Hypothyroid

  • Jogging Thoughts: What Could Have Been With Medicine

    Jogging Thoughts: What Could Have Been With Medicine

    Sometimes I wonder what kind of teacher I could have been had I been properly medicated for my thyroid issue. I don’t think I would have exactly been Jaime Escalante, but still. I think I could have been a lot more fun… or perhaps a lot less secretly miserable.

  • Happy Surprise: I AM SUDDENLY OKAY TODAY (?!)

    Happy Surprise: I AM SUDDENLY OKAY TODAY (?!)

    Two days ago, I wrote a frustrated blog post at like 4 a.m. about how absolutely terrible and awful I felt. It was nothing out of the ordinary, just a vent because that’s what happens every time I lift a delicate little weight. Sarah cast “CURE”! Today, I feel like the health fairy sprinkled magic […]

  • Why Planning Ahead is Hard with an Autoimmune Condition

    Why Planning Ahead is Hard with an Autoimmune Condition

    I realize today why I hate making plans: I never know how I will feel in the future. I never know if I will have to cancel, or if I will have grit my teeth and force myself through it in the name of being a good friend, a good daughter, a good ally, a good person. Only to collapse after.

  • The Five Health Rules of Hashimoto’s

    The Five Health Rules of Hashimoto’s

    There are five rules you should super duper follow if you have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Let’s learn why.

  • Favorite Toys & First Memories

    Favorite Toys & First Memories

    Today’s bloganuary post (“What was your favorite toy as a child?”) ties into something I’ve been tossing around in my heart — the concept of first memories and their impact on you and relationships. In my first memory, I was clutching my favorite toy, a stuffed puppy, and screaming for my mother. I was somewhere […]

  • Exercising with Hypothyroidism: My Reality is Not My “Excuse”

    Exercising with Hypothyroidism: My Reality is Not My “Excuse”

    “Tired? Aren’t you jazzed and energized from all that dancing?” she asked, since she’d seen me clumsily bouncing and spinning in a tired circle through the front window. “Exercise always gets me going!” I laughed in reply; I have had this conversation more times and with more people than I can count.

  • Thyroid Misdiagnosis: How I (Eventually) Got Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

    Thyroid Misdiagnosis: How I (Eventually) Got Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

    “Hmm, it looks like your Hashimoto’s antibodies are still high.” “Wait–I have Hashimoto’s?” I demanded. “I thought I just had hypothyroidism!” “Oh, yes. You have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.” He then continued talking, like he hadn’t just dropped the bomb that I had an autoimmune disease.

  • In Defense of Carb-Heavy Fruits and Vegetables: Thyroid Heart Health

    In Defense of Carb-Heavy Fruits and Vegetables: Thyroid Heart Health

    I’ve been (unsurprisingly) thinking a lot these days about health. Pandemic aside, my thyroid meds have needed to be adjusted again (hurray for Hashimotos!) — and as I’ve been learning more about my manageable-but-irritating-permanent companion, it’s led me to question more in-depth some of the passive beliefs that have been hammered into my skull over […]

  • Hypothyroid: One Year(ish) After Starting Treatment

    Hypothyroid: One Year(ish) After Starting Treatment

    Well, this malady definitely has its ups and downs. It’s lovely that there is such a quick fix for it in the form of a little pill, unlike many other maladies that could befall me, but man do I wish my body would pick a lane. I’m still feeling significantly better than before, but my […]

  • 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.

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