Comment Of The Day: April 23, 2010
Graves’digger, written by Mrs. Graves was a funny, inspiring, short and to the point Dear Thyroid letter. Mrs. Graves chronicled the harrowing experience of one disease begetting another. What a shocker?! Insofar as, sadly, we can all relate to this. Her letter, like each Dear Thyroid letter was a gift. If you didn’t catch it, give it a read.
As always, the conversation was stellar, magnificent. Thank you.
Today’s comment of the day;
Christine says: April 23, 2010 at 10:59 am
Miss Graves Tell IT ThySista!!! Can I get a WOOF from the Dawg pound!?! The whole lot of thyroid diseases can all go to hell; in a hand basket direct flight; non stop; straight into hell;
Sarah: Ain’t it the truth! If only; there has been no just thyroid disease for me, it’s been a host of em, hell a disease party (not the fun kind) of health related stuff. Geesh!
Volcanoes and Pharmaceutical Synthroid Reliance, written by Michelle, is part of a new literary series we’ve launched on Dear Thyroid Patient Perspective Posts. When you read something in the news or elsewhere, and it circles back to you and your story, please write it, and submit it to Dear Thyroid. Today, like our debut’s piece written by Lolly, was about traveling and being stuck in another city and/or country without our medication.
Told from Michelle’s perspective and part of a discussion she had with her mother Ã¢â‚¬” we all learned, though we all knew, that we are reliant on something to keep us well for the rest of our lives.
The conversation was remarkable. Questions were raised, fears were addressed and advice was dispensed. Amazing; thank you.
Today’s comment of the day;
CindiStraughn says: April 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm
When I was diagnosed hypo in 2004, what really bothered me was realizing I was going to be dependent upon a medication to live. It really took a while for me to accept that thought and I’m not sure I ever did. I think I just tucked it into that corner of my mind labeled “things I can’t do anything about. And thyroid meds got company in that brain corner when I later became dependent upon adrenal hormone replacement in 2006.
Fast forward to May 2009 at a physician’s appointment where I happened to mention to my doctor that I always keep a little extra supply of my meds (don’t ask, I won’t tell here Ã¢â‚¬” although if you have a RX you can legally order from overseas) and she gave me a funny look like “whatever could go wrong?Ã¢â‚¬. Now, does “2009 natural thyroid shortage ring any bells? I survived it because I had realized a while back that all sorts of things could go wrong that might interfere with my monthly pick-up at the drugstore of my life-saving meds. Natural disasters, gas shortages, trucker strikes, civil unrest, total economic collapse Ã¢â‚¬” yep, i prepare for all of them Ã¢â‚¬” and that includes a good stock of my life-saving meds.
This May 2010 at the same doctor’s office. I reminded her of my earlier 2009 statement and she nodded her head in agreement this time. Her office went thru hell trying to keep their natural thyroid users supplied, even to the point she’s running her own compounded pharmacy now!
So here’s my suggestion;have this serious talk with your physician about having a security stock of any life-saving thyroid meds. Your life depends on it! Sure, you may have to pay out-of-pocket for the extra but the alternative ain’t pretty. Just my 2 cents on the subject.