2/3/07

What's The Story, Morning Glory?

I've finally decided to take action. Actually Rav & I both have decided to take action regarding medical "stuff". I'm not really allowed to discuss his form of action. But I'm ecstatic about it.

I have been struggling with a couple of things. One is that my hair is falling out. I mean, I run my hands through my hair and I get fistfuls of hair. If anyone reading this actually knows me, you know how thick my hair is. And I'm not prone to shedding. The only time I lost hair like this was a few weeks after I gave birth.

I've made mental notes regarding this problem for the past few weeks & have dealt with it by merely complaining about it to anyone who will listen & merely shrug my shoulders at the same time.
But...
I've been feeling weird. I'm very achey, my sleeping patterns are all wonky, I'm tired all of the time and I always look bloated. I know that my weight fluctuates, especially ever since having Gracie. But something is just.not.right.

On top of which my cycle is all F!#$ed up too. I get sick. And I mean sick - among other symptoms. I won't get into details, but something is, again, just.not.right.

The first step of action was I walked into my PCP and asked for a script to check out my thyroid, as I have had a goiter in the past (about 10 years ago). With that test & a few others he threw in for good measure, maybe we'll be on to something.
Then I finally called the GYN & am going to talk her ear off next week about all things cyclical and probably be made to feel quite uncomfortable, but it must be done.

That being said, I've sat on my arse regarding these things for way too long. I mean, all kinds of things could be running wild & rampant and I've been so concerned that it's taken me months to pick up the phone to make a couple of appointments.
That being said, if any of my friends or any of my sister-cousins called me & told me this, the mother-hen, big sister, pushy - but concerned Tab would come out & they'd get the old You better go get that checked out Better be safe than sorry, why not get it checked out right away before it becomes anything really bad speech.

Why do I think so little of my own health and well-being. Why am I content to let myself suffer rather than be pro-active. And really, this is unlike me. Not saying I'm a hypochondriac. But I'm pretty good at listening to my body & if sumpin' ain't right, I'm usually on it.
So, what's my deal?

4 ripples in the pond:

deb said...

Your deal is, fear, same as everybody's. I'm sure everything will go well. I'm off to see the doctor next week as well, four illnessess in two months for me, which is not like me. I'm so tired of feeling sick. Good luck.

Joker The Lurcher said...

i was going to say what deb said - fear. in my case its the fear of leaving my son without me at his elbow to battle the world.

Pippajo said...

I almost posted a nearly identical post a few minutes ago! I had my thyroid, blood sugar and a few other things checked just a few days ago and am waiting for the results. A stop to the gyno is next.

I, too, have been wondering what my deal is. I put that bloodwork off for two years and should have gotten that glucose tolerance test 10 years ago. It's been 5 years since I've been to the dentist and I think it's been 2 years since I've seen my gyno.

I think it probably is fear and, I'm ashamed to say it, the inconvenience. That glucose tolerance test is 5 hours--when do I get 5 hours to sit in a doctor's office? I think we get so busy and have so much to take care keeping our family healthy and happy, that we tend to leave ourselves out.

But, and we all know this, if we neglect our own health and, God forbid something happens to us, where is our family then? The best thing we can do for them is to make sure we do what we can to keep ourselves with them for as long as possible.

So, good for you for taking care of business. Maybe we can compare thyroid tests sometime!

Jen R. said...

OMG! that's excellent that you're having your thyroid tested. but let me tell you something you should know! not all doctors agree on what is the "normal" range for thyroid function. i have hashimoto's thyroiditis (which is now mostly just hypothyroidism since my thyroid has been crippled by antibodies...blah blah blah). i know where i like my levels, and i only use doctors who respect that. for years before i was diagnosed, my cyle was screwed up, my weight was up and down, and my moods and energy were all across the board. but now, for the most part, things are kept in check by synthroid. good luck to you and kudos for taking the bull by the horns!

btw... i don't comment much, but i do read when i get time, and i enjoy your blog!

someday we will have to finally meet up!