Graves Disease Changes Everything

Grave Disease is exactly what it says it is. If it is left untreated it will put you in the grave or make you feel as if you’re close to it.

below is an insert from mayoclinic.org

Overview

Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). Although a number of disorders may result in hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease is a common cause.

Because thyroid hormones affect a number of different body systems, signs and symptoms associated with Graves’ disease can be wide ranging and significantly influence your overall well-being. Although Graves’ disease may affect anyone, it’s more common among women and before the age of 40.

The primary treatment goals are to inhibit the overproduction of thyroid hormones and lessen the severity of symptoms.

I am the youngest of 3 girls for my mother. My oldest sister is known to be the party person or should I say the life of the party. She is caring, nurturing and over protective. she has always been apart of my highlights in my life, whether it was graduation or dance recitals. Lets just say she played the big sister role perfectly.

My sister changed her diet a few years back and started walking around the track field. The results were great because she lost weight, but then the weight kept shedding to the point my inner voice wondered if she was sick. She had enough energy for 3 persons running on a treadmill. Relationships were being broken because she thought people were out to get her.  She was very anxious and irritated, which affected her relationship. All of this just made me think she was just going through a midlife crisis. Until we received a phone call.

Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of Graves’ disease include:

  • Anxiety and irritability
  • A fine tremor of your hands or fingers
  • Heat sensitivity and an increase in perspiration or warm, moist skin
  • Weight loss, despite normal eating habits
  • Enlargement of your thyroid gland (goiter)
  • Change in menstrual cycles
  • Erectile dysfunction or reduced libido
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Bulging eyes (Graves’ ophthalmopathy)
  • Fatigue
  • Thick, red skin usually on the shins or tops of the feet (Graves’ dermopathy)
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)

My sister ended up in the hospital on February 12th, but we received a phone call on Valentine’s Day in regards to her whereabouts. I just spoke to my sister and she was fine, what is going on? My sister was hospitalized and was in what they call a ‘Thyroid Storm’. The over production of thyroid hormones sent her body into shock. Everything was out of whack. Her pressure was dangerously high to the point she could have died.

My nerves were all over the place as well. I kept a journal for every change in pressure or any movement she made for the day, which was labeled 0. She wasn’t moving. The tube was helping her breath because her lungs were weak. She was there but she wasn’t. Her fingers started twitching and slowly she was able to lift her hands. The first sign that she was going to be ok.

My sister ended up going to rehab right after recovering in the hospital. I was happy and nervous at the same time. My full of life independent older sister was going to need help. It broke my heart to figure out she was still eager to be independent. In my eyes I did consider her to be one of my dependent. I wanted to provide and care for my sister. It was the love I have inside and the fear of my moms health being compromised in results of this life changing event for my sister. In this moment I knew I had to let her find her true self. You see, some people need to fall completely, sink to their lowest sunken place in order to gain focus and accept help. There is this thing that floats around in my culture a lot and it’s called “Pride”. We all have it but our doses are different. What’s that saying? “There’s levels to this ish” (excuse the slang, or maybe not).

So what do I do? What would a MoM do if their child came to them and said they are going to take a break from school or go out despite you telling them it’s not a good idea? Sometimes in life you have to let them go THROUGH it on their own. Figure it out on their own and experience life because in that moment and I mean it MoM , life is going to knock them down. No, we will not be there to say “I told you so”. Get ready for this mind blowing requirements from you MoMs. You wait to be approached and let them fall into your arms. Rub their back and you let them know you are here for them. Just your presence alone can work wonders. Listen and ensure them that whatever they decide you will be there regardless. You ever heard the saying that God places people in your life for a reason and a season? Or how about in the movie, The Twilight Saga, where the wolf has made a print on the baby? MoMs, sprinkle away. Sprinkle some wisdom with extra love on top. I did just that. Pride is something else!

I started this draft last year September 2018.

UPDATE ALERT

The Pride land still exist. The End. Lol!

In all honesty, it has gotten better. My sister is still on the road to recovery. She finally getting back on her feet. It is still a battle because there is always a side effect to medication. Do I still see her as a dependent? Hell yes! I miss my sister dearly . The sister who supported me in every way by showing up to the important milestones in my life! When I see my sister it feels as if…you see that’s the problem. There’s no feeling. I leaned towards my other sister for support. She helps me keep my sanity because I feel I should be doing so much more for my sissy because if my feelings are numb, can you imagine my sisters feelings?

If you or a love one has suffered with Graves’ disease check out https://www.hormone.org/support-and-resources/peer-support-groups/graves-disease-thyroid-foundation

God will not give us more than we can bare.

Signing off MoM

Love & Unity (It’s a Lee ting)

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