May 31, 2011

The Day My Thyroid Turned Against Me

My thyroid has given me WAY too much trouble for such a little thing. So I killed it and even dead (or mostly dead) it still causes me trouble. It's the... (in an echo-e voice) Thyroid Saga (saga... saga... saga)! It's never ending. If you've ever had thyroid problems you know what I'm going through. If not you're lucky so appreciate the working little bastard.

Mine was overactive. On the plus side I had a great metabolism and was never cold. The bad part of that was that my blood pressure was through the roof and my heart was beating like I was running a never ending marathon of doom. Even laying down it was like I had a miniature jackhammer pounding on my heart (oh the tragedy). So after 2 years of telling my horrible doctor that something was wrong and having her ignore my concerns, I finally got to see someone else. This was, of course, when my husband and I wanted to try for kids. Still waiting, BTW.

After many, many tests they discovered that there was something wrong with me. Shocker, I know. So some more tests later they say that I have severe hyperthyroidism . Obviously it wouldn't have been so severe if my doc 2 years ago had listened to me, but whatever. Then I see a specialist who decides the best treatment would be to get rid of the evil thyroid that was trying to kill me. At this point I saw it as an evil king lording over my health and well being, cackling maniacally in his thyroid castle of terror, so I figured why not end his rein. No problem. I read up on radio iodine treatment and figured that was for me. Little did I know there are side effects that were not included in ANY of the information I could find.

I think the evil thyroid king looked something like this....

 Or maybe this...

Because I was not on thyroid replacement hormones yet (that's right, they kill it then replace your levels- WTF?) I started getting horrible debilitating muscle cramps. From what I could find it is because calcium gets filtered through your thyroid and because the evil thyroid king was kicked out, calcium levels in my body were too low. Thus, cramping. Then there was the change of taste. What I used to like I now disliked. I gained a love of french fries when I didn't like them before. Most things had to be spicy or I couldn't taste them. I'm a foodie so I was pretty upset by this. After I started taking hormone replacement I got better but there is another issue that still plagues me to this day. Split ends and weight gain! dun Dun DUN!

I keep finding split ends and it's driving me crazy! I never had them until I did the radio iodine treatment. Then about a month or 2 later.... BAM! Split ends! I'm still vain enough to care about my hair. The fact that I gained over 30 pounds even with diet and exercise doesn't help my self esteem, so at least leave my hair alone you bastard! So there it is, my thyroid is evil. It's like in a horror movie how the villain never dies right away. They keep coming back. I have to keep checking to make sure it isn't going to crawl out from underneath my bed at night and grab for my ankles. Or I guess kankles now. Sigh.

May 27, 2011

Leave Me Alone So I Can Watch Doctor Who

I get teased by my husband a lot for liking Doctor Who. I feel like a little bit of a nerd for being a fan of the Doctor (David Tennant is my fav) but I can't help it. I am totally in love with the Doctor and I want him to take me away in his TARDIS.

I'm a Tennant fangirl. Take my away, Doctor!

He's brilliant, saves the world and can take you anywhere in the universe. Who wouldn't want some of that? Although I think that his brains make him a bit arrogant. I think the reason I love his season 4 companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) is because she brings him down a notch. SHE can make The Doctor feel like an idiot. Love! BTW she had a show (The Catherine Tate Show) that was complete brilliance. She had so many hilarious characters and sketches. But I'm a fan of British humor (can't help it, my Great-Granddad was from there) and love all things British. Except some of the food. Blah. Also, Top Gear (American version= SUCK. British version= GENIUS), Torchwood and Sherlock (modern day gay Sherlock Holmes- what?) are great as well.

May 26, 2011


 What am I doing here?

This is just a place for me to share my thoughts and opinions and what not. No themes, though I do also have a book and a cooking blog that I add stuff to occasionally. Sometimes? Rarely? Don't rush me! :) I like a lot of different things and can't settle on 1. I'm hobby ADD. If that makes sense. No? Crap. I have a hard time focusing on one thing at a time and I want to do a lot of different things. Now that I think of it that's probably why I majored in Liberal Arts. It's a degree in many things without actually being a degree in many things. I call it my bullshit degree because it isn't in anything in particular.

Though I don't think anyone will read this, because lets be honest, who cares who I am or what I think? Nobody right? Well, this is just a creative outlet for me and if anyone reads it then yay for the interwebs! I've thought about vlogging instead but I don't really like the sound of my own voice (not bad really I just don't like to hear myself talk) and I feel like I would need a ton of makeup to be camera ready... and I don't like putting on makeup, so that went out the window.

More to come soon. Probably. Most likely. Ciao!