The year so far

In January, the manufacturer of my thyroid medicine had a shortage. Though the replacement I had was supposed to be the exact same, my body didn’t react to it well. I was exhausted, all the time. Would force myself to stay up until 10 PM, then would struggle to wake up at 7 AM, which is not like me at all. Plus, I started getting exhaustion colds, once a month, where I can’t do anything but sleep for a couple of days, with very mild cold symptoms.

When I had my blood work done (as I do, twice a year) my numbers were all over the chart — T3 went from .092 to .882, T4 was down 50 points. Fortunately the manufacturer is back in business, and I’m back on the old thyroid medicine, and I’m no longer exhausted.

That lasted from January to May.

At the end of April I injured my shoulder/neck/ribs. For over a month I had pain on a regular basis. Typing hurt. Dreaded getting up every morning because moving from horizontal to vertical resulted in stabbing pain.

I’m finally just about over that. My shoulder is mostly well. There are exercises my bodyworker had me doing that are finally feeling right, the muscles are moving correctly. I also have a lot more range of motion. I figure I’m about 95% well.

So what happened next? I came down with a cold. Only natural — I’d been under a lot of stress and I was finally mostly well so of course, I got sick.

Only the cold was just the first step. It moved into my chest, then it got bad. I wheezed and creaked when I breathed. (Still do.) Went to the clinic — mostly bronchial stuff but one spot on my lungs that makes it atypical walking pneumonia.

I’m on heavy duty antibiotics and an inhaler. Taking lots of OTC stuff for managing my symptoms as well.

I find it interesting that I can still play sudoku, which is merely logic, but not solitaire, which requires me to *notice* things. Reading is kind of out of the question — I manage a page or so, then I have to put it down. I’ve been able to listen to a bit more of an audiobook, however, I tire easily. I can’t knit anything complicated. Even simple things require a lot of attention. You don’t want to know how long it took me to type this up.

I figure since all that has happened in the first half of the year, for the rest of the year, I’m going to be healthy and well, right?

Comments (14)

  1. Take care of yourself, please. It may be many miles and days gone by, but I would not like to worry.

    • I am taking care of myself. And I live in a community, with lots of neighbors and friends who are also able and willing to help. Plus I’m privileged to have health care and be able to afford the good drugs. As well as modern day wonders such as home grocery delivery. So no need to worry too much. I am bored with being sick, but too sick to push.

  2. Oh wow. Here’s wishing you health and wellness!

    It feels like we should be so far beyond a person’s well-being being dependent on a manufacturing process, doesn’t it? It’s humbling to be reminded that we aren’t.

    • Thanks.

      Though I know other people don’t believe me, it’s why for some OTC medications I get name brands. There are some that I don’t have to (acetaminophen for example.) But for congestion, *only* the name brand actually works for me, even though it’s supposedly the exact same ingredients as the generic.

  3. Oy.

    I’m sorry it’s been so miserable. I hope the rest of the year makes up for it. Good luck with everything.

  4. Sounds like a rough start to the year. My health has been fine, but it’s taken me the first six months of 2010 to get my credit card paid off– again.

    • Ouch. Good luck with the money stuff! Which honestly is just as hard, if not more so, than the health stuff.

  5. You have my complete, total sympathies. I really hope you feel better soon.

    Also…. I had the same thyroid med situation you did. Huh. Wonder if THAT’S why I’ve felt draggy all spring.

    • It really might be. I take Armor (sp?) thyroid. Though I switched to one that was compounded, so supposedly superior ingredients, at the right balance, it just wasn’t the same. I had guessed early on that it was my thyroid causing my exhaustion, and I was happy that the blood work backed me up. (I get blood work done twice a year, and once we got the right prescription, the numbers stayed the same, within a point or two, year after year. To have such a huge change was a clear indication that Something Was Wrong, even if we’re dealing with minute amounts of chemicals.)

      I’d recommend getting blood work done to see if that’s the problem. Exhaustion isn’t fun at all. Nor is it normal.

  6. I’m so sorry this has been a bad year for you health-wise. I hope you’re going to be able to make up for that by having outstanding health for the rest of the year.

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