Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Okay, this graph shows where I was in regards to my thyroid function and where I am headed. My doctor believes I will eventually be slipping into hypothyroidism which will not be fun. Fatigue. I will be put on meds to help alleviate that by increasing my thyroxine. You can see by the graph that I am kind of getting better... apparently. I'm on 3 X 30mg of Propranolol. I guess I don't tremble as much. Just have to watch my heart rate. Do you see that this process takes 6 months??!!!! I have no idea how I will teach if I dip down into hypothyroidism. It is amazing how your thyroid can affect so much of your life! My metabolism is going at full speed and I've lost about about 11lbs in 2 weeks. There have been a few people that said they wouldn't mind a dose of what I have:) Joking aside, it's not fun messing with your heart. I eat quite often and this has caused Gary to gain weight while I lose (all the fattening food we've been eating...McDonalds twice in a week for me!!:).

I have been sleeping fabulously at least 8 hours straight. Thank you, Koen!! Apparently, getting exercise is healthy for you when you have hyperthyroidism so today I played a little bit of football (whatever it takes to rationalize it, I just wanted to play!). I didn't run at all, I just threw the ball or handed it off. Obviously I wasn't at my best but I wasn't too terrible. Gary didn't want me to go play but I managed to keep my heart rate below 160bpm so I really did watch out for myself. I really want to be able to go for a run but I just don't feel right. I hope that once I'm better, I can get back into shape quickly.

The reason I'm sharing so much of this hyperthyroidism is two fold:
1. If you ever have these symptoms, or someone complains about these symptoms, they can get help right away!
2. It is a huge part of my life right now. I think it is def. more manageable now but still, not fun.

There is another post with lots of family pictures after this one. By the way people, if you got to this point, I just need to say: ONE DAY, MAKE A COMMENT!!! Apparently about 150 people read this blog each day and usually only one comments. I NEED POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT. I AM A WORDS OF AFFIRMATION TYPE PERSON.
Bon nuit.


  1. hmm some of those hits may be me checking your site multiple times a day, plus using it for a gateway to check other peoples blogs. ;)
    Thank you for sharing about how things are going, it is very sad that this may take 6 months to work through before you are all better. I pray for you to have patience during these weeks and months ahead.

  2. Praying that your foray into hypothyroidism is short-lived and mild. Also praying that your condition doesn't stretch over 4-6 months, but is shorter.

    I'm so glad yo're finding your symptoms more manageable now and that you're sleeping great! And you even hit the football field! (Though I felt a little worried for you too when I read that.)

  3. I'm with Maria as far as the checking your site multiple times a day.
    I appreciate the honesty and vulnerability that you regularly display here. Hopefully it will educate someone who may be going through the same thing one day!
    I cannot imagine how frustrating this must be for you. I pray that you continue to feel better and that things level out quickly.

  4. You played great yesterday - as I said afterwards, I felt like we all had a collective case of the shakes! Perhaps in solidarity? :) We will definitely beat those guys next time.

    Hope you continue to feel better and that being able to anticipate the downward portion of the curve will help manage it. (I am glad you posted all of this because the science nerd in me loves the graphs especially!)



    "Postpartum thyroiditis occurs in 5% to 10% of women after they give birth."

    "25% to 30% of women who have had postpartum thyroiditis will develop permanent hypothyroidism within five years after they deliver."

    "If a woman experiences postpartum thyroiditis in one pregnancy, she is likely to develop it in subsequent pregnancies."


  6. You really want me to comment on the fact that you said you didn't run at all :)
    It was great to see you playing yesterday...even though you made me nervous!
    Let us know what we can do to help you guys through this

  7. i'd take the weight loss part of this illness :)
    glad to hear Koen is sleeping so great for you - hopefully it continues!

  8. okay! I am here! I am reading! I like you!!!! I hope you get better soon!!

    I have another friend with hashimotos thyroiditis. You want me to hook you up? She blogs, too.

    Hang in there


  9. Louise, I follow your blog quite regularly and have been doing so for quite some time. I enjoy very much what you have to say! I love seeing how you take on life, kid's, a husband, work, and still have time to enjoy a game of football. :) Just dropping you a line to say hi and that I'm thinking and praying for you.
    Kimberly Schroeder

  10. Howdy, I'm not sure if I've left a comment before or not but here I am! I don't know how long I've been lurking on your blog but have been for quite a while and I don't remember how I found your blog but definitely through links. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and looking at the pictures you post of your children and the stories you share of them. Thank you for your willingness to share your life, love and laughs with the rest of us bloggers. When you get a chance check out my blog sometime!

  11. I come and go. I enjoy reading about your children, and my nieces... :) I'm not as regular a reader as I used to be as life gets in the way, but I still stop by occasionally to see how you're doing. I really hope you get feeling 100% better soon.

    Take care,