30 fingers&toes

"Are they triplets?" "No, I found the other one in the parking lot and thought, 'why not?'"


my symptom list is longer than my grocery list

So a while back I posted to the world about being diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease called Hashimoto’s Disease.  I don’t know very much about what is ailing me.  My family Dr. can’t seem to tell me much about it even though she is the one who figured out that this was my problem.  My Endo is such an a hole who doesn’t have the time to answer questions but has the time to let me sit and stew in his waiting room for more than three hours.  Since learning of my problem I told myself to stay away from Google.  I have joined a few Facebook groups and have only become more confused about things.  Everyone in these groups have jumped on all sorts of crazy diet wagons that I’m not about to jump on yet.  There is AIP, GF, DF…..everything free….I’m starting to wonder what some of these people eat!!  My most basic understanding is that my body is attacking itself.  Mainly it’s attacking my Thyroid.  So I found myself the other night not being able to sleep.  One of the cruel symptoms of Hashi’s.  We either sleep so much or apparently can’t sleep at all!  Good times.  Anyways, there I was not able to sleep and found myself in front of my computer.  I decided to do the one thing I said I wasn’t to do.  I googled Hashimoto’s Disease books.  Lots of web pages came up and a lot of people’s personal blog as well.  Then I came across this sitehttp://hypothyroidmom.com/  She wrote about a book that I remembered seeing mentioned in one of the Facebook Groups.  So I went though her site, reading as much as my brain would let me.  Then I cam across this post http://hypothyroidmom.com/300-hypothyroidism-symptoms-yes-really/  It discusses that there are 300 plus symptoms of Hypothyroid (Hashimoto’s)!! 

Here’s what I thought my symptoms were:

exhausted beyond belief all the damn time.
fall asleep within mere seconds of sitting down (amazing that I never fell asleep driving…I mean AMAZING!!)
did I mention being exhausted?
sleep for literally a day or two (Poor hubby’s days off) and wake up feeling as if I never slept
weight gain
swelling in the hands and feet and face

I should have gone to my Dr. sooner.  A LOT SOONER!!  But hey, I had three small kids.  Find me another mother in my situation that wouldn’t be tired.  So for the most part I just pulled though it all.  I read her post about the symptoms.  I then re read it, this time with a pen in hand making a check mark on a page of paper for every one that I have experience but shrugged off as just another thing I had to deal with.  Do you know that out 300 plus symptoms, I made 149 check marks on that page of paper.  Maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot to some but it’s huge to me.  Most of the symptoms I didn’t even realize were symptoms.  This woman who write this blog had a guest post on her blog.  Turns out she has written a book that comes highly recommended.  So I plan to pick up this book and learn more about what’s going on with me because it’s becoming more clear to me that no one else will.

Now that I’ve bored you with all that…..on to the family news.  Christmas was really great!  It’s been nice having the kids home, however I think we are all ready for them to go back to school next week.  Sadly I just can’t keep Isabelle as well amused as her teacher does!  The kids were very happy to spend time with both sets of grandparents and their Aunt and Uncle and new cousin here in Windsor.  We had a very tasty Christmas dinner on the weekend so that all our family could be together.  We have finally moved most of the new toys to either the basement or their bedrooms and I put Christmas away shortly after family had gone home.  Next it’s all the upcoming Birthdays!!

Today we took the kids to the Belle River arena for a Parent and Tot skate!  They all had a good time, even Aidan who was panicked about being out on the ice and falling down.  I’m trying to teach him how to fall with style.  He’s not going for it however!  Hopefully we can get them out on the ice a few more times this winter so that they will be ready come next winter! 

We are trying to get the kids back into a regular night time schedule which means I too should be getting back into one so that waking up at 7:30 next week won’t hurt so much.  I am truly thankful that our kids don’t mind letting us stay in bed until 9am!

Hope you all have had a great start to the New Year!