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Whew!

I'm swearing to myself that I'll sit down and write an actual post before I leave for Double Wars, but I've been running errands all morning, and I'm exhausted.

It looks like I have Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism (my antibodies are positive), but since my hormone levels are still within the normal range, they'll check on me in 6 months.  Personally, I'd prefer to see if a little bit of hormone replacement will stop my hair falling out and my skin doing a creditable imitation of a crocodile, but I can wait for the next checkup to whine at them.  It's not a big deal - 3-5% of the population has it, and it's perfectly manageable.  It has to go untreated for an extremely long time to get to the "fall down/coma/death" stage.

Anyway, once I've got my act together, I have a fun post on starching standing ruffs with potato starch.  I have pictures, even.  I promise I'll post it before we leave on Thursday.  After that, I'm getting my Swedish freak on, and embarking on the Attack Laurel World Tour (scheduled stops:  Geneva, Switzerland, Copenhagen, Denmark - both just passing through -  then:  Tyringe, Sweden, and London England.  It's a small-ish world tour, but I'm told I'm big in Europe).

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christianet
May. 7th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Glad they were able to nail down the diagnosis; I know someone else with Hashimoto's, just diagnosed recently in fact.

Something that may improve the hair/skin is selenium supplementation:

http://dearthyroid.org/hashimoto’s-thyroiditis-a-plug-for-selenium/

Also talk with your doctors about other vitamins/minerals you can use:

http://sarah-tomley.suite101.com/minerals-and-supplements-for-hashimotos-disease-a101718

And yes, low-grade thyroid hormone replacement, if they get you on that, will help.

Edited at 2012-05-07 05:36 pm (UTC)
snailstichr
May. 7th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
Hey - if you're planning on world domination, it looks like you are starting with places worth the effort! Have a lovely tour.
amadejska
May. 7th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
Double Wars!!!!
Yay! Can't believe it's less than a week before we have you over as our Guest of Honour!
And we'll make sure you get to have some down time in between all the geeking people will want to do with you! See you soon!

/Katheryn
(Annika)
who hasn't even started to pack yet
fabricdragon
May. 7th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
i would snarl at them to start treatment NOW
yes even minor corrections will indeed fix most of those issues.

in the meantime i seem to recall that there are some OTC things that can nHELP until you get to real treatment... but i dont recall what they are.

since right now i have the google fu of a dead skunk, i leave it to you to start looking, but when in doubt adding flax seed and fish oil to your diet is always good (unless you are allergic, then its not)
theodorad
May. 8th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Have an awesome time and totally travel safe and know that is my sewing machine weren't all weird and malfunctioning, in would totally make you a attack laurel worldmtour tshirt just so I could make Bob one that says roadie.

Miss y'all.
helblonde
May. 8th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
There is currently debate amongst physicians about what the normal range of thyroid hormones. The long-standing "normal" measurement of Free T4 is less than 5 (but greater than some tiny fraction which doesn't come to mind at the moment). Endocrinologists are now looking at that higher number because that is the max an average person can be without the spiral into Very Bad Symptoms, but it really isn't *normal* for most folks. The newer top end of the range is around 3.5. If your Free T4 number is in the 3-5 range, you might ask to begin supplementation sooner.

As a fellow hypothyroid sufferer, I can't say how good it feels to have normal thyroid levels.
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