Venting……I just had to do it!!!

Okay so like the rest of you I’m hooked on xbox4nappyrash and his struggle to conceive a baby.  Apparently this is pretty common, at least in our house it is!  In case most of you forgot, or didn’t pay attention, we started “not trying” back in September 07.  Well here it is, May 08 and still nothing.  I got a little excited (I know I shouldn’t have) but when the old friend was 12 days late I let myself do it.  And look what happened, she arrived on Friday!!!  I hate it, and keep wishing it gone.

So here’s the deal, I went to the doctor last Tuesday to see what the hell was going or not going on. My doctor (love him!) was keeping his fingers crossed that a blood test would come back positive even  though two hpt’s were both negative.  So the news comes on Friday morning with the friend and no kidding, it’s a negative!  Then some lovely news to go with, my thyroid is jacked up!  My T3 and T4 levels are “way out of whack” according to the nurse and a follow up visit is required.  Not only required but mandatory. 

Let me give you the back story on the old thyroid.  After Ace was born, my thyroid swelled and my T3 and T4 levels went crazy, but this is “common” I’m told, after childbirth.  It’s called plain and simple, inflammation of the thyroid gland.  This is caused by my own immune system basically attacking my thyroid gland.  It is causing my levels to go sky high and then drop, and because of this, I cannot be diagnosed either hypo or hyperthyroid.  So when Ace was about 4 months old I started going to see a really great endocrinologist, one of the best in Columbus.  Here’s how that went:

Visit #1: Draw some blood, feel my throat, tell me things don’t appear to be that bad. (Leaving me with the hope that my PCP is just checking all the bases; my initial complaint was for dizziness and lightheadedness.) Follow up phone call: Ms H, your levels are not right, you must go see this specialist.

Visit #2: Draw some blood, go to the hospital for a scan.  The scan consisted of taking radioactive iodine laying on this bed and taking pictures of my thyroid to check for any abnormal growth.  Follow up phone call: Ms H, your levels are different than last time, but in the opposite direction, oh yeah and your thyroid is very enlarged, does this effect your swallow pattern? (Well now that you mention it, yes it does!)  You see, the average size of a thyroid gland is about as big as a guitar pick, mine on the other hand covers the entire front of my throat from left to right and top to bottom, this is problematic.

Visit #3: Draw some blood, go to the specialist again for an ultrasound of my thyroid gland to check for goiters and tumors.  Follow up phone call: Ms H, no goiters or tumors were found, just a very large gland, but we’ll continue to do blood work to figure out the next step.

Visit#4: Draw blood

Visit #5: Draw blood

Visit #6: Draw blood

Okay so all this happened over a period of 9 weeks, and what were the results, nothing, every-time they check my levels they are different and no where close to creating a pattern.  So the endocrinologist suggests drawing blood every 3 weeks indefinitely until they can decided what to do.  What momma suggested was to stop going to the doctor.  So this puts us at the end of September.  What does this have to do with getting pregnant?  Obviously everything!  My crazy thyroid is causing me to have very irregular cycles and from the home ovulation kits I’ve used, (2 months worth) it’s keeping me from ovulating.  No egg, no baby.  What now!  Well I have another doctor appointment on Monday, during which I will suggest just removing my gland (we’ll see how that goes over) and then I suppose I just sit and wait, what choice do I have!

8 Comments

  1. Wow, seems like Friday was a bad day for those bloody (literally)visitors all round!

    I’ve had 2 friends with thyroid issues, 1 over and 1 under active, and they can be areal pain to get a handle on.

    Well one good thing is now that they’ve started to pinpoint it, and can begin to act on it.

    It’s true though, people tend to ‘forget’ about TTC issues when you already have a child, but problems are really quite common.

    I hope they get a handle on it for you soon, sorry things haven’t gone to plan, but you should stay confident that it will work out soon. Best of luck!

  2. CableGirl says:

    Wow, that sucks. CableDad and I started “not trying” as well about 9 months ago and, pffft. Nothing. Of course, it took me over 1 1/2 years to get preggo with MJ, so you never know.

    Here’s to hoping that you get your thyroid issues sorted out… and quickly.

    I’m giving it one more month and then I’m calling the doc for me. *sigh*

  3. Jason says:

    That’s a whole lot of blood drawing. I feel for you. Hope it all works out.

  4. Kim says:

    I can’t even imagine going through all of that.. I really hope they get the thyroid issue figured out.. sending hugs your way.

  5. Patience. Just have patience and relax. If you get all stressed out about trying to have a baby it is not going to happen. My husband and I learned that when we were trying to concieve our second child. We tried everything, from herbs to taking my temperature every morning. I was so stressed out about it that it took us 2 1/2 years. I finally concieved her when my hubby and I went on a weekend get away, just the two of us. We were able to relax, enjoy eachother and did not think about trying to concieve. Three weeks later I missed my period and eight months after that we had a beautiful baby girl. Maybe you and your husband just need to get away for a weekend. Try it. It worked for us! Relax it will happen. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

  6. “I finally concieved her when my hubby and I went on a weekend get away”

    I read that first time as :
    “I finally concieved her when my hubby went on a weekend get away”

    I was gonna break some news to ya…

    my 2cents here, stress does not make you fail to conceive, but failure to conceive sure does cause stress.

  7. Momma says:

    @Xbox4NappyRash: Thanks for the support, it is appreciated now if only my doctor could get it together and figure this thing out. But, I guess your familiar with that too! Hoping things go well for the both of us!

    @CableGirl: Doctor’s visit today, more info to follow about that, but we are on the way to figuring this thing out I suppose. Hope the dr. has some good news for you like maybe you are barely pregnant next month! Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

    @Jason: Tell me about it, I think I could do it myself now! More blood to be drawn within the next 3-6 weeks, last week wasn’t bad though, she got me on the first stick! Thanks for the support, it means a lot!

    @Kim: Thanks for the hugs, I’ll keep everyone informed of my progress, more info coming next Monday, stayed tuned!!

    @Cascia@HealthyMoms: I’m not so much stressed at the lack of baby as the lack of info in regards to my current thyroid issue! I hope my doctors (3 of them are currently working on this!) can decide soon what to do, or I may just loose my mind altogether! Thank you so much for the prayers and support, I suppose when God is ready he will send me another Angel to care for! We do have a “get-a-way” planned for the end of the month, I’m really looking forward to that!

    @Xbox$NappyRash: Thanks for the humor, it was great! Times like this call for some laughter however you can get it!

  8. Momma says:

    Thanks everyone for the comments, silent reads, prayers and support! Updates will be available Monday 5/19 for those that are interested! Thanks again.

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