Monday, March 07, 2016

Hashimoto's Update

After talking with a friend, I realized that I had paid a ridiculous amount of money out of pocket to my alternative practitioner (who was also an MD) for less-than-stunning results -- I didn't need to see my "witch doctor" to go gluten-free and she never did change my meds to include T3, which was what I wanted when I went to her. I only saw an alternative practitioner in the first place because of my dismissive mainstream doc, I was always skeptical about it.

So I quit seeing her and got a referral to a new endocrinologist, with assurances that he was less rigid than my original doctor. He put me on Armor, which did seem to help normalize my body temperature and improved my skin. Armor is expensive and the tablets are huge and hard to swallow. My doctor also wanted me to take a half dose once a  week, so now I'm taking Nature-Throid now, which is about 1/3 the cost, and it seems to be helping. I will know for sure when I get my tests in a few more weeks.

I wish I had asked for a referral to another endocrinologist instead of wasting time and money with the alternative practitioner. I thought I'd post this to help others going through the same thing.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

I'm still here

I realize I haven't posted for a while. I was going through a frustrating job search, and I wasn't in the mood to post much. I have been working on contract since June -- my contract was renewed for a few months in December, but the project I am working on is winding down, and I didn't see any hope of continuing it. I had an interview with a company I was really excited about, but they found someone with more experience -- though I felt like it went well, it didn't end in a job. I was really terrified of being out of work -- though my husband makes a good income, we couldn't live on his alone.

I ended up getting what I had given up on -- another extension of my contract, this time until the end of the year. I will be working in the learning and development department and will be getting lots of great new experience -- I'll get to see how a world-class company does talent development. I'm very hopeful about it -- it will put me in a better position to find something internal, and I'll be developing new skills that should make me more marketable externally.

In other news, I'm giving a TEDx talk next weekend. I'm still working on my talk but it is about work and how it relates to identity -- obviously something that has been on my mind.

My triathlon training continues -- I have decided not to go with a coach this time, and see what I can do on my own. I've already registered for a few races and am going to add a couple more to my schedule. I was afraid to commit to too much without knowing I would be working. Triathlons are expensive.

Finally, my husband and I are cutting back on expenses to pay down debt. I don't want to feel the panic I was feeling ever again. I gave up my Gwynnie Bee subscription, which I loved, because I decided I'd rather put that money toward feeling more financially stable. I'm glad I bought some of my favorite pieces. I really enjoyed the service and maybe I'll pick it up again in the future.

Hopefully I haven't lost everyone because of my long break. I have noticed a lot of my fellow bloggers slowing down. I think Facebook and Instagram and even Periscope are stealing some of the blogging thunder. I still check in with my old favorites now and then to see what's new.  I'm hoping to start updating more often, too.
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