Monday, July 23, 2012

Getting Back in the Game, Summer Fun

Getting Back in the Game—I Hope
I have been WAY out of the blog loop. The past several months I’ve had to simplify, and blogging and keeping up on my friends’ blogs went by the wayside. I hope to get back in the game.

I’m diseased! It’s not life threatening, but I have been diagnosed with a new-to-me disease: Hashimoto’s Disease. I already knew I had thyroid disease (hypothyroidism—of course, the kind that makes you tired and slows your metabolism). The past few years I’ve been SO tired, but I could manage it until I started working part-time. With all of the kids in school, I would take a nap right after lunch and that kept me going. After beginning work about a year ago, though, there was no time in my schedule for a nap and I realized just how painfully exhausted I was. 

I decided to go to the doctor to find out why I was so fatigued. My doctor was awesome—she had me tested for everything she could think of. They took 10 vials of blood to test! Turns out I had Hashimoto’s Disease, which is an auto-immune disease where antibodies attack the thyroid (probably the reason I’ve had thyroid disease for at least 12 years, but perhaps was getting worse as I had noticed a significant decrease in energy the past few years). 

Treatment is to find the right balance of Synthroid (T4 thyroid hormone, which I was already taking) and Cytomel (T3 thyroid hormone). Turns out it’s not that easy to find the right balance. I’m on the third try of dosage balancing (with 6 week intervals between blood tests), and still not sure we have it right. I’m trying to have patience. I’m tired of being tired. Blah. It helps that I’m on a break from work right now (I probably will start back up in a few weeks—my temp job ended and they’re trying to hire me on permanently).
I hope to get blogging again, but it may be hit and miss for awhile.

 Not really sure what I'm looking at here, but the website said "Hashimoto's Disease at 4x magnification".

Summer Fun
As for this summer, I didn’t take many pictures, and we didn’t have any big vacations planned. We decided to stay home this summer and save money (read: not spend money we didn’t have) and do fun local things instead. 

Note to D.C. Family: Watch out! We may not be going anywhere this summer but next summer we’re heading your way!

I didn’t want the kids to feel like they missed out on what I call “Summer Fun!” so they helped me make a list of things they wanted to do. Plus, they had to endure my quest for seeing and doing things that are quirky and off-the-beaten-path. I think we succeeded! I’m posting this summer report now, because Dillon starts school tomorrow and his summer break is over (he’s in year-round school, or “balanced calendar” as they call it). We documented our Summer Fun on posters in the upstairs hallway. Look for such items as:

- Seeing the tallest (and ugliest) Abraham Lincoln statue in the world!

- Taking the kids to a drive-in movie for the first time

- Getting Dillon up-to-date on classic kids movies we somehow deprived him of in his first 8 years of life

- Aaron canoeing for 20 miles and biking for 50 miles (gotta love scouting!)

- Getting Dillon’s arm broken and ankle sprained (not strictly summer ‘fun’, but it was a summer event).

- Going to Thornton’s (almost) every Saturday for Saturday Slushies!


  1. Poor Amy! It's no fun to be tired all the time. Hope they get the dosage worked out. I'm impressed with all the fun things you did this summer! And, summer is a great time to be lazy and do nothing. A great restorative.

  2. Fun post! Thanks for introducing me to a new disease--never heard of that one, sorry you have to deal with it. Next summer--if you have a spare hour, can we be part of the DC "family" that gets to see you? No pressure. :) Love the posters!

    1. I just saw this new reply feature--I'll try it. Yes! We'd love to see you. We'll put it on the itinerary.

    2. Natalie--I couldn't find your email address--so I hope tracking you down this way works...we're planning our DC trip for this summer. We'll be there July 6 - 10. July 10th will probably be our least busy day (we're getting lots of sight-seeing in this visit), but let me know if something would work for us to drop by!

  3. I'm so sorry about the thyroid and Hashimoto's. That must be so hard. When I was pregnant, I had terrible back pain (sciatica) and couldn't do anything, and it's so hard to feel so NOT YOURSELF. It was very depressing for me. I hope it's not so bad for you. I have a friend struggling with the same thyroid-dosage thing you are, and I know it is ROUGH. Patience is nice in theory! ha ha I hope they get it right for you soon! xoxo

    I LOVE your posters of the things you did this summer. I had a small flashback of the beautiful envelopes I used to get from you when we were teenagers!! Do you remember that? Your skills have always been amazing. Anyway, you've done some cool stuff!! I was laughing at the classic movies you "updated" Dillon on. I periodically think of things that my kids are "deprived" of--things that are sort of iconic America. Like recently we drove past a 7-11 and I thought, "I don't think my kids have ever had a Slurpee!" (I'm remedying that this week! ha ...not that you have to have more than one in your life, but you should have ONE!)

    I know blogs have to go by the wayside sometimes, but I must say it's nice to catch up with you again!! :)

  4. We'd love to see you! We'll put it on the itinerary. :)

  5. FROM ANGELA: (Sorry-somehow I rejected your comment) I love stay-cations! You guys did some great stuff! Plus, I just discovered Thortons this summer and Sonic drinks are dead to me now :) This kids love love love their slushies. I hope they figure out the bloodwork in the next few rounds - it took me about 5 years just to figure out the synthroid/iron balance.

  6. I hope they quickly find the right balance. 'Glad to hear you're coming our way next summer. Let me know when you're thinking because we might be driving to Wash. state in Aug.


    1. You guys are going to drive all the way to Washington State!?! Wow. Anyway, we'll come in June or the first half of July--we'll coordinate with everyone before we schedule.