I never expected thyroid hormones to have such an impact on my daily life. Silly really, since I studied hormones at university, but reading about them and experiencing them are quite different. Now that it’s much colder I have become hypothyroid again. This is to be expected but I do wish I lived in a country that adjusted medication for the winter. At my last health check the doctor was surprised stating as always that I shouldn’t be like this on medication. But, anyway, it happens every winter even though my Japanese doctors act as if their will alone should stop such things.
I’m aware of them today as I’ve made a mistake and taken too much medication. I usually avoid doing this through routine. I take my medication as soon as I go into the living room in the morning. This morning it was really cold and I dashed out of bed to grab my laptop and went back to bed again. An hour later, when I went back into my living room, I took my medication. Given that I’m now incredibly warm it seems I forgot that I taken it when I got my laptop. There is no heating on in the apartment, it’s about 7 C (44F) outside, and I’m as warm as I feel on a summer’s day. Having an overactive thyroid must be great for the heating bills, but probably not so good for the extra food you would have to eat to burn this hot.
Short term memory problems are a issue when hypothyroid and really I should have a better system for taking tablets. I also like to think I can change things through my will alone so I have been ignoring my short term memory issues. Even I noticed that I spent quite a bit of time yesterday walking around the living room in circles. I mentioned it to Marty and he tells me I’ve been like this for a while. But it amuses him to see me behave like a caged polar bear, so he didn’t point it out.
I have been attempting to deal with the mountains of laundry and got annoyed that my hormones also cause a problem with storage space. I have too many clothes. I need to keep them in different sizes as my weight can fluctuate horribly over the course of the year but I’m not sure where I’m supposed to store them. I’m also annoyed that I’m bigger in winter as winter clothes are bulkier and it would be nicer if these were the clothes in smaller sizes.
Hormone changes happen gradually and it can be difficult for me to see when I’m deteriorating. I don’t want to slow down in the winter and I do a great job at ignoring the changes. The most noticeable change is sleeping patterns. In the summer I would sleep around 7 hours and 45 minutes if I was left to waken naturally. Now I’m at 9 hours and 15 minutes. It’s not so bad though, two winters ago I was sleeping more than 12 hours a day in December.