Like a Surgeon

Every January I talk about how I’m going to become a better blogger. By the time February rolls around I realize that that’s a lie. I hope to change that this year. There are going to be a lot of changes. I have already started some. But first I’d like to catch you up on what’s been going on in my life.

As you know my thyroid hates me and has been plotting against me since 2012. At the end of 2015, I was taken off of the anti-thyroid medications that had been bogging me down for the previous 3 years. Not only were they cramping my style (because of like a thousand side effects), they were damaging my liver. My new Endo was like “Woah man! We need to take you off that crap like right meow.” Okay, she said it more professionally, but you get the idea. So she took me off the meds and I started seeing rainbows and cartoon birds everywhere I went. Well not really, but I was starting to feel better. I wasn’t as lethargic and I actually felt like doing things. My chronic back pain wasn’t as bad and I was able to go to the gym and work on my fitness with Fergie. Towards the end of the year, I had lost 30 pounds and I thought that it could only get better. Sike! I started feeling crappy again. My tremors were back and so was my lethargy and chronic pain. I shook my fists at the heavens and yelled “Why!?!” while rain poured on my face and dramatic music played in the background. I went back to my Endo so she could run some tests and charge me 5 million dollars. Her conclusion? I was hyperactive again. Not just a little, but super, turbo hyper active. My Graves antibodies were through the roof. They are supposed to be at 35 or lower. Mine were a little over 2,000. Yes, I used three zeros there. With this news she gave me two options: remove it with surgery or kill it with radioactive iodine. The second one seemed sketch, so I was like “yeah give me that surgery,yo.” Just kidding I don’t really talk like that, but you know what I mean. Another reason I picked the surgery was because my sister had it done lasted year and it turned out very well for her. Fast forward to today, I met with my surgeon. This was the same surgeon that my sister had, the one recommended to me by my Endo. He did an exam on my neck and said I didn’t have any nodules (which I already knew), nor did I have cancer (which I also already knew). He said that because I had neither, he didn’t think that I should get the surgery. That was a relief because I really didn’t want the surgery. That just left me with the sketch radioactive iodine. Rut row. The surgeon and I discussed it though and it actually doesn’t seem so bad. He said that there may be some side effects, but that they’d be temporary. I’d also have to get a hotel room for a few days because I couldn’t be around people. So for this treatment, I take a pill that kills my thyroid and then I get to avoid people for a few days. Sounds like a win for me. I also wont have to miss as much work as I had originally thought which is nice. A couple of downsides to not having the surgery is I won’t get to have a cool battle scar that matches my sister’s. I also won’t get to keep Lestrade (my thyroid) in a jar. Haha that would have been gross and I totally wouldn’t have done it? Now all I have to do is wait to hear from my Endo telling me when to come in and get the treatment. Hopefully soon so I can just get it over with. Well I think I’ve bored you enough for tonight. That’s pretty much all I’ve been up to. If I think of more I will make another post later. I’m also going to make some 2017 goal blog posts so look for those. For now, Adieu.

[Side note: how I named my thyroid Lestrade. Greg Lestrade from BBC Sherlock is played by Rupert Graves. I have Graves Disease that is causing my thyroid problems. Well I thought I was being funny at least.]

Life Update

Religion:

About a month ago I started going back to the Mormon church. I had been missing it lately. I like being back. I know it’s where I need to be. From now on you’ll see Mormon related posts. I’ll still post about other things so don’t worry. I’ll still keep some Pagan practices as well. I’m actually doing a 90 day Book of Mormon challenge on my Instagram if you want to join in. My IG is @ldsgingerasrai.

Health:.

I don’t think I ever updated you on my thyroid levels. I went to my general physician and Endocrinologist and they both told me that my levels are normal! That’s awesome news. I still notice symptoms from my Hashimotos, but I have a lot more good days then bad days now. I really think that it was my Graves medication (Methimozole) that kept me sick. My new Endo said that my old Endo was over medicating me. She took me off my meds at the beginning of the year and ever since then I have slowly started feeling better.

I still haven’t gone back to doing Whole 30, but I’m really trying. When you’re on it you have to cook every meal. But that’s been hard because I don’t have the energy most days. I know that if I go back on that I will have energy. It’s a vicious cycle. I also need to plan my meals better, that’s a huge part of it. I’ll get back to it though. I really want to start taking care of myself. I want to keep my thyroid levels normal and get my Hashimotos under control.

