Mar 25, 2013
I know everyone isn’t interested in my hormone experiments, so if you’re less than enthralled by tales of T3 and TSH, skip this one. For my #FUThyroid friends, welcome!
To get up to speed, you might want to read these posts:
My status in April, 2012, a.k.a., the one where I decide to see Dr. Sebring
My update from July, 2012, a.k.a., the one where I get a little better but have more work to...
Aug 10, 2012
I know everyone isn’t interested in my hormone experiments, so if you’re less than enthralled by tales of T4 and TSH, skip this one. For my #FUThyroid friends, welcome! To get up to speed, you might want to read this post about my previous status in April and this Thyroid Update from July 29 before continuing on to today’s installment. (Need more context? You can read all of my previous...
Aug 1, 2012
Thanks to lots of helpful readers, I’ve spent a fair amount of time on the site Stop The Thyroid Madness. It’s a helpful site, but the tone — a little ranty and frustrated to my eyes — always wears me out a little bit. My thyroid situation makes me angry sometimes, too, but when I’m looking for advice, I’m also looking for a balanced point of view that comes from a place of...
Jul 29, 2012
I know everyone isn’t interested in my hormone experiments, so if you’re less than enthralled by tales of T4 and TSH, skip this one. There’s good stuff coming later for you. For my #FUThyroid friends, welcome! To get up to speed, you might want to read this post about my previous status in April before continuing on to today’s installment. (Need more context? You can read all of my...
May 23, 2011
Long-time readers know: I’ve got a Frankenneck… which is how I think of my no-longer-there thyroid and the associated scar (which is so faded now, thank goodness!, it mostly looks like a wrinkle instead of a throat slash through which a doctor removed what’s turned out to be pretty f*cking vital to my overall happiness and well-being.
The first thyroid meltdown happened in...
Jun 10, 2010
I really like and respect the work that Kristen, a.k.a., the Food Renegade, does on her blog. She’s a punk rock foodie with a big brain and seemingly bigger heart; I usually post something on her Fight Back Friday roundup.
Today, she’s published a readable, comprehensive look at thyroid issues – and how real food can help manage them.
Go read it! Your Thyroid: Understanding the Keys to...
May 13, 2010
The New York Times has a nice piece today on the various types of thyroid disease. It’s collection of audio clips from people with Graves disease, Hashimoto’s, and the vanilla versions of hypo- and hyperthyroidism.
All of the patients do a great job of describing their experiences and how they dealt with them. Dana Smith, in particular, does an excellent job of recounting the faux depression of...
Feb 16, 2010
I can barely talk, I’m biting my tongue SO hard to keep from complaining. Good thing I can still type!
I was enjoying about a week of normal energy levels, appetite, and joie de vivre. But yesterday, when my female hormone cycle took a left turn, the thyroid hormone bus careened to Mehsville – and promptly broke down just shy of the depot.
I spent all day yesterday in my pajamas, fighting to keep...
Feb 2, 2010
I’m trying to look at my current thyroid predicament as a science experiment. Eventually – say within the next three to six months – it will be figured out, and until then, I’m trying to dispassionately observe my habits and how I feel. Subject reported fatigue over the weekend despite sleeping 10 hours concurrently on both Friday and Saturday night. Subject reports no change in energy...
Jan 27, 2010
Based on the very helpful suggestion of one of my readers, I read the book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests are Normal? over the weekend. It gave me a lot of confidence going into my endocrinology appointment that I’ve done all I can with my lifestyle to support my Frankenneck.
The advice in the book was clear: maintaining stable blood sugar levels is really important and one of...
Jan 26, 2010
Part One: I’m Not Crazy
I was seriously beginning to doubt my sanity.
OK, maybe that’s a little melodramatic, but I was Concerned, was wondering if I’d somehow lost my mental mojo, my trademark stubbornness, that internal core that helps me never cheat, never quit.
Since the beginning of the year, my energy level has been, for lack of a more technical term, “whack” – and my...