I am so happy today! Today is the the day I finally can take synthroid- the thyroid replacement hormone. It will have been just two days under two months, since I have been without any thyroid hormones in my body. I took my first one at 7AM. I will have to take this medication for the rest of my life.
The doctors tell me it is not a quick fix, and it is a gradual return to feeling better and normal. So I am not expecting to take one synthroid and be back to my “old self” but after this long of being in the hypothyroidism state, I am hopeful today the downwards trend I have been experiencing for the last eight weeks stops. It is very rare for the first dosage to be correct, so I am expecting to have to go through a few dosage adjustments as well.
My doctor also prescribed cytomel for two weeks, to “jump start” my system. I didn’t wake up one day and feel this tired, this fatigued- it was a definite gradual downward change- every day was a little worse than the last, so I am hoping that with feeling better it will be the same. As long as I feel a little better than the day before, I’ll feel like I am heading in the right direction. I have to have my blood tested in six weeks to check the dosage, but if I don’t feel better after a few days, I will be calling the endocrinologist.
Today is also the day I stop the low iodine diet. It was nice to eat so many fresh foods and vegetables- I am going to try to keep that part of the diet going, but it will be nice to have some milk with cereal, tea again, and I have been craving homemade popcorn with lots of butter on it. :-) I found the hardest part of the diet was just preparing the foods since I have been in the hypothyroidism state for so long.
I received my radioactive iodine therapy (in the form of a pill) on Monday, and I am radioactive as I write this. I can be around adults no more than 30 minutes at a time, but can’t place myself in a general population where there would be children, until Thursday. However, the nuclear medicine doctor, who administered the pill, strongly suggested that I am not around my boys for five to seven days. She said because of their ages, their cells are much more vulnerable to radioactivity, and it is hard for them to not climb on me, and keep an arms distance away.
I thought I was going to be able to see the boys on Thursday, and I am very sad and miss them like crazy, but under the circumstances, I agree with her. I don’t want to put my boys at risk and in the grand scheme of things, two more days is worth it, if it eliminates the risk they will be exposed to radiation. Their dad and his family have been taking care of the boys, and Ryan and Cole have been having a lot of fun.
I have been at home- really having no energy to do much. I have been reading, catching up on some paperwork, and I took a very short walk yesterday. It’s kind of weird thinking of myself being quarantined, but since I have very little energy I don’t feel like going anywhere.
This has really been the hardest thing I have ever had to do, physically. No energy, fatigue, no mental energy- that is how my body felt physically for so many weeks.
My family and friends told me to hang in there and not give up- there is light at the end of the tunnel. So many people told me I am stronger than I know. I didn’t believe them- I certainly didn’t feel strong. In fact, these last two months, is the weakest I have ever been, physically and mentally. But I learned there is nothing wrong with being weak- I can’t do it all- no one can, and being weak allowed me to accept this. Being at my weakest for so long, showed me that I am stronger than I knew, stronger than I believed.
I feel like today is my new beginning. I am finally at the end of this tunnel- and I just don’t see the light, I am in the light. I have discovered, that I am strong, but there is no shame in being weak either. Others could see that in me, and now I see it for myself. But more importantly, today, I believe it.