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My Thyroid Correction

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I had thyroid issues during the last part of December through the month of January. I anxiously watched my weight creep up, up and up some more despite the fact that I was doing 2-3 hours of exercise 5-6 days per week. My doctor and I decided on a slight medication correction in early January. Still, I experienced hair loss in the front and on the sides of my head and my left eyebrow now has a space in it. I felt panic at the way things were going.

Initially my doctor told me that the hair loss could be due to a big drop in female hormone level or the extreme amounts of stress I was under. But when I described how I felt (huge amounts of fatigue, disturbed sleep patterns and weight gain) in combination with the hair loss he agreed that my thyroid was most likely the culprit. He told me not to panic. He noticed a huge difference in my body composition as a result of all of the exercise. (He joked that he can't get most of his patients to do 30 minutes of exercise a day!) He said to give my medication another four weeks to adjust my system and if I didn't feel better to call him.

It was so refreshing to not have a doctor tell me that we'd address the issue (in 3-4 more months) at my next appointment. My doctor is also open to adding some T3 to my current medication if I don't feel better soon. This was such a welcome relief!!! For those of you who aren't aware of the current attitudes of many thyroid doctors, there aren't many doctors who are so accommodating when it comes to prescribing T3.

The good news is that when I got on the scale this morning, I had dropped 3/4 of a pound! This may not sound like much to most people, but when you're fighting thyroid disease and trying to adjust your medication, it is a big deal. Whether the drop is due to the exercise, stress, good diet or the medication (or a combination), I'll take it! I am starting to feel better too. It will be interesting to see what happens in the weeks to come. I have the reassurance of knowing that if I don't continue my improvement, my doctor is on my side and will work with me until I do improve. I consider myself blessed in that area.

For those of you who saw the amount of exercise that I do on a daily basis, please be assured that I do take into consideration the fact that I need rest. I vary the type of exercise and the intensity. I do strengthening on a rotating basis so as not to hurt my body. I've found that exercise is a social time (exercise classes and buddies) and it helps to relieve some of the stress that I've been under recently. I pencil in my exercise just like I would any other important appointment. I consider the time I spend exercising to be "me" time. "Me" time is essential to my overall health.

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ADELCASALE 2/12/2012 7:23AM

    I hope your thyroid regulates soon! emoticon

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AMANDAJCD 2/10/2012 7:43PM

    I'm so glad your doctor is responsive -- doctors like that are GEMS!!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/9/2012 10:13AM

    One of my sisters had her thyroid removed a few months ago and is still struggling to get her medications correct. It sounds like you and your doctor are on top of things to get yours under control.

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JUDIL62 2/9/2012 8:43AM

    I know how frustrating it is. Just had my thyroid removed on December 2nd and went on meds. The fatigue and sleep issues are crazy. I have gained weight too even though I'm finally back to my exercise routine and my diet is fairly good. hang in there, and keep working on it with your dr. Find out what your #s are and see an endocrinologist. if you do not get better.

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QUERIDAANA 2/9/2012 7:21AM

    Glad you are taking care of your health and resolving the problems.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/8/2012 9:40PM

    On the form for my next blood work, I noticed that my doctor is running every possible thyroid test so that he will have a complete picture of what is going on with my thyroid.

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L*I*T*A* 2/8/2012 8:40PM

    so glad to hear you have an understanding dr....
i too have similar thyroids issues and am trilled with my dr too...c
congratulations on your loss...way to go...
am on a long plateau still....
all the best.....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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MZZCHIEF 2/8/2012 7:57PM

    hey girl!
Glad to hear you're getting some help and are working with a doctor that cares about you!
I started off on Synthroid, did great on it for about a year... but found as I got deeper into peri-menopause, that I needed some T3 added to the mix.

If you need T3 too, your doc will reduce your T4 (Synthroid) and add some T3. Or simply put you on one of the Porcines like Naturethyroid or Armour.

Good going on the work outs!
They will definitely help you tighten and tone, burn calories.
I find as soon as I stop moving, oops here comes the weight! Grrrrr.

Have a good evening and fun tomorrow!
: )

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USMAWIFE 2/8/2012 5:56PM

    I have MAJOR thryoid issues to the point where my thryoid was actually removed in 2009 due to Hasimototo's thryoid. I so feel your pain.

When your doctor did your labs, did he just test the tsh or did he do a complete thryoid panel which gives all different levels, about 7 in total.

That was how we discover every 6-8 weeks what my levels are and I have to change meds that often.

Good luck to you

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Taking Snacks With Me Helped

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I got on the scale and my weight didn't increase at all during my 4 days out of town. I tried to be careful with my food choices; choosing the healthy options and splitting my entrées with another person. Taking my own snacks and water with me, really helped a lot! I was never starving the whole time I was away, even with all of the stress!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/8/2012 5:16PM

    Great news! When I got on the scale this morning, my weight had dropped 3/4 of a pound!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/7/2012 4:33PM

    Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!

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A Very Sad Weekend

Monday, February 06, 2012

I've been MIA since last Thursday due to my FIL's critical illness. Late Thursday night he passed away, surrounded by 6 of his children with their spouses (the other 2 were in route), 7 grandchildren ( 2 were in route), his companion and his nurse. By noon on Friday all 8 children and 9 of his 16 grandchildren were present. His 9 great-grandchildren stayed at home. All together we had 23 members of the family plus 2 guests there for the majority of the time that we were there. We were thankful that most of us had our own hotel rooms so that we had some privacy during all of the stress. The funeral had been arranged a few days in advance so things went smoothly. We decided to hold the funeral on Saturday to make it possible fore everyone to attend. There were some rough spots but we were able to move through them. There were even some fun times when small groups of us went off and did some enjoyable things. I found that this made the stress and sadness more bearable. I brought snacks and water with us and kept them in our hotel room. That was a good move on my part. We had our 2 fur babies with us and they were very confused about the whole situation. We were glad to get back to our own house Sunday afternoon. Getting back into our normal routine has been a big step in our healing process.

