December 4, 2010

what the Dr said

I spent about an hour with the ENDO on Dec 2 and he was so nice and very thorough! After reviewing my charts, taking a more detailed family history and asking me lots of questions about my symptoms that the other DRs have ignored when I was telling them my issues, he did a physical and began to explain everything.

He explained I have 2 masses (nodules) on my thyroid and that can be normal as it is a lumpy and bumpy tissue at best. However, 1 nodule is 9 mm and the "do something about it" size is 10 mm/1 cm. He wants to ultrasound the area again in 4 months and if there is change he will remove the nodules. The other nodule is only 4 mm and nothing to worry about. He gives the chance this is cancer at 10% and again he is NOT WORRIED.

The issue I have with swallowing and feeling like a pill is suck in my throat is not related to the thyroid. He explained the muscles under my jaw have spasmed like some people's lower back or neck and shoulders from tension. He suggested massage :) I knew I liked him!

My hormones are going nuts causing acne and hair growth like a man's. He is not sure why since my blood work showed normal levels of testosterone and female hormones. It is not an area of hormone troubles he deals with so I am to ask the OBGYN. Hubby plans to make that trip with me on Dec 17 so that I will not be pushed off like I have been.

He believes my main issue is my adrenal glands. I have all the signs except for the illness recovery (probably since I take herbs at the first sign of sickness)
You may have Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome if you are experiencing some of these symptoms:

  • Fatigue, lethargy:
  • Lack of energy in the mornings, and also in the afternoon between 3 and 5 pm. Often feel tired between 9 and 10 pm, but resist going to bed.
  • Lightheadedness (including dizziness and fainting) when rising from a sitting or laying-down position.
  • Lowered blood pressure and blood sugar.
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering (brain fog).
  • Consistently feeling unwell or difficulty recovering from infections.
  • Craving either salty or sugary foods to keep going.
  • Unexplained hair loss.
  • Nausea.
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea.
  • Mild depression.
  • Decreased sex drive.
  • Sleep difficulties.
  • Unexplained pain in the upper back or neck.
  • Increased symptoms of PMS for women – periods are heavy and then stop (or almost stop) on the 4th day, only to start flow again on the 5th or 6th day.
  • Tendency to gain weight and inability to lose it – especially around the waist.
  • High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases – plus a tendency for them to last longer than usual.
All of these symptoms might be caused by an inability of your body to produce enough cortisol – the root cause of adrenal fatigue syndrome

In my physical exam he thought he may have felt something like a tumor on the adrenal gland (kidney area). He ordered a test using high powered steroids for that night with blood work in the morning. The results will tell us if there is a tumor which will require surgery. I should hear back on the test results in about a week or when I go back for my other DR visits.

He is all for finding out why I feel so bad and getting me back to normal! I am glad to have found a DR willing to listen and not just assume I am making it up or it is from my tubal ligation reversal. Also happy this DR was PRO reversal and babies. Another plus in my book :) 

Of course I am off the the health food store just as soon as they open on Monday for some adrenal support herbs and cancer fighting B12 and apricot pits. More abdominal surgery is not on my list for the end of the year.


November 30, 2010

on my mind and heart tonight

if one is not being blessed by God with what He calls "blessings"
then are you cursed?

My heart hurts so much tonight for the want of a blessing in my arms.
It has been almost 1 year since I was suprised with a pregnancy that ended too soon.
Add to that the 1 yr anniversary of our loss it is also my 2 yr post-op anniversary (in Feb)
DOUBLE KICK to the ovaries and heart!
 I sit here waiting for a DR appointment in 2 days (Dec 2) that could answer
WHY my body doesn't work right
IF cancer is causing it.
everything I can find online and talking to health gurus says it probably is.
TOTALLY treatable normally but still scary as all get out

Tears are burning my eyes so I am going to bed. Oldest daughter broke her big toe this weekend and tomorrow is her re-check with her PCP and Bub is sick. No time in this house for emotional mommies.

Only my trust and faith in God will get me through this

We saw the DR today and oldest broke a chip off her big toe bone but missed breaking the growth plate!
Dr said nothing to be done except to change how ER had us wrapping the toe.. now we are applying direct pressure to the chip to get it to reattach. DR heard Bub was sick so he pulled his chart...
Bub has a mild case "Whooping  Cough" :(
it was to be expected since he is allergic to the DTaP shot and unvaxed (with DR's consent)

our first Hanukka starts tomorrow night :)

So I am making a list of links to use until a book I ordered gets here.

Hanukkah Blessings

We ordered  "Light in the Darkness Hanukkah and the Disciples of Yeshua" a First Fruits of Zion Anthology from (Estimated delivery date of Dec 4-30! UGH!)  Picked up the candles yesterday at Hallmark Cards. Bought some Kosher chocolate coins win playing Dreilel. Yesterday I started our book collection for the children with 3 Hanukkah children illustrated books.

This is our first year to not "do" Christmas. We gave up Santa a few years ago but kept up with the tree trimming, gifts, carols, and going all Chevy Chase with outside lighting. We are not trying to "become Jews" (though I *am* Jewish by heritage... 2nd generation American after my father's family fled the Nazis in Sweden) We are just trying to lose the "traditions of man" and follow the traditions of God by giving up our pagan ways. Jesus celebrated Hanukkah so we thought it might be nice to add it to our traditions.

November 28, 2010

karate night pics by Mamaw

warm ups

Peanut showing off

Bub in his "Little Kicks" class

Peanut instructing Bub on punches

Princess doing kicks


practicing jump kicks for the first time


great air time  esp remembering that Hubby is 6 ft 9 in!

Bible study time

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