Synthroid : What it did to me.

I’ve been dealing with nerve pain for about six months now, and it has been just getting worse, including headaches, light sensitivity in my eyes, and confusion at times. About 6 months ago, when the nerve pain got worse due to psychological issues, I started taking Zoloft to help with it. I also started taking synthroid, at the doctor’s suggestion, though for the past 15 years I have avoided it, choosing instead to take thyroid nourishing supplements or natural thyroid hormone instead. Well, I forgot to pick up my synthroid from the pharmacy a few days ago and went without it for a couple days, and low and behold, the constant tingling in my hands and feet went away, and my head feels clearer, and I feel less anxious.

I still have some symptoms of nerve tingling on my right side, which I had before starting the synthroid, but I guess the synthetic thyroid medicine was a little too much for me, even though it was the lowest dose.

I am curious to see how I feel if I continue going without the synthroid. I was about to go in for more tests with the neurologist, but I cancelled when I realized the synthroid was causing the more constant symptoms!

Gardening With Kids!

IMG_1970IMG_1971IMG_1974These kids really impressed me.  The 3 older boys practically fought over who was going to shovel the bedding mix out of the truck!  We had to set a timer so they could switch out every 5 minutes so they could each get a turn.  Of course, getting a tiny little tootsie roll when they switched out of the truck each time didn’t hurt either.

The younger two, who weren’t old enough to be shoveling from the truck were nonetheless fully immersed in the project.  From digging with a trowel to dodging the flying dirt, they had a ball.

I am really seeing a positive turn in the kids as we adhere to the work ethic for the younger kids in this Thomas Jefferson Education program.  We read together every day, and we work every day, and they have plenty of free time to play outside, interact with each other, and work out issues with our guidance.  Video games are allowed a small fraction of the play time in the evening after the house is clean and chores are done.

My older daughter is studying most of her day, as she is in the “scholar” stage.  They study the theories and philosophies of the great thinkers in history.