australia day

One of my favourite public holidays is Australia Day.

I found this pic brought out by Vegemite, one of my most favourite foods!  Loving Vegemite and Australia, I thought this was an awesome pic.

austday

I didnt achieve much on the day (bf was working), but the weather was perfect and I chilled out with the kitties at home for most of the day.

I did have to get up early and pick my car up from a service.  I took it in yesterday and bf dropped me home and dropped me there again to pick it up.  Bless him!

After that I had to go and have blood tests for many different things and a breath test.

My usual doctor is away on holidays until mid March!  What a life!

So there is a temp doctor there and I mentioned some of my issues, eg. anti depressants, regular fatigue (which has improved a little since taking the thyroid meds), my regular stomach issues that I have had for yeeears, but learned to live with them.

He suggested getting blood tests for various things and a breath test to see if I have a bacteria or something in my stomach.  I was surprised and very pleased when he suggested the tests, as neither of the two doctors I see ever suggested this.

SO, after that I went home and chilled with the kitties. One of my most favourite things to do.  🙂

Later in the day bf and I went to fencing and then went home to chill some more, as we had a few things on the next day (Sunday).

so far

Well this week is my first week back at work and am acting in my new position as Tier 2 Technology Team Leader.

It is going to be a challenge to get the two boys in that area to be a little more enthused about work and change, but I guess that’s all part of being a Team Leader.

The thyroid drugs the doctor gave me at the end of 2012 seem to be helping my energy levels.

I have had to go from 50mg t0 150mg.

It is SO GREAT to not be tired all the time!  I can wake up easily in the morning and dont need to nap as often after work.

I have only been on the new dosage for about 1 – 2 weeks, so will have to see if it continues to help.

When I first started taking 50mg it was good for about a week and then “nothing”, so upped it to 100mg, which last for about a week or two, so now have to see if 150mg will continue to help.

I have so much more energy and I talk more and sometimes cant keep still.  🙂

I hope your year is going well so far.  I know it isnt for some, so really hope that it turns around for you soon.

low thyroid

I started to read a book on Food & Mood and have ready other information on the internet re low thyroid.

I have had my levels checked and it is in the “average” range.

Where does this range come from?

What is the range?

When did doctors last update these levels?, as these “average” levels do not work for a large portion of the population.

Can they revisit these levels and see that they are not suitable for a lot of people?

If your levels are in the “average” range and you still have all the symptoms, do doctors not investigate further or realise that these levels dont work for everything and try you on a course of medication to see if it helps?

I talked to my doctor about my thyroid levels and asked him if I could try a course of medication to see if it helps, as I dont think the “average” levels are for everyone.  So he has given me a lose dose medication to try.

He said it cant hurt, as a lot of women as their doctors for the medication to lose weight.  (I didnt know that).

I guess it fastens their metabolism and helps them lose weight???  I havent lost any weight yet, but that was not my purpose, I just want to have energy like everyone else, as all I do around work is sleep.  Losing a little bit of weight would be a bonus though!

I have been on them for 1.5 weeks and this week I am finding it easier to get up in the morning,  not needing to nap for 2 – 3 hours after work, sleeping better and am more alert during the day and it hasnt even been 2 weeks!

I know it takes about 1 month for it to take full effect, so here’s hoping that the way Im feeling improves and remains.

AND Ive even done three blogs this week!!! and read some as well!!!

Watch this space…