Tasting the Acorn

Blood. I'll get it!

April 19, 2010

Last Thursday morning I went to the doctor's surgery for the first time in many months to deliver some urine and blood. It was my first time back there since I decided to stop taking all of my prescribed drugs, and it was probably the first time in my entire life that I was there because it's what I wanted, not because I had been dragged there or thought I should be there.

I want to know the state of my health. I can test my blood sugar levels, and I can check my blood pressure. I can't check my thyroid, kidneys and liver. They can. So, this Wednesday I have an appointment at the hospital where I'll get the results from these tests.

I know my blood sugar is within range according to my testing, but the HbA1c test they do is a better indicator of long term levels. I know my blood pressure is lower than it was last time they took it, but I'm interested to see if it's lower at the hospital because I don't know whether it's higher when they do it through anxiety rather than actually being high.

As for my thyroid, kidneys and liver I have no idea what to expect. It would make sense for all three to be better than they were, but the only one that has real symptoms is the thyroid.

Last year I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and put on thyroxin supplements. If you ignore weight gain because too many other things could have been causing that the only symptom I had with any severity was fatigue. When I stopped taking the supplements I found that I did get tired a lot quicker than I had been, but that didn't last long. I'm tempted to say it was psychosomatic but I have no way of knowing.

So, as far as my symptoms are concerned I no longer have hypothyroidism, but the only way to know for sure is by getting it tested.

I'm feeling pretty confident that the tests will show improvement across the board, but I'll find out on Wednesday morning.

Oh, and for those who didn't get the reference in the title, or if you're feeling nostalgic, it's from the theme tune of a cartoon I watched as a kid... Count Duckula!

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