So, I've mentioned a bit in the past little while that I thought my thyroid was off again. It's been an ordeal just to find out what's up since my doctor is up north and I am down here. I went and got my blood tested a couple weeks ago, but the lab forgot to fax the results to my doctor. So when I hadn't heard anything for a week or more I finally called and got that taken care of, then I just had to wait until I could have a phone consultation with the doctor.
I finally was able to talk to her this morning. And my thyroid was terribly low, people. So, she doubled my dosage and we will test again next month to see if it was enough. I'm just so relieved. I was gaining almost a pound a week (even with my resistance of fluffy pink cookies and my general adherence to my diet plan), my hair was once again clogging the shower drains and I was zapped of any energy. Much of the energy loss can be attributed to my lifestyle, but it was like a crash and burn, and as it turns out, it was my darn thyroid not working anymore. I say it's a relief because I tend to start freaking out that more is wrong with me than just that. Well, more actually is...but nothing I didn't already know about. She is putting me on something called spironolacton along with the metformin I am already taking for my PCOS and hopefully that will help with some of the female issues. She is also doubling my progesterone dosage.
In some ways the whole hormone thing is wonderful, but in others, it stinks. I found out the reason that I can no longer sing above a D6 is most likely hormone therapy. At least Richard Miller and Ingo Titze (famous vocal pedagogue and vocal scientist) seem to think so according to things they've written. The bottom of my range is also getting bigger and stronger. So basically, I've turned into a mezzo, and while I'm fine with that, I was trained as a soprano, so I sort of don't know what to do with it. Or maybe it would have happened anyway as I got older, who knows? All I know is I'll probably never be able to sing the Flute passages in "The Girl in 14G" (You definitely should click on that link....amazing!) which is the song I'm a little obsessed with lately.
Anyway, with my new prescriptions, my brain fog will hopefully lift and I will actually find something interesting to write about. For now, I'm just happy to know that I might have the energy required to do the dishes this week.