Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Sign of Sparkle

Another episode in my personal saga of better living through modern chemistry.

As some of you know, if you've been hanging out here long enough, I am afflicted by a whole assortment of ailments, especially of the mood disorder type - SAD (winter and summer both), ADD, garden variety depression, a touch of bipolar disorder. I am personally keeping the pharmaceutical industry in business in order to maintain for myself some level of functionality.

Now the problem with my collection of pills and capsules is that while they fix one problem, they exacerbate another. A year ago, I finally, after years' of resistance, agreed to go on a very small amount of lithium for my relatively mild bipolarity. Magic! Kitten stabilizes. Well, more or less...

But eventually, this spring, I became hypothyroid - too little of the stuff.

Today, I finally started taking thyroid supplements. My first day. One little pill this morning. And poof! My brain and energy are back.

Now I do tend to respond very rapidly to mood drugs, much more rapidly than is supposed to be possible. But one little thyroid pill is not enough to correct the imbalance in the space of a few hours. However, what it does do is potentiate the mood drugs, so I feel as if I were taking a whole lot more.

By this evening, I was feeling pretty damn perky.

Happy kitten.
Relieved kitten.
Horny kitten...

Still a very busy kitten, but no longer a comatose kitten, so I do hope you get to hear more from me in the coming weeks.

Again, as always, thank you for your patience.


Laur said...

Hypothyroidism is a bitch! Constantly tired, always cold, arrhythmia, abnormal cycles, and the intense pain after any kind of exercise ... ugh, I hate it. I didn't get it from lithium, though, so hopefully the symptoms are different for you.

Glad you're feeling better :)

mamacrow said...

ooo, AM glad you're feeling more 'normal'!

Long may it last (((hugs)))

Anonymous said...

so glad that you're back and feeling better. :)

Paul said...

OG, my cousin has bipolarity quite badly, lithium has helped greatly.
I'm happy that you are feeling better.
You've always been worth waiting for.
Love and warm hugs,

cutesypah said...

to my blog friend who is so much like me, I'd swear we were separated at birth. I'm so glad you're feeling better. better living through chemistry.


cutesypah, who also takes meds for thyroid, depression, insomnia, allergies, and fibromyalgia

Ellie said...

I've been wondering how you were. Many gentle {{hugs}}