The waiting game…

It’s been about a week since I’ve last posted, and though I normally have really enjoyed doing this for myself, I have been feeling like there’s not much to say that falls under the category of good news. All along, I’ve liked to write because I like keeping track of this whole journey I’m going through. That said, that usually only happens when I feel that the journey will swing into a positive place!

And right now, it’s not. So I took a hiatus. On Monday, I got my blood taken. I crossed my fingers for a TSH level under 8.41, and I still haven’t gotten the results back. It should be here very soon. Unfortunately, though, I have a bad feeling about it. I’ve had lots of hives lately, back to my legs and arms, which hasn’t shown up there in months. I’ve been taking more antihistamines than I have in a while, as well. I had to take a week off of that low-carb, low-sugar diet last week as I visited my grandparents and then hiked Mount Washington, which required granola and dried fruit and other things I wouldn’t normally eat. So I chalked up my hives to that. However, I’ve been back on the diet this week, and with the hives continuing, I’m struggling to find the motivation to continue. I’m still making good choices, but without the previous feelings of security about it. How do I know this is even going to matter in the process of lowering my TSH? What if I could be eating endless amounts of pasta, potatoes, ice cream….but that still wouldn’t be healthy. No matter what, I suppose this is good for me, as it would be for anyone. But I’m getting kind of sick of salads and nuts. Bleh. I caved and added a banana to my protein shake the other day – delicious. I officially can’t get rid of bananas, no matter that they’re filled with sugar and carbs. They’re here to stay!

Completed my last cycle and am starting a new one, number 4 to be exact. We will see if a pattern shows up compared to the last one. Maybe by the end of the next cycle…..I’ll have a low(er) TSH level! Eventually, my body will do what it’s supposed to do at this age, right?

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3 thoughts on “The waiting game…

  1. Krista Sullivan says:

    Don’t give up! Things will definitely turn around. I started reading a little about TSH levels since I’ve been reading about it in your blog…and did you know foods like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, peanuts, linseed, pine nuts, millet, cassava and mustard greens can raise your TSH levels. And supposedly starting/stopping a high fiber diet can make your levels all out of sync. I know you’ve done TONS of research of this stuff, but thought I’d share anyways 🙂 Especially since you’ve been doing a low carb diet with lots of veggies.

  2. futuresoccermom says:

    Thanks Krista!! That was so nice of you. I appreciate you doing research on the whole thing as well. It’s so nice to have this little support system 🙂 It’s funny you mention those foods..I have heard that, but at the same time, I’m so confused. I knew starting a high-fiber diet could mess it all up, but I wasn’t sure in what direction it would go. That said, I already know that eating a diet low in fiber and veggies wasn’t working out either, so I just assumed being “healthy” would be the way to go. After a couple months of this new diet, if the levels are way up, then I have no idea what to start eating! It’s such a pain. All I know is – I just ate chips and salsa for the first time in a long time, and it was the most delicious thing ever. Thanks for those nice comments 🙂 Let me know if you find out anything else!

  3. Rachel Dustin says:

    Hang in there Meg! I’m really curious for your blood work to come back. Seems that your diet must have produced some sort of change? Atleast you are super healthy, which will be highly beneficial when you’re TTC and/or pregnant, regardless of your thyroid. You’re making positive changes no matter how you look at it. You have mentioned that your hives also seem to be related to stress. Are you feeling stressed with the start of the new school year around the corner?

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