Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Be Still and Know That I Am God

Hashimoto's Disease

That's my official diagnosis. I went into the doctor because my hands were falling asleep at night (I tend to sleep in a little ball) and so my doctor gave me wrist guards (like when you're roller blading) to keep my wrists straight at night. And she drew some blood to make sure it wasn't anything else. In the process she found out that my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was high. That means that my thyroid needs more stimulation to do it's normal work. So I have hypothydroidism caused by Hashimoto's Disease (HD) which is the most common cause of hypothydroidism. You can read more about it by clicking on the link above.

The symptoms I have, that I didn't even think were symptoms, were fatigue...and I'll blame a little weight gain on this too. But I wasn't feeling sick. Some people can get really sick before they figure out that they have this. Actually, my sister, Andrea, was diagnosed with a goiter caused by a hyperthyroid. That's the opposite of an underactive thyroid. So who really knows...

I'm just disappointed because it's an autoimmune thing. That means my body is fighting against itself and that just stinks. I hate knowing that there's a "war" going on inside my body. I'm glad we figured it out early, but it's still hard to know that you have to be on medication for the rest of your life. Lots of people have this disease, so I know it will be ok. I just have to have a few freak out-crying moments and then I'll feel better.

Please be praying for me and for our family.

Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am GOD.