Remember my last post? That post where I talked of having some health issues, but was optimistic about recovery and ready to start feeling better?!
Yeah. Not two hours after that post, I decided to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having by taking Charlie for a much needed walk. If you know me, you know I don’t take walks in parks or on the sidewalk through town. I’m a nature-lover. I get out into the woods and go for a hike, and there, I find a sense of peace and calm that I often can’t find elsewhere.
Well. It was on this walk that I ended up tripping over a tree root, and rolling my ankle.
Now, you’re talking to the girl who sprains her ankle every few years. I have weak ankles (thanks Dad! I still love you.), so you could say I’m used to it.
But this, folks, was the mother of all ankle rolls. Not only did I sprain it, but I also fractured two different bones in my ankle.
I’m in this clunky, heavy “boot” cast to support the ankle until the end of the month. After that, I’ll be switched to a smaller brace, and also start physical therapy.
Can you imagine how bummed I was? First off, I despise crutches. I was ordered to be on them for a week, or until I could put weight on my foot without ANY pain. While the boot is annoying, I can deal with that.
THEN I’m told I can’t work for TWO weeks.
I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, and maybe some of you are thinking “Girl! That’s vacation!”
Well, sure. If I wasn’t healing a messed up ankle and could actually do things, it totally would be!
But what really took the wind out of my sails was the phone call I got from my doctor just after I’d gotten home from the orthopedic.
When they’d tested me for Lyme, they had also run a full panel. They were calling to tell me that my thyroid levels were very low, and thus, I was/had hypothyroid. I was to take medication every morning for the next two months, and then the conversation was over.
What? That’s it? No office appointment to discuss this? Nothing?
To be honest, I was angry. And it only reinforced my belief that our medical system is far too quick to dole out medication without taking the time to sit down with people and discuss exactly what the issue is, how we’re going to be treating it, and if there are any alternatives.
I was angry that my doctor didn’t feel the need to discuss anything with me, and instead, had the nurse call. It was clearly a hurried conversation, and it was painfully obvious the nurse was busy and didn’t feel she had the time to sit and answer my questions.
I know it isn’t a death sentence, or anything too serious, but it is my health, and it’s definitely a concern. So I hit the internet to read up on this condition I, admittedly, knew nothing about.
And the more I read, the angrier I became. All this information, including further tests that should be done, dietary changes that should be made, and supplements that can help. All this information that, I feel, my doctor should have called me in to discuss.
It took me a few days to lose this anger, to remind myself it was a wasteful and non-productive emotion. Instead, I’ve been striving to remain calm and positive. I’ve already begun to search for a new healthcare provider, one that focuses more on holistic treatments. I’ve continued to do research and implement changes to my diet, and my lifestyle, that will support a healthy thyroid.
Within the next few weeks, I’m planning on doing a more in-depth post about being hypothyroid, including symptoms and other effects it has on your body. I had no idea I had it, and now that I understand the issue and symptoms, I realize I’ve had many of them for a long time now.
Anyways! I apologize for such a long, melancholy post, but I believe in honesty and openness. And I believe that many health issues need to be talked about so people suffering from them can get help. Over 20 million people in the US suffer from thyroid issues, and yet only 40% are actually diagnosed. A majority of people are suffering symptoms and perhaps getting mis-diagnosed, or told it’s nothing. This is why I am so adamant that we need to take charge of our health, and our healthcare, and be our biggest advocate.
I hope all my readers are enjoying beautiful weather, and abundant health and happiness.
Keep it real, y’all!