When I logged into my blog tonight and saw that I have not posted since July 5th I felt a little bad. I’m sure you are thinking “Aw don’t worry we know you are a busy person.” However, I don’t find myself feeling bad for not keeping the world up to the minute with our lives, what makes me sad is that the whole summer is gone already and now it’s October!!! I remember thinking to myself on the last day of school about what on earth I was going to do for 2 months with the kids! I was panicked that I was not going to be able to entertain them enough during the summer. Worried they were going to drive me crazy! Either I blacked out for the entire 2 months or it went a lot better than I thought it would.
We really did have a good summer. Isabelle missed school for the first little while. Even one day cried because she thought she was never going to see Madame Shields again. She even went as far as to tell me that she wished she lived at the school so that Madame Shields could be her Mommy. She soon settled into the summer. We spent lots of time in the sandbox, the kiddie pool, running though the sprinklers. We crafted our hearts away. We played games, made messes, tidied up occasionally. We made our annual trip to Evergreen Resort. The kids had a fabulous time there again this year. Things weren’t so great for Jersey however. She was in the lake retrieving her toy when she managed to cut her paw on a rock. Poor Jersey. Lucky for her and us, our Vet who is a friend was also there at Evergreen with us this year. So she was able to check her paw and help us get her bandaged up. Jersey had to stay out of the lake for the entire week. Had to keep her paw covered to keep out infection. I have never in my life seen her so depressed. She knew the lake was just yards away from her and she couldn’t go in. Broke our hearts. Hopefully next year we will be more careful where she plays and she will have a better summer vacation.
We saw some sickness over the summer but not too much. Of course now that we are back in school we have already had to keep the kids home from school a few times. Germs. I hate them. I’m not even sure I was sick all the time the way the kids are. Or at least back then we just didn’t get kept home as much. They send all these notes home in the first week of school about keeping your kids home if they are sick. I try my best, however they can only stay home for so long before they are missing way too much school. Obviously some parents either don’t or can’t abide by the rules and the kids all end up sick anyways.
Speaking of sick, I have some news to share. It’s been a very long time since I have taken any time for me. If I was going to the Dr it was because I was either pregnant, just had a baby, pregnant, had two babies, taking children to the Dr. etc. I figure now that the kids are a bit older and I can start taking more time for me, I should do just that. I’ve been trying to lose weight for a little while and would have small success but then gain it back. It was frustrating. I’ve also been exhausted for a very long time. I’m a mother of 3 so who wouldn’t be. However I’ve always felt in the back of my mind that I’m more tired than I should be. Anyways, I decided to see our family Dr. and let her know how I have been feeling. I told her it was time to make a change and I would hope she could help me.
After lots of blood work she determined a few things. First, my Iron was dangerously low. Second, my Thyroid is also seriously low. Add in my sugars are too high, bad fats to high, good fats are average to low etc. I’m in rough shape. She did more blood work to test for a few other things and to see if my sugars are throwing off the Thyroid or the other way around, I can’t remember. So she came back to me with a possible diagnosis, Hashimotos Disease. As well I have become diabetic.
What is Hashimoto’s Disease you may be asking? It’s an autoimmune disease that affects the Thyroid. the immune system makes antibodies that damage thyroid cells and interfere with their ability to make thyroid hormone. Over time, thyroid damage can cause thyroid hormone levels to be too low. This is called an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism. An underactive thyroid causes every function of the body to slow down, such as heart rate, brain function, and the rate your body turns food into energy. Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of an underactive thyroid. It is closely related to Graves’ disease, another autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid.
So I’ve now seen an Endocrinologist who says that it is Hashi’s and he and I will work together to get my Thyroid back to a good place hopefully but this means I will be taking medication for the rest of my life. I hope that now with this medication it will help in losing some of this extra weight and with that hopefully the diabetes will be under control as well. I certainly wish that I had made the time for me a lot earlier than now. I think that my pregnancy with the twins is what helped push my hormones over the edge. Doing some research on this, it can be genetic, can be brought on my pregnancy and a few other ways also. I certainly noticed after the twins that things with me were quite different. However I was just too busy or too tired to look after me.
So that’s me in a nutshell right now. I thought it was time I put this out in the world. Perhaps now everyone will understand me a little better. And I hope to understand myself a little better now. I’m going to start working on being more healthy, being more careful about how we eat. Going to work on exercising more and now that I’m on medication I hope that I don’t have fight as hard to be active as I have in the past. I look forward to hopefully feeling a little more like myself before all of this.
Back to the kiddos. They are all doing well in school. Madeline and Aidan are having a great time at school. We’ve heard from their teacher that they are both excellent students. They both play with other kids well, they don’t often play together which is fine. Aidan can most always be found with the trucks and Madeline is usually in the “Home centre” with the dolls and play food etc. Isabelle is doing well also. She was so happy on the first day to know that Madame Shields is her teacher again for SK. We told her this a few times before school started however I don’t think she believed us.
The kids are getting excited for Halloween, Aidan has already had a meltdown over the fact that Halloween is several weeks away. He is hoping that his Bumblebee costume from last year will still fit. I think I will have to get Isabelle something new as her Merida costume may be a little small this year. I enjoy watching the kids trick or treat. You can tell that they are experiencing just pure joy and fun and it just warms the heart.
Hopefully it won’t be another 2 months before I post again.