In the Normal Range

by Tom Swift

I waited longer than I had to in order to find out how my thyroid is doing sans the levothyroxine. The longer the wait, the more accurate the snapshot. The test results are now in: my thyroid still can produce thyroid hormone. I am in the so-called “normal” range.

Two reactions to this news.

First: wow. It is something of an upset that my body can do this. For fifteen years, I didn’t ask my thyroid to do its part to move this vessel. Now I am asking and it is saying, “aye aye, captain.” I am proud of myself for trying and I am grateful that it seems possible I may succeed. I may very well be able to successfully come off a medication I was told by many medical professionals I would need to take until I return to the ground.

Second: I don’t feel exactly “normal.” Mostly, this is a matter of energy. Once I get into the day I notice little difference from before stopping the medication. But getting going in the morning is a slower process and the crash everyone feels at the end of the day, well, I often feel that earlier than I used to and that crash is sometimes more pronounced. This is not surprising, for while I am producing a “normal” amount of hormone my body is not creating as much as I had in my system while on the medication. My TSH scores are higher than they have been for at least years (meaning, less hormone.)

Like everything else, it is a work in progress. I will test again in another month or so. In the meantime, I will do what I can to help the boys keep me afloat: diet, exercise, rest, relax, repeat. In other words, the antidote to most any minor malady.