My Health Story: Part 2


 {This is the second part of my story. You can read Part 1 here.}
 
 You're probably wondering if during this time I sought any medical advice. The answer to that is a big, fat YES!! (I'm not yelling at you......just frustrated that's all:) I had the gamut of blood work done to find a possible cause for my exhaustion and mental instability. Everything normal. Really?, REALLY!?! I wanted to scream! Actually I'm not much of a yell-er, I just cry.
Miraculously, as I was talking to a friend one day she mentioned that she, in fact, had very similar symptoms to mine. The next day I had an appointment scheduled with the same doctor she'd seen and helped her feel normal again. I actually took the first available appointment with his P.A. which was a L-O-N-G three weeks away. During this time questions arose: 'What if they tell me that everything looks normal?' 'What if I never feel better again?' I had to rely on my faith that my Heavenly Father will never give me more trials than I can bear.


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I prayed that 'things would work out.' The day of my appointment came and as soon as the P.A. asked me what she could help me with I lost it!! I broke down, sobbing my way through an explanation of what the past several months had been like for me. I brought in a copy of my most recent blood test results analyzing my hormones. She proceeded to tell me that I was making little to no progesterone.......how had this been missed?!? I'd had my thyroid checked on three different occasions in the past couple of years based on symptoms that I explained to medical professionals. Every result came back normal.
That day, in addition to a prescription for a compounded progesterone, I left with a prescription for a natural thyroid medication, a diabetes medication (this helps with converting sugar to energy, not because I'm diabetic) and a natural vitamin D supplement. Blood results revealed that I indeed had hypothyroidism.

I finally felt as if the dark clouds lifted a bit......

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It's been a few months since that day and I can truly say that I feel like myself again! :) I wasn't blessed with a ton of energy like some people who seem to have an excess. I just have to work with what I've got! My days are never perfect {who's are?} but they are easier now that I'm not taking 4 naps a day!! I do still try to sneak in a 30 min. nap somewhere during my day and I think that's probably pretty normal.

I finally feel like I'm participating in my children's lives, not just observing. And I can now make commitments that I couldn't before (ie. volunteer at my son's school, make a lunch date with a friend, plan and finish a project!) YAY!!! Soooo, back to this little-very-new-blog of mine.......I hope to have new projects and more inspiration for you now that I'm feeling better. My schedule will be unpredictable because I'm taking it a day at a time :)

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What a blessing it is to be alive.......to be able to create, to inspire, to teach, to love.....
Thank you to each one of you for being a part of my journey! Here's to a wonderful 2013!

6 comments:

  1. Brooke, I'm so glad to hear you are beginning to feel better. My friend just recently was diagnosed and she took it really hard but is now starting to feel little better every day. Wishing you lots of energy and positive attitude.

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    1. Thank you so much Haniela! You're right, everyday is a little better. Wishing your friend the same :)

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  2. I'm so glad that you got answers and are on your way to feeling better. It can be extrememly frustrating when they can't figure out what is going on yet you know something is wrong. I'm just glad you are feeling better!!

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    1. You're a doll....thanks so much Crystal!! :)

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  3. Hello, I bought head bands for my baby girl when i was pregnant from you in etsy. and wanted to repurchase from you. and saw that you were not selling no more. I went to your facebook to see if you were selling anything in there. I came across your blog page, and started reading. I am in tears reading your story.

    I went threw something similar, when I was young I was in very good shape and was really healthy, when I was 16 years old I moved in with my husband. I was trilled that I got pregnant right away. but unfortunately I had a miscarriage.
    I started to gain weight and felling so depressed and just lifeless. My husband as well was super supportive. I gained 30 pounds in months. Then I got pregnant again and also had another miscarriage I was completely devastated.

    I went to the gynecologist and they said everything was 'normal' what??? seriously?
    then I went to California for vacations to visit my father. He knew how much in pain and just depressed I was. He told me to go with my step moms Gynecologist. And he asked how many months it lasted me with out having a period. I said 8 months. he sent me to an ultrasound tech and He identified me with PoliCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) its also a hormonal imbalance, since then he changed my life.

    When they Diagnose you, it really helps and threat the problem.
    I started working out and help my progesterone go up. I got pregnant again and I finally Had a healthy Baby Girl.

    Like my grandma says " Que nunca, nos falle la esperanza." Let us Never Lose Hope.

    Hope to read more of your future bloggs.
    Many Blessing from Minnesota <3

    -Ninfa

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    1. Hi Ninfa,
      I am so happy that you have shared your story with me....you are a brave gal! I can definitely empathize with how you were feeling and I'm so happy that you've found the answers to get you back on track so you can be the best mom to your beautiful little girl! You are in inspiration!

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