Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Getting My Groove Back

I am not much of a movie goer, think I have gone to the theater to see a movie 5 times in my 31 years of being married, so I am not much of a movie expert, but seems to me there was a movie about someone getting their groove back and although I have no idea what that movie was about, I can relate to the subject of getting ones "groove" back, which I am hoping means to get ones yest for life back.
For the past couple of years I have been struggling with an under active thyroid. Took synthroid for a bit but it gave me chest pains so I stopped. Tried about 100 different natural remedies to no avail so when I went to the Doctor about my knee, I mentioned my symptoms, the most serious one being, total lack of enthusiasm. I think my daughters both worried I was depressed, but that wasn't it, it was more like being too tired to do anything or care much about things. I was so tired, so worn out. Ate like a bird, lost no weight, was cold and shockingly the blood work also showed my cholesterol and triglycerides were high. I eat healthy and almost NO meat and am careful about how much fat I consume and what kind of fat it is. I nearly cried hearing about my cholesterol but my Doctor kindly pointed out that this is just one more aspect of hyperthyroidism and expects it to return to what it normally after taking the thyroid medication. Understandably, taking a new thyroid medication made me a bit nervous, after all chest pains were no fun. Our Doctor is a wonderful physician, a fine Seventh-Day Adventist Doctor that is just as comfortable with many natural remedies as he is with cutting edge medicine. He put me on Armour Thyroid and within a couple days, I felt changed. I feel like a new woman. My enthusiasm has returned, my energy is way up and I just feel better.
Which in turn takes me to the place I love the most, but lacked interest in for a bit of time...the homestead life, simple living, working in the soil, seeing the world through childlike vision and happily living spherically, in many directions but all with the same goal in sight.
This morning I was up with the sun, milking goats just as the sky turned from dark to light.
I felt energy and joy as I watered the rose garden and worked in the vegetable garden, pulling weeds, stopping every once in a while to listen to the birds and try to identify them by their song before I found what tree limb they were singing from. Its now 9 am and there are two loads of wash dancing in the morning breeze, it feels good to have my life back. I stood at the clothes line fingering a handwoven dish towel, looking at the weave, admiring the beauty of the work and thinking about how our lives are so much the same and glad that every single row helps create the beauty of the finished product.

Life's Weaving
Life is but a weaving
between my God and me;
I may not choose the colors,
He knows what they should be.
For He can view the pattern
Upon the upper side,
While I can see it only
On this, the under side.
Sometimes He weaveth sorrow,
Which seemeth strange to me;
But I will trust His judgment,
And work on faithfully.
'Tis He who fills the shuttle,
He knows just what is best;
So I shall weave in earnest
And leave with Him the rest.
At last, when life is ended,
With Him I shall abide,
And I may view the pattern
Upon the upper side,
Then I shall know the reason
Why pain with joy entwined,
Was woven in the fabric
Of life that God designed
~Author Unknown~


Morning's Minion said...

patty: Its good to see you [read you?] back on the blog. Several of my husband's family have suffered with throid issues, I gather its difficult to get the right dosage of medicine.
I have fibromyalgia which often cuts down on my enthusiasm--I try to manage it with careful living and a determined mind set. Sometimes that works, sometimes....?
We are making hay and working in the garden--beautiful weather after so much rain. Gardening is hard work--but so rewarding. Being on my knees to weed is a good time to pray!

Teri said...

So glad to read that you are feeling better! I should tell my mom about that thyroid medication, as the one she currently takes is obviously not working.

Mary said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better! I missed your blog.

Beth said...

Me too!!!

After battling Crohns flares and inflammatory arthritic flares constantly since before Easter, I think I'm finally on the right combo of medications and am beginning to feel more optimistic and energetic than I have felt in awhile. The never ending fatigue has begun to subside thank heavens.

I'm glad you're getting your groove back too "Stella". LOL. (the character from the movie you referenced)


grbev said...

I too am thrilled you are feeling better. Amazing what feeling better can do for you... it's like stepping from the shadows into the bright sunlight.

I too have missed your daily blogging. Always check each morning to see if you are up and about.

We are finally having spring in Utah - still had snow falling over the weekend! But the sun is shining today and everything is looking very green from all the moisture.

Granddaughter's high school graduation today with a 4.0 gpa. Lots of celebrating with family this afternoon.

Hugs from Utah


Steve & Paula said...

I read your blog on occasion, and wanted to share something interesting with you.
Cholsterol levels go up when there are problems in the body. It is our bodies God given First Aid kit.
Adrenal Fatigue is often the underlying cause of hypothyroidism as well.
You might be interested in reading these two books.
and Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon

Many times the adrenals and thyroid give out, because of the body being deprived of good protien and animal fats, and far to many improperly prepared grains.
Our cells are comprised of 50% saturated fat, so when we deprive the body of nourishment, it fails us.

And to Beth, a traditional foods diet that includes plenty of grassfed whole milk, and is grain free, will actually cure Crohns.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Yep, good advice for someone who really needs to get back for an annual check-up. My physician actually took me off thyroid meds several years ago. I had lost lots of weight and the levels had normalilzed. Weight is back and drive is gone..time for a re-check!

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