I have signed up at Planet Fitness 3 weeks ago. I really enjoy going (when I have the energy). I try to go even when i don’t have the energy, but some days it’s really bad. I did good the first week, but these past two weeks I’ve only been a few times. I’m still losing weight most days. I’ve lost a total of 24 pounds!

Family:

My sister has been on her mission for a month now. Only 17 months left! I miss her so much, but she is doing the Lord’s work. She’s really enjoying it. I knew she would, she’s a great missionary.

On July 30th, my nephew Carter turned 3. I can’t believe how big he is getting! He’s such a character.

Full Moon Goal Motivation Spell

This is a spell to help you stay motivated while reaching your goals. This spell is to be done on the night of the full moon or the night prior.

Supplies:
-Index card
-Pencil or pen
-Scissors
-Gemstone (I’ll explain what kind later)
-Himalayan Pink Salt (optional)

Steps:

1. Cut the index card in half:

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2. Next write down the word “goal” and “steps” like in the picture below (doesn’t have to be exactly like the picture):

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3. Next, fill in your goal and the steps you want to take in order to reach your goal. Here’s one I did for my health:

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4. Design a sigil to draw on the back. [You can find sigil making tutorials online. I’ll be making one soon.] It can be as complicated or as simple as you like:

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5. After you draw up your sigil, say a prayer or incantation. I’m not going to include one here because I feel it’s best to say something from the heart. Feel free to call on a moon deity like Selene or Thoth.

6. This is where the gemstone and HPS come into play. Find a gemstone that goes with your goal. I used Blue Lace Agate foe mine. It’s specific for the thyroid. The Himalayan Pink Salt magnifies your intentions. Once you’ve found the stone you want to use, place the card writing side down on your window sill to be charged in the full moon. Place the gemstones and HPS on top.

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I like to keep mine in place the whole month so they are constantly being charged in the sun. If you keep yours up during the day, make sure the gemstone you use won’t get discolored by the sun. Some gemstones do that, like amethyst. If you do have one of these, place something over the stone to protect it from the sun. I used a shell, but you could use a piece of paper or pretty scarf.

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You can make as many of these cards as you want. Like I said, I leave mine on the sill at all times under the stone and HPS. I feel this works best. I tried putting them in a sachet to carry with me, but they instantly quit working when I did that.

Now watch as your goals are accomplished!

*Please note that you still have to put in effort to reach your goals. This spell is just to help keep you motivated.

Thyroid Update

I’ve gotten behind on my blogging again. Woops! Work has been busy and I’ve also been working on my taxes (I’m a horrible procrastinator). Taxes are tedious when you’re in business for yourself.

Anyway, on to the thyroid update! February 29th was my latest appointment with my Endo. They had me get bloodwork done before my visit so I could have the results once I got there. I asked them if I could go to the Quest near me instead of making the hour drive to their office just for bloodwork. They sent the lab request (supposedly) and I got my blood drawn and sent to my Endo. On the day of my appointment, I made the hour drive there then waited another hour past my appointment time just for them to tell me they had sent the wrong request. I made the trip for nothing. My Endo was supposed to be telling me how my levels were doing since she had weened me off my Methimozole. Since they didn’t do the right tests, she couldn’t tell me anything. I was pissed! They couldn’t have called me before I made the trip and waited an hour? I also had to pay a co-pay just for her to tell me nothing. While I was there they did the right blood tests and said they’d call me in a few days with the results.

Two weeks pass and still no call so I finally call them. Of course the nurses are always rude when I call. After holding and transferring I finally got my results! I don’t have to go back on my Methimozole and my thyroid levels are normal. That’s good news right? I’m just not sure what I’m supposed to do now. Since I didn’t get to talk to the doctor about my results, I’m not sure if I still have Hashimotos. I’m assuming since it’s an autoimmune disease I do, but just my thyroid levels have gone back to normal? I don’t know. My next appointment isn’t until June. The nurse also said I don’t have to go on Synthroid for hypothyroidism. I guess since my levels are normal I don’t have to do anything. She didn’t really tell me what to do. I’ll still control my diet and not eat inflammatory foods. I’ll still probably go on the Paleo diet just to be sure. I’m going to take this as good news though. My levels are normal! I just hope they stay that way.

