Thursday, November 15, 2012
So I got some interesting news today, and I'm not sure what to make of it.
I went in Monday for my well-woman checkup. Normally not even a blip on the radar but...
1. I actually got to see the doc. Usually I see one of the physician's assistants that I don't particularly care for. Turns out she's no longer there so I got to see the doctor that I do actually like. I never thought I'd be comfortable with a male ob/gyn but I totally am. So good news there.
2. Horrifying but funny - when the doc was getting ready to do the actual exam he called his nurse into the room. This is standard procedure so I didn't think anything of it. Until... in walks the mother of one of my students. Now I knew she works there, I knew she is is personal assistant/nurse, but still I was shocked and horrified. Then afterwards I just thought it was really funny. Conferences should be really interesting next spring.
3. The doc decided that since 40 is just around the corner it was time to run a blood panel. I had that finger stick blood test last week, but I've never had a full workup before. I hate hate hate hate needles, but we do what we have to do.
So, three blips on an otherwise blipless topic. Then tonight I got the call about the results. Everything is in range, except my thyroid numbers are concerning. Apparently my thryoid isn't "thyroiding" properly and I need to go back for another check in 6 months. If the function decreases further or I get symptoms that bother me before that he's going to put me on meds. Not so good.
Then I got to thinking. The list of symptoms the nurse (yes, the same one, she knows waaaay too much about me now) read off really resonated. I've had several of those symptoms, but chalked them up to other causes. So now I've got some research to do. She will mail me some info, and then I guess I'll get online. I don't like the idea of taking unnecessary medication and none of the symptoms I've experienced have been particularly troublesome. Plus I really can account for a lot of it from other causes. I'll have to make a decision about whether to try the meds or not. By next spring I may not have a choice, but I want to feel well-informed anyway.
Anyone with experience/anecdotes feel free to share in the comments.