Step One: Take action. Be proactive with your own health.
I’ve been feeling pretty bad for weeks now and it seemed to be getting worse: couldn’t sleep enough, literally was napping two and sometimes three times a day… and was still tired; my blood sugar was getting worse even though nothing had changed in my diet, and I mean worse like jumping up 30 points on average daily; and my eyesight was really bothering me as were my toes and circulation… I knew both of these were blood sugar related so had to get to the bottom of why my numbers were getting worse.
I went to the doctor and had a regular blood work panel done, regular urine analysis, and a nutritionist friend of mine has been recommending I get some extra tests done to see if I had more thyroid issues than we realized. Turns out, I did have some hidden problems.
When I went back to the doctor to get the results to all that blood work I found out I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Auto Immune Disorder. And even though all those 8 vials of blood revealed a lot more stuff that needs worked on because of thyroid issues, there were definitely some rays of light.
One, my inflammation markers were fine. Somehow, I’m still losing weight. I lost five pounds just since last Friday which is apparently impossible with thyroid numbers like I have but you know me, always the rebel Cholesterol’s normal, and kidney function’s normal.
She’s increasing my thyroid medication by 50% which she said is a significant jump for this type of med. But my numbers are really bad. She’s going to have me come back in two weeks and do the TSH blood work again to make sure she doesn’t up it too much. And she said I may experience more energy (God, I hope so!), but I also may get the shakes and heart palpitations if she over adjusted. Plus, she’s putting me on 50,000 IU of Vitamin D once per week for 12 weeks. I think my Vitamin D was a 13 and ideal numbers for that were 70-100.
My new diet is anti inflammatory, auto immune paleo, hypothyroid, blood sugar balance, gluten free, dairy free, corn free, and grain free. And she’d rather I purchase organic, and grass fed options if I can afford it. So I cleaned out my fridge, my freezer, and my one cabinet that had food items. Went to the store and spent just over $200. Hopefully I can get everything to last a couple weeks.
I took a step towards putting myself first in this stage of my life. Now that I have an empty nest, there’s no excuse to take care of me. There’s no son to worry about, no tuition, no nothing to take care of but myself and my business.
Even though it takes some getting used to, I’m on the right path. There will be uncomfortable adjustments along the way, I know what’s wrong. I got help. And I’ll go forward, with naps when needed.