Health, Hormones, Midlife

My Welcome to 2015

IMG_2573Yesterday afternoon I met with the Physician’s Assistant that works with my primary care Physician’s office for a consultation on the lab work from my latest blood test. I was optimistic that the numbers I was going to see were better than the labs in the fall.

Before, anyone thinks that something is horribly wrong with me no need to worry, it’s not life and death. It is just about being happy or an emotional wreck. My labs were not better yesterday but worse. My thyroid is not functioning properly. I am taking this in stride and realizing I need to pay attention to take care of myself in the best way possible. I see a terrific Physician who is trained in Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine is about getting to the problem without simply trying to cover up the symptoms. The decisions that were made about my present state is that my thyroid is still low along with several other vital nutrients which are needed to help my thyroid function. The Physician’s Assistant printed out a plan of action out for me and I was on my way. Many of the items are things I am already doing such as; consuming iodine rich foods, eating cruciferous vegetables, and avoiding preservatives. I even received a link to Dr. Mark Hyman’s website for his article, “A 7-Step Plan to Boost Your Low Thryoid and Metabolism.”  I realize though, I need to be even more present to what is going into my body and how I am dealing with stress.

Over a year ago, I purchased the book, The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried, M.D.  Dr. Sara has made understanding hormones interesting, especially by explaining that all is not lost when things start in a downward spiral. I immediately got this book out yesterday and started reading once again. She has easy surveys to take at the beginning of the book to help figure out what area might have the most problems. But this was done for me prior to reading it, since I already have all the lab results. You don’t have to read the whole book from cover to cover. You go to the section based on your survey results to read about the latest research as to what your issue is. You learn what you need to discuss with your physician and what you can to begin to do today to care for yourself. In my case, I went immediately to Chapter 9, titled “Low Thyroid: Weight gain, Fatigue and Mood Problems.”

While there is not one pill that will make all my problems go away. I feel empowered having resources like Dr. Sara’s book and Dr. Mark Hyman’s article to be able to make choices for better health that will serve me for the rest of my life. What health choices are you making today for a better tomorrow?

3 thoughts on “My Welcome to 2015”

  1. Wendy, you inspire me! Just yesterday, I added to my “To Do” list that I need to have a full blood work-up. It’s been years, and I want to start keeping a spreadsheet (or app — there’s probably a good app for that!) so I actually have the data related to my own health.

    The other health choice I’m going to make next week when I visit my family is to sit down with my father and ask detailed questions about my family health history. I’ve always checked the little boxes based on vague recall. But I’m going to get really specific and ask some hard questions about mental health which we’ve never discussed as a family.

  2. Cheri, I am so glad I inspired you. Asking family medical history questions is important as you journey on your health pathway. It’s terrific you have a full lab work up on your “to do” list. Here’s to healthy living in 2015!

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