: tick, tick, tick :

Guess what. My thyroid is still hyperactive, do you believe that? Even after I swallowed a tiny atomic bomb, my stoopid thyroid gland continues to squirt out enough hormones to flood my system and yours, too, probably. How can that be?

I got a certificate of radioactivity and everything, that should have thrown a wrench in the works. But, no, it’s ticking along like nobody’s business. What is this thing? A Timex? The Energizer Bunny? A cockroach?

I’ll be honest, I’m deeply and hopelessly discouraged.

This has been ongoing now for five long, frustrating months with no clear end in sight. The endocrinologist intends to wait another two months, then do another round of blood tests and see where things stand. That’s their solution — more waiting and more blood tests. Impressed with the medical community I’m not.

It will take a moment to recover from this setback, you know? Right now I need an attitude adjustment, but I’ll settle for a jug of daiquiris. Anyone care to join me?

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30 Responses to “: tick, tick, tick :”

  1. Roly

    That sucks! Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do other than to accommodate the dreadful disruptions to normality and try to adjust and work around the problem. They don’t seem to be going anywhere too soon.

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    • publikworks

      They don’t, do they? Oh, well, at least it’s summer — nothing looks as bad when the birds are singing and a warm breeze is blowing. So I’ll try to focus on that when I get frustrated. Thanks for being the voice of reason again. You’re a good guy, Roly

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  2. John

    This stinks. My mother suffered with this many years ago, a solution was eventually discovered for her specific condition. I encourage you to keep positive. Perhaps another opinion? There is a solution. Have a great day!

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    • publikworks

      There is, John, but until my thyroid stops working there’s nothing that can be done. That’s the frustrating part. So I’ll just wait it out the best I can — it’s frustrating more than anything.

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    • publikworks

      Hi, David! My other option at this point is another ablation — the pill with radioactive iodine. I’m not terribly anxious to do that again. I really would glow in the dark this time. Yeee : 0

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  3. Worrywart

    Sorry to hear that. Maybe while you are waiting, you can get a second opinion?

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    • publikworks

      Hi, worrywart, how have you been? I just have a very stubborn thyroid with a mind of it’s own — one that refuses to go down without a fight. Somehow that doesn’t surprise me. The fewer doctors I have to deal with, the happier I’ll be, so I’ll wait this out and hope for the best. : |

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  4. Fish Out of Water

    I have the opposite problem. I don’t have anymore thyroid function. Perhaps we could rub foreheads and I could take some of your hormones. tee-hee

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    • publikworks

      Oh, let’s do. I don’t know which is worse, Fish, underactive or overactive. They’re both a pain, I think!

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        • publikworks

          Either way is miserable, I’m sure. Once they get it under control I hope life gets easier. Yours did, didn’t it?

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        • Fish Out of Water

          Yeah, it took about 6 months, but I’m finally normal. Well, normal is a subjective term, but all my bloodwork is good. I really hope you get a remedy soon.

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    • publikworks

      Hi, rosegram, I’ll have to look into that. I have no idea if there is a holistic option to slow down a hyperactive thyroid. Thanks, I hadn’t thought of that!

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  5. ceciliag

    Eat only fresh food and drink lots of spinach daquiries as morning smoothies,,and pour in the water before you get out of bed in the morning, as much as you can fit…shower out your insides! that is what i think! .. there is power in food and water . boot the doc .. find another one. I am with the second opinion too.. and keep writing, we will keep reading.. we can be you cyber support team! c

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    • publikworks

      How do I make a spinach daiquiri, celi? Do I need a blender?

      I can definitely do the water thing, I’ve been trying to do that, anyway. But I can do a lot better, I’m sure. In fact, I’ll start today.

      My doctor options are kind of limited because of my health insurance, you know? She’s good at what she does, it’s just that my thyroid is refusing to give up without a fight. I understand that — even admire it a little, but it still honks me off : [

      Thanks for sticking with me!

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  6. Lenore Diane

    I like what Ceciliag wrote. Would changing your diet help? Have you already tried that route?
    What a big fat DRAG!!!
    I am glad you’re writing, Lisa. I tend to shut down and retreat when the news bums me. I hope you will continue to find the humor. Perhaps after a few daiquiris the humor will flow freely.
    Keep swimming, Lisa. Keep swimming!

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    • publikworks

      Hi, LD. It is a big fat drag, that’s a perfect description!

      And I like what ceciliag wrote, too, she knows what she’s talking about. While I haven’t tried changing my diet — which is pretty much based on three food groups: sugar, caffeine, and salt — I should certainly consider doing just that.

      Thanks for the encouragement, Lenore. I’ll keep swimming, at least I know how to do that : )

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    • publikworks

      I’ve tried that; threats, too. No dice. I’m just going to forget about it and go on about my business. How are things with you now that you’re on vacation, nc?

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      • nevercontrary

        Pretty good. Except I spend my vacation in grad school eight hours a day. I could with some cooler weather. I’ll send my heat up your way.

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        • publikworks

          Yay! I’ve wanted to turn the heat on every night this week; it was down in the low 50s — that’s friggin’ cold.

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  7. Angie Z.

    I am so, so sorry to hear this, Lisa. I keep thinking of that song “….but the cat came back the very next day…they thought he was a goner but the cat came back…” In case it’s not clear, your thyroid is the cat. Apparently the scrappy feral kind.

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  8. Susan

    Along with diet, try something that may calm your mind. If not meditation, try simple, repetitive tasks. Like knitting or crochet. A toy piano. Jigsaw puzzles, maybe (they are my idea of hell). I’m a horrible klutz and have errant hands, but I knit. Keeps me from strangling people in the grocery store.

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    • publikworks

      To distract my little mind, I’ve been reading like there’s no tomorrow. So far, so good, Susan. I haven’t honked anyone off or thrown any punches — two good signs : )

      Next time you go grocery shopping, can I come along? You sound like fun.

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  9. Lenore Diane

    Just checking on you …. your latest comment said you were reading reading reading. (Or something like that.) Are you reading good books? Hope you are well, and I hope you like what you’re reading. :)

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    • publikworks

      Aw, Lenore, you’re the best. You really are. When I get rich I’m going to buy Ben & Jerry and give them to you for your birthday.

      In the meantime, I am well and I am reading like a crazy person. I could give you a list of recommendations as long as my arm, but I’ll spare you the details. If you like science, though (and I’m told you do), check out any of Jonah Lehrer’s three books. My favorite is Proust Was A Neuroscientist — it was lyrical and illuminating and inspiring.

      Thanks for stopping to check, LD. You warmed my little heart : x

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