It’s been a long few months for the Bragdon household.
We’ve been searching for answers for Nathan’s behavioral issues (see my post about ADHD) and on top of that, I’ve been dealing with health issues myself.
From January on, I found myself barely able to get out of bed. I was depressed and beyond exhausted. It wasn’t the normal keeping-up-with-four-kids exhaustion, but something beyond that.
I would sleep for 10 hours and still wake up feeling like a zombie. And forget keeping up with the household chores, homeschooling, blogging, raising four kids, dealing with a special-needs kid. Something – more than one thing – had to give.
I cut homeschooling back to a minimum. We ate a lot of takeout. The house turned into something of that between a pig sty and a war zone.
(Well, maybe it wasn’t quite that bad, thanks to Nate, who’s been my rock. Speaking of him, he just graduated with his degree in electrical engineering technology last week. I am so proud of him!)
Other things – church, friends, socialization were set aside. Blogging took a backseat.
Thankfully I have a fantastic doctor who listens to me. After extensive testing (regular bloodwork wasn’t accurate), in April I learned I have hypothyroidism. And estrogen dominance with very low progesterone.
No wonder I felt out of sorts. My body really was.
After about 6 weeks of medication (i’m taking NP Thyroid and using a natural progesterone cream), I am feeling much better. I have energy again! I’ve started losing some of the weight I gained over the winter due to low metabolism. I’m weaning off my depression medication.
And best of all, I feel better able to deal with life.
In April, we took Nathan to a pediatric neurologist. He gave Nathan an official diagnosis of high-functioning autism. While I’ve always dread labels, I’ve realized that it brings relief too. I’ll share more about that later.
I’m coming back, friends. Slowly but surely.
Thanks for waiting.