For those who have been here you know that I’ve been struggling a little recently. I could tell that I’ve been off both emotionally and physically. I recently changed the way that I’ve been taking my medicine and I think the change is working. I was waking up and taking my thyroid medicine, 2 of the 8 calcium pills that I take during the day, and another pill to help my body to absorb the calcium. It now appears that when my thyroid was removed, my parathyroid glands were damaged or have decided they need an extended vacation. There is a chance they could still bounce back and start working but it seems unlikely at this point. Surgery was 3 months ago and most people are back to normal within two weeks. My doctor did say in rare cases it could take up to 6 months, but I’m not hopeful at this point.
My last blood work showed that my calcium was just under the normal limit. This got me thinking that maybe I shouldn’t be taking everything at once in the morning. I’ve never been a pill or medicine person, so maybe it was just too much for my body. After talking to my pharmacist, I implement the change. It has only been going on two weeks, but I really think it is making a difference. I guess we will see when I go for my blood count again in two weeks. I already think my calcium will be on target with the changes or at least I hope so. I can tell my nails are not as brittle, but I’ve still got really dry skin. Your guess is as good as mine.
And you thought calcium was just for strong bone and teeth. Who knew calcium was so important? Not me. Live and learn. It is important for a whole host of reason.
I do think though even if I have to tweak the calcium dosage that my thyroid levels should be good. My doctor upped my dose a month ago and I think that those levels will be on target. I have more energy. I am also starting to get back to my old self which I think getting back into my old routine is helping with. I’m paying attention.
So what is that routine….
I’m still not where I was, but the good news is I don’t need to be there right now. Since I wisely switched from the NJ Marathon to the Half Marathon, I don’t feel the need to push myself to the 40 miles a week I was running presurgery. I do hope to build to a 20 to 25 a week, but I’m in no hurry. My goal for NJ Half is just to finish. Period. End of Story.
Now that I’m looking forward, I also want to take time to reflect on my 2016 and how I fared. This will allow me to FINALLY see what goals if any I want to set this year. I’ll let you know how that goes tomorrow.