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The Deal

by Megan

Wow, the 21 day challenge went by quickly! That was really fun, and I have to say that it wasn’t easy posting all those pictures of myself. I’m nowhere near where I want to be, weight loss-wise, but I have to remember that the people I admire most, I don’t admire because of their physical appearance. I should be able to dress well and feel good about how I look at any weight, which is what the challenge taught me!

That being said, here is the deal with my current health situation:

I finally went to the doctor’s, because the weight I was gaining just didn’t make sense to me. I mean, my diet is far from perfect, and I wasn’t out running miles every day, but it just didn’t seem to add up correctly.

So I had my thyroid levels checked, and it turns out that my thyroid is severely abnormal. In fact, my doctor said he hasn’t seen a thryoid so abnormal in years. Apparently the higher your number is, the more underacting your thyroid is (causing weight gain, fatigue, etc), and whereas a normal number is around 4.5, mine was 198. He said that it’s unusual to see a double digit number, nevermind a triple digit. So I’m basically on thyroid medication for life. I don’t know how that happened, but at least now I’m on the medication I need for it.

My doctor said that explained the weight gain, because when your thyroid is that low, it’s basically like having zero metabolism. So my body wasn’t burning calories like it should every day. In the almost two weeks I’ve been on medication now, I’ve lost about 5-6 pounds. So it looks like the medication is doing its job, which is to get my body back to a normal state, where diet and exercise can actually make a difference!

So one health problem solved.

Then, long story short, I had a gallstone attack and had to go to the emergency room last week. I didn’t know I had gallstones, and now I realize that I had attacks in the recent past that I thought were back spasms (because you can feel gallstone pain in your back). From what I’ve read and after talking to my doctor, it looks like surgery is going to be the best option, because the pain will most likely just get worse unless I have my gallbladder out.

So now I’m going to have gallbladder surgery.

From what I’ve found through online research, the surgery won’t cause me to lose or gain weight, but it could help put me into a better position to lose weight, just like with the thyroid medication.

So now I’m super stressed out, just because I don’t really have insurance (more long story that I won’t get into), so we are trying to figure out the best way to go about paying for the surgery (and for the (probably) super expensive emergency room bill that is coming our way). We have a handful of options, but none of them is cheap.

So that is my update on my life right now. On one hand, I’m super stressed out and upset about finances, but on the other hand, I’m hoping to see improvements in my health (most importantly getting that surgery so I don’t have to deal with this pain anymore!). I have other things going on, but I feel like I can’t think about anything else until I know what is going to happen with surgery and our finances. I’m meeting with the surgeon on Friday, for a consultation and to find out exactly how much the surgery will cost. If it’s under a certain amount (with a cash discount, hopefully) then it might make the most sense for us to just pay for it out of our own pocket. So I’m definitely going to be on edge until Friday, and then even if the news is not great, at least we’ll have the information we need to go forward with making some decisions!

So if you’ve read this far, feel free to send some positive vibes our way! We could definitely use them!

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Vanessa September 7, 2011 - 2:20am

Yikes! Sounds like when it rains it pours over there. I hope all your medical issues resolve and you can have some stability. I know how frustrating that must have been to be gaining weight for no reason. I loved your wardrobe challenge. Makes me want to do it because you came up with some fun combinations from clothes you already owned. Definitely sending positive vibes your way.

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Leslie September 13, 2011 - 7:10am

Sounds like we are twins in some ways. Last week was my “BAD” week. Things just didn’t seem to be going right.

I hope that you are feeling better! Couponing is hard. My suggestion for that is if you know someone who coupons (in your ward, a friend, a relative) as them to help show you the ropes. My sister is an extreme couponer (seriously just like the show) and it really confuses me. As for eating healthy. My biggest thing was the sweets (I think I am a sugar addict) and also portion control. One thing that my brother told me that has helped me is that I should be eating more complex carbs. He suggested eating them with every meal. I am studying up on this myself. Things like oatmeal, vegetables, potatoes, pastas, bananas, and much more. I hope this helped. Keep your head!

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