Friday, February 19, 2010

Don't search the internet for answers...

Hello family. I sure missed you guys. I went from vacation to hiding out in my bedroom for the past three weeks or so. Before retreating to the bed, I was supposedly diagnosed with strep throat. I thought OK, she's the doctor, but I haven't kissed anybody. I lost a few pounds and really didn't have an appetite. I could barely swallow and thought with meds, I'd get back to my normal self.

After a couple of days, I knew that it was more than that. I began to drop weight like crazy. Not to put my business out there but I went from about 147lbs to 130. After going to the emergency room, I learned that it was Hyperthyroidism. Something I never heard of until I told my dad, only to find out that he had the surgery in 1972. Now we really have something in common ;-)

I'm on meds to keep my heart rate steady and to prepare me for something called Radioactive Therapy. I have little to no energy and go from up all night, to over eating to feeling blue. After treatment, I will switch to Hypothyroid and risk the chance of weight gain and hair loss.

There are also symptoms of mood swings, which means I can act a fool and have an excuse ;-)

After surfing the net religiously, I just knew I had cancer or congestive heart failure. I prayed and talked with GOD. I'd made peace with him and said, "I'm ready, you can take me now." He laughed and said, "You silly child, I'm not done with you yet."


SLC said...

I miss my little sister. (I know I'm younger, but I look older). I guess you got more than your looks from your dad, but also resiliency. I'm glad to know you've got a diagnosis and prognosis. Of course I'll be praying and looking forward to the post that say's my heart rate is steady, my mood is continuously up, my weight is where I want it, and my hair is almost down to my behind.

Ok down to your shoulders.

Always thinking 'bout you and praying for you.


crochet lady said...

Dear friend, so sorry to hear you have had such a hard time lately. Physical illness and disorders can be so debilitating, both physically of course and emotionally too.

I have had to live with chronic pain for some years now. The level has fluctuated greatly and has gone, strangely enough, undiagnosed. I have learned to tolerate some of the setbacks of my condition (whatever that is) and the feeling of not being up to speed with everyone else. I've learned how to cut a lot of stress in my life and to take lots of time to rest. I have felt like an old person before my time.

All that to say, I can relate to physical issues and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I pray the treatment goes well and am confident the Lord will walk through this valley with you.

Love you,

Mizrepresent said...

First of all, you have been greatly missed and secondly i am so glad you found out what was going on in time to seek immediate attention. Of course you will be in my prayers and i'm so looking forward to hearing your wondrous testimony. It's already done lady :)

Shaz said...

I want to send out my prayerfilled {HUGS} for a speedy recovery or peaceful treatment process. I like SLC misses your butterfly-filled presence.

Miss ya big sis!

Love, peace & hairgrease,

Susan Deborah said...

Dear Butterfly:

Get well soon and don't surf extensively.

God be with you.

By his stripes you are healed.

Health and joy,

jeannette stgermain said...

Sorry, I missed this post.You'll get through this, since God told you you're gonna live (a little bit longer, at least)!
Just take it one day at the time, and rest whenever you can (which probably will not be too hard, since you're feeling badly already).
Keep your head up -there's light at the end of the tunnel!

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Myriam said...

Hi Ms. China

So sorry to hear about the condition and I pray you are feeling much better. As a child of God, He's got you in the palms of His hands.

Praying for you.


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