Sunday, November 23, 2008

13 weeks post op?

I'm losing track of time now. I forget how long it's been since surgery. I think 13 weeks. I have not updated because there is nothing to really update. Everything is still pretty much the same. The only thing different is that now I'm swollen and sore everywhere. I'm not sure why. I am going to have to go off of several meds and see if that makes it better. I'm wondering if I have a build up of something I'm taking, that is causing this joint and muscle pain. I've been at 2.5 mg. of hydro for a while, and I've been just fine on it. In fact, I was due for a wean again, but I can't do it just yet. I'm going to alternate not taking anything, and the 2.5, every other day for this coming week. Then, I hope to be totally off of hydro the week after Thanksgiving.

I've been busy getting my house organized. It's so great to get things cleaned up and in order again. I can't wait until it is totally done! I still have to dig out all of the winter clothes for everyone. We've been digging through boxes as needed.

I still look about the same as I have been lately. Nothing much has changed that way. Once I'm totally off of all hydro, I think my doctor is going to put me on thyroid meds. She said if she gave it to me now, it could make me have an AI episode, and she didn't want to do that to me. She wants me off of all hydro first. Here are my most recent pictures.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

11 weeks post op

I'm a bit late posting for 11 weeks post op. Oh well! After my last attempt to totally wean, I went back on the hydro. I went to 10 mg. and that was too high. I went down to 7.5 mg. and stayed there around a week. I went to 5 mg. on Thursday. I'm doing good. I had that whole episode with the "low" feeling the day I had to go back to see my endo, but I later figured out a huge part of my problem was that I was having a reaction to the Levaquin. It took me a long time to have a reaction. The first 2 weeks were fine. Starting the 3rd week, (also when I weaned) I started having pain. I thought it was all because of the wean, but it wasn't. Going back on the hydro didn't take the pain away. It was the Levaquin! Going off of it took the pain away! So, I took all but 4 pills of Levaquin, which helped my sinus infection tremendously!

I have to go back in Dec. to get some scar tissue shaved down in my nose. It's part of the reason I have a sinus infection problem. My nasal washes are not reaching it good.

I haven't heard the latest lab results yet. I do know my endo is watching my T4, as it was really low in the normal range. I'm almost hypothyroid. She is watching that, but she said giving me thyroid meds while I'm still on the hydro could make me have an AI episode, and she didn't want to do that to me. So, she tested my TSH and T4 again last time I was in there. She told me to get back into the office as soon as I weaned totally, so she can do another adrenal stim test. What do you want to bet that my adrenals will stimulate after that big dose of ACTH? LOL! They did last time, so I don't see why they wouldn't this time too! Anyway....

I'm doing pretty good. Just the same old stuff. I had a headache today, and some diarrhea, feeling pukey... all that normal weaning stuff. It makes you feel yucky, but it is not intollerable. I also sleep alot in these times. I was in bed most of the day. I'll be so glad when I am totally off of hydro!

I really don't look any different than in my last pictures (I don't think). I haven't lost more weight, and that won't happen until I'm off of the hydro and get my thyroid straightened out. That's ok, I'm pretty patient. I'm just happy that I feel better. I feel consistant. Losing the fluctuations in blood pressure, and losing the heart palpitations were worth the surgery, even if I never had any other improvements! But I do! Ha! My fingernails are still going strong, and that is just unbelieveable! I've never had nails like this in my life! I've whacked them on all kinds of stuff, and they have not broken off! I'll have to take a picture of them before one of them breaks because all 10 of them are LONG! I'm kind of letting them go to see how long they will get before they break. LOL! I might just have to break down and shorten them though. My hair that is closer to my scalp is so much more healthy! It' soft, silky and shiney! I also have lots of little hairs coming in. It has gotten thicker. I have to use bigger hair barrettes than the itty bitty ones I use to use. I'll try to update with some new pictures soon!