Thursday, May 30, 2013

Three Things Thursday ...

Update - Just about two weeks ago, I saw a nutritionist in hopes of figuring out how to stop the weight gain I have experienced (in addition to all of the other symptoms). I left the appointment feeling optimistic. She suspects Adrenal Fatigue is to blame. Apparently, your body can only take so much stress before it revolts. Who knew? OK, I did. Not the point.

Additionally, my electrolytes are crazy low and my Vitamin D levels are the opposite of good. Fortunately, she believes all of this can be corrected and once we get back the results from my Cortisol and DHEA test back, we should have a better idea of my adrenal health and what we can do to get it back on track. However, if this test comes back normal, I will likely punch a hole through a wall. The brick wall I keep hitting when it comes to getting a diagnosis. (Note: I will be seeing an endocrinologist on June 26th regardless of the results I get from this test.)

In the meantime, I have been put on an eating plan and told not to stress about the amount of calories I am taking in. And while, I have followed the plan almost perfectly (Dizzle's birthday cake aside), I still obsess. It's just part of my nature. Unfortunately, I haven't lost an ounce. But I haven't gained either, which I guess is something.

Schedule Overload - May has been a hectic month for us. Between J's travel for work (and leisure with Doodle), the girls' activities and my work with Tough Chik, there hasn't been a lot of downtime. This weekend is our last overscheduled weekend for quite some time and I am feeling anxious about getting everything done.

Tomorrow morning, I will be heading to Annapolis to run the Tough Chik booth at ZOOMA Annapolis on Friday and Saturday. J will be taking over at home, shuttling the girls to and from school and to play dates. On Saturday, he has to take Dilly to soccer and then prep the girls (i.e. hair and make-up) for their dance recital's dress rehearsal in the afternoon. I will most likely have to meet them all at the venue as soon as I get back.

a preview of their costumes ...
Thankfully, my sister is going to be here to help with their hair and make-up, but I'm mildly afraid of the logistics of it all. We are going to be there hours upon hours and it can be a lot for me to juggle and I'm used to it. J doesn't usually have to handle this sort of stuff and I am thinking it might stress him out a wee bit.

On Sunday, the girls have back to back shows to perform in and by some twist of fate, I have one child in the very first dance and one child in the very last dance. I am going to stay optimistic that everyone is going to love every second and that I won't have to deal with any meltdowns. I can dream, right?

Vacation - Last week, J and I booked a trip for all of us. We had toyed around with going to Australia next year, but when the price tag started to skyrocket, we started thinking of alternatives. We talked about visiting Europe (and I'm still hoping we can make it to France next summer), the Caribbean, and a few places scattered throughout the US.

When it came down to it, the only place we really considered at any length was Hawaii. The timing (and pricing) seemed right, so we jumped in and booked. 10 days on the island of Oahu in October, only four months and 20 days from now. Not that I'm counting ...

10 comments:

Kortni said...

Drew and I just got back from Australia. The adjustment to time after the flight over was brutal. Coming back was no problem. I think you will enjoy your girls more in Hawaii because there will be much less fatigue! Good luck with your weekend!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Love Hawaii! We're headed back to Maui next March. Can't wait.

So sorry you can't sneak out early from the dance recital....

Colleen said...

I so hope that you get some answer Tonia! :(

Have a great time this weekend and enjoy that dance recital. Sounds like it's going to be a blast! hehe

And yay for Hawaii! Tom and I went to Oahu for 9 days a few years back and it was awesome. He was there for work so I lazed around all day by the water, but we had such a great time hiking and exploring when he was off. We rented a Jeep Wrangler one day, took the top off and drove the entire perimeter of the island. Do it... it was the best way to see little tucked away beaches, surfers, ice cream shops, etc!

Allyssa said...

I hope you can finally get some answers. I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue a couple of years ago. Was your cortisol test the saliva one? My cortisol levels came back low. I did the supplements for a while but eventually quit. I just didn't notice them making any difference for me. Plus they were expensive. It was after that time that my unexplained weight gain started. It's a lot like your experience.

Michelle said...

Glad you are headed on a new path. I was thinking the other day about any allergies to foods that might mess with your chemical balance. Sounds like they are looking into that. Keep us posted. I think of you lots.

Kate @ Life on the Pavement... said...

I just got back from my second trip to Oahu (this month! Perks of hubs working there). Let me know if you need any ideas of things to do! :-)

fitmomsfullplates.com said...

I was wondering if it wasn't Adrenal Fatigue when I read your last post on it...I wrote about it in Januaray because I was having a lot of symptons myself and was suspecting that was the cause. I was never tested to confirm but changed a few things from that point and started to feel better slowly. There is a lot of good reading out there on the topic. Some great podcasts too--Diane Sanfilippo's Balanced Bites podcast was a great resource to me. Good luck!!! --Dani

Becka said...

I've been told I could be suffering from adrenal fatigue as well. The symptoms are so vague, and I think anyone that has any stress at all could "have it." Is there an actual "real" test for it? (Like blood work?). All my tests for electrolytes, iron, thyroid, etc came back normal, so I'm at a loss.

Following your situation closely as it sounds like we are in the same boat.

Hope you come up with some answers.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Hang in there lady!! I hope you find something out.. We have avoided signing the boys up for many activities because I know I would be way too stressed..

dreambigrunner.com said...

Family vacation in Hawaii, wonderful!!! Heard it is really beautiful!!