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!