One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 11: Cool Evening Walk

August 14, 2016 This evening’s walk was as sweet as candy.  Cooler air invited me to try again, my bones asking for it while the heat subsided.  What a nice night to savor a push of the stroller through the neighborhood.  I am celebrating a 1.5 mile walk! My husband asked me to carry my …

Continue reading "One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 11: Cool Evening Walk"

One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 9: You against you.

Competition.  For some of us this comes quite naturally.  Take my eldest son, for example. He was the firstborn and fights to retain his title as the biggest, fastest or smartest.  This is unnecessary, of course, as he’ll never lose that special privilege of being our oldest child, God bless him.  Somehow, though, competition is embedded …

Continue reading "One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 9: You against you."

One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 8: Take a lesson from her

Her slightly nasal Brooklyn accent is exaggerated when she’s cross. “Eleven feet short?  I could understand eleven inches, but eleven feet?!”  Philan had ordered carpet to be laid in the basement of her home (and she also agreed to let me share her story here).  The installation was scheduled in advance of having company stay overnight, and …

Continue reading "One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 8: Take a lesson from her"

One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 7: Racing heart

Total length of time on 125 mg of Levothyroxine: 19 days. This morning was the very first time I woke up with my heart racing.  I am curious if this will be a repeating event or just a blip as my body adjusts to the medication. The nurse did warn me to watch for heart palpitations.  Prior …

Continue reading "One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 7: Racing heart"

One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 6: Inflamed

“Hon, let’s put on a video and I’ll rub your neck,” my husband invited me.  A big smile crossed my face.  It was the best thing I’ve heard all week.  That sounds great! The past 9 days have been at a breakneck pace of nonstop activity.  There was the overnight stay at a wilderness lodge with friends …

Continue reading "One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 6: Inflamed"

One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 5: Making the most of it.

  Summertime adventures can heighten our children’s excitement.  Stepping into their shoes, I can vividly remember the same restless anticipation of a family trip.  Our destination, come August, was always to the shore.  The four of us. As an auburn haired little girl I wore sundresses and jelly shoes. A multicolored blinking sun visor that we bought on …

Continue reading "One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 5: Making the most of it."

One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 4: Good day

Packing for a cross-Atlantic trip with a  5-month stay in the United Kingdom took some thought.  What does a single 21 year old, young lady need on a trip to another country?  Length of stay was about 150 days.  Toothbrush.  check.  Pajamas.  check.  (At that point in college I don’t think I was using a razor much.)  Leave …

Continue reading "One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 4: Good day"

One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 3: Reclaiming the magic

Can that time really be 6 years ago?  Look at her, she’s a sweet treasure to me.  What a joy to my heart.  My kids are an eternal blessing. That was the very last time I felt truly healthy and comfortable in my own body, captured in that photograph.  I had been working with my …

Continue reading "One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 3: Reclaiming the magic"

One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 2: What’s that?

  “I have Hiroshima,” she said.  My eyes squinted effortlessly as the corners of my mouth rounded with a slow cheeky smile.  “No, Mom, we have Hashimoto’s.  It’s totally different!”  Laughter bubbled out, I couldn’t help it any longer.  This may have been the 3rd time she struggled to spit out the name.  I might …

Continue reading "One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 2: What’s that?"

One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 1: began on July 21, 2016

Over and over I stalked down any scent on the trail to a diagnosis.  Days and months and years of sniffing along lab work and symptom lists.  Scratching at my own medical records and requested doctor’s notes.  The most recent malady being intense joint pain, tendonitis & bursitis in both knees that halted my workout …

Continue reading "One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 1: began on July 21, 2016"