Invisible {Journey to a diagnosis}

I’ve always felt like i was invisible, and i’m not saying that as a bad thing. I enjoy not being the center of attention, i like to blend in. So, I’ve always thought of my invisibility as a super power. And it’s been a great super power, kid’s i went to school with since preschool couldn’t even get my name right in high school, that’s how great my super power was. Until the day my super power felt not so super anymore…

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But to get to that, we have to go back to 7 weeks ago.

I had been completely healthy until one day i just wasn’t. It hit me out of nowhere, my ear was in intense pain. The next day i woke up to a lump behind my ear. The following Monday i went into quick care because the pain was unbearable.

They prescribed me some antibiotics, because they believed an infection was about to start. That week i was still in a crazy amount of pain, the antibiotics were not working, the lump was still there, other symptoms started showing up too. I went back the following week and they didn’t know what to do.

They referred me to an ENT (Ears, Nose, and Throat doctor). I made the appointment, went and saw him, he was of no help. He thought it was a jaw problem.

I made an appointment for a GP (general practitioner). He thought it was Mono so he made me get some blood work done.

I waited and waited to hear back from them, days passed with no word. So i finally called them, apparently they had my phone number wrong. But it turned out the blood test was negative for Mono. And they actually asked me if i wanted to continue with more testing or if i was ok to give up?

This was around week 4-5 of being in pain, i was still in pain, nothing was working. Here’s a list of all the symptoms i was having:

  • lump behind ear
  • ear pain
  • fevers
  • chills
  • chest pain
  • left side pain
  • headaches
  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue

I couldn’t believe they would even ask that, yes i want to continue. I want to know why i’m in so much pain and i want to know how to fix it.

So we continued, they made an appointment for me to get an ultrasound done on my neck.

On a Monday morning i had my ultrasound done. I was told i should hear back sometime Monday afternoon. But nothing. No call back.

Tuesday comes and goes, no call back. So i called them and was told “well it can take up to 48 hours to hear back, so keep waiting.”

Wednesday comes and goes, nothing.

Thursday, my husband was fed up at this point and decided to call them. Yes they had my results, they had had them since Monday. They just forgot to call me. 6 weeks of me being in pain.. 6 weeks of having no idea what is wrong with me… and they just forgot to call me… This is the point where i started to feel like my super power wasn’t so super anymore. It now started to feel more like a curse.

The ultrasound came back not conclusive, so more tests were in order. A CT scan was our next step.

Have you ever had a CT scan done before? I don’t recommend having one done, if you can avoid it. Especially if they are doing it with contrast. They hook you up with an IV, shoot iodine into your blood stream, which immediately makes you feel like you have peed your pants. But for me, it also made me feel dizzy and sick to my stomach. Probably didn’t help that i wasn’t allowed to eat anything for 6 hours before the test. I was on the verge of passing out.

However, the next morning i received a phone call from my doctor. We finally have a diagnosis. It’s my thyroid. More specifically my thyroid is swollen. 7 weeks later, 49 days of being in non-stop pain, 70,560 minutes of not knowing what the future will be like. And i finally have an answer.

Well, a partial answer. They asked me to go back in to get more blood work done and i have an appointment on Monday to see my doctor again to go over everything. But finally after 7 weeks of pain, i am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Tip Tuesday #1

Hi Guys!

I thought i would start this new weekly blog post where i share a new tip with you all on Tuesdays. The tips can be anything, from homeschooling, to fitness, to children, etc. So pretty much anything that i think would be a useful tip to share with you.

Tip Tuesday

For my first Tip Tuesday, i’m sharing with you my newest favorite addition to my medicine cabinet.

As you all know, cold & flu season is among us. And this year it is hitting HARD. You can’t turn on the news without hearing about another death thanks to the flu.

Now, although this product i’m going to share with you is AWESOME, i just have to state that it isn’t going to completely eliminate your chances of getting the flu. Just had to put that in there.

Anyways, without further ado… I’d like to introduce you to Airborne Immune Boosting Gummies

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You guys, these things are so incredible. I have to give you my story on why i love them so much.

Back around the middle of December, some of my children started to not feel so great. I had been out Christmas shopping, when i decided to run into Walgreen’s for a few cold/flu items we were low on.

While looking around for some extra vitamins for my kids, i stumbled upon these bad boys. I decided to buy them for my husband & I (they are for ages 14 & up), so we wouldn’t catch whatever bug the kids had.

My husband & I started taking them, and you guys we never got the really bad head cold my children had.

Then shortly after New Year’s my kids got sick again. This one was worse; throwing up, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, high fever. It was bad.

I was carrying my 1 year old down the stairs, hands full with him & a cup of coffee. He sneezed in my face. Literally sprayed yucky spit snot all over me, and guess what? I still didn’t catch that illness!

And i’d like to thank that all to these amazing immune boosting gummies.

I really wish they made these for children. If you know of anything similar for children, let me know in the comments.   I found some for kids!! Hallelujah!!

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Sadly i won’t be able to use these for the 1 year old & 3 year old, but my 3 other kids are totally going to start taking these! Yay!!

So, to summarize for my Tip Tuesday #1, if you want to avoid catching all the crud that is going around during this time of the year, take these immune boosting gummies and you’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel.

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