• Cheers to 2018: Year of the Dog and Love

    Cheers to 2018: Year of the Dog and Love

    Oh, 2018: Words can do you no justice, and yet still I try! What started as an astoundingly dismal, uncertain year quickly blossomed into the greatest love story (so beautiful that I frequently blink back the pinprick of happy tears) that I have ever known. And I’ve read a lot of trashy romance novels. I started 2018 […]

  • Hypothyroidism: Month Three

    Hypothyroidism: Month Three

    The fun part about this condition is when my meds get upped. Three months later, I’m still likely on too low a dose; I’ll feel GREAT for about a week, and then start to get tired. My feet start to crack and get gross and crusty again. I’ll wake up like clockwork in the morning, and then start to struggle. So, here I am: dose has been upped again, 75 mcg of levothyroxine. Third time’s a charm!

  • Hypothyroid: One Month Since Starting T4-Only Treatment

    Hypothyroid: One Month Since Starting T4-Only Treatment

    This little T4 pill feels magical. Sure, I’m still tired in the mornings and do seem to still have less energy than everyone else (might just need a higher dose), but I am functional. I am functional. I am not broken. <3 It's a touch rough, not being able to eat or drink anything of substance for an hour after taking my pill, but the benefits SO outweigh the drawbacks.

  • Hypothyroidism – First Week Taking T4-Only Medication (Levothyroxine)

    Hypothyroidism – First Week Taking T4-Only Medication (Levothyroxine)

    It’s been five days since I started taking levothyroxine, a synthetic version of the T4 hormone my body is not producing nearly enough of. Verdict? It is DEFINITELY making a difference. Getting up in the morning has become a choice. I wake up, and though I am still sleepy, I am not groggy. The best thing? I feel like a person again.

  • Hypothyroidism Diagnosis: It’s actually not you all, it’s ME!

    Hypothyroidism Diagnosis: It’s actually not you all, it’s ME!

    A few weeks back, I was in a rather unpleasant car accident. It turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me; I’d told my doctor I was fine after the car accident, no lasting damage, nothing else to report. But my blood tests said otherwise; I have lived with fatigue for so long, it just feels normal. This exhaustion-monster that’s stolen so much of my life has a name: it’s hypothyroidism.

  • Follow your feet home again.

    Follow your feet home again.

    I love to wander. Drop me into a strange city, and I’ll take great joy in wandering the streets, lost but enthralled. You find the most magical places that way; from a cozy Scottish tea cafe to a secluded rocky oasis next to the roaring sea, this is how my favorite memories are made.

  • Leash Courtesy

    Leash Courtesy

    My boyfriend and I were hanging out on a patio at a brewery when a guy let his dog off-leash in the sitting area. Which would be fine.. except our dog wasn’t happy with the other dog incessantly harassing her and was starting to get surly with the other dog. She’s never bitten another dog, […]

  • A Comparison: Tears

    I compare between teaching and my new career the number of times I’d cried by this point in the year. I then find myself in starry-eyed awe; the ever-widening gap between those numbers tells me I’ve made the right decision.