Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gland On The Run

I haven't posted in a long time because a large part of what I've been doing and thinking about for the last few months has been my health.  Which has been sketchy.  Well, not sketchy, maybe--but not good.  I've had these sort of mental...lacunae, maybe, for lack of a better term.  (Okay, there's almost certainly a better term.)  They're a little the feeling you have when your blood sugar level suddenly spikes--like how it feels when you drink way too much coffee and suddenly feel like you're going to pass out.  Dizzy, and disoriented, and sort of... dazed.  Anyway, that kind of feeling has been coming on over me, at seemingly randomly intervals for the last several months.

There have been other things too... listlessness, an inability to concentrate, steady weight gain (despite not really ever being hungry)...all sorts of little problems with my otherwise Greek God-like body.  None is debilitating; by themselves, most are things to just shrug off.   But, coming all together for as long as they have, it seems more probably they're all part of some general... condition.  (Lycanthrophy, perhaps?)

Because I'm an idiot, I put off seeing a doctor until last week.  (In my defense, the episodes have been, at times, sporadic enough to at least make it seem reasonable that I was on the mend.)  Now, the results are in.  What my blood work seems to suggest is that my thyroid is the problem.  (It's weak, my thyroid.  Or at least lazy.)  If this is, in fact, the case, (we won't know for sure until I start medication) it's actually good news.  Hypothyroidism is said to be easily treated.  Of all the things I might have had, of all the things I've been worried that I had, this actually is one of the least worrisome.

Hopefully I'll be on medication within the next few weeks and the bright chipper smiling ANCIANT that you all know and tolerate will be back on point, posting not-all-that frequently about a narrow range of esoteric personal topics which maybe fifteen people in the whole world actually want to read about.

Until then, good luck, and good night.


Barbara Carlson said...

Count me in.

Yes, thyroid is the first thing I suggest people have tested if they feel tired, are gaining weight.

More later, my exercise buddy has arrived.

Dezmond said...

I think you are both wrong (ANCIANT and Carlson). It is not your thyroid. Your first guess sounds more on the money to me. Lycanthropy. You are a werewolf. What else possibly explains you being tired and listless during the daytime hours? Due to your night activities, no wonder you are exhausted. Have you also been waking up in torn clothes covered in blood? Have the neighborhood pets been disappearing? Those are easy symptoms to overlook and forget about. But if that is also the case, then it is Lycanthropy. You're welcome.

Dezmond said...

...And your unexplained weight gain yet lack of appetite? Clearly you are getting your sustenance on your night hunts.

ANCIANT said...

The medical world lost out on quite a mind when you decided to pursue teaching. It's a tragedy I don't think most people fully can appreciate. But I do. Every day, I do.

Hopefully my doctor will call me soon and we can start treatment. I'll make sure and float the idea of werewolfdom, though. Just in case.

Barbara Carlson said...

IF you do have low thyroid and start taking meds for it,
you can legitimately NOT (ever!) have eat any of the thoroughly nasty, cruciferous vegetables in unrealistic amounts -- in my opinion, even one brussel sprout -- ever again.
I have always hated them all and think, when being cooked, they smell like shit. Now I know why -- I have low thyroid and take medication. Easy-peasy. Two birds and all that.

Brussels sprouts are a cultivar of the same species that includes cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi; they are cruciferous. They contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre. Moreover, they are believed to protect against colon cancer, due to their containing sinigrin. Although they contain compounds such as goitrin that can act as goitrogens and interfere with thyroid hormone production, realistic amounts in the diet do not seem to have any effect on the function of the thyroid gland in humans.

Katherine said...

Want to go halvsies on a new one?