Upcoming posts:
1. Sachet Tutorial (sorry guys, it’s coming. It’s been giving me trouble in editing.)
2. Book Review: Tempest Rising
3. Movie Review: The Danish Girl
4. Movie Reviews: Infinitely Polar Bear and The Spotlight
5. Tutorial: Witchy Mug

Thyroid & Chronic Pain Update

It’s exactly a month since I last posted. For that, I am only a little sorry. It’s because I’ve been so busy at work making it rain money!

It’s also been a while since I’ve done a thyroid update.

When I last saw my Rheumatologist, it was because my General doctor noticed my rheumatoid levels were high. The rheumatologist quickly dismissed that because “my levels were high, but not high enough to be rheumatoid arthritis”. What is the cause of my chronic pain then? He did some tests were he poked me in certain spots and asked me “does that hurt?”. After several “yes” and “no” answers, he finally said he wanted to do some “blood work”. He gave me an order to get some blood labs done at Quest. Then and left and I was charged $45. This I what I had waited an hour past my appointment time for.

I got my blood work done at Quest like I was supposed to. The rheumatologist office said I should hear from them in a few days for the results. Two weeks passed and I still hadn’t heard from them. I gave them a call and the nurse said that my results came back normal. I asked her what the doctor wanted me to do and she said he didn’t say. Thanks for the help. Not. So I didn’t have RA and I didn’t have Firbro. What now?

I decided to go back to my regular doctor. This was during December, the busy season at work, so I kind of forgot to call him for a while. When the pain got worse is when I remembered. When I did finally call, the nurse said that my doctor was going to be about for a while for neck surgery. The soonest I could get in was March 1st.

During my appointment with my doctor, I told him about what happened with the Rheumatologist. He said “there isn’t a blood test for fibromyalgia”. That’s comforting. He told me I need to go back to Dr. Stark (not Ironman unfortunately) and tell I’m still having pain and make him do something about. You mean you want me to pay $45 to tell a doctor to do the job he’s supposed to be doing? No thanks. I’ve found another rheumatologist through a client that also has Hashimotos. I’ll just get a referral to go to him. This client with Hashis was telling me about a disorder she got from a vitamin D deficiency (which I have). She said it’s called Osteomalacia. It causes pain in the bones (especially the lower back, hips, legs, and feet), the pain is worse at night, exhaustion, and weak muscles. These are all my symptoms! The doctor she is going to is Dr. Gonzales. He’s the one treating her for Osteomalacia. He has her on 50,000 iu of vitamin D and calcium. I’m going to call my doctor on Monday and get a referral for Dr. Gonzales. Hopefully he can help me too.

Thyroid Update
During my last thyroid update I told you I no longer had Graves Disease. I had an appointment with my Endo this post Monday (2/29/15). She was weaning me off my Methimozole. This visit I was supposed to get lab results back on my TSH and other T levels. The nurse said she’d send over the lab request to the Quest near me so I didn’t have to drive an hour just for blood work. I went and got my bloodwork done before my appointment like I was supposed to. When my appointment day came, I drove an hour to the office, waited 45 minutes part my appointment time, and paid $20. When I finally saw the doctor she said the wrong labs were sunny to Quest and that they didn’t have my results for my levels. That was the whole point of this visit! They took my blood for this visit and did they’d have results in a couple of days. The only reason why I’m pissed (besides the obvious) is because I’ve been off my Methimozole since February 5th and I can still feel my tremors. They’re not as bad as before I was diagnosed. But it still worries me. What if I went back to hyper and need to be on my meds again? Well idk bc I got the wrong results. I told my doctor about my tremors and she just said well I can’t know until I see the results. What if I have a thyroid storm the mean time? She also didn’t tell what to do if I’m not hyper. Am I supposed to go on Synthroid? I tried to ask but she cut me off then walked out the room. I’m thinking I need to go to another Endo again. We’ll see after they call with the results. My appointment was Monday and here it is Saturday and they haven’t called. I’ll be calling them on this Monday.

Well those are all the updates I have for now. I will post when I have more.

