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Thursday, May 01, 2008

When You Play, You Pay

Nothing like being snatched from your high of a great experience and back into reality with a sinus infection. Ugh. I'm on my third day of feeling like dog shit and this time of year - there is just no time for this. There are seeds to be planted, fields to be tilled, plants to transplant.....the list goes on and on.

About 3 weeks ago, I had my annual exam at the Funhouse, otherwise known as the Gyno. Everything came back fine as far as the "ole girl" was concerned, and even the blood tests to check my cholesteral were great, overall cholesteral 177 and my good cholesteral was 166, which she said was excellent. All good news. However, my thyroid levels are off. Looks like I have a little hypothyroidism going on, which explains a few things.

Back in 1996, we were having a bit of trouble getting pregnant with our youngest, Brenna. While I was in for my annual exam, my doctor asked me how long I had had that lump on my thyroid? "Lump?" I had no idea I even had a lump. That led to more tests which came back inconclusive, then biopsies which also came back inconclusive and finally to surgery. The idea was that they would operate and once in surgery, would send the lump in question to pathology while I stayed under and anesthesia if the lump came back cancerous, they would remove that half of my thyroid. Fun times. Well, to make a long story short, they ended up taking that half of my thyroid. They never called it the big "C" word, but said it was suspicious enough to warrant removal. They prescribed Synthroid, to help my thyroid keep up and off I went. Two months later, I was pregnant. I never knew how powerful that little thyroid was.

That was 11 years ago and about 1 year after the surgery, I stopped taking the Synthroid, partly because I am a terrible pill taker and partly because I didn't feel any different. For the last 10 years, every year we check my thyroid levels as part of my annual exam and I've always been right on the 'normal' numbers.

Well, you turn 40 and it all goes to hell. For the first time, the numbers are off and indicating hypothyroidism. I'm actually relieved by this diagnosis. It finally explains why I'm always so freaking tired, why I've been so sick for the last year - more so than any other time in my life - and possibly why I've gained about 10-15 pounds. At least that's what I'm going to blame it on. So, starting today, we will go back on the thyroid hormone and see what happens. I'm envisioning myself as the Tasmanian Devil - just a whirlwind of activity - so much so that I magically drop the extra 15 I've been carrying around. Don't burst my bubble - just let me believe this for a little while, okay? Thanks.

Of course, I dread taking a pill daily. You wouldn't think something like that would be such a big deal, but I really hate it. I'm one of those annoying people that doesn't take Advil/Tylenol when I have a headache or feel sick, I just wait it out. Although this sinus infection was kicking my ass so badly yesterday, I broke down and took a Sudafed......ahhhhh, so this is what they mean when they say "temporary relief of pain". Ingenious.

Now, off to crank up the iPod and furiously plant some seeds in the greenhouse. It's a little early in the day for wine, but like my husband always says, "Hey - it's noon somewhere!"


*~*Cece*~* said...

Good luck with the pills.

I've got my Funhouse apt tomorrow for the first time in...er...too many years. Bad Cece. I hope all is well b/c last time I was in my cholesteral was off the charts. But it never occured to me NOT to go get a physical the day AFTER a weekend of camping and eating camping food where just about EVERYTHING is cooked with cooking oil. Oy.

Erikka said...

i'm like you Angie, I don't take pills unless I am close to dead. seriously. (birth control does not count :) ) if you read my three day spree of cold posts, you'll see i finally succumbed to sudafed too. my beau had a good point though in getting me to take it - he said it helps drain things out so i could attempt avoiding a sinus infection. good thing i listened to him because now i'm on the road to recovery and it was nothing more than a cold.

m~ said...

I know about turning 40 and falling freaking apart. I had my first root canal, got bifocals and they found "cyst" in one of the girls (AKA my right boob) I also got diagnosed with poly ovarian cyst syndrome. Fun times! Take the damn pill it won't be the end of the world.

PS how did you get music on you blog? I love to stop by just to listen.

Minnesota Matron said...

The Matron is the thyroid queen. You need to find Mary Shomon's site (just google her- she's on about.com). That's the best thyroid information you can get. Take Armour thyroid instead of synthroid. Armour contains all the thyroid hormones and synthroid is missing either T3 or 4, can't remember. It's okay to take a pill a day! I do and feel much much better!!