Thursday, July 22, 2010

Off topic a bit, just because!

On to the off-topic part of this post. Since I somewhat un-school, I like to create life-application projects for the kids to do. A couple years ago they had to create something to sell at a local Farmer's Market and learn all about buying & selling. They still talk about it to this day! This year we've decided to write and publish a magazine to get them to further develop their writing and creative skills. The goal is to get other kids, esp homeschooling kids, to find a new interest in writing and sharing. Maybe even write articles about things they've learned so other kids can read about it and learn too. There's just something special when a kid learns something and teaches it to another kid as they play together.

So here it is:

Click on the image and you can get a small peek at the magazine for those that are interested. The kids only get $1.55 for each magazine that sells so this is not about making money. Right now the publisher has a 25% discount sale so it will be even cheaper for those purchased now. This is a good diversion for our family as we've been dealing with a lot of seizures with the middle child and this past week our eldest has had several night ones! Add a broken leg to the mix and well, we've had one heck of a summer already!

Until the kids fully understand the graphic arts and putting things together, I help them in those areas. Otherwise they've written pretty much everything else in the magazine! They are hoping kids from everywhere will start participating. I am so proud of them!!


We went rustic camping last weekend and I was a little bummed because I didn't have a suit that fit right. Big boobs really are a curse. But, luck was with me on Friday when we were shopping for suits for the girls. Boy do they grow up fast! Anyway, I found a suit top that fit wonderfully and actually looked nice enough for me to consider strutting! LOL! So camping went well and the kids had a blast and I got to swim!! woohoo!!

I went off hcg for a break and have not started up yet. I have been going thru another season of emotional growth, I think because I really feel ok with how I look right now. I am completely shocking myself! LOL! Hubby's been taking the cell salts for his thyroid and we realized the other day that he is healing!! I am always a tad skeptical with anything actually working, whether px or natural. So far the homeopathy has not failed me yet!

So how do I know his thyroid is on the mend? For the first time in years he has interest in flirting with me & following thru with the flirt! I know, TMI, but I never realized how much the thyroid regulates desire for intimacy until my friend started dessicated thyroid and her drive went from 0 to 100 and was shocked! So that was the first change.

2nd change: he takes the remedies in the morning and he is not so drop-dead tired all day. He says he hits a 2:30 slump where the keyboard tells him he is zoning by spelling out ttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt for a couple lines!

3rd change: He is coming home and NOT GRUMPY!

4th change: his intestines are actually digesting food. He's suffered with IBS since his tour in Desert Storm in 1991. This makes sense because this kind of trauma will really throw the endocrine system out of whack. He ate corn the other day and normally it comes out within an hour. It took a full 24 hours before being seen again! He seems to be having less and less IBS flares too.

Those are the immediate changes I see in him. His overall moodiness is getting less and he's been reading to the kids every night for a couple weeks! I am SO proud of him!!

I stopped the Armour and started the remedies too. It seems to take about 2 hours to start working and waking me up in the morning but I noticed it takes the edge off my pain as well. The smallest changes are noticed and I'm getting OK with how I look. (insert BIG smile!)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Reverse T3

I had to start protocol again because I listened to the doc's advice and stopped dairy and started back on the thyroid meds. I gained 5 lbs in a week!

Thankfully the hcg is getting it back off.

I finally got my lab results. I've been researching the meanings because the doc 'needs' to see me ($95 visit) to discuss the results. I think I may call tomorrow and explain that I am not spending $95 for her to tell me labs are normal. I will go in if they are not normal and she has a treatment plan. I'm really tired of the BS that steals my money. I do have a back up plan. My friend found a more local doc that is not intimidated by patients and is a good doc for helping people with thyroid problems.

Here are my latest results. (I am shocked she didn't take complete thyroid panel since it's been almost 2 years!):

Reverse T3: 366
Candida IgA: positive
Vit D3: 42 (seems it should be above 50)
H-pylori: negative

I was mostly interested in the Reverse T3, which will state if my body is storing my thyroid hormones or not. I've found 2 sites about these levels. Supposedly there is more meaning when compared to Free T3 at the same time. Both were not taken at this last drawing (grh). One site said anything above 150 is bad. Another said anything above 250 is bad. So it seems that my thyroid may be 'bad'. Surprise, surprise.

By taking Armour, I increase this RT3 problem and it takes 6 weeks or so of no medication to get my body fully emptied of the RT3. Before this test was taken, I had stopped the Armour and only took it occasionally because it didn't really seem to help. So if my labs were still high and I had not been regular on meds, that makes me wonder how high it would have been if I was taking it like I should have! The therapy to reverse this problem is to take a T3 only medication (like synthroid). The very thing I asked her to do with me awhile back and she said that therapy didn't work. So, I am really curious to what she will do.

ahhhh, the saga continues.....

Here's a few sites I've wandered across in researching:

weight loss and hormones (confirmation about the whole leptin and low carb diets I found about last fall among other things that puts pieces together)

Stop The Thyroid Madness (an excellent website about thyroid and un-diagnosed thyroid problems and what to do about it.)

RT3 and thyroid resistance (a compilation of information from a yahoo group called RT3)

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Another interesting note, I found that there is a little-diagnosed disease often called Hashimoto's Encephalopahty. Sometimes, people with hashimoto's gets the thyroid antibodies attacking the brain. Symptoms in pediatric patients: seizures, trembling, loss of memory, convulsions, lowered brain function.....

When I read this, I felt a sudden leap in my gut. My 9 yo daughter has hashi's and recently has been having all those symptoms! The anti-seizure meds don't seem to be doing anything. So, hopefully one of the 2 docs will listen and consider the possibility! The treatment would be just like when her kidney flared several years ago: steroids/low doses of chemo drugs to stop the flare. While I'm not too happy about those meds, they are less toxic than the seizure meds!

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maybe I am getting closer to a healing!