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And so it begins…

Boring as it may seem, all blogs need to start somewhere. Mine starts a week after I was diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis, or Hashimoto’s disease. I’ve been so sick for so long and none of the doctors could tell me anything other than “well, you have some sort of autoimmune problem but we don’t know what it is”. Gee, great. Like that’s helpful. Meanwhile I was getting progressively worse and progressively bigger until I finally demanded that they test my thyroid because it’s just inconceivable to me that I could gain over 50 lbs in 2 years, for no apparent reason.

As it turns out, I was right. My TSH was 4 times what a healthy TSH level is, and more than double the maximum of the testing parameters.

So what’s that mean for me? It means I’m on medication, albeit a very low dose to start out, and have to go back 11 weeks from now for more blood tests to see if it’s working at all. It means I know what’s wrong with me and that it’s for the most part treatable. It means I’m not going to drop dead one day, totally at random (unless I’m hit by a bus, or lightning, or am abducted by aliens and something goes hideously wrong). And it means that I have a long road to health in front of me.

I figured a blog would be cathartic, inspiring, even help keep me accountable – plus I can use it as evidence when I go to the doctor and tell him I’ve been feeling like crap every day for 7 months and he thinks I’m exaggerating. You never know when you might need that.

I’ll TRY to update daily, but can’t make any promises because I am a wicked busy person and contrary to popular belief I do have a life. Or I’m trying to have one anyway.

3 Responses to And so it begins…

  1. Bill May 12, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    If you find a life let me know what it’s like. I might try to get one some day too :)

  2. LJL May 13, 2010 at 3:10 am #

    I hope you do find your life. I know you’ve been missing one for a long while now. We’re all pulling for you.

  3. ashok May 30, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    Oh wow, I should have read this entry before all the others – fingers are crossed for you, definitely wish you the best in terms of getting back to health. It sounds like there’s a lot to be done, but also a lot out of your control, and the latter is always frustrating.
    .-= Check out ashok’s awesome blog post: “Introduction to Poetry,” Billy Collins =-.

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