And the Hashimoto's saga continues. Sometimes (a lot of times) my life feels like a soap opera. I recently got my blood work again, so I just wanted to give you guys a quick update on what's going on.
First, might I add, this recent blood work experience I had was not a good one. I felt bad for the woman because she was the only phlebotomist on staff, and she was the only person working period. People were complaining, the whole waiting room was filled. My appointment was at 9:30am and I didn't get done until 10:15am. Poor staffing on their part. However, she was also kind of rude, and not very good at drawling blood.
Mind you, I do not do blood work well in general. Or IVs. Anything that has to stick in my vein or body for any extended period of time grosses me out. Tattoos? No problem, I have 7. Regular needles? Don't love them, but I can deal. Anything else? I'll pass.
So, I'm sitting in the room waiting while she finishes with the gentlemen in the room next to me. Literally, she cannot get his blood. She tried both arms, several times, and had to resort to his hand. He was confused because he gets blood work several times a year and has never had one issue. How do I know all of this? Because I heard the entire conversation. My nerves are through the roof at this point. I'm like, this lady gets one chance and if she goes near my hand I'm leaving.
So she comes in and she's like "how are you?" And I'm like "Nervous!" And I give her my left arm, my usual blood work arm, that's got two pretty good veins. I chugged two bottles of water before going in. I was prepared. She goes for my left arm and she's like "Yeah I'm not getting anything. Your veins are really small." I'm sorry, do my small veins not pump blood throughout my body like everyone else's veins? What's your point lady? So, she goes to my right arm, same thing. And I told her I've never had an issue before and I get blood work frequently enough because of my thyroid. And, with an attitude is like "Well what do you want me to do? Do I do this or not?" Taken back, I'm like "If you can get it in one shot sure, more than that and I'm out." I know she's having a bad day, I understand, but I didn't make the poor schedule that day!
She found a vein, had to like wiggle it to get the blood flowing, and to get one tube took twice as long as usual. And it hurt worse too. And she just slaps a cotton pad and some medical tape on there, which was half falling off and that was it. I was very disappointed by the whole thing.
Now that I've adequately complained about my experience, back to the task at hand: Hashimoto's update. Here's my results from my July 7th blood work:
Now, here's my results from my Sept 5th blood work:
Barely a difference. I know they said figuring out the dosage can take time, but I'm frustrated. I take my medicine every morning, as directed, with a glass of water. I don't eat anything for at least an hour afterward, I take my remaining medicine an hour after as well. And I wait until lunch time before I take my vitamin so I don't have any issues with the calcium blocking the Levothyroxine absorption.
At least I do have symptom relief, for the most part, but I'm not completely symptom free. I mean, there's only 300 possible symptoms of Hashimoto's so ya know, I don't expect to be symptom free regardless.
Now, my doctor wants me to take 1 pill 6 days a week, and 2 pills 1 day a week. Hopefully that one extra pill a week will make the change. I go back in December for more blood work.
With the weather finally becoming beautiful again, it's also that time of year for cold and flu season. Here's your PSA: wash your hands and wrists frequently with soap and warm water (I use hot because of my OCD), while singing the Happy Birthday song, dry with a paper towel, and avoid touching as much as you possibly can. If I could lock myself in a bubble, I would. Use my handy dandy hand sanitizer and lotion mix trick (I've done a blog post on it before!), so you kill the germs but also keep your hands soft and prevent them from cracking. (Mine still will, with the eczema and all.) Lastly, if you have an autoimmune disorder like I do, your immune system sucks worse than the average person, so be extra diligent in your personal hygiene. October and December are my big sick months, and I'm gonna do my best to limit that as much as possible. And you should too! PSA OVER.