Thursday, September 24, 2009

Do you know your thyroid?

I was talking to my Mom on the phone today (Hi Mom!) and my thyroid came up and I realized I do not think I took my thyroid medicine today. No wonder I am tired, well that and the fact that I have 2 year old twins, a busy 6 year old and a new puppy. I am a huge believer in natural thyroid replacement, I tried synthroid and had a bad reaction. My right eye twitched nonstop, plus synthroid only replaces your T4. Your thyroid also needs T3 and natural thyroid replacement also includes T1 and T2.

I currently will take any natural thyroid that I can get my hands on. There is a major shortage, well that is what they are calling it anyway. The FDA has some sneaky things up their sleeves and it is nearly impossible to get your hands on Armour, Nature-throid and Westhroid. I currently take Nature-throid and love it, I was on Armour previously and loved that till the reformulation. When my TSH is high my hair falls out, my nails break off, I gain weight, have joint pain and major fatigue. All the same symptoms as a lupus flare.

Before I was diagnosed hypothyroid I had no idea what your thyroid does. It pretty much controls different aspects of your whole body. You should regularly check your thyroid to see if it is enlarged. Tilt your head back and run your hands down the front part of your neck on either side. If one side feels enlarged you may have a nodule. Get to know your thyroid, your body depends on it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Puppy Love

Yesterday my husband Scott surprised us with a golden retriever puppy. She is the cutest thing ever and the kids took to her right away. I am so in love, she melts my heart. We have named her Abbey.
For those of you who know me well, you remember my Dalmatian Lacey. My parents gave her to me on Christmas the year I was diagnosed with lupus and had to move home from college to heal. I believe she was a huge part in my recovery. Sadly, we had to put her down after the girls were born as she had cancer. Dogs spread so much love and healing in people's lives. I can not wait to see what joy Abbey brings to ours.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Caught the Bug

I finally caught the bug that is going around. The tummy bug? Oh no, the dreaded swine flu? Nope, the blogging bug. I think I swore a million times that I would not blog, well at least a half a million. Here I stand in the middle of the blogging community. I figure I must have something to write about. Between raising my twingles (twins plus singleton), lupus, and my beloved thyroid, yes world, I am sure I have something to say.... Stay tuned!