Monday, August 05, 2013
So back in March right as the yearbook deadline approached (I'm the newspaper/yearbook advisor as well as librarian/computer teacher) I came down with a really bad case of bronchitis. It knocked me off my feet completely for three days, then the fourth day I was somewhat alive again and on the fifth day I managed to go back to work. Why am I talking about that episode? Well... ever since then I have never felt 100% well. There are some days I feel almost at 80% - especially if I'm really busy and active - but that's about as good as it gets. Constant fatigue, insomnia, bouts of dizziness/light headed, periodic nausea (only the feeling of it - never the completion ... though sometimes I'd prefer it to go through completion!,) muscle aches when I haven't done anything strenuous, etc., etc. I saw my doctor at the beginning of June for my thyroid checkup (I have underactive thyroid) and told her what I was experiencing. Of course, in May I had accidentally gotten a months worth of generic synthroid, so wasn't sure if that had something to do with it. She suggested that I use the brand name for a few months and see if that helped - if it didn't, to see her.
So all of June and July nothing changed (in fact the bouts of nausea became more frequent.) So I went to see her again this morning. Back in June I'd been checked for anemia and a few other things, with no results. Today she suggested that maybe the bronchitis was actually mono, and/or that I might have chronic fatigue syndrome. She tested me for the Epstein Bar Virus, as well as retesting my thyroid.
All I know is that it takes everything in me to function some days, and with it getting closer to school starting up again, I am worried. Normally I would have already spent 30+ hours working in the media center or twice that surfing the net for new ideas/websites, etc. I've barely managed maybe 10 hrs combined.
She asked me how much exercise I'm getting, and I told her -somewhere around 40 - 70 minutes at least three times a week, usually closer to five times. I was told to try to increase it to every day. Ugh. Oh yeah, on the little slip I get every time with my checkout papers it tells me - don't add salt to your food (I don't ever!) - eat more fruits (more than 5 or 6 servings??) - make half your plate veggies (okay , could do better on that ...) This little paper goes with me due to my obese range and also the last couple times I visited the doctor, my blood pressure was pretty high (although when they checked it ten minutes later it was in the normal range. Go figure.)
Yeah, so this weekend I ate a pizza. Otherwise I ate pretty healthfully. But that darn pizza made the scale go up 1 1/2 lbs at the doctor's office. I'd really hate to think about what the scale would be doing if I wasn't getting my walks in most days of the week...