mightyjesse: (Default)
( Nov. 21st, 2008 03:21 pm)
Yay! Due in part to my fancy diet/exercise program, my weight is back down to 155. And that was before I got a call from the Dr.'s office. My TSH was at 10 with the normal range being .5 to 5, so they're increasing my dosage of Levothyroxin. (I'm happy that the weight gain wasn't my fault, but even more pleased that I didn't wait around for the doctor to do something about it. The competence of the doctor's office is currently in question as will be borne out by the rest of this entry.) I am NOT pleased by the fact that there was some screw-up at my endocrinologist's office wherein they forgot reducing my dosage to 75 mcg/day back in September, so their initial new dose was 125 mcg/day...

That would have made me BALD. THEY were the ones who said 100 mcg/day was TOO MUCH in the first place. 125 mcg would have been WAY TOO MUCH. I made the nurse go back and recalculate with ALL the data points. So now I'm to take 100 mcg/day 6 days/week with no pills on the 7th day. Hopefully that'll put me at a happy, non-itchy level of thyroid hormone. Hopefully it'll also help me take off some of the extra weight I've acquired over the past 2 years of this nonsense.

I shall endeavor to maintain my new exercise and eating regime and hope that better health ensues. I'm just glad that I'm NOT the hypochondriac they were acting like I was.
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( Sep. 23rd, 2008 11:47 am)
Well, I used up all the yellow I had and it looks like I have maybe 5 yards of yellow. Maybe only 4.5. I started un-making a partial sweater I had begun making with wool donated to me by a colleague, and weaving just a straight pattern of reversing twill, with it in order to finish off the remaining warp. It looks kinda neat. I'll probably end up with two yards or so of this white and black twill. Maybe I'll have enough to make a carry-all bag out of it or some trim for another garment. I had a rough morning, so I didn't get a chance to take any pictures yet. Hopefully tonight before I go over to [profile] eithni's house, I'll finish all the weaving and de-loom the project... Then I'll have to decide whether or not I cut the project into a white section and a yellow section before washing it, or if I just wash it all together.

See, the yellow wool felt kinda sticky as I was spinning it, so I suspect that there's rather a lot of dye left in it. My intention was to wash it with Retayne after de-looming, but now that I've added the white bit, I'm trying to decide whether I should let the white bits possibly pick up some yellow from the yellow bits as they full, or whether I'm better of separating the two and keeping the white bits white and the yellow bits yellow.

The other factor here is that the white wool is totally natural. Like, I've got pictures of the donor sheep. (Rudy and Peaches. Rudy is stinkier than Peaches, in case anyone was wondering.) Whereas, the yellow is what we call "superwash." It's been treated in an acid bath to remove all the barbs from the wool, thus preventing felting/shrinking when washed. With that in mind, it's probable that I'll end up with totally different rates of shrinkage when I wash... So... I'll probaby have to cut the pieces apart anyway, but the question is, do I wash them together or not?

During work hours, when I've been bored, I've done a little puttering on Amazon.com and started updating my wish list. Mostly books on weaving and period textiles. It's been a while since I worked on anything other than my electronic library, but evidently craft books aren't popular in electronic format.

Tomorrow, since fighter practice is cancelled, I'm thinking about going over to Lakeside Fibers after work. They are open until 8:00 PM on Wednesdays. Anyone want to come with me?

Last but not least, my doctor just called about the blood tests I had done two weeks ago. Evidently, I've slipped into the "hyperthyroid" range of "overmedicated." (TSH is .12) So now I have to start splitting one of my pills in half every morning. Down to 75 mcg/day, and blood tests again in another two months. Someone remind me to get my blood tests redone on November 23? Maybe [livejournal.com profile] fencert and I can do lunch again. ..
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( Jun. 23rd, 2008 11:10 am)
There's a retarded man at the front of the bus, yanking the "next stop" chain and screaming that he's going to spit on people if they don't stop trying to push him around... Only problem being that no one has spoken to him or touched him since he got on the bus. I think we're all hoping that his imaginary tormentor doesn't sit down next to any of us.... Fortunately for me I chose to sit at the back of the bus, as usual, and I don't think he can spit this far.

More boring symptom rambling. )
... OK... so on my fancy new meds for 2 days and suddenly I have the following symptoms:
  • metallic after taste
  • tender chesticles
  • A MOTHER F*CKING GOITER. (I'm wracking my brain for the name of the one friend I had in grade school who became obsessed with goiters after we read "To Kill A Mockingbird." I could be his hero for a day.)
  • head ache
  • I woke up naturally after 5.5 hours sleep and felt rested.
  • Liquid purge/dry mouth. I have lost 5 lbs since yesterday. Apparently water weight.

While I am adventurous and as willing to experiment with my own body as the next gen-X drug culture child, the swelled out flesh-bow-tie on my neck freaked me out. I called my doctor and he told me to discontinue the Levothyroxine immediately. I have another doctor's appointment for this Tuesday. I am probably going to try to get him to prescribe Armor or some other T3 supplement in a 98/2 ratio between T4/T3. Until then I'm going to be busy reading and reading and reading all I can about this subject.

I have a feeling that this saga will be ongoing so I will likely create a filter for those who want to be kept up-to-date on my hormonal malfunction and those who want to opt out of Medical TMI Land can do so with no hard feelings. If you want to opt out, just leave me a comment with "opt out" in it and I'll keep you off the list. Comments on this post are screened.


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