Saturday, September 26, 2015

Start of Deployment #2 or #3

....depending on what one would consider a deployment.  I call it deployment #3 because we are separated for more than a month.

Nathan was out of the country on a trip for about 5 days but it was really a week when you count travel days.  I picked him up from the local international airport.  I kid you not 21 hours later I was dropping him off at the military air terminal for deployment.  Life of a military family!
Nathan at military air terminal for deployment
September 15th the moving company was at the house to pack us up, load us on the truck and were out of the house.  This was all in a 4 hour window.  I have been very pleased with the moving company.  In the afternoon the endocrinologist called me back about the blood work from the first week of September.  The news...cut the pills down again.  Now at 2.5mg.  WOOHOO!!  One happy person!

September 16th Angel and I got on the road for our adventure/half-way cross country drive.  It was long and tiring driving by myself but Angel's company did force me to get out of the truck, get exercise, and just stop and get some air.  Pit stops involved putting gas in the truck, going pee, taking Angel out of her kennel and walking her to let her go to the bathroom, and then giving her some water.  Once I verified that the GPS was good to go we were back on the road.

The evening of September 16th we stopped in Holbrook, AZ.  The two exciting things that happened that day; a stop outside of Yuma, AZ for border patrol that only asked if I was a US citizen.  No showing of any type of ID necessary.  Then the drive through Phoenix, AZ where the LCD displays had a tip line phone number to call to provide information regarding the I-10 shooter.  We were off the road by 5:30pm or before sunset.  I was lucky that evening because I could order dinner from a restaurant to be delivered to the hotel room.  It was for the most part AIP approved.  Halibut cooked in a soy sauce, french fries and a salad on the side.  Yes, I have incorporated potato back into my diet without any problems.  Dinner also came with corn and a dinner roll.  Those I didn't eat.

September 17th our stop for the day was in Shamrock, TX.  Breakfast was eggs which I have also incorporated back into my diet without any problems.  No meat because the hotel served a sausage with pepper in it which I haven't incorporated back into my diet.  And a banana.  No major excitement this day.  This day's drive was all I-40.  We were off the road by 5:30pm.  I was not so lucky with the hotel in this town.  No restaurants delivered to the hotel and I didn't want to do a drive thru.  I ended up eating all the leftovers I had brought with me from the fridge before we left Imperial Beach.  It was a mix of things to include granola bars which are not AIP friendly.

September 18th we made it to Ottawa, KS safely.  Driving through Oklahoma City on I-40 was a little nerve-wracking as I missed the exit the GPS recommended instead I stayed on I-40 until I-35 connected.  I hit one heck of a thunderstorm at the OK/KS border.  The speed limit is 75mph and I drove 50mph through the storm.  Made it to Ottawa by 2:30pm Central time.

Sunday the 20th after some recovery and walking, mom and dad had a family brunch.  Missing from family brunch are Katy and RooRoo.

Half the Tyner gang cooking and half hanging out
More of the Tyner clan

Today the 26th I ran in a 5k in Lawrence, KS.  I am not really a big fan of running races.  I do go out for a jog but that is for me to try to get rid of stress.  When I go run a race of some type I do put more pressure on myself because I want to do well and of course would like to win.  Not win in terms of the entire race but maybe in my age range/category.  At least this was how I felt the last time I ran a 5k and that was when I lived in Vermont.  Instead what happened back then was I made myself look like a fool because I wasn't prepared and wasn't expecting it to be as difficult, I mean it is only 3.1 miles.

Anyway, the Tyner family has been doing a Tyner Family Fitness Challenge that will last 8 weeks.  We have been through 4 weeks.  Each week there is a challenge; don't consume soda for a week, donate to a food pantry, partake in a group class, try a workout that is not in your normal routine, go to your local farmer's' market, etc.  The only challenge that lasted the full 8 weeks was to participate in a 5k.  Note I said participate, you didn't have to run and got the full points if you walked it.  I figured if I was going to do the 5k I was going to run.

Mid week I asked my father if he was interested in running a 5k that was fairly close.  At least we didn't have to drive to a bigger city/town at quite a distance away.  He thought sure.  The other day he asked if we could still register online.  Sure enough registration was still open online.  I registered us both.  We registered for Cooper's Cause Annual 5k.  A great organization and cause!  $30 to register late but I was very happy with the goodies we received; a t-shirt, chapstick, bubble gum, a reusable bag, and a coupon for carpet cleaning.  I also paid for cookies after the run but forgot to stop and pick them up but admit wasn't sure where they were at the location.  When I finished I was also just ready to go.  Anyway results aren't officially in, at least no results are posted online yet.  However my dad at 55 years of age finished in 24:32 and I, 36 years old, finished in 34:23.  I wanted to finish in 38 minutes so I did beat that but the pace wasn't great when you calculate it to 11 min/mile.

The course was at Rock Chalk Park inside the Lawrence Sports Complex.  The race course that was chosen was beautiful.  It was on the trail outside.  There were some steep hills both up and down that I wasn't prepared for.  When I was jogging in California on the bike trail it was relatively flat.  No hills or steep changes in the land like today's race.  I did run almost all the hills but overall they just slowed me down.  I finished strong for Nathan.  He is a regular runner if you didn't know that already.  He has run a few marathons.  I wore one of his many race shirts so that he could be there with me.
Dad and I warming up before the race

Dad finishing

Dad came back to run with me into the finish
I am proud of myself for finishing, for running a majority of it and for coming close to finishing in the 30 minute window.  This also gave my challenge partner and I an additional 20 points for the week.

As far as my volunteer work I have caught up on it.  I kind of stopped doing much in the way with MSBA the weekend before the move.  Since Nathan was home for such a short time that weekend I wanted to get in as much time with him as possible.  I then had to prepare for the movers, the drive, moving day and then driving.  It took me a little over a week to get up to date but it is done.  I even have some time to write a blog post :)

How was the end of your summer, start of your fall?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

6 Weeks Into the New Tapazole Perscription

I know I posted in July about results for my Thyroid since I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease.  I thought about going back and updating that post but I wanted to do a whole new post, keep the old numbers and put in the new ones.

Date Thyrotropin Thyroxine Notes
4-Sep-15 2.76 0.723 Diet, 5mg tapazole and cod liver oil pill (started August 10th)
17-Jul-15 0.007  1.720  Diet only but 5mg tapazole restarted on July 24th
6-May-15 0.018 1.980 Diet only
30-Mar-15 0.05 1.460 Stopped pills March 18th and started diet March 1st
13-Feb-15 0.013 0.970  10mg tapazole
26-Jan-15 0.007 1.120 10mg tapazole
17-Dec-14 less than .005 1.870 Started 10mg tapazole December 18th
7-Nov-14 less than .005 1.930  

The ranges that are "normal":
Thyrotropin: 0.27-4.20
Thyroxine: 0.890-1.760

As you can see from the latest numbers my Thyrotropin is ACTUALLY IN NORMAL.  It hasn't been normal since back in 2009/2010 was the last time I think it was checked.  I have to tell you how surprised I am because we have been under a lot of stress.

I think there are three things that have made a HUGE impact; the AIP diet of course.  I do have a cheat meal once a month.  The cod liver oil pill.  Meditating at least twice a day.  I am using free apps like Happify and Headspace.

Also I just got these results in online today.  I did call my endocrinologist to figure out what the next step is, if there is one or to just stay on this path, but he is on vacation.  I will call back on Monday to followup.