Thursday, August 6, 2015

{7 QT 16} - What's up in Life

So, it's been a little while since I've posted a quick takes - since early July. Largely because I've been crazy busy lately. So, here's a little of what I've been up to since then.

We attended the funeral of a dear friend of Daniel's from college, and since Daniel was understandably very upset, I took a little bit of a break from blogging so that I could be more present for him. That's included cutting quick takes, and jumbling my posting schedule to ensure that I had a little more time to work on posts and enough time to be present to my husband.

After the funeral, Daniel was looking for a little bit lighter bedtime reading than our usual. For about two weeks after the funeral, we were reading a Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book for bedtime stories.

I highly recommend them for anyone with small kids. They're quite fun to read, even as a grown-up.

At about the time of the funeral, Pitter Patter came down with a cold. It was about two days before I caught it, in two more, Daniel caught it, and in two more after that, Daniel was all better.

Pitter Patter got better next, and I've been continuing to fight the lingering cough ever since.

I feel like a walking germ factory - literally, guys.

It didn't help the cold much that I only had a limited supply of "safe" ramen. Ramen noodles have always been a favorite "I'm sick and need to feel better" foods, but since my Hashimoto's diagnosis, Ramen is on the "no fly" list.

Under ordinary circumstances, I would have gone ahead and used the Ramen that I had, but there was a complication. During the last week of July (last week), I was going to be attending a class to maintain one of my work designations, and I was going to need to pass a test at the end of the week (and therefore need to be able to write). Since my Hashimoto's appears to cause me to have Carpal Tunnel symptoms, I had to be very mindful of my "eating rules".

My class was out of town, so I had a lot of planning to do in terms of what I was going to eat for the week. It turned out to be a good deal easier than I thought it would be.

I packed fruit and steel-cut oats to make smoothies for breakfast, as well as beef jerky, hummus, and carrots for snacks.

I felt very well-prepared. The first business in town I located was the Whole Foods.

Whole Foods wasn't quite as helpful as I'd hoped. I only got my non-dairy milk and breakfasts from Whole foods, and a lunch for one day.

I found something better for the rest of my lunches and my dinners - there was a thai place right next to my hotel, and thai is pretty much categorically gluten-free and dairy-free - so I got curry every night!

The most gluten I had all week was what was in the soy sauce with the sushi I bought on Monday, and the soy sauce that I forgot was in the beef jerky.

I promised myself a reward on Friday after my test for my taking such good care of my Hashimoto's all week - there was a Waffle House within walking distance from the testing center, I like their waffles pretty well, and after the test it didn't matter if I could write or not.

I got a phone call from my doctor's office that changed my mind. They got lab results in.

Apparently between the (admittedly small) adjustment they made in my medication and the changes I've been making in my habits since I was first diagnosed...

... I cut my TSH in half.

I've never seen such a large change in my TSH from such a small dosage change, so I know that my changes have been doing most of the heavy lifting on that.

Given the knowledge that my changes have yielded such good results so far, I just couldn't justify a trip to Waffle House, so I went back to Whole Foods one last time to get (pregnancy-safe) sushi before I left. I didn't feel nearly as bad about the soy sauce and eel sauce as I would have felt about the waffle.

 I got back to the knowledge that I have been planning a certain girl's night event with my sister-in-law. She sells Premier jewelry, and I like free jewelry, and I wanted her to be able to expand her client base - so I had a party. I had a lot of cleaning up to do and menu planning before we could have said party.

I was very proud of the results - we had a great turnout, and I managed to plan a menu that was 100% safe for my Hashimoto's.

The biggest news of this week is that we got in a car accident on the way to Mass on Sunday. Not our fault, and no injuries, but still "quite an ordeal." It was my first time ever calling 911.

And because I'm 15 weeks pregnant, we got to go to the hospital to get evaluated and make sure the baby is okay. So far everything looks fine, but I still need to follow up with my OB (at my regular appointment, per their instructions) and get her seal of approval that everything really is just as okay as it initially seemed to be.

And finally, I knew that on Wednesday evening I would need to have an important conversation with Daniel. (Nothing bad, just... important, and nothing we're ready to share yet.)

I tell you nothing favorably disposes someone toward anything that's going to happen in an evening like being greeted at the door by this cutie.

(Just for the record, I did nothing to instigate this - she asked for help putting on the wig, and then she asked for help putting on the princess crown.)

Our talk went really well... even better than I'd hoped for... Just so's ye who are concerned can set your minds at ease.

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  1. Hashimotos sounds like a real nuisance.

    1. In terms of inconvenience, it's a lot like diabetes, except that the foods you need to avoid are different.

      Part of the trouble I'm experiencing is the fact that it's still a relatively new diagnosis for me, so I'm still getting used to the changes I've needed to make!

      I'm actually really grateful that I've been diagnosed. I've had a lot of minor health problems for years that didn't seem to be related to one another. It turns out that they were all related to this. Now that I know about it, I've been able to manage it, and those minor health problems have all gotten a lot better. :-)