Random Shit Wellness

I suck at blogging

So yesterday I totally FORGOT to blog… and today I almost forgot but didn’t want to be one of those bloggers so here we go. I’ve just completed 6 full days with no Coke, and discovered Fanta Orange Zero tastes like real Fanta so YAY for that. Energy level is way way down. I went back to bed this morning after ditching the kids at school and slept til lunch :(

*TMI alert for my male readers – avert your eyes or brace yourselves to learn more about me than you really wanted to know*

I’m cramping and bloated, which I think might have contributed to the awful experience on the scale yesterday. Last month was awful… no sooner was I done with that icky part of womanhood, damn thing started over from zero so I ended up ragging for 2 weeks straight. My husband was not amused. Hell, neither was I. My boobs HURT and I can’t stand to wear a bra, but I don’t dare go without because I’m ├╝ber top-heavy and having those things hanging there make me look fatter.

*Guys can resume reading now*

So tomorrow my older daughter goes on her end of school trip and won’t be back until Saturday night. That means, sadly, no Star Trek for the next 4 days *sigh*.

I’m gonna go gobble some ibuprofen and crash. Right after I take my dog out. Gotta be up at 5:30 am (did I mention I am NOT a morning person?) to drop my kid off at the bus. Nite!

Random Shit Wellness

I made it 3 days!

I made it 3 whole days without Coke! Still drinking TaB and it’s still not bad. I am however a bit perturbed that my youngest decided to drink half a can without permission, and since I buy only enough cans for lunch and dinner each day, so as to reduce tempation to sit and guzzle it all day and to force myself to drink more water, that left me without anything to drink at dinner, so looks like water with a twist of lemon for me…. joy.

Plenty of exercise today, between hitting the butcher shop, fresh market, and a couple other shops today and having to carry 14 kg (31 lbs) of stuff for several blocks, I think I’m set for the day :)

I do however have a splitting headache that I have been battling ALL DAY. I sure hope this goes away soon. I’m only somewhat tired and sluggish today, so that’s an improvement over the tremendous exhaustion that I have been dealing with.

My oldest is going on a school trip on Wednesday. She’ll be gone for 4 days to a nature reserve and is going to do hiking, mountain climbing, archery, swimming, scavenger hunts in the woods with only a hand drawn map and compass to guide her, rappelling, kayaking… sounds so good I want to go! She won’t be home until Saturday and I’ll miss her.

Oh and my vegetarian daughter asked for chicken Kiev today (that’s what we all had). She ate some. I know it’s totally her decision… and it’s a pain sometimes to have to cook separate meals and make sure my little veggie is getting all the nutrients her body requires… but I’m kinda sad nonetheless.

Random Shit Wellness

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.