Thursday, July 24, 2014

Health update - post doctor visit!

The swelling has dissipated mostly. I only swell a little bit. My doctor switched me from the generic meds to the name brand Synthroid. It is scary to me taking a daily medicine. I have never used birth control or anything daily outside of Malarone when I was in Malawi...and I forgot how much I hate taking meds every day. I haven't forgotten yet, but this morning I am sick and I forgot to take it before eating. Hopefully, I won't be too jacked up from taking it with food. Oh well, trial and error.
I was able to go for a run on Tuesday and it made me feel SO MUCH BETTER. Running is my release and calm. I missed it. I hadn't been able to go for about 3 weeks because the generic meds made me fatigued - I was exhausted every night coming home from work. I have a cold and sore throat right now so I am taking a break to make sure I don't over tax my body. Lots of changes going on.
My appetite has decreased significantly. I can go most of the day without eating if I don't think of it. I don't get hangry anymore either. Doug is very appreciative of that. 
Now that the swelling is mostly done, I am going to get back into the gym and start running again. I've missed it! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Health stuff

I just recently got diagnosed with "exercise induced asthma" and then got a big kicker of a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism runs in my family. I got an inhaler and then got the call from my pharmacy saying oh hey, your prescriptions here and THEN a call from the doc's office saying I have hypothyroidism and she put in for my prescription already.
I don't know too much about hypothyroidism. It essentially means that my body is not producing enough hormones- and I fit into most of the Mayo Clinic's symptom descriptions. So that is somewhat of a relief. However, since I started taking the medication for it, I have been exhausted. So tired I don't know what to do with myself except lay in bed until I fall asleep at 9pm reading or watching FRIENDS. I don't have any motivation to go work out. And I recently developed edema - ONLY after I take the medicine. It's not painful and I still fit in my sandals on the loosest belt but I can't wear flats or heels to work anymore because about 1.5 hours after I take my meds, my feet are too big to fit in my shoes. I have an appointment today to see what's going on and if that is normal or not.
Send some good thoughts my way!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NOLA Photos! :)

The view through the iron balcony 
Cool doorknob

Pretty streetview

Balcony garden

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Grand Opening

Lovely lifelong friend Emily - first female orchestral member in NOJO!

Doug and I at Cafe du Monde
Doug and I at Jackson Square

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I just CAN'T

read about sexual assault or rape anymore. It hurts to read ignorance and low reporting numbers. It is heartbreaking to hear about survivors not getting respect and justice. I had immediate reactions and help when I came to terms with my own rape, so it is heartbreaking to read about students like Butters at JMU who got little assistance, no justice and on top of that, lost her scholarship and was forced to drop out of school.
But I can't read anymore. I can't see the comments (and who can help but read them) and not getting angry and frustrated. So much ignorance. So much trolling. And while I agree that trolls are trolls, this might be one of a few topics that should be off limits for trolls. It is not funny to victim blame or shame. It isn't funny to comment about how she shouldn't have been dressed like that or drunk.
Fuck that.