Our Front and Back Porches

Thursday, July 28, 2016

I have missed so much this Summer and now I am just getting outside to do some work. I am taking it easy though because the heat is so high here in WV in the past few weeks. It usually takes me 45 minutes to cut grass, but this time it took me 1 1/2 hours. I took my time and rested when I got tired. I also did it when David was at work, because he did not want me to do it. I told him I was feeling better and could.

 I finally got to go outside and cut the grass and do some weeding. That has always been my job and Hubby uses the weed eater around the yard. Hubby is not into doing gardening and that is fine because I love it. 

I love cutting grass. When I was little,  my Father drove a truck for a furniture store and my Mother clean houses and took in laundry to wash, dry, and iron. We still did not have much so in the summers they would cut grass. My Mom would say we are going to the rich part of town to cut grass for them. I remember this one home that had a lot of Willow trees. The woman was so nice, she would fix me a sandwich and a glass of milk and I would go and sit under one of the trees and read a book til my parents were done. She had a huge lawn and we only had a walk behind mower. It took about two hours to do her lawn. 

Ok, back to my porch, sorry to say my clematis did not do too well this year. Usually you can see it growing up the trellis on the front porch. I am trying to nurse it back to health though.  I like buying hanging baskets of ferns for our front porch, but I have not went the garden center this year. That will be something for next year.

   Do you see the shiny paper hanging from our roof?  The past two years we have had a woodpecker pecking on the roof there. We heard about the shiny paper scaring them off and it works so far. May not look good, but no more pecking.

   I was able to buy some plants and put them in pots this past May and they seem to be doing well.

   This is our back porch and it gets lots of Sun. I love sitting on it late in the evening with Hubby and drinking a good cup of tea.

    Well that is it for now. Hoping this heat wave goes away soon because we have not been able to sit on the front or back porch for weeks. Hubby has used his grill and for that I am Thankful.

I am back and I have missed you all.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A few months ago my thyroid just decided not to work the way it should. About 35 years ago my Doctor told me I had Hashimoto's disease,  and would be put on medicine for the rest of my life.  All those years I only had problems a few times, but nothing like this time.

I have heard others complain about being tired, cold, and the other symptoms that come with the disease, but it never effected me like that.  This time it did and now I understand what others have been going through. I was so lucky all those years.

You really don't know what it is like unless you go through it, but that is the way with everything isn't it.

At first I was just tired and could not sleep at night and had a few muscle aches, but that has happen before and it went away in time. Not this time. I became so tired that it was just an effort to walk across a room without feeling totally exhausted. I would sleep for about two hours and than wake up, of course that did not help either.

I became more cold than I usually got. David would asked why it was so hot in the house and I told him I was freezing. One day I looked at the thermostat and it said 80 degrees, but I was sitting on the couch with a blanket on me.

I went to the Doctor and she ran some tests and it came back that I needed to take more medicine. I did and was hoping to feel better.  My symptoms started to get worse and went back to the Doctor and now I was taking too much medicine.  She backed it down and than I got more hypo. I felt like I was on a roller coaster.

I spent my days laying on the couch doing nothing because I was just too tired. I had so many aches and pains that it was not funny.I made myself fix dinner for David and go back to laying on the couch or bed. I love a clean house, but I was just too tired to clean ours and weeks went by and I did not care about it.

This is the time of the year I love. I love working in my yard and garden, going places and just enjoying the sun and fresh air. Not now, all I wanted to do was lay in bed and sleep. Sleep was not refreshing, but drained me more.

The Doctor decided to change my meds and I agreed. The first one made me worse, if that was possible. I broke out in a rash on my legs, my hair started to fall out, and I gained all the weight that I lost earlier this year.

I have only been gone from blogging for couple of months but this started before that. I just did not want to think that something was wrong with  me.

The Doctor changed the meds again and I had more problems. I just wanted to give up and I did stop taking my meds and I felt good for a few days and than I hit bottom. I agreed to one more and I thank the lord it is working.  Slowly I started to feel better and like my old self.

My old meds that I had been on for over 35 years just did not work anymore. The company was sold last year to a bigger company. Some say they reformulated it and others was having problems with it. Not only that they raised the price of it. I was paying about  $15.00 for a 90 supply, but last year they raised it to $90.00. Now I go through my insurance for my new drug and it costs me $15.00 again for a 90 day supply. I am so happy about that, but more happy that I am back to my normal self.

I am not the kind of person that loves to sit around doing nothing and that was the worse thing for me. I would get up and try to sew, or go outside for a walk and I felt like a zombie. My head was in a fog and I could not think much and would just go back to my spot on the couch.

Now I have energy, I am sleeping, no rash, and my hair is starting to grow again. I am so happy that one of those pills worked and it did not take longer than it did for me to feel better.

I have so many things I want to do and have already started. I just wished others who have this disease could feel as good as I do right now. Many are on the same pill or another and they still have problems.

This is not a disease that you can take a pill and you are all better. Each person is different and more is also involved than just taking a pill. You have to eat right, exercise, and take the meds that work best for you.  I am back on my diet and hopefully will start to lose again, but if I don't for now I am just happy to feel like my old self.

I will be starting Weightloss Mondays up when I get my right dosage of thyroid meds correct. For now I am feeling better, but not losing weight. When you thyroid problems it can prevent you from losing weight even when you are eating healthy and exercsing. 

Will Be Back In July

Monday, June 20, 2016

I did not plan on being gone this long, but my health took a turn for the worse. My thryoid has been bouncing around and the Doctor has not been able to get it under control. I am going from hypo to hyper. Right now it takes all I can to go from one room to another because I am so exhausted and it is even hard to breathe sometimes. I think maybe some of the medication I took for my knee did something to my body that made my thryoid go crazy. I have been hypo for over 35 years and this is the third time something has happen like this.

I have another appointment next week and I know that she will change the meds again. I will be going on an entirely different med, so really hoping that it works.

My birthday was the end of May and I got a nice surprise from the family. A new blog theme. Looks nice doesn't it.

As soon as I get well I will be posting again and I have all kinds of projects I want to do. When you are just sitting around you can think of a lot of things  you want to do.  HA! HA!

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