Musings on an evening where I pushed the monitor button to record the moment
Saturday October 16th 2021, 10:18 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

There was an article on Graves disease in the Washington Post today. I found it very timely, because that diagnosis is in my chart but nobody’s ever told me much about it beyond the word itself. One endocrinologist retired after ordering the antibody tests, one went on maternity leave, one filled in temporarily, and I haven’t gotten back there in so long–covid being most of that time–that it kind of dropped through the cracks because I simply didn’t need to go in.

My autoantibodies for both hyper and hypo thyroidism generally duke it out pretty much to a standstill.

But it would explain some of this stuff, including the almost two pounds lost these past two weeks. And here I was thinking juggling yarn balls all day long was proving a surprisingly good if implausible diet.

If it is the Graves, it would be quite treatable.

A text came in as I was typing this: I just promised the friends who stopped by last night that I would call them if we need any help whatsoever. She’s young, but she’s had heart experience, successfully treated and fine now. Some people are just easy to turn to anyway, and then you learn more and more why.

*To clarify: the heart monitor’s recording for two weeks straight. They want me to push the button to footmark my notes on it.

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I’ll have to check out that article. I was diagnosed with Graves Diseases in 2009, and had my thyroid killed with radioactive iodine 3 years later. Unfortunately, my version is *not* the lose-weight version – 10% of patients gain weight. Sigh. I have had trouble with endocrinologists acknowledging that the disease continues even after the thyroid is no longer active. Thankfully, I have found one now who does understand. Thanks for the reference to the article!

Comment by Pegi F 10.17.21 @ 6:18 am

I hope you’re able to get some answers. Medical stuff: when it’s not difficult, it’s scary!

Comment by ccr in MA 10.17.21 @ 1:11 pm

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