So it has been a few weeks since I last posted. In that time, I have seen the ENT doctor again and I think we are moving in the right direction. He did a scope down my throat and saw a lot of swelling around my voice box and told me that he believes that I have something called Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease, where the acid in my stomach is coming back up my esophagus is irritating my voice box and throat. He put me on two different acid reflux medications to help with that. I asked him about the thyroid nodule and he said that he thinks I might have what is called Hashimoto’s disease where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland and it can cause a sore throat, fatigue, etc. So I had some blood work done and I am waiting for a call about the results. I also have to go back in six weeks to see him and hopefully I will be feeling better by then.
So far my throat isn’t quite as sore, it is still hurting. And the biggest problem still is that I am so tired, I can’t get through the day without taking a nap. So I’m hoping that the doctor can figure out what is causing that and we can get it taken care of so I will get back my energy. I have been working out and that honestly wears me out, but I know that I need to lose weight and doing so will likely help with whatever it is that I have.
I’m struggling a little bit to stay on track this week but I’m not giving up. I have all of my meals planned out and I’m going to do my best to stick to it. I am not supposed to eat a few hours before bed so that is going to be a challenge but I have to follow what my doctor says and maybe that will help me stick to it, since I have been told that I can’t eat before bed. Nighttime snacking has always been an issue for me. I can go all day staying on track, but once evening hits I always feel the need to eat something before bed, so I am going to have to replace that with something else, maybe reading a book.
Since I have switched from workshops to online only I have been struggling and I’m not sure if it is my health issues or not going to workshops. So I’m going to give it another month and really try hard to stay on track, exercise and see what happens. I don’t want to switch back to workshops unless I really know that the online version doesn’t work for me. Harvest is coming up soon and my husband will be busy in the field for a few months and I might not always have someone to watch my kids to let me attend workshops. So I’m going to give it some more time and hopefully I can lose at least 5 lbs this month and get my weight moving in the right direction.