Tags: hypothyroidism


Memory Loss. I Feel Like I'm Going Crazy...

This week has been difficult. Recently (over many weeks) I've noticed memory problems. One of the reasons I want to totally avoid statins (which I believe are POISON, anyway). But there are other reasons for memory loss -- I'll go into that in more detail another time.

The confusion and memory loss is the strangest experience of my life. Yeah, yeah -- everybody forgets things. But this is much more than that! Thank God Marilyn is so understanding and so HELPFUL. Otherwise I'd just be sitting down and crying. I did have one good cry today, as it was...

But mostly we both laugh about our woes and let it go. We are being proactive, adding more supplements to our diet. Niacin (which they just gave me) for Marilyn -- considering it has so many benefits and no real side effects, aside from 'flushing' (which will calm down over time, if you hang in there). And Vitamin B-12 for me (which Marilyn already takes) -- which also has a ton of positive effects.

I'd love to get away from all the chemical medications, frankly, and be more holistic. Marilyn has been taking so many supplements during her life, and I think they've done a lot for her.

I need to WRITE about the situation with my memory at the current time. Because I've always had a very detailed memory about so many aspects of my life (and the many keepsakes that go back generations for our family). Hopefully this will improve -- and reverse for the better! I need a pretty decent memory for the work I do, so this is actually essential. Notes are great and I use them a lot, but they can't replace my memories...

I had another low blood sugar incident today. This time I was 75 (yesterday it was 65), so it wasn't quite as bad -- but it feels AWFUL when it happens! I didn't want to take the tablets or any candy, because I hate the way that spikes my bloodcount. So I ate food (yogurt and some other things) and just rested until it resolved, which thankfully it did.

I guess this is a clear sign that the thyroid medication is really working, because that's the major change I have going on right now! This is what we want -- minus constant lows, of course. I need to be sure I'm eating enough and regularly...

That's it for now. I'll try and write more tomorrow. I have a busy day planned here at home. We'll see how it goes!

I haven't even mentioned that I'm at WAR with the ants, yet again. I did a bunch of spraying on Saturday. (sigh)

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Happy Saturday: Lower Blood Sugar and Hockey Game

We went for a drive to Sauvie Island today -- Marilyn was hoping Kruger Farm would be open, but it's too soon. She's out of her Candied Jalapenos (it's Kruger's brand) and she was hoping to get more... I don't think they open again until April (but I could be wrong). There's no way to tell by going to their website, which hasn't been updated since November (!!!).

It was nice to have the ride, anyway!

We stopped briefly at Safeway and pick up a few things, including olives, Gouda cheese, peanuts in the shell and yogurt. We've given up sweets/carbs for Lent, so we're trying to keep healthy snacks around.

Today I took my first ever Levothyroxine (generic for Levothroid) to treat my Hypothyroidism. You take it on an empty stomach (no food for an hour afterward), so I took it first thing today when we got up.

By the way, we were up in the middle of the night for hours (!!!), then we went to bed and slept in late. So I didn't take the pill until 11:30.

We had bacon (no toast) for breakfast this morning -- but not until 12:30. (smile)

We took a nap when we got back from our ride to Sauvie Island. We wanted to get some rest before going out tonight. When Marilyn woke me up, I was pretty out of it. So I went upstairs and checked my blood. The result was 65!!! I haven't had a low result in just ages, so this must absolutely be a result of taking the new medication! Yes, we're eating better (and less), but I'd had plenty of food today. (We ate after getting home from our ride.)

This is a really good sign, considering I've been worried about high results for several months now. I had to drink some orange juice and eat something before we could leave, but it was okay.

Anyway, I got dressed in a hurry and we took off for the hockey game (seeing the Portland Winterhawks play at the Rose Garden -- now called Moda Center. We got there just before the game started, but were in line to get beer and popcorn as it did start. We actually missed the first goal! But beer was essential to this experience. (smile)

Our festival clowns were everywhere, representing us. Very cool!

We had great seats and many of our staff and their families were there. We drank our beer and snacked on our popcorn while watching. The Winterhawks are a really good team (the Champions last year), but Marilyn and I are really not hockey fans. Still, we stuck around for awhile and got to see them get another goal, which was cool.

After hearing them pimp out the festival, we stayed a bit longer, then headed for home. We were glad we'd gone, but happy to get home.

Tonight we watched the remake of "The Longest Yard." (We're huge fans of the original "The Longest Yard" with Burt Reynolds -- we were glad they included him in the cast of the remake.) For those who don't know, Adam Sandler played Paul Crewe in the remake, the role Burt Reynolds originally played. If you've never seen this movie, I highly recommend it. We enjoyed the remake quite a bit, but he original is still tops with us. (grin)

Well, there's more to share, but we're headed to bed soon. I'll try to post more tomorrow!


Doctor Visit: Bad News? Mostly GOOD News!

This SHOULD be a lengthy entry, but I'm too tired for that. Maybe I'll add to it tomorrow. Anyway, Marilyn came home from the office in time to have me at the clinic by 4:15 for my 4:30 appointment. But I wasn't taken back until 5:00.

I love Leslie's assistant who has such humor and charm! She was really a delight to talk to. She informed us that I'd be seeing a trainee. Jamie is in her last year of school, and is going to be a wonderful nurse practitioner doing the same work as Leslie very soon.

She took her time and was very careful with me. We reviewed everything in great detail, down to the last medicine and each of my concerns. I just loved her!

After she had gone over everything with Marilyn and me -- and given me a careful examination -- she went to consult with Leslie. Then we meet with both of them.

It turns out that I have hypothyroidism -- interestingly enough, Marilyn and I have been wondering about this for some time! But the labs had never borne it out previously. Marilyn mentioned to me afterward that testing for thyroid issues needs to be done in certain ways, or it can give false results. There's good reason to think I'd have issues, especially as both my sisters Sue and Marilyn are being treated for these.

Hypothyroidism can cause a host of complaints -- and may be responsible for many of my problems, even those with my increased high sugar levels for my diabetes. Being on medication may well be a turning point for a number of my health concerns, so it's very exciting to look forward to this change! Even my recent hair loss can be traced to this, believe it or not!

So though my A1C test was much higher than last time (which we'd been expecting), this was really a GOOD and positive visit! My anemia is resolved (!!!) and I'm free to take Naproxen as necessary for my arthritis. There's more, but I can't say how delighted I was by everything!

I'd hoped to see Sue briefly, but decided to shower and do my hair before my appointment, so missed out. I had also hoped to see June (maybe after my appointment), but we didn't get home until quite late, so I cooked dinner and we ate right after we got back to the house.

I have work tomorrow, so I need to go and get the garbage and recycling DONE now, so I can head to bed!

This has been a very GOOD day, I have to say!