Yesterday I learned that I am basically stuck smack dab in the middle of a TSH rating (thyroid), which means if my Synthroid is increased at all, my risk for a stroke or heart attack are on the rise. For whatever reason, my body decided to switch metabolic gears last April and as a result, my dosage was cut in half from what I had known since the age of 12. And as it turns out, it was also what my body had always known. The pounds came on with no changes to my diet and the drowsiness factor kicked in. I’ve never enjoyed napping but it’s almost a must for me these days. I’m not digging the lower dosage — but it seems I have no choice in the matter. It’s either risk damaging my heart and other organs (she compared my previous dosage to speed) or struggle with the weight and drowsiness. At least now I know what I’m up against.
So, what did I learn?
- What’s on the inside counts more than what’s on the outside. Always has, always will. It’s a lesson I should have learned many years ago.
- One slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter isn’t so bad for breakfast (the doc’s suggestion after I mentioned my daily breakfast consisted of two Eggos with butter and syrup every morning).
- Don’t hesitate to go to another doctor for confirmation. My Endocrinologist has the bedside manners of a Stop sign, so when he wouldn’t bother explaining to me why he wouldn’t budge my dosage, I went to my awesome family doctor, Dr. Barbara Lanier. Not only is she a godly woman, she also knows her stuff. When she agreed with the Endo doc’s findings, I immediately had a peace, even though I didn’t like it.
And what else have I learned? It’s supposed to snow today!!!! I had no clue. Needless to say, I must close for now and run out for bread and milk. ha!