It's been difficult to have a positive attitude lately. We have been having a hard time getting my thyroid kick started. In November and December, things were going well, and then I had a setback. The meds weren't working, and I reacted adversely to any new ones we tried. I had gone down two sizes, but gradually took it all back in. My worst problem with this disease is the swelling from inflamation. The edema is so severe, it is painful. I know when I wake up each morning how I am going to do by how badly my ribs hurt. My toes feel like I could poke them with a pin and they would squirt water. I wish it were that easy.
I think I sabotaged myself. I gave up on my diet, truly believing that what I ate did not affect my symptoms. I continued to be gluten and dairy free, for the most part. I love tomatoes, and I wanted to not be affected by them. Dumb, but I finally have to admit that the nightshade vegetables are a big issue for me.
So, I am back on the Paleo Leap again. I am also drinking 10 ounces of coconut water a day to help with the swelling. I was whining the other day about how yucky it had gotten to be, when my husband started singing "Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up". Well, darn, if it doesn't make it more palatable. I had been adding lemon, but lime is much better. In addition to the coconut water, I am taking 400mg of Potassium at night.
I had a family event to go to on Saturday, and I could not fit into any of my clothes. I went in to Nordstroms, where I don't usually shop, but I needed help. I started crying when I told the clerk what I needed. She was amazing, and set me up with a beautiful orange skirt, an aqua tank top, and a multi colored floral cardigan.
Three days later, I am down two sizes again.
Yesterday I went on my Monday hike with the Tukwila Trailers, a group of senior women who go out hiking for two hours every Monday, rain, snow, or shine. I love this group. I was dismayed to discover I had very little energy, and found myself bringing up the rear. Fatigue is my second worst symptom.
After we hike, we all go out to lunch. This is also very difficult, since it is hard to find something on the menu I can eat. I'm finding a bacon burger without bun, tomato or cheese will be good. Or, a salad is a good option. Yesterday the fist bite of my salad told me it was from a bag, and often, those bagged salads have sulfites in them. I swelled up on the way home in the van.