Posted by BarbaraCat on November 6, 2003, at 1:24:21
In reply to Re: Hello gals... » BarbaraCat, posted by katia on November 5, 2003, at 20:48:42
>>One something like "comprehenvise thyroid test" costs $240 and tests estradiol, progest., testost., DHEA-S, and Cortisol and the throid tests.
**If you can afford it the comp thyroid test is the way to go. It measures your thyroid every which way from Sunday - how much free T3, T4, reverse, T3, thyroiditis antibodies - and not just the standard TSH numbers. But even if all those tests come back normal the coldness and tired foggyness is reason to try thyroid. At least, that's what I'd ask for.
> My other thought about digital versus mercury is this. Always whenever hearing about what a normal or low body temp is it's talking about from a digital basal. Maybe however, there are different "normal" temps for a mercury that are a bit higher. So maybe the testing takes into account that mercury's and basal digitals are not reflecting the same temps.
**I've always heard basal temps for thyroid should be done with a mercury thermometer and never digital. I tested mine with two digitals and their numbers were off by .3 degrees. The two mercurys were the same. But you're right about mercurys being higher depending on where. Rectal temperatures are about 1 degree higher and my armpit temp is usually a whole degree lower, although it's supposed to be the same as oral.
> So the one drink every so often is working for you?
**Sorta. It's always hard to go back to not partaking once I've had 'the taste' and am a couple days removed from how sh*tty I felt the day after.
>>I was thinking that I might just buy the most expensive bottle, indulge, drink the whole thing - get it out of my craving system.
**Ha ha. That's your Beast talking. It'll just whet your appetite for more. But who knows, maybe a good reminder of why you swore off is in order.
>>I trying to remember that ultimately drinking is the monster and that I can see past the seduction and say no.
**That's a great analogy about the beautiful woman. It is like that, so seductive, so elegant and pleasurable. Have you read "Rational Recovery" by Jack Trimpey? That book helped me alot and describes that whole alluring thing so well and how to recognize it as the Addictive Voice, a.k.a., The Beast. Another book that has been helping is "Sober for Good" by Anne Fletcher. She interviewed a bunch of people who have been sober for over 5 years about what worked for them. Some now drink moderately. Both books have been my no-drink Bibles. But I do crave it still and over-indulging is the best way I know to fan that fire.
Good for you for being so strong, especially with the temptations at work. Do you remember how very difficult it was for you at first and how you were going to beg your doc for antabuse? Once you start feeling better physically and then mentally you'll want to involve yourself in things (dust off the bellydance togs?) and the need won't be so overwhelming.
I'm not going to kid myself and pretend I'm not going to drink over the Holidays, but I'll nurse that puppy and will not get drunk again. I've controlled myself just fine the last few times even though the thought always comes the next day 'hey there, kiddo, why don't we try that 'control' thing one more time - just to see'. Then, I'm looking forward to the new year when I can put it aside, maybe for good. - Barbara