Ron and I are finally moved in, and I wanted to show off some of our shabby chic decor! Before we moved in, we began collecting cheap home items at TJ Maxx and Homegoods. Looks like it paid off because here are a few pics of our fabulous place! (Sorry, the pictures are a little dim– it’s an overcast day here in New England!)
Pretty, right? I really like how we have a mix of modern decor and pop art. I also like how the bright colors off-set the dark browns and blacks. Sophisticated but fun!
Okay, and now for the bad, but paradoxically good health news: Remember how I’ve had chronic hives all summer long? And my weight loss had been slow-going? And I sometimes felt fatigued? At first I thought my hives were an allergic reaction to something, and that my random bouts of fatigue/anxiety were normal for grad student life. But the longer I had hives and felt cruddy, the more I knew something was wrong.
Well, so did my doctor, and after a few months he ordered me to have extensive blood work done. Everything looked normal on my blood tests, except one thing: my thyroid. I have elevated levels of anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies, which means my body is attacking my thyroid–in other words, my body is attacking itself, despite my thyroid being perfectly fine. I most likely have an autoimmune disorder associated with the thyroid, and this is causing the condition of hypothyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism? Weight gain, fatigue, problems concentrating, sleeplessness, round face, anxiety, depression, etc. The thyroid monitors all the processes in your body–from metabolism to mood–which means my body has just been out of whack. Hilariously enough, these symptoms are very typical of grad student life and were hard to detect. I mean, what grad student isn’t stressed out, gaining a little weight, and feeling anxious?!
But honestly, I’m kind of relieved to hear of all of this from the doctor. Things could be worse, and I am just grateful hypothyroidism is very treatable. I’m also happy to hear that the things I’ve noticed about myself–problems remembering things, anxiety, having a hard time losing weight, problems sleeping–can be improved. I sort of assumed all these issues I had were normal! How else would I have known?!
After my doctor called, I decided to try and take care of myself with both medicine and homeopathic remedies. This means taking supplements that help the function of my thyroid (selenium and vitamin E) and possibly lowering my gluten intake. Many people, including myself, can tolerate gluten, but the thyroid has to work harder to metabolize it. I am going to try and stick to a low carb, low gluten diet and see if that helps. I guess this means more almond flour recipes, right? Yum! I will let you know how this all goes! Cheers!