Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Back to health....finally.

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.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. oh boy - i'm so sorry! what an ordeal!

    i loved the clip, and i jsut had to share it on my blog... it applies so very well to our temporary housing situation!

  2. Jonas was mesmerized by that clip. He even clapped at the end.

    So glad you're getting back on track health wise.

  3. I heard Kristen Chenowith (however you spell it) perform that on the Rosie O'Donnell Show YEARS ago and went out and bought her CD the next day. It's amazing. I'm sorry about the vocal/health issues. I hope you are on the road to a long term solution. And don't be too bummed about the mezzo voice -- they get all the sexy songs anyway. :)

  4. LOVE MY MEZZO that's coming in stronger and stronger the older I get. I've low D3's that I've never had before. Crazy!
    So glad you got the new meds!! Get better soon!!

  5. Wow! You've been doing all you're doing and dealing with that at the same time... That's amazing!

    I hope you're back to energy soon.

  6. Yay! Answers are always right.
    and women's voices get lower with age.

  7. Thinking of ya, Babe.... Here's to you feeling better.