… And I got up early this morning, because I was dehydrated, had a slight headache, and I couldn’t sleep anymore. It’s unfortunate that it’s on a Friday, but I had to get up early this morning anyway, to go for more blood work at the hospital. I finally get my new A1C today, as well as a complete metabolic profile, and lipid profile, and I’m excited to see how I’m doing… However, I also got some kind of confusing news about my thyroid… and as it turns out, my TSH is very, very low. Now, I am pretty sure I am a Hypothyroid patient. I have been Hypothyroid for over 26 years, if I go by symptoms, and was officially diagnosed at the age of 15. I have been known to have TSH levels as high as 150.00 (normal ranges are: 0.4–4.5 mIU/L or 0.4–4.5 mU/L (SI units), for adults, and 3–18 mIU/L or 3–18 mU/L (SI units) for babies). So, my doctor had adjusted my Thyroid medication accordingly, to make sure my TSH wasn’t so low… reduced it from 150 mcg to 125 mcg. Only now, my TSH is even lower than it was BEFORE she adjusted my medication. Odd, isn’t it? If it’s not some kind of fluke, I’m pretty sure my Pituitary gland has hit the crapper… Yay for more immune illnesses. NOT.
Thanks for sharing this~ my mother volunteers as local clinic on her day off as physician, I’m not sure how similar it is since I had only been there once and not as a patient so it’s interesting to hear about your experience and I think you’re right that if more people volunteered at these places or had to experience them they would probably want to do something to improve the overall health care/insurance system
Thanks for your insightful experience and sharing with the rest of us. I have been in line with the needy and desperate and some times the gimme gimmes. I too have no insurance and take advantage of the loop holes inthe system to acquire insulin. My provider is wonderful about doing what ever he can to get me my “fix”. And then there is the politics - even unemployed I did not qualify for medication assistance because of my income the previous year and t hen that year I made more than the cut off allowed - even though that money waslong gone and I use 8 vials of insulin a month @$90-100/bottle (do the mental math LOL) but I was suppossed to have been able to survive.
I thank God every day for the blessing I have received even if they are small ones.
Peace to you - keep your head up and your numbers low!