The catch was that the appointment had originally been set up for bloodwork followup. As you all know I have to have tests done every 6 months or so due to my thyroid. Depending on what else is going on, my doctor often orders other tests. After I had the treatment, the doctor came in to go over my results. It was a lengthy conversation that I will not go into here in detail but suffice it to say, changes are on the way.
My thyroid levels are going back up - not good. That also equals a medication increase. There were some other tests that came back not so good either, which resulted in a medication change. Most upsetting of all was my cholesterol reading. While my “good” cholesterol is keeping me within an acceptable overall ratio, my "bad" cholesterol had increased 40 points in the last 6 months. My bad cholesterol number almost equals what she wants my total cholesterol to be! Unbeknownst to me, this is quite common with thyroid disease. My doctor was very, very concerned because I am young and I am an avid exerciser who tries, for the most part to live and eat healthfully. Not to mention the fact that my mother’s side of the family is full of heart disease.
The doctor immediately left the room and came back with a diet plan that she wants me to follow. Yes, you read that right. A diet plan. With rules and food restriction. Then she told me she wanted me to start taking an additional medication, but I flat out refused. I argued for a 3 month reprieve – which I got after our lengthy discussion. What all this means for me is that I have until January 10, 2011 to (in her words) “show at least a 10 pound weight loss and a "significant" drop in my bad cholesterol number.” If not, the new medication will be non-negotiable based on my thyroid disease and family history factors.
So that’s that. This means an end to moderation eating of whatever I want and a beginning of having to eat within certain foods. As much as I h-a-t-e restrictions, I've always said if I needed to do something medically I would do it, because you do what you've got to do when it comes to health. And I definitely have to think of this as doing it for my health, otherwise I might lose my everloving mind. If I give this my best shot, if I do what I gotta do and nothing changes, well then, it’s out of my control and I’ll move on to the next step.
I think this Garth Brooks tune is going to be my theme song for the next three months,