It is reverberatingly quiet in my house right now. I am so used to my fur babies making noise, wanting out or tackling and fussing with each other that when they are at Diva Dogs getting all cleaned up and pretty I don’t really know how to enjoy the peaceful, wondrous peace that is present.
I recently found a wonderful website called: http://www.halfpricebooks.com
While we were in California the books started rolling in. I ordered 18 books by Karen Kingsbury. I LOVE, LOVE her writing. Pictured below are just a few of them.
I also just ordered her newest release:
This book will be good for individual reading, she also has a study guide and DVD’s that go with it for a church study group. She tells the story of Jesus in common everyday life as if we were there. I am so excited to get it. Hopefully this weekend. I may have to read it before I start on the other 18 books.
I know I have not written on my blog for almost a month. I need to explain that I have still been experiencing health problems – no, not serious but I just set and stare a lot, or just don’t have the energy to do ANYTHING. I can wake from a very good night’s sleep and an hour later I am ready for another 8 hours of sleep. I have ask my doctor for ages to do a TSH and T4 test on me for my thyroid but he felt that his normal CBC blood work was enough. It showed that my Thyroids levels were within range. I took it upon myself to go have my own blood work done at a Lab and see what it said. For the TSH the reference is 0.35-4.94. For the T4 the reference is 4.8-11.7
My TSH was 1.48 and my T4 was 5.9. Yes, they are within “range” but at the lower end. After telling doctor this he finally decided to try me on some Thyroid meds. Yesterday was a good day and it seems that today is also going well. My mind is clear and I am not so totally exhausted that all I want to do is sleep. I started the meds on July 4th and they say it takes up to 3 weeks to really so improvement. I am excited – I pray it continues to get better and better.
The symptoms I have been experiencing are:
- I am gaining weight inappropriately
- I am constipated, sometimes severely
- I have hypothermia/low body temperature (I feel cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters, etc.)
- I feel fatigued, exhausted
- Feeling run down, sluggish, lethargic
- My skin is dry, scaly and very thin
- I have a hoarse or gravely voice
- I feel depressed
- I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
- I feel restless
- My moods change easily
- I have feelings of worthlessness
- I have difficulty concentrating
- I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
- I have more feelings of sadness
- I’m more forgetful lately
- I can’t seem to remember things
- My eyes feel gritty and dry
- My eyes feel sensitive to light
- I have tinnitus (ringing in ears) (although I believe I got mine from a fall)
- I have vertigo
- I feel some lightheadedness
These are the symptoms for Underactive Thyroid / hypothyroidism. Out of a list of 40 I have 22.
I feel that even if I am at the lower (within range) that doesn’t mean that everything is working correctly. My symptoms speak for themselves. My husband and children are glad I went ahead and took the blood test myself to find out what my levels are. Time will tell if this will help or not but I pray it does. My husband says he wants his Sandy back, and my kids say they want their mom back. The old mom who was fun, enjoyed doing things, felt like going places. This one doesn’t.
Are we wrong to question our doctors? No, I don’t believe we are. They have so much on their plates and we know our bodies better than anyone. I believe we have to follow our own hearts and find out what is going on.
Well, that is enough for today. I hope I didn’t depress you too much!
Oh, we finally got our basement shower fixed – there was a small peace of solder in the pipe. That simple! But now the shower has PLENTY of pressure.
Thank you for you reading my blog and babbling you are all great!