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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I'm a Freak of Nature

But you already knew that didn't you? (Yeah. So did I.)

I had my blood tested again to check my thyroid. For five months now, I've had blood drawn and an increase in the dosage of my meds following the doctor's review of my labs.

Twice now he's asked me if I'm even taking the meds.

Yes. Every morning. Same time. Empty stomach. No other meds. Wait an hour before eating. No antacids, iron, or other pills at the same time or anywhere close to the time I take the thyroid meds. Religiously. Never missed a dose, not even once. Yes, taking branded Rx, not generic.

The doctor said, "I'm confused. With the increased dosage, you're bloodwork is getting worse."

I laughed. How could I not? So he's upping them again and we'll see what happens. I'm losing hope.

I mean, I don't need to be skinny. I'm okay being my plump self. Phil would be sorely upset if I lost the boobage.

It would be okay if my brain got a little less foggy because I do things like leave ice cream out (and Phil or Zane put it away) or I leave the water on in the garden for eleven hours and nearly run the well dry (and Phil calls to remind me all day long of things I'm supposed to remember) but I'm getting by.

It's hard to write stories and it's been taking me longer to get them finished, but I'm not dying. I'm doing alright.

And are naps really that bad? Three hour naps almost daily? On top of ten to twelve hours of sleep every night? (No wonder I can't get anything done!)

I'm sick of hearing how everyone knows someone with hypothyroidism and two weeks after starting the meds, EVERY-FREAKING-ONE feels like new. All better. Case closed.

I'm not complaining, really, things could be much worse and I know that.

One of you out there has to know at least ONE person like me? Right? One who takes her meds correctly and whose bloodwork gets worse with higher doses?

7 comments:

Amber (Bringing Good Home) said...

Wow - how crazy!! I suppose there is any chance you have hyper instead of hypo? Though I'm sure he'd have thought of that already...

~michelle pendergrass said...

Nope, not hyper. Not by a LOOOONG shot. LOL

I found some information about low cortisol levels and put a message in to my doctor. We'll see...

Gin said...

No, I don't know anyone quite like you. Heh
However, I have EVERY single symptom of hypothyroidism - same things you describe - and my doctor swore that was gonna be it, the explanation for all my troubles, and the blood work showed up just fine.
It's very frustrating - the tired, the impossible weight loss, the bad memory.
I've just decided my body hates me.

Chris said...

I don't know of anyone with hypothyroidism except you, which means you're normal by my standards.

How frightening. For both of us.

Rosebud Collection said...

I have hypothyroidism..since '94..
Was taking synthroid, not sure I gave the correct spelling, but you will know the med..went off it and started taking Armour Thyroid..it is natural and have never felt better..Just a thought. My feeling is, if I have to take medicine, will use the natural pill..I had reactions to the synthetic one, of course some doctors do not like to give this pill, drug companies can't make money off of it..it is from pigs.. Hope that helps..My email address is ctmott@gmail.com if I can help you in any way..

heather said...

You're my only hypothyroidic friend. So your case is my law on freaks. Or something like that.

topaztook said...

I know a ton of people and their dog with thyroid issues (seriously. the dog takes thyroid meds.), including me, and it's a constantly changing thing. I'm doing the repeat bloodwork thing myself right now --and I'm suspecting that wacky "that time of the month" hormones are throwing me out of whack at least a few days each month. Despite the fact that they say it doesn't work that way.