Friday, April 20, 2007
So this morning I saw the ophthalmologist as a kind of follow up to when I had the episcleritis (some weird infection of the eyeball!). Back then we had discussed the negative impacts my thyroid medication had been causing to my body all around. First, since 1988 I have had to deal with thyroid cancer. The endo purposely has kept my thyroid supplement (since I have no thyroid, it is pretty easy to get to the right dose!) high as a means of suppressing the cancer. But now, 18 years later, this high dose has started to take its toll on my health. It has thinned my bones and now I have been put on Fosamax D to try to rebuild my bones. I am still dealing with settling down my heart palpitations. This has been a big problem and has been the main driver in reducing my daily dosage. I am still on Toprol and am ready to slowly wean off of it once we reduce the thyroid dose to a good point. But if we go low enough, there is the possibility that the cancer can recur. NOT A GOOD THING!!! It sucked fighting it the first time!! So we have to find the right dose to make sure the cancer is suppressed while I do not get too much damage to my heart. (The cardiologist really freaked me out when he warned me that I need to be careful as he recently had to do a transplant on a hyperthyroid woman!) OK, now back to this morning! So the ophthalmologist wanted to test for any Graves disease type damage. They did the peripheral vision test and then they dilated my pupils. Long story short, my eyes are fine and show no damage from being hyperthyroid all this time!
So I rushed home from my appt and did my elliptical and Bowflex and then slammed down my lunch because I was expecting the podiatrist this afternoon would put another shot of cortisone in my heel. Sure enough, after much discussion about the pros and cons of another shot, I said I wanted to hit it again. I am way too sore (limo way too much!) and there are too many vacation plans that will be ruined if I am unable to walk any distance. So I sit here at the computer with my foot propped up and cursing my decision because I am really hurting!! But in the long run, I plan to be happy with my choice and enjoy a summer filled with running all over amusements parks and having a high velocity blast!!