A life in the day

1/4/2005

Health

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Long time no blog…

It’s not that there hasn’t been much happening. Just the reverse, in fact. Still suffering some post-election depression, but what can you do?

The big thing was an illness last month. I was in bed for ten days, sleeping 12 - 16 hours per day. I was constantly cold. I also had minor gastro-intestinal distress and some joint aches. The doctor had me tested for what she thought was most likely, hypothyroidism, but also tested to try to rule out Lyme disease.

It turns out I had both! I’m on thyroid medicine and antibiotics, and have been feeling much better.

I guess hypothyroidism is not particularly unusual in diabetics. But I’m going to see an endocrinologist to figure out why my glands are starting to give me problems. When I was diagnosed as diabetic last summer, I immediately started detailed research into it. This time, I’ve read almost nothing. I don’t know why the change, except perhaps that hypothyroidism doesn’t seem nearly as threatening. The Wikipedia entry on hypothyroidism isn’t even a tenth the size of the one on diabetes, and I think that’s evidence that hypothyroidsim is not considered nearly as serious.

The illness and the holidays conspired to slow my excercise program to a halt for almost a month, and I’ve gained back six or eight of the forty-five pounds I’d lost. My blood sugars haven’t been nearly as good as they were, although I’m still doing okay. And the blood pressure is way up. I’m a mess!

Man, I’m feeling old.

And I’m not even 39 yet. (Still seven hours until the birthday!)

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