I’m not a sickly person. I catch about 2 colds a year and about every 3rd or 4th one will require me going to the Dr. because it turns into a sinus infection.
It’s so predictable, it’s silly.My kids aren’t sick that much either. My older son has only been on antibiotics once in 10 years.
A few weeks ago my younger son caught a wicked virus. It was sort of uncharted territory for me. I’m not used to a kid having a fever for 4 days. His turned into a sinus/ear mess and soon enough it cycled through my husband and then finally me. Braden missed it once again.
Anyways, I took that virus to the water park over spring break and by the time I got back I was a full blown ear infection mess. I hadn’t had an ear infection like that since I was a child, and at that time I had tubes put in my ears.
Then in a moment of pain and desperation, I put coconut oil in my ear. I explained later to the nurse that Pinterest is very convincing and that I was also told to put olive oil in my ear as well but since I wasn’t trying to build a salad, I stayed with one oil.
(Disclaimer: I’m not a Dr. I don’t even play one on the internet unless you count googling all the medical conditions that I have or will have at some point so don’t be putting stuff in your ear.)
I leave the Dr. with my antibiotics, stock up on 50% off Easter candy while I’m at the pharmacist and go on my way.
A few days pass and I walk past this mirror in my kitchen. The way the light is coming in shadows this bump on the front of my throat.
What. Is. That.
I touch it and when I do I realize that it’s my thyroid gland that is now swollen out of my collar bones.
That’s not normal and it’s totally ruining my neckline for a scoop neck dress.
I call the Dr and make an appointment for the next day.
Until then, I play Dr. google because who doesn’t do that?
I am not jumping to any conclusions about anything I’ve read but there are a lot of dots that sure add up for myself.
I found a picture of myself from last summer and sure enough, it was swollen there too.
How long have I had this? I don’t know but I do know that it’s a common issue for women and it is treatable.
Something I haven’t discussed before and unless you really stalk me, you wouldn’t know that about a year ago I realized I have a high sensitivity to gluten. It turns out there is a link with gluten sensitivity and thyroid issues.
And that? I did not know.
Now I have blood tests, food allergy tests, celiac panel tests, and a thyroid ultrasound that need to be done to determine what exactly is going on and how to treat it.
I know that it’s not something I even realized without seeing it stick out of my throat, and I have a family history of it.
So if you’re a woman between 30 and 50, have had children, please read the symptoms.
If you have many of them, don’t discount them with “I’m a mom, of course I have these things” like I have been doing.
It may be more.
And as an added bonus? Once I’m treated I’m totally going to drop those last 20 lbs that came out of nowhere right?!