February 14, 2019
Two weeks ago, my L-thyroxine (Lt) dosage was raised to 75mcg. I noticed a slight improvement in symptoms I have already discussed. Last week, my Lt dosage was raised to 100mcg; there has been a noticeable difference with this increase. Among these differences are:
- A massive reduction in my mood swings. I’m still cycling but the hypomanias aren’t as pronounced and the depressions are very mild. Remember that my depressions pre-Lt were pretty severe — contemplating suicide two to three days out of the week isn’t a party. So, there has been a massive improvement in that area. Still a little ways to go but much relief.
- Sleep is continuing to normalize. I slept seven hours last night. My new normal for sleep is now between six and eleven hours a day. That’s better than before but there is room for further improvement.
- Organizational skills are getting better. I packed my girlfriend’s car for a short trip last week. She was amazed at the job I did. “You couldn’t have done this before!” she exclaimed. And, she was right. This bodes well for school which starts on March 11. [I’m enrolled in the University of Arizona’s Online program in psychology. If all goes as planned, I will graduate in August 2020. After that? Well, that’s a surprise. Although I have some ideas, I’m not yet certain what I will do after that.]
- An overall feeling of well-being. I have been battling this for over 25 years and the battle seems to be coming to an end. I’m thankful for that and for all the help I have received along the way. Hopefully soon, I will be giving back…or as one of my friends says: “paying it forward.”
All of you have played a significant role. Whether that is giving me a job, driving me hundreds of miles to find care, treating me, caring for me, etc., you’ve helped me come a long way. Thank you for your caring and kindness.
March 06, 2019
UPDATE: The effects of the 100mcg wore off after about a week and a half to two weeks. I went back to rapid-cycling, erratic sleep patterns, and being edgy in social situations. I also reverted to being awkward and timid socially. However, I saw my prescriber today. We increased my dosage to 200mcg. I’m hopeful.