Thursday, January 8, 2009


On the human front, got an email from Mom today. They finally know what's wrong. She's a Weight Watcher success story, but in the last few months, she's been loosing too much weight, hair falling out and just not feeling well. After becoming a radioactive nightmare for a few tests, seems she has Grave's Disease. It's an autoimmune disorder that causes your body to attack your Thyroid, which in turn causes it to go into overdrive.

No cure but the treatment options are good. She just can't go near the Canadian Border for awhile as she will get her thyroid bombarded with mega doses of radiation in order to "kill" or semi kill it, to make it stop producing hormones. Then she gets to take drugs the rest of her life to make her thyroid produce the right stuff.

Of course when she first told me, I knew exactly what it was. Barbara Bush has it. Oh wouldn't Grandpa be rolling in his grave if he knew that Mom shared something in common with a Republican??? More research is needed, but they also say that the factors that might lead to this are heredity, sex, age and stress. One more to add to the list of things to check at the next phyiscal. Great!

Sending prayers Mom's way and hoping that she can put that cool wig in storage now!

Later gators....


Winjammin' said...

Hugs to your mom and tell her we're thinking about her!

Traci said...

It's great that at least she knows what she's dealing with now... hopefully they can control the thyroid with meds and she can live a happy and healthy life :) My very best thoughts are with her!! :)

Sherilyn said...

So glad they figured out what was wrong, and here's to a healthy recovery, with lots of prayers coming from our way! Hugs to all!