Monday, February 03, 2014
Seems like merely discontinuing my methimazole (at doctor's request) for 3 days resulted in my dropping over 4 pounds since Thursday. I don't know exactly what to attribute the reduced appetite to, since the doc says methimazole shouldn't have made me hungry, but it's a very noticeable difference. If it's the Italian-white-kidney bean extract I'm taking, well, I wish I'd found it a long time ago! I thought you were supposed to be hungry when you were hyperthyroid but not gain weight and gain weight when you were hypo...the thyroid is a mystery to me! I have a ways to go to get back to where my weight was before I was taking an anti-thyroid drug, but I'm hopeful I'll get there.
The doc made a judgment call when my numbers were looking better but not great yet, and if she'd left me at the original dose, this probably wouldn't have happened. So now I have to climb out of being hypo, which is not my normal state. Wonder why I didn't get skinny when I was hyper? I honestly think it was the stress of having to move and not wanting to that got things all out of whack in the first place. Doctors don't seem to think that can happen, but I have a healthy respect for what stress can do. I hope things look good when I have the ultrasound in a couple of months.
Now I just have to figure out what the best course of action is regarding my allergies that have increased exponentially since I moved. Is getting the carpets cleaned enough? Do I need to have them ripped out and replaced by hardwood or laminate? Would new carpeting be an option? Do I need a new vacuum? I think that's a definite "yes"! What about an air purifier and what kind? Kinda wish I'd decided to rent rather than buy, but then if I reacted badly to the carpets, I might really be out of luck...
Well, hoping for a great week for everyone and for myself. The deep freeze has broken, but now of course it's raining. I don't know if I should try to go to the gym tomorrow when there's a good possibility I'll cough a lot. I might give it a shot. Scarlett is at the collision place, hopefully getting fixed within a week. I'm driving a Chevy Captiva in the meantime and can't even figure out how to make the rear wiper work. Might have to look that up online. Nothing makes me feel dumber than driving an unfamiliar car! And they don't give you the manual, apparently.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
I'm just all over the place right now. Still stewing about my endo leaving me over-medicated long enough to throw me from hyper to hypo, thyroid-wise. Does she have any idea how hard it was to get those 15 pounds off that came back with a vengeance? The good news is that I am much less hungry these last few days being totally off the methimazole. I almost hate to go to the once a day that I'm supposed to Monday. We'll see what happens. She swears that it couldn't be what was making me hungry, but maybe there's something weird about me that makes it work that way. Anyway, I'm down almost 3 pounds since Tuesday. And the Life Extension Advanced Natural Appetite Suppress could be helping. Nothing in it but European (Italian Borlotto variety) white kidney bean extract. It's supposed to slow carb absorption, too, and that can't hurt!
Another reason for not being very hungry might be that I'm battling yet another sinus infection. Seems I'm most likely allergic to...my townhouse! Isn't that great? More specifically, probably dust. And there are carpets everywhere, which I didn't have time to get cleaned before I moved. So that's on the agenda. Changed the air filters this morning. Anybody have any good ideas regarding cleaning upholstered furniture? I brought my old sofa, which I wasn't going to do, and it was pretty dusty even though it had had a slipcover on it. I guess the right carpet cleaning company might also do the sofa. Which probably means that I can't use one offering a Groupon or something. I think I really noticed the dust thing when I was moving stuff out of the old place. Dusting was never one of my favorite activities. In an ideal world, I'd hire someone to clean, thus avoiding stirring everything up and breathing it in, but that's probably not gonna happen. Meanwhile, I'm on an antibiotic that I find extremely scary due to some of the extreme side effects it can have, but so far I seem OK. Guess I should consider shopping for an air purifier, too. Fun, fun!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
But apparently I did not go far enough by halving my methimazole dose back to what was originally prescribed for me. It was raised after the first set of labs after I got out of the hospital. I've been sleepy much of the time and weight has been accumulating at an alarming rate. And I have now gone from hyper to hypo. Sigh. Wish I'd contacted the endo sooner and maybe I could have dropped the dosage sooner. Now instead of 2 10 mg pills twice a day, which I reduced to 1 twice a day about a month ago, I'm to skip 3 days and then take 1 once a day.
I have never, to my knowledge, been hypo before, and the TSH number is freaking me out, since it's quite far out of the references range, which is 0.045-4.500. And I'm at 34.810?? Free T4 is low at 0.56 (range is 0.82-1.77). T3 is within range at2.7 ( range is 2.0-4.4). So I'm a little pissed that she kept me at the higher dose last time I saw her 3 months ago. I guess she was erring on the side of caution, but I have about 15 extra pounds now that probably could have been avoided, and they're not easy to shed at my age!
