Saturday, July 18, 2009
I had my iodine treatment yesterday, which is a drink flavored with strawberry Kool-Aid. I don't feel any different, but I'm now radioactive for the next three months. I only have restrictions for the next week though. I have to sleep alone for 3 days, wash my clothes separately for 7 days, use separate dishes and utensils for 7 days, etc. The restrictions aren't terrible, and I'm just glad to have had the treatment sooner rather than later, which would have been September.
Friday, July 17, 2009
So, I went for my thyroid uptake and scan yesterday, which was done promptly. Unfortunately, I then waited for 1.5 hours. When the secretary finally called me up, she said that the technician had actually forgotten to bring up my iodine drink (treatment) from the lab, so could I come back tomorrow. I was in disbelief. But what can I do? I said yes and I'm going back today at 1:30 to meet with the doctor and take the treatment.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
So, I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease (one type of hyperthyroidism) about 2 months ago. I saw an endocrinologist right away, who said my condition was "very severe" and I started on medication that night. My pulse was extremely fast (~140) and he said that if I were 50 or 60 years old, he would be concerned that I'd have a heart attack! (I'm turning 30 next month.)
Long story short, the beta blocker is working great. My pulse is normal and I feel better in a lot of ways. But, I had an allergic reaction to the medication that was lowering my thyroid hormone and had to discontinue that after about 2.5 weeks. That was last week. I wasn't going to have the iodine treatment until probably September but because I can't stay on the medication and my other options aren't very good, I started the iodine treatment yesterday, and I'm continuing today.
So far, I feel fine. I didn't feel any differently after taking the tablet yesterday. And for some reason I think it's kind of cool that I'm now "slightly radioactive for three days."
Anyway, my uptake and scan are in 45 minutes. I'll update this tomorrow. Wish me luck! :)
Friday, June 05, 2009
After weeks of not using SP much, and not tracking my food specifically, I've been using the food tracker about 75% of the time for the last 2 weeks. Yesterday, for the first time since then, I tracked every single thing that passed my lips AND went under my calorie maximum! Yes! I rule!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Yes! I'm proud to say I didn't over-indulge at dinner yesterday! I ended up not eating any of the bread and butter; for some weird reason I wasn't even in the mood! I ate my entire salad as planned. There were no low fat or low sodium alternatives for dressing, and I forgot to ask for it on the side, but I got what sounded like the least bad option, which was zinfandel vinaigrette. For my entrée, I resisted the chicken parm with pasta, or another such saucy, cheesy meal. Instead I had angel hair with white clam sauce. It was delicious, first of all. Secondly, I didn't eat it all. Today, when I went to plug it into my nutrition tracker, I found that it was indeed a good choice. Yay!!!
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