2016

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I’ve had a hard time focusing on starting my goals. Actually I’ve had a hard time focusing on anything lately. I’ve been having lots of flare ups as well as bad insomnia the past few weeks. I have been trying to slowly work towards my goals though I guess slowly is better than not at all.

Well I never did post my goals so here they are. The main goals are in bold and then made a list of steps to accomplish each goal. I think one reason I can’t focus is I feel a bit overwhelmed. I realize I have set a lot of goals so I’m just going to work on them as best as I can and pace myself. It’s okay if I don’t accomplish all of them as long as I just continue to better myself. The one goal that I am serious about is getting my Hashimoto’s under control. That’s why I’ve listed it first.

HealthGet Hashimoto’s Under Control

  1. Avoid Gluten
  2. Avoid Sugar
  3. Avoid Dairy
  4. Drink 8 glasses a day
  5. Sleep Schedule
  6. Exercise
  7. Cut down on Computer and phone time
  8. Stay on top of Doctor’s visits

Spiritual- Continue spiritual journey

  1. Year and A Day
  2. Meditate Daily
  3. Daily Prayer
  4. Read scriptures 4+ times a week
  5. 1 Ritual a week
  6. Read 1 chapter of Pagan book a day
  7. Reiki Attunement
  8. Heal Chakras
  9. Expound knowledge
  10. Gratitude journal
  11. Chronicle dreams

Career- Work harder and more hours

  1. Make daily goals and work hard to meet them
  2. Set up Marketing schedule
  3. Online Marketing once a week
  4. Search for local events
  5. Clean up salon
  6. Refreshments for salon
  7. Stay on top of online Media
  8. Style hair daily
  9. Watch one continuing education a day
  10. Search for local CE classes

Financial- Budget, save, and cut frivolous spending

  1. Slowly chip away at debt
  2. Catch up on tithing
  3. Fill out loan repayment plan
  4. Make a Monthly budget page
  5. Keep better spending records
  6. Prepare for taxes
  7. Save $5 a day
  8. Separate savings for big items to purchase

Blog- Improve blog

  1. Schedule posts
  2. Come up with post ideas
  3. Start with at least 3 posts a week
  4. Plan posts better
  5. Take better (and More) pictures
  6. Water Mark all pictures
  7. Buy SD card for phone

Journal- Catch up and write in more

  1. Catch up on journal
  2. Write a little each day
  3. Come up with journal topics for when I have nothing to write about

Etsy- Update more and market more

  1. Update shop
  2. Work on projects a little each day
  3. Work supply Money into budget
  4. Plan item designs better
  5. Expand inventory
  6. Plan product description well ahead of time
  7. Sabbat related items

Social- Socialize more

  1. Attend More local events (More for Marketing)
  2. Attend More rituals and other Meetup events
  3. Make meetup calendar

Writing

  1. Write a little each day
  2. Work on books
  3. If writer’s block then write short stories
  4. Work on dad’s book

Art

  1. Practice portraits
  2. Work on art league painting (even if I never enter)

Reading

  1. Complete 50%-100% of reading list

Organizing

  1. Altar
  2. Craft Supplies
  3. Dresser
  4. Books
  5. Under the bed
  6. Little Room
  7. Salon
  8. Car

 

Another Thyroid Update

I got some good news at my Endo appointment on Wednesday!

The Endo said that I was negative for Graves’ Disease! I don’t have it anymore. I do, however, have Hashimoto’s which I am totally okay with. I  would rather have Hashimoto’s than Graves’. It’ll be easier to manage with a diet and exercise. Plus I won’t have to have surgery! She also said that she is unsure if I ever had Graves’. Which is confusing. She said she doesn’t know for sure because she doesn’t have the initial diagnosis paper from my last Endo. I  had called them before my first appointment with my new Endo so she should have it. I guess I’m going to have to give them a call again on Monday and tell them to send it. I’m going to be pissed if my last Endo had been treating me for Graves’s and I never had it. Though my new Endo said I definitely had the Hyperthyroid, but still.

I still haven’t heard back from my Rheumatologist about my Fibro test. I’ll be giving them a call on Monday as well.

I’m still playing catch up with my posts so these are some of the posts you will be seeing this week:

Birthday

Yule 2015

Christmas 2015

New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

Year and A Day

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