We’ve made the move and I’m slowly unpacking.  I was able to have enough thyroid hormone in my body to allow me to do a little bit of work but I was hit with a triple whammy:  back pain, migraine, and a knee injury.  Right now I am doing alright.  The swelling in my knee has gone down a bit since I’ve been taking Advil and icing my knee in the evening.  The pain is still there and stairs are my enemy.  My knee clicks and pops and oh my gosh, ouch, ouch, ouch.  I’m at the point where I’m not sure if I’m doing more damage to my knee or not.  I have to keep moving or I will stiffen up and have the widespread pain cycle start all over.

The new place has southern and eastern exposure.  This means we get woken up naturally since I haven’t put up room darkening curtains.  This also means the electric bill will be a more than we are used to since it appears the air conditioner runs 70% of the time to keep it 72 degrees, up from the normal 68 degrees I enjoy.

There are a few annoyances with the new place, other than it being far from town.  The master bathroom door can’t be accessed unless the master bedroom door is closed because it opens toward the bathroom door.  The kitchen doesn’t have a lot of room for large, yet not so large, items (larger cutting board) because the bottom storage have a half shelf at the back.  It’s kind of stupid because even if I were to use the shelves, they’re so far back I would have to crawl on the floor to reach them.  I keep the Magic Bullet and blender in the box and the only place to put them is in the linen closet outside the guest bedroom, but only one can fit on the shelf.  I don’t like to store items under the sink or that would be the best option.  It is difficult to turn left out onto the highway since there is no traffic light.

I would like to say that I’m sleeping well, but I’m not.  I am dreaming all the time, even when I doze off for ten minutes.  I can clearly recall what’s happening, and at times, I am terrified by what I witness in my dreams.  My therapist hasn’t been able to help me because — surprise!  I haven’t been assigned one yet.  I get to call for my outpatient medication clinic appointment next week where I will at least mention my concerns.  It’s been almost two months and I feel like the depression side of things are not quite right.  I’m aware of what my triggers are and I’m doing my best to counter them.

I am going back home for two weeks in late August.  I’m crossing my fingers that Delta doesn’t change my flights again because I specifically chose my flights for their CRJ100/200 aircraft.

Also enjoying this gigabit Internet.

Alive … Barely

I haven’t done anything because I have no energy.  I had labs on Friday and I received my results last night.  My thyroid levels are LOW.  And when I saw LOW I mean HIGH which is low, low, low, like “no wonder I feel like shit low.”  I missed my appointment with the endocrinologist because I was in the hospital.  The social worker didn’t cancel and reschedule an appointment for me.  When I left the hospital I immediately called for a follow-up for the first available which is on Wednesday.  Between that time I was going to run out of Synthroid so I called my doctor’s office directly.  They told me to call the pharmacy directly and that my request would be granted.  I also mentioned I had a follow-up scheduled.

I went to pick up my prescriptions a week later and the pharmacist told me they faxed the request twice and didn’t hear back.  The fax definitely went through because two orders were faxed at the same time and the other was refilled without a problem.  I’ve been without my medication for two weeks and I feel like crap.  My lab results explain why.  I am extremely happy I had an entire panel of labs done while I was hospitalized to show baseline that my current dosage was working.

50 more weeks without medication and I’d be close to being dead.

Just under two weeks until the move.  I don’t need to be feeling this fatigued right before a move.  I still need to to pack things that we’re keeping and donate/toss the rest.  I made a ton of phone calls that needed to be done and had I not written them down I wouldn’t have gotten to it.

Ideas in therapy are working well.  Next up:  how to ask questions that I probably don’t want to know the answer to.

Memorial Weekend

I made plans to take a weekend trip to the zoo.  I reserved a hotel for a Saturday and Sunday night stay.  Hubby and I left on Saturday afternoon.  On the way we stopped for lunch at The Cookout.  It was a great value!  After eating, we went across the parking lot to go to Big Lots to browse.  The Big Lots near us seem to be vanishing.  Hubby found Salted Nut Rolls and purchased the remaining ten.  They are a favorite snack/candy bar from back home and are a rare sight here in the South.

We checked into the hotel around 3:00 PM.  We relaxed before we made evening plans.  We had dinner at a buffet and steakhouse.  It wasn’t very impressive but I enjoyed the variety of foods available.  I started with a salad with French dressing and macaroni salad.  I then had two plates of food containing fried chicken, carved turkey breast, and mashed potatoes with brown gravy.  I had a few green beans, a broccoli floret, and a small scoop, about 10 noodles worth, of macaroni and cheese.  The turkey was the highlight of dinner and it satisfied my craving.

After going to dinner we went mini golfing.  We did a course where I won by one point and was 8 par.  We then went to the arcade which was an absolute scam.  The majority of the games were broken or out of order.  We went back outside to do the second course but my feet were feeling a bit tired and I wanted to rest for the big day at the zoo.

Once back at the hotel we relaxed and watched Adult Swim.  I noticed an ant crawling on the nightstand and didn’t think much of it.  Hubby then mentioned one was crawling on his phone and later I found one crawling on my arm.  Hubby went to the front desk to get a new room.  Once in the new room we were greeted to large cockroach-looking bugs scattering down the wall and across the floor.  I had enough at that moment and knew I didn’t want to stay at this hotel.  We tried to find a hotel in the area but we couldn’t justify $144 a night so we decided to go home.

I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to the weekend trip.  I am loyal to the hotel brand and I was disappointed that they did not offer to find a different hotel.  The hotel manager emailed me and explained they didn’t find any bugs in the room we were assigned and would not be giving us a refund.  I was reading reviews online and the manager replied to a few with very similar responses to the one I was given.  Stop being in denial.  Your hotel is infested with bugs.  Listen to your guests.