Monday, July 24, 2017

Our family keeps growing

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hashimotos with a Plan

So, I finally had my appointment with a doctor I will try before I go on medication. She is a Chiropractor that practices in Sherman Oaks California. She does things very differently than Scott. She is very nutritionally based. So, I will start there and see where this journey takes me.
My first visit was on Feb. 23, 2011.
Here is a list of things I am to do to help myself.
1. Suggest thyroid antibodies testing for my relatives.
2. Avoid the microwave. (Take it out of the kitchen and use toaster oven to reheat things.)
3. Only eat raw chocolate. No heated, factory made chocolate. I can look at whole foods for sunfood raw cacao powder. I can't boil hot chocolate.
4. Stop taking all supplements except the ones she will give me.
5. Google raw recipes to find ways to eat the food I have.
5. Measure and drink 32 oz of water first thing when I wake up.
6. Measure and drink 2 more quarts before I have any dinner.
7. Avoid soda.
8. Lay flat 9 hours a day. Preferably sleeping, but if I can't sleep then read a book. 9 pm bedtime.
9. My diet should be 80 % raw.
10. No flax oil, but I can grind up flax in a coffee grinder and sprinkle on foods if I want.
11. 20 tablets of Super E-P-A. and 3 tablets of Beso after dinner.
12. Use cell phone rarely. Texting OK, but keep it away from my thyroid.
13. Purchase home test kit for the TSH test. They have it online.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hashimoto's Hypothyroiditis

So, I went to the doctor to find out why my body randomly gets hives and swells. I say randomly because I couldn't make it happen even trying to test out things for allergic reactions. It didn't follow a set cycle and it didn't hit me when I was totally stressed. We did the entire allergy test on my back and then he called for a blood test too. He was good and checked for a bunch of stuff. Well, I am allergic to things that didn't surprise me like dust mites and a little to cats. I am also allergic to weed, grass, and a little to garlic. Never really noticed the garlic before so that surprises me.
Well, after talking to me and seeing the allergy test on my back he asked about thyroid problems in my family. Ha! Well, both my sisters and my mom all have thyroid problems and are on medication. That wasn't a good sign, I guess.
The day I went back to see the blood results he was telling me every test was looking good. Cholesterol good, etc. Then he looked at the thyroid which was just a little low. But the other tests show that my TSH is 38.6 and should be less than 5 and my Thyroid Peroxidase is 121 and it should be < 60. Yipes! So, Those levels are extremely high trying to make sure the thyroid produces enough because the thyroid isn't working. I am not happy. I am not happy at all about that.

A problem that requires lifelong medication to feel normal was not in my life plan.

So, what am I going to do? I will torture myself as I self experiment with diet for a while to see how good I can get it with healthy eating and supplements. Now that I know the truth so many things are making sense to me.

I know why I lost my drive to get up early and get that early morning workout done. I know why when I think of the best things to do it usually entails sitting or laying around. It doesn't mean playing frisbee or being active in any way.

The best part is I know why that muffin top just won't go away. The worst part is that there is no real hope for the muffin top to go away ever. Working hard is OK with me and always has been. Working hard and having zero results - that is just depressing.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My daughter's daughter

My daughters daughter.

I am a grandmother now. Wow. It was an amazing thing to watch my daughter give birth. Cami is amazing. She was calm and in control. She was so prepared to give birth that when I got there only about an hour before the birth I could not tell by looking at her at what stage or how hard labor was for her. I was thinking it might be a long while before she had this baby. When the nurse midwife came in and measured her though she was at 9 cm. A nurse stayed with her the entire time after that and they hooked her up to the fetal heart monitor. Only one time they both came in and seemed to be a little insistent about that. I guess because Cami was laying on her side the monitor wasn’t getting a consistent reading. They were telling us in pretty polite terms that they weren’t ok with the way things were going. So, to let them know we weren’t trying to be difficult, I asked “what do you need?” And all they needed was for Cami to roll a little more toward her back. She did and they started to monitor the baby and seemed happy about it.
The Nurse midwife, Cheryl, was getting all the delivery things ready. Cami started pushing with the contractions. To me it seemed at first a pretty long process to get the baby engaged into the birth canal. Then, I watched Carli crown and the head didn’t recede any more into the birth canal but stayed put. Finally the nurse midwife told Cami to keep it coming and that cued Cami into pushing more to get Carli out until she was told not to push so they could check the cord. (No cord around the neck.) Moments later she was born, sniffed,and placed on Cami’s belly so she could rub her all up and down and make her turn from the blue to pink. 6 pounds and 12 ounces. 8:36 am and 19 inches long. She is so tiny. I never had a baby so little. She looks like a Strasser. She has the cute little chin and lips and her ears are little and flat against her head.
After she was born and pinked up the nurse took her and they put her under the light to warm her up. I was surprised at how they didn’t clean her up very well, but still didn’t really let Cami hold her. That was probably because Cami was stitched up. I am very skeptical about Cami needing stitches. Carli was so cone headed and I never saw anything that looked like it would cause tearing. The nurse midwife said it wasn’t bad, but bad enough to need a few stitches. I hope she didn’t do it just to get a few more dollars out of the event. Even after the stitches they made Cami wait a bit to hold Carli saying she needed to get warm first and wrapped her up in three blankets before giving her to Cami. I was surprised that they didn’t sniff out more fluids from her when they took her from Cami.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

What is Heaven?

What is heaven?

I glimpsed heaven today.
We wake up our children @ 5:20 AM to say prayers and read scriptures.
School just started and we are on morning 4 of our plan. Just long enough to be feeling the effects of less sleep and the stress of new deadlines.
So, what is heaven?
Heaven is a family full of individuals who have hearts knit together. A unity of purpose that is beyond our own. A unity in our desire to live as our Heavenly Father knows we should. It is showing our Faith in Jesus Christ thorough our actions. Today this action is the simple act of getting up at an early hour and reverently kneeling for Family Prayer.
Heaven is a mother waking up her children and before she can finish brushing her teeth seeing them all kneeling and waiting for her to join them.
Heaven is knowing they are willing to Follow God’s plan.
Heaven is knowing they all care as much as I do.
Heaven is appreciating their actions that lead to a peaceful morning.
Heaven is the peace we feel because of our obedience.
Heaven is feeling united in such a good purpose.
Heaven is being blessed with the added spirit that comes from our actions.
Heaven is believing we are here because of so many years of doing the same thing.
Heaven is seeing the work when they were young has paid off.
Heaven is being a family.


I believe the world could create heaven if everyone would be as willing to Follow God’s Plan .
I believe the world could create heaven if everyone would care as much.
I believe the world could create heaven if everyone would be united in such a good purpose.
I believe the world could create heaven if everyone would be blessed with the added spirit that comes from good actions
I believe the world could create heaven if everyone would choose peace through obedience
I believe the world could create heaven if everyone believed we could get there after many years of doing the simple things.
I believe the world could create heaven if everyone would appreciate actions that lead to a peaceful morning
Heaven is being a family

8/31/2006