Weekend Recap: Friendsgiving

It’s officially Monday – booooo. It’s okay, though. Let’s just go back to the weekend.

So on Friday, I ended up staying home in the morning due to a migraine. I woke up around 10 and started to work from home for the rest of the day. It was a pretty slow day at work, so that was helpful. Ben’s friend/client came over later that night, so they took off to have some dinner and drinks while Cora and I hung out at home.

Weekend Recap: Friendsgiving On Saturday, I headed out to breakfast with my friend Marette at Over Easy Cafe.

Weekend Recap: Friendsgiving I haven’t seen Marette since the summer, so we had a lot to catch up on. Like her biggest announcement here!

I ended up getting the “Sassy Eggs” which were SUPER good and took the rest home for Ben. The worst part was the Uber ride – $17 one way!

Weekend Recap: Friendsgiving Ben was training a friend at 11:15, so I changed quickly to go with him (since I spent all my money on Uber LOL). He dropped me off at a new Starbucks near his gym so I could get some work done before heading to his gym to workout with him around 12:30.

Weekend Recap: Friendsgiving
While at Starbucks, I filled out my Best Self Journal while listening to the Bucci Radio podcast.  I’ve actually *just* gotten into podcasts (I know, I’m late). Another favorite podcast of mine is the Day in the Life podcast, but I was all caught up on that one. 🙂

Oh, also – I tried the new Toasted White Chocolate Mocha (with skim milk) at ‘bucks and … totally not worth the $5 IMHO. I’d much rather have the Salted Caramel Mocha. MMMM.

Weekend Recap: Friendsgiving After the gym, Ben and I headed to Do-Rite to get another chicken sandwich. I’ve been craving one since last weekend when I had to scarf one down before the movie.  Apparently this is the weekend of gluttony haha!

The rest of the afternoon we just kind of hung out at home before heading to a Friendsgiving party (of sorts) with our friends Frank and Draco. So. Much. Food. (and a few drinks) It took us forever to get downtown with traffic + we kept getting lost … The $15 Uber ride was looking pretty good by the time we finally found the parking garage.

Weekend Recap: Friendsgiving
Sunday I slept in a bit while Ben got up and did his football stuff. He left around 10:30 to get coffee with his cousin, then head to watch football with friends, so I didn’t see him until almost 7:30 pm. While he was out, I watched some Say Yes to the Dress, did some work, hung out with Cora and just played around at home. I also filmed this Coffee Chat video if you’d like to watch that…

Ben came home with Thai food and beignets  (which was AMAZING) so I ate all that stuff before sitting on the couch and filming a Boyfriend Tag video with Ben – those will be up this weekend along with … FINALLY TELL YOU GUYS HOW WE MET (if Ben ever gets done with his half of the blog). So expect lotsa lovey stuff this weekend – it’s our anniversary, so felt like it was good timing.

And now it’s Monday! I’m wearing ripped jeans, a beanie and my “I Miss My Dog” shirt from We Rate Dogs, so I’m feelin’ pretty great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqbvjAuFOPM&t=25sI’m also filming a Day in the Life video today so expect to see that soon, too. I know not ALL of you enjoy my YouTube vids, but I still like to tell you about them! I’ve been missing YouTube, so I’m trying to get back into it.

How was your weekend?

The Time I Found Out I Have An Autoimmune Disease

As you all know, I’ve been struggling with my health recently. From stomach aches to broken toes to thyroid issues to mood issues (#PoorBen) … it’s been a weird ride!

Finding out I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis | The Time I Found Out I Have An Autoimmune Disease
I’ve known I have hypothyroidism since I was 23 – so about six years now. I’ve been taking a medication and was basically told, “You get to live with this forever!” and sent on my merry way. At least once per year I had to have my levels checked and basically when anything BIG happened, my levels would skyrocket. Think graduating college (when they found it), breaking up with my boyfriend of 4 years, moving to Green Bay, moving to Chicago, switching jobs because I hated my job so much …

You kind of get “used” to feeling like shit. I was used to being tired all the time. I was used to needing at LEAST 9 hours of sleep to function. I was used to gaining weight really easily and struggling to get ANY off. I was used to the dry hair and skin. I was used to the constant constipation and gut issues.

But “that’s just the way it is”

In October I finally decided to take my life into my own hands. I was sick of being sick all.the.time. so I scheduled doctors appointments and did an elimination diet. My PCP tested my thyroid levels a couple of weeks ago and told me my T4 and TSH were fine, but she took a look at my T3 levels and they were low, which she said made no sense. She referred me to an endocrinologist.

On Monday, I went to the Endo (weird guy … drew lots of pics) and he took one look at my results and saw my antibody levels from a test in March of this year and said, “Oh, this is easy. You have the autoimmune disease called Hashimotos Thyroiditis” and then he said:

Not a big deal, not a big deal, not a big deal.

In fact, he said that same phrase, that same three times about 15 times throughout my doctor appointment

The basic info is, not much will change. I was being treated for hypothyroidim, so I’ll stay on that medication and he’s re-checking my results to see if I have a rare form that is difficult to explain but again NOT A BIG DEAL, NOT A BIG DEAL, NOT A BIG DEAL.

If you’re interested in learning about the difference between Hashimotos and Hypo, this article explains it (though I’m still confused).

I left the appointment with a swirling brain, a bunch of badly drawn pictures #doctors and a donut, because I was trying to make myself feel better and there was a Stan’s Donuts in the bottom of the hospital. 😂

I got home, told Ben about it and started doing some research. I wanted to know what I could do BESIDES taking a bazillion more pills that haven’t helped me for the last 6 years, so how are they going to help now? I read about people with Hashi that need to go gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free … AKA the damn elimination diet that I was eating a few weeks prior. Then I read that food doesn’t help people at all – they just recommend trying to eat healthier. I also read that exercise is good, but not *too* difficult because it can stress out your body. I read about adrenal fatigue and goiters and all these things I don’t understand.

So here I am … waiting for the test results from the doctor and not knowing what to do after this. I’ll keep y’all updated, but know that the frustration is REAL and if you have any background, I’d love to talk with you. ❤️