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MZZCHIEF 2/8/2012 8:45PM

    It sounds like your FIL lived a long fulfilling life.

Sorry to hear of your loss.

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TBRANCH2 2/7/2012 10:45PM

    emoticonMy prayers are with you and yours!

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RUTHIEBEAR 2/7/2012 1:05PM

    emoticon I am sorry for your loss. I agree routine does help the healing process. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 2/7/2012 9:57AM

    There are never the right words for these times. I'm glad things were smoothly and that so many family members were able to be with him. I'm sure it helped for them to support each other.


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Gathering Of The Family And Other Random Thoughts

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Hubby, K-9 children and I are getting ready to spend a few days with FIL and his family. Our daughter's plane gets in this afternoon and we will pick her up at the airport. It will be great to see her and hubby appreciates the support. FIL is asleep all the time now and is taking in no food or fluids. The nurse's aids have been dismissed and only the nurses are allowed to tend him. He wanted to die at home surrounded by his family and we are doing our best to make that wish come true. The last 2 siblings will also be getting in tonight. We have all gotten rooms at a local motel so that we can be close. I am bringing my bathing suit and workout clothes with me so I can make good use of the hotel gym. I'm also bringing healthy snacks so I won't be tempted to binge because of all of the stress and emotional turmoil. I will also bring snacks for hubby so that he can keep his blood sugar under control. Stress does strange things to a diabetic. The dogs sense that we are stressed and are acting very affectionate to both of us. They are clinging every time we go out the door. Our male fur baby is doing a lot of whining and demanding to go outside. Our female is having accidents on the rug. It's funny how attuned they are to human emotions. I'm up at 4:30a.m. this morning because our little male baby has squeezed me out of my side of the bed. ( I think hubby has been a restless sleeper with nightmares again.) It will be a blessing when all of this is over and Dad is no longer suffering.

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SLENDERELLA61 2/4/2012 6:59PM

    Hang in there, Cyndi. So sorry for your stress and challenges. It just isn't easy. Proud of you for thinking ahead about your snacks and workouts. Hope the good eating and the exercise helps you cope. Take care, Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 2/2/2012 10:00AM

    prayers continue for you and yours.....
what a loving and caring family you have!!
blessings and hugs....lita

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DONNABRIGHT 2/2/2012 8:20AM

    Prayers and blessings be with all of you. Above song is awesome!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 2/2/2012 5:46AM

    The only thing that comes to mind is a song from Mandisa -

He Is With You

There's a time to live
And a time to die
There's a time to laugh
And a time to cry

There's a time for war
And a time for peace
There's a hand to hold
In the worst of things
In the worst of things

He is with you when your faith is dead
And you can't even get out of bed
Or your husband doesn't kiss you anymore
He is with you when your baby's gone
And your house is still
And your hearts are stone
Crying "God what'd you do that for?"
He is with you

There's a time for yes
And a time for no
There's a time to be angry
And a time to let it go
There's a time to run
And a time to face it
There's love to seek
In all of this
Through all of this

He is with you in the conference room
When the world is coming down on you
And your wife and kids don't know you anymore
And He is with you in the ICU when the doctors don't know what to do
And it scares you to the core
He is with you

We may weep for a time but joy will come in the morning
The morning light

He is with you when your kids are grown
When there's too much space and you feel alone
And your worried if you got it right or wrong
Yes He is with you when you've given up on ever finding your true love
Someone who feels like home
He is with you

When nothing else is left and you take your final breath
He is with you

He is with you


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Lunch Was Fun!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Lunch and shopping was fun with my sister yesterday. We found many bargains and enjoyed some laughs. Especially the red bathing suit that I tried on - the size was miss marked and I couldn't get it up over my thighs. My sister later asked me if I had tried on the red suit that was hanging on the rack to be put back. When I said yes, she said, "But it's only a size 8 or possibly a 10!" I'm thinking, only in my dreams could I fit into a size 8! (Neither of us could have fit into that suit and she is much smaller than I.) When I was very slim the smallest size I could wear was a 12 because I have a large bone structure. It was good for a laugh however!

With my energy level renewed, we headed home with our treasurers. It was so good for me to take a break from the stress. I had so much more to give hubby, just by taking care of myself. My FIL stopped being able to swallow yesterday. I suspect the doctor will have to start an IV line in order to give him fluids and pain medicine. As his lungs begin to fill up with fluid, his breathing is very labored and painful. He has trouble remembering who we are now. Hubby took a break today, which was good for him too. He was "on call" but was able to stay close to home for a change. Hopefully he will be able to get some sleep tonight.

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RUTHIEBEAR 1/31/2012 12:52PM

    Glad that in the midst of your stressful situation you could gat a break and have a laugh! emoticon

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 1/31/2012 10:11AM

    I am so glad you had fun with your sister.

I am sorry to hear about your fil Cyndi. I hope you and dh get the break you need to rebuild your energy.

Praying for you and yours.

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DONNABRIGHT 1/31/2012 9:32AM

    Good for you and hubby to take a break.

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L*I*T*A* 1/31/2012 9:19AM

    so nice to have a sister to share things............
so glad you enjoyed your time together...
blessings and hugs..........lita

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TWNOMWE 1/31/2012 9:16AM

    Great that you had a fun day with your sister.
Praying for FIL. emoticon

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JTREMBATH 1/31/2012 12:54AM

    I'm pleased you had a great day with your sister.

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