh well. My hair turned out awesome and that’s all that matters! I love my hairdresser, Katie! 

I went to see my mom after that. I didn’t stay too long, though. I wanted to ask her questions about her thyroid. It turns out that she had half of hers removed because of a growth, not because it was defective! (I’m not sure what that means) Soooo….. I guess I did not get this thyroid problem from her. I don’t know for sure, though. 

I bought two books from the book store. They are GREAT and are explaining a LOT! They’re making me realize that I need to see an endocrinologist, which is a doctor that deals with the endoctrine system — thyroid and hormones. (Plus more) 

Hubs agreed with me — THANK YOU, LORD! So, my goal today is to get myself set up with an appointment with one. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait months!! 

Today, I plan to stay at home. I hope to get some chores done, but I am so distracted by all this thyroid “stuff”! All I want to do is read these books! 

Here are the two books that I bought and the links to Barnes & Noble.

HYPO book 1
LINK

 

thyroidconnection
LINK

Hypo or Hyper?? 

The past two days were fun, playing “Nana” and enjoying time with my sweet, Rosey. She is trying to walk now and kept us VERY busy!

Back to my reason to blog…


Journal Entry: Saturday – January 10, 2015

Well… I got my test results back from my doctor and I now know what may be causing all of my problems! — MY THYROID!! 

This was the beginning of aaaaallll the health problems that I have been having over the past two years.

I’m not sure if it’s “under active” or “overactive”. My levels are slightly high. I have more symptoms of an “under active” thyroid, but I do have symptoms for both. Soooo…. I have to go back in April to have my levels re-checked. (REALLY??? APRIL?? I have to wait THAT long??)

I “Googled” by HYPOthyroidism and HYPERthyroidism, just to have a better understanding of it all. 

For HYPOthyroidism… the symptoms that I am having are: 

  • Fatigue and sluggishness (tired a LOT)
  • Constipation
  • Pale, dry skin
  • A puffy face
  • Dry, brittle hair
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Muscle aches and tenderness
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding 
    • (I had this problem corrected by having a thermal ablasion and a DNC)
  • Depression
  • Memory lapses

For HYPERthyroidism… the symptoms that I am having are: 

  • A pounding heart
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nervousness or irritability

I didn’t write this in my journal, but I remember thinking that I really wanted more answers regarding these issues with my thyroid. I was totally in the dark about it all and had NO CLUE what the thyroid even did!

I know that Wikipedia isn’t supposed to be the best source for information… but, personally… I like it. I refer to it a lot when I just want to know some general information. The thyroid controls a LOT in your body!! It’s very complex. It’s it’s not functioning right… then, YOU won’t be functioning right!

Here is a graphic that I found that  explains what all the thyroid controls in our bodies.

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Photo credit here.
This REALLY explains a lot! I can actually list problems that I am having.. (or have had).. in EACH of these body parts! WOW!


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