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Long time no see

Since I made the doll blog, and that’s all I’ve really been posting lately, I’ve been ignoring this blog. However, my short attempt at using my livejournal again was cut short by my anger at their new friends feed layout that I can’t seem to undo, so I’ve come back here, and will likely continue to use this for my blogging purposes. I miss the security controls of livejournal, but it’s possible that WordPress has some that I just don’t know about? I’ll need to investigate further.

So, what’s been happening this year?

Dolls and more dolls. Of course, since that’s documented at my Doll blog, I don’t really need to update here. This year started out on a pretty good foot, despite being in a job that still has a lot of free time. My health hasn’t been so great, and I’ve put back on 20 or so lbs since 2011, but I’m maintaining at the moment, and somehow I’m getting by. My doctor retired at the end of June, so I had to start with a new one, and put her to use fairly quickly with migraine issues…

In life, my roommate was laid off at the end of May, and is still in search of a new job. We’re scraping by with my salary and her unemployment checks, but a number of things have been going wrong to make things harder on us. For now I’m holding my breath and hoping a new job comes through before the end of the year.

This put a damper on our wanting to go to Japan at the end of the year, though. At this point, I can’t say when we’ll be able to go again. Will I have to wait until I’m out of school? Hopefully not… I’m trying not to think about it too much, anyway.

I could go on about a number of silly little things that have gone on this year, but they’re likely boring. I’ll leave this here for now, and make another post full of cat photos I took while trying to shoot my first assignment for Digital Photography (including a few of our new kitten, Aya :D).

Whoosh!

Thyroid?

The last time I saw my doctor in October, I explained to him that the depression had gotten better, but was still not perfect. I also told him that I was sleeping deeper on what he gave me, however it didn’t seem to be helping my energy levels during the day. This got him thinking, and he decided to go ahead and order blood tests – primarily to check my metabolic system, my thyroid, and my iron levels (I’ve been diagnosed with anemia in the past, so it’s possible it came back).

I’ve known from a young age that my mother suffers from hypothyroidism, but I never really thought about whether or not I had a chance of developing it. The fact that the doctor wanted to check my thyroid got me wondering, and so I started to investigate the myriad of symptoms that an under-active thyroid can cause.

Boy was I in for a surprise. Little things I’ve noticed over the last few years – My hair turning dry and brittle and easily falling out, my nails developing ridges and becoming brittle, the decline in energy, my skin drying out, depression, gaining weight… just to name a few – are included among common symptoms of hypothyroidism! I hadn’t thought all of this was related – I blamed my skin and hair issues on the water quality in my apartments – but looking at the whole picture, I think we may be on to something here.

My doc requested that I get my blood tests done about a week and a half before my next appointment, the 23rd of this month. I had my blood drawn on Saturday morning, and by this point, I just want to know my results already. I have a strong suspicion that they will indeed show I have hypothyroidism, but I want to know for sure.

If so, then maybe we can start to get me feeling more like a normal person, and not someone who never has energy and wants to sleep all the time….