We seriously had the BEST vacation last week. We went all in and bought VIP pit passes to Weezer. (How crazy is it that my kids love them too??) We went to Lagoon. Rode all the rides. Played in the water, plunged down water slides and had an awesome day. We had plans to go to Antelope Island and let the kids float in the water...but apparently there's a freaking spider fest in August there. Nope. Nope. Nope. Like...a million spiders? Yeah, I hate seeing ONE SPIDER. I do not need to witness millions of them to complete my bucket list. Just Nope.
While we were gone we also got a call that my daughter's diploma is ready to pick up. How surreal is that? She busted her butt and took a summer college course to finish a year early. I'm so incredibly proud of that kid. She has overcome some serious stuff over the last couple of years and I couldn't be more pleased with how she's coming out of it.
So we're back. We ate a whole lot of crap we shouldn't have and my body is angry. I went in for my CT scan this week finally. The insurance company only approved a portion of it, so we'll just have to deal with that. I have my follow-up appointment with the surgeon on Tuesday to go over the results and see if there are any other lymph nodes acting up in the thorax area.
I've been at a cross-roads with my thyroid health for a couple of years now.
I had an internal battle in 2015. I had just finished reading The Root Cause from Izabella Wentz. (Amazing book - if you have Hashimoto's I highly suggest it.)
I had a decision to make. Do I dive in and find out what's causing this. Go through an elimination diet and try to heal my broken thyroid? Or do I just keep taking the levothyroxine, and hope it keeps me good. Well, I took the lazy path and kept taking my levo. My levels stayed steady for 2 years and I felt okay. This year has changed a bit. With my TSH back over 11, then down to 5 and back up to 7...and my antibodies now floating around in the thousands...it's become apparent that it's time for a change.
I'm not interested in seeing the endocrinologist in Casper again...and I don't have the cash flow to throw at a non-traditional doc that doesn't accept insurance. "(Kids and college or something like that), so I think I'll dive in and stop being lazy with my health.
Here's a few interesting facts about Hashimoto's.
Unfortunately it's not as cool as it sounds.
**Hashimoto's is the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S and synthetic thyroid hormones have topped the national drug best seller lists for the last 3 years. Don't you think that should alert someone that something is seriously wrong with us? Rather than prescribing this drug to everyone, why don't we try and figure out what the freck is going on?
Hashimoto's isn't just a thyroid problem, if you have it , your immune system recognizes your thyroid as a foreign invader, a bacteria and it attacks it slowly over time, until it doesn't work anymore.
We've been getting ready to start a 'thyroid healthy' diet we found online a bit ago. As we're about to start this (we actually did start it this morning) I came across another study in my research that talks about certain veggies you should avoid if you have thyroid problems. Guess what? They're all used in abundance in the diet we're about to start. Frustrating, right? I'm talking things like spinach. Seriously? Spinach can affect my thyroid? Screw this. Also sweet potatoes, peaches, and strawberries. (So far cherries seem safe though thank god).
I remember now why I threw my hands up in the air a few years ago and decided I was done with this rabbit hole.
You know what would be super cool? If all the health officials could get their shit together and publish something that didn't confuse us poor humans. :p
I'm not ready to give up though. Not yet.
If I have to eat salads with iceberg lettuce and Brazil nuts for the rest of my life, I will get my antibodies down and I will feel better. :D
Work wise, we're getting ready for a few shows this fall.
My all-time favorite is Funky Junk. Fall 2018 Funky Junk is September 15th.
There will be about 70 amazing vendors with all hand-made amazing things.
Live music, good food, beer and of coarse, us. (That's the amazing people part).
So if you're local, or even sorta local, plan on September 15th in Casper. You won't regret it.
We have oodles of new stuff in the works and we're gearing up for Christmas too. That seems a bit ridiculous, I know, but we have so much to prep and have on hand. We practically LIVE in the basement from November to January.
Off to finish cleaning the house. It's a bit of mess after coming back from vacation and I need some positive energy flow in here!
Have a good rest of your weekend!