I have to say that my appetite has backed off some in the last few days. I fell for another appetite suppressant thing, this one from Life Extension, whom I trust more than most. I read all the research in the article they published and decided it was worth a shot, especially since it was supposed to have good BS effects by slowing carb absorption. If it can rein in the bad hormones like ghrelin and increase the good ones, maybe it will work to some extent. And, hey, there's a money-back guarantee, which I will take advantage of if necessary. I've only had a Quest bar so far today, and I'd usually be more than ready for lunch by now, so my fingers are crossed! I do feel like I might be coming down with something (again!), so that may also be affecting my appetite, though. Hopefully, I can fight it off.
The much-anticipated snow has not yet materialized, although it was supposed to start a couple of hours ago. It actually looks brighter than it did when I was out. We had a day or so of mild temps, and now another arctic blast. My skin has never been this dry, even in winter. Perhaps another hypo sign? It's not only dry but really rough. My feet are awful!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Like ALL the time! And weight is piling on even though I try to eat reasonably. Right now I'm waiting to go have a fasting blood draw so the endocrinologist can know where I stand for our appt. next week. I don't know why I have to be fasting, and they actually said I didn't when I was in the office, since we're mainly concerned about thyroid stuff. Hopefully, my reducing the dose of methimazole back to what she originally prescribed hasn't had any bad effects. I did that because I suspect we may have reduced thyroid hormones too low and somehow that is throwing things off and that's why I'm so ridiculously hungry.
I hope my experience with hCG didn't precipitate the hyperthyroid stuff. I doubt it, since I've been through this before about 10 years ago and the amount is so minuscule, but it makes it unwise for me to do it again when I don't know what my crazy hormones are doing. So I'm in search of a plan I can actually live with and drop some of these recent pounds. I'm considering South Beach, but I bristle each time i read about the evils of saturated fat and how canola oil is "good". I wonder how it would go if I just kinda ignored those parts of it while keeping fat low, at least for the first few weeks, in other ways. I suppose I could tolerate some low-fat dairy, but I don't know about all my meat and poultry being "lean". And I can tell you right now that a part-skim cheese stick will NOT be a satisfying snack for me. But then, it does say I can eat till I feel satisfied. Might be worth a try...
Tomorrow I am finally taking my car for an estimate to fix the damage, which doesn't look like much, but it involves the tail light area, which is plastic, and some of the fender, which is not. I'm hoping I can talk them into just doing the best they can without replacing large areas of the car. Hey, slap a little (expensive) paint on it! And it turns out I did cause this myself--backed it into a small tree while trying to leave room for another car. If I hadn't been moving stuff, I wouldn't have back in. If I'd actually LOOKED at the right time, the back-up camera might have alerted me. Guess I need one of those cars that yell at you when you're about to hit something. Grrr!!!
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Or at least it's under contract. The only stumbling block will be if they can't find a way to permit my former apartment after the fact. The buyers definitely want to be able to use all of it. Just when we thought nothing would happen until at least spring, this couple shows up and it happens the wife uses Alison's dressage trainer. They apparently fell in love with the place. It guess all it takes is the right one. And I guess it's good I went ahead and bought my new place when I did.
Of course, this means I'm freaking out because now there is a finite limit to how long I have to finish getting all my stuff out of there. Every time I go over there and move just a few boxes, I end up totally drenched in sweat. This is not normal. I'm sure it's all connected with the hormonal stuff going on since my thyroid went totally bonkers in August. I also am gaining weight like a fiend, seemingly out of proportion to how much and what I'm eating, although my appetite has also gone nuts and I am hungry almost all the time. Might be time to bite the bullet and see my functional med doc despite the hefty price tag. I'll se what my naturopath says first. Apparently, I wrote down my chiropractor's name in my calendar instead of hers and missed my appointment on the 17th. I think. Can't seem to do anything right!
We didn't do great at the last trivia tournament. Finished in 7th, I think. But for a few wrong choices, we might have been in the money. But we did ace both of our 2 10-part bonuses. Got all the last vice presidents and last 10 best pictures. And no fair having the final question be something relatively obscure about baseball!
Still trying to get over whatever it is that befell me right after the cruise. Whatever I caught from Jason morphed into a terrible sinus infection that has abated but will not totally quit. I'm torn as to whether to request more antibiotics. I hate to do it if it's not absolutely necessary. We don't even want to talk about how long it's been since I hit the gym. Almost made it this morning, but realized there wasn't time to get gas first. And it was cold and rainy. And I wasn't sure I was up to even gentle yoga. I must make another attempt to hook up my DVD player so I can do some at home. I can't seem to find the right combination of cords and wires and stuff...maybe I'll try it with the bedroom TV. After I take a nap.
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