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Sharon's a bit poorly [Aug. 9th, 2011|11:50 am]
dalekboy
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Just a quick note. Sharon has been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease which basically means her immune system is attacking her thyroid. She's been having problems for months, so it's good to finally have some sort of an answer. It's unlikely to be very serious, but it can be.

Next we have to check for any cancer cells. It's unlikely, but naturally it has to be checked out.

Short term it doesn't make much difference to things. It explains her constant exhaustion and a bunch of other stuff. Need to look into treatments and the like.

She's doing fine emotionally, as am I. We don't panic or get depressed about this stuff as a rule. Our attitude tends to be, "Oh! We have something new to learn about!" But if we've seemed even less responsive than normal, well now you know why.
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[User Picture]From: murasaki_1966
2011-08-09 03:41 am (UTC)
Best of luck, folks. Let us know if we can do anything from this neck of the woods.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-08-09 05:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. Not much, but appreciate the offer.
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[User Picture]From: murasaki_1966
2011-08-09 05:26 am (UTC)
I can do research: I have access to the big medical databases
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-08-09 05:44 am (UTC)
Oooohhhh... Well, that's something we may well be able to take you up on then. Awesome! :-)
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[User Picture]From: murasaki_1966
2011-08-09 06:09 am (UTC)
Oh, the power.......
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[User Picture]From: stephbg
2011-08-09 03:52 am (UTC)
Love to you both. My Mum has had Hashimoto's for years but it doesn't seem to have slowed her down at all. She does also have another thyroid condition which apparently has the opposite effect of Hashimoto's so there's some cancelling going on. She's 75 in October and heading off to Canada by herself for a holiday next week.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-08-09 05:08 am (UTC)
God, what are the odds of having another thyroid condition that cancels out the first one?

Sharon is reasonably unstoppable, though the exhaustion, combined with weight gain and sore joints has slowed her to a crawl.

Hope your mum has an ace time!
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From: gutter_monkey
2011-08-09 05:24 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear it. :( But the enemy now has a name and you know where it lives so you can commence kicking it in the balls.

And at least it's a cool sounding condition. Some of those medical researchers who discovered and defined some conditions had terrible names.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-08-09 05:42 am (UTC)
Just a nuisance, like many of these things. And yeah, knowing what you're dealing with, whether it's major or minor is a big part of the battle.

I know what you mean about condition names. If my name was something like Smith, and I found a disease that melted a person's innards, I wouldn't want it called Smith's Disease. I'd name it something like The Gut Muncher Disease, or the You're Pretty Fucked Disease. Though of course for the latter most Doctors would probably shorten it to YPF, or maybe Fucked.
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[User Picture]From: emma_in_oz
2011-08-09 05:25 am (UTC)
The thyroid is so important. Am glad you know what is happening and am thinking of you.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-08-09 05:42 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2011-08-09 05:34 am (UTC)
Just knowing what is wrong is something. And since there does appear to be medication for it that's a good. Here's to hoping she feels more on top of things soon.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-08-09 05:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, her symptoms appear to be in the lesser range. Still knocking the hell out of her, but way better than some of the stuff it can cause.
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[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2011-08-09 09:02 am (UTC)
Gah about sums it up I think.

Take care, and I hope things turn out well.
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[User Picture]From: tcpip
2011-08-09 10:23 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about that, regardless of the (un)likelihood of a problem...

"Oh! We have something new to learn about!"

Ahh, now that condition is called 'epistemophilia'
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[User Picture]From: tikiwanderer
2011-08-10 04:12 am (UTC)
-bursts out laughing- I don't think you could cure Danny and Sharon of that. I think it might be terminal.

More seriously, I join the crowd saying "glad it's got a name", and agree with Scott that at least it's a kind of cool and exotic name. It means you can do things like introduce Sharon as "This is my wife Sharon, she's a Valkyrie with Hasimoto's so *watch your step*". :-)
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[User Picture]From: transcendancing
2011-08-09 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thinking of you both with love, wishing you both well. Hope that all goes well for finding treatment for Sharon. *lovelovelove*
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[User Picture]From: sjl
2011-08-09 09:57 pm (UTC)
Best of luck to you both - there's not much I can say that hasn't already been said, but you have my hopes for everything getting sorted as well as they can be.
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[User Picture]From: meljane
2011-08-25 02:21 pm (UTC)
I was reading about this condition recently but I can't remember why I was . *big hugs*
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