It's been a long few weeks. I'm still in Physical therapy 2-3 times a week. Resting a lot. And pretty much... it's been depressing. I want to be up and doing things, but at the same time it doesn't matter, because I just can't make myself do it.
Dr. Klug has my blood work results, so I drove over an hour into Kansas to go over it.
my thyroid seems to be functioning just fine. I was happy, perplexed,
and shocked all at the same time. How could that be if I have every
symptom of hypothyroidism? Dr. Klug said she can't figure it out ...
she was sure I had a severe thyroid problem. Well... good news, I
on... I'm not anemic. My cholesterol is 215, but that's only up 15
points in the last 11 years, and it's considered very good considering
my family's history with it (I have a brother whose cholesterol was
900!), so I'm not too worried about it. There were a few other numbers
that were higher than they should be, but she says it's due to pain,
which in turn makes these numbers rise, so she's not going worry about
it other than to say it should top priority to get my pain eliminated.
Sounds good to me.
So here's what Dr. Klug did find out:
I have Adrenal Exhaustion! Also known as "your body is completely wiped out"
I did ask a doctor or two to check for this, but I got the same usual
answer: ::patronizing smile:: You don't need that. You're young. You
just need to not eat so much and exercise a lot more. Psssh. Hey,
buddy, if I can weather several pregnancies, attend and graduate
college, move my family four times AND take care of my kids who are very
needy (medically speaking), all while feeling like a truck ran over me,
backed up, and ran over me again, then I am pretty sure I'm much
stronger of a person than you'll ever be. So shut it. <end rant>
actually cried when she told me the diagnosis. I didn't sob or anything
like that, but I definitely needed a tissue. I said "you wouldn't
believe how many people have told me to "just stop eating" or "if you
would just exercise" or commenting on my mood, or being tired, or...,
or..., or. She said "Yes, those things don't work for you because you're
body thinks you're about to die, or course you can't do those things!"
you read the link about then you know a bit about what your adrenals
do. Mine are function at 1.7 which is about 2% of what they should be.
Dr. Klug said "no wonder you are so tired all of the time! according to
your adrenals, you're nearly dead!" She says my body is starting to shut
down because of the low numbers. Not shutting down in the sense that
I'm dying, but that my body just can't handle stress and activity like
asked why I all of sudden felt worse than usual. After talking things
over, she believes it was the move that drove me of the edge, so to
speak. I did move everything (except for my kitchen...a friend helped
with that) boxed, packed, unloaded, unpacked, all of it, on my own. Tom
had a series of trips out of town, and I really wanted to surprise him
with an intact house we he finally came back home.
suppose she's right, because that was just about the time the blog
really started to suffer--I was just too tired--when my pain became
worse, the depression set in...blah blah blah.
So I asked her "what do I need to do in order to get better?"
She said I have to sleep. A lot. (that sounds good to me!)
I have to find the stressors and eliminate them out of my life. (Easier said than done, I suppose, but I'll try.)
I have to eat well. Drink a lot of water. (Can do.)
I have to learn to listen to my body. So if I'm out running errands and realize I feel tired, I have to go home and sleep.
can't be a "list person" (some would say "Type A") anymore. I have to
choose one or two small goals for the day and don't go beyond that.
be taking a handful of supplements. One of which is a steroid, it's not
a strong one like Prednisone, but one your body already makes naturally
and in very low levels. (I can't remember what it's called. Darn it.)
the idea is that it gives your adrenals a rest, which means they can
rest up enough to start working on their own someday.
"Sooo, how long should this process take?" I ask.
really just depends on how much sleep/rest you get, and how well you
follow the supplement schedule. But I'd say it could be anywhere from 6
to 18 or 24 months."
what now?! 6 months... okay, fine. But 1-2 years of just sleeping and
quiet/low stress level chores?? Ewww. I am not excited about this at
all. Of course part of me wants to write the doctors who said "no" to
me, and say "I'd be all better by now if you had just run the test!" but
I suppose that wouldn't be very Christ-like. Oh well, between Dr. Klug
and Dr. Rob, I'm sure I'll be doing much better by this time next
have a lot of research to do on this. The cure for Adrenal Exhaustion is
totally not who I am and I still can't quite get my head around it.
saddest part for me is that I am going to have to put Elizabeth is
daycare/homecare. I've never had any of my kids in daycare or
preschools. I personally believe kids should be with their mothers for
the first five (if not longer... depending on the child) years of their
life. Of course, there are always exception to the rule. I have a
meeting with a couple who runs a daycare out of their home. They don't
have kids watch TV or movies (except on Friday mornings when it's Movie
Mornings), they are fans of Love and Logic when
it comes to discipline, they obviously love children, and they have a
very structured, but still fun schedule. And for the last few months
Elizabeth has demanded so much attention that I just can't keep up with
her. Last week she told me she needs a backpack because she wants to go
to school. It made me chuckle when she found an old one, and then
stepped into the van saying "I go skholl!" So, who knows, maybe she will
be overall more happy at this place a few times a week.
guess some of the good news is that once I recover from this, and
getting the progesterone supplement adjusted, Dr. Klug thinks I should
go on to have normal pregnancies. She says those who suffer from
Hyperemesis Gravidarum typically have it because the body is too low on
progesterone (but not low enough to cause a miscarriage) and also the
Adrenal Fatigue because it is too much of a stressor. So good news, I
asked about losing weight and why it just suddenly stopped even when I
was eating very well. She said because stress put on the body to lose
weight is such that the adrenals just wouldn't allow the process to go
forward. I told her I've gained 10 lbs just by sitting in bed (thanks to
these muscle issues) and I couldn't understand it since I've had very
little appetite. She says "Yes, that's common. That is how much your
body is in "conservation mode" It really believes you are starving and
in grave danger so it will absolutely store anything you eat and not
my orders for now are to go to bed as soon as I'm tired. Do not set an
alarm and sleep as late as possible. Do one or two small chores. Get a
nap. Eat well. And let go of stress.
have to figure out a way for food to fit in to our lives in a way that
doesn't require me to be on my feet all day, and doesn't drive Tom
batty. I am going to confess that last week we went to Sam's Club and
stocked up on a lot of meats that are ready to be popped into the oven.
Tom has had to take over pretty much the whole house, the kids, AND
work, so food has been a big hurdle. I ended up buying some cereal (with
coconut milk) for the kids. Given all the allergies breakfast has
become nearly impossible to navigate without it taking an hour or two.
She says I may have one or two other underlying conditions, but we can't get to those until I get my adrenals better.
if you are of the religious type please consider offering a few prayers
for me and my family. It's going to be a pretty big adjustment on