Thyroid Levels

Life Lately

Flowers

We all need a break from time-to-time. While taking a day off from our day job may not always be feasible, enjoying a respite from our side-hustle should be. After the weekend, I felt like I needed a break. I had a great post planned to start the week, but when I got home Sunday evening to write it, nothing flowed. A couple of years ago, I would have forced myself to sit and write something…anything…just not to miss one of my scheduled posting days. But, honestly, who wants to read something that doesn’t come from the heart, and has no soul? I value your time and this space too much to publish just for the sake of putting something out there. So, I hope you will excuse Monday’s absence and understand my need for a respite.

If you have been following along on Instagram Stories this week, you may have seen me talking about my recent appointment with my endocrinologist. I appreciate all of the well wishes and prayers that you sent my way on social media, so I feel that it is only appropriate that I share the outcome of the appointment here.

After almost six months of blood work, neck ultrasounds, and treks into New York City for follow-ups, my antithyroglobulin levels remain elevated. Weeks earlier, I had hopes that despite a modest 50 point decrease from my February numbers, we could stay the course and keep up our watchful waiting approach. But after my appointment with my endocrinologist on Monday, a new course of action has been prescribed. Next week, I will have a consultation with a radiation oncologist at a hospital closer to my home, and will likely have an I-131 whole body scan performed, followed by a dose of radioactive iodine. Since my surgery in 2013, I had been resistant to undergoing radioactive iodine treatment, but given the length of time that my numbers have been elevated, and on the recommendation of my endocrinologist, I have decided to pursue this option.

I never imagined that I would be making this decision. For the last four years, my numbers had been steadily trending downward—which is a good sign after surgery. I can still recall the sheer shock that overcame me when I opened the results of my blood work from November 2016 and saw that my antithyroglobulin level was more than double what it should have been. That was the beginning of this setback and I am finally ready to write the ending and close the chapter.

The last six months of waiting, wishing, and wondering have taken a toll on me—even if I have tried to suffer privately. These months have reminded me that despite my best efforts to push unsettling news aside, sometimes you need to tackle things head-on—especially when they pertain to your health.

As always, I appreciate all of your support. It means so much!

Waiting for the Weekend

20140619-201224-72744392.jpg

While another long, humid summer week comes to a close (can you believe it’s almost July already?), I am again grateful that my favorite two days are upon us. This week, a couple of things happened. First, I received the results of my most recent blood test checking my thyroid levels, and I can happily report that everything looks good and all my levels are where they should be. At my last appointment with my endocrinologist in April, I was less than pleased to hear that he wanted to increase my Synthroid dose from 100 to 112 mcg. I felt decent on 100 mcg, but gave in and actually feel slightly better on the higher dose (my apologies, doctor, for being so stubborn!). Second, I managed to carve out an hour on Wednesday to squeeze in some “me” time and attend a yoga class on my lunch break. The past few months have been hectic, and I’m afraid this little Yogini was not as dedicated to her practice as she should have been. But I’m back on track now, and the class was just what I needed to help melt some of the stress away.

This weekend I am really looking forward to attending The Gold Coast Classic, a horse show at Old Field Farm, LTD. The stables are located in Setauket, NY, across from West Meadow Beach. They have recently been undergoing quite the transformation and are being restored into a beautiful show ground. I was an avid equestrian for about twenty years, and although my life at the moment does not allow time to ride a horse, I still enjoy going to shows as a spectator. Ever since I graduated college and moved back to Long Island, I have made The Hampton Classic in August an end-of-summer tradition. I am looking forward to attending again this year — and stopping at my favorite C Wonder store in Southampton.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy Friday!