Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Subacute Thyroiditis

My experience with Subacute Thyroiditis

I felt a lump on my throat one day and didn't think much of it.  I assumed I'd eventually get sick with the flu because whenever I get sick, my first symptom is always a sore throat. The sore throat never came. In addition to the lump on my neck, I experienced discomfort in swallowing. The lump in my throat made it difficult to swallow. I was cold and felt fatigued.  One afternoon after work, I wanted to lie down because I was so tired.  Having to lie down because I felt so tired was not normal for me.

The next day something happened that made me call the advice nurse at Kaiser.  I experience an hour plus of chills.  My body started to feel cold, and colder. Eventually I was freezing to death and went to bed with extra blankets on, with all my clothes on and a jacket. The blankets really didn't help. I shivered and shivered and couldn't do anything except lay there, endure it and wait for it to stop. Eventually the chills decreased. For the next hour, my body slowly became less cold until it became so hot that I was sweating. Once the heating of my body ceased, my body all sweaty, I felt cold but in a good way.  I remained in bed for another hour because I was just too tired from the chills and heat of my body.  I knew how long the sessions lasted because I had a clock right next to my bed. When I finally got out of bed, approximately 3 hours passed, and I felt normal in the sense that had an appetite and went to the kitchen to eat.  That night I called the advice nurse.

From my symptoms, I was able to have an appt. the next day. Thank you Kaiser

I took some blood tests and it was confirmed that I had SubAcute thyroiditis.  My thyroid

Resurrecting the blog once again ...

So we are now in the midst of the kids growing up and becoming super active. About to embark on a couple of adventures this summer, and this makes a good time for the blog to be resurrected. I'm hoping to twist the kids arms to do most of the writing and photos.

First off is a bike trip from Astoria, Oregon to Eureka, California. We plan on doing this in 10-12 days and will be fairly please if we make it to Crescent City or Redwood National Park.

After that, we are off to India, with a short stop in Paris for 4 days. We expect to do lots of walking and eating in Paris and visit some old friends. From Paris we head to Mumbai for a couple of days before heading to Ladakh to volunteer with 17000 ft foundation. We'll be teaching for 3 weeks at a school in Zanskar Valley.

We hope to wrap the India trip with a quick beach vacation in Goa, before heading back home to San Francisco. The kids need to recover from their vacation and get ready for school.

Onwards and Upwards ....