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Week 16: Update

My doctor’s appointment last week was interesting. First, my thyroid levels are up where they should be, which is good news, but I haven’t noticed a difference in how I feel since I started taking Armour thyroid pills about 8 weeks ago. My doc wants me to continue with the pills, so I will, even though they’re a bit of an inconvenience to work into my pill regime. Because I cannot have any food for one hour before I take them, I’ve been getting up at 5:15 a.m. to take the thyroid meds…wait an hour (read: attempt to go back to sleep)….then take my probiotic…wait about an hour…then eat breakfast. At least my thyroid levels are looking good!

My doc also informed me that she read an article recently which connects Burning Tongue Syndrome to anxiety. I’ve noticed that my tongue will hurt much more when I’m under a lot of stress. She’s aware that I’ve been working in a stressful environment for the past couple of years, plus, there’s the Candida Diet which some days can stress me out. So, it’s something for me to contemplate and try to figure out how to reduce stresses in my life. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

I’m still waiting on the results of my stool test. I’m eager to find out what’s going on with my candida levels and if I’m making any progress.

Well, Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I’m fairing as best I can hearing about all the turkeys, side dishes and desserts everyone’s making. People who know I cannot eat turkey (or any of the fixings) continue to go on and on (and on!) about how wonderful their pumpkin pie is this year or their cranberry nut bread is just the best or their way of preparing a turkey makes it just so succulent. I just smile and nod and think about my menu. What’s your candida Thanksgiving dinner going to consist of? I’m doing my regular green veggies and….lobster! I’ve eaten lobster before on this diet and didn’t suffer any ill consequences, so I figured ‘why not?!’ Dessert, of course, will be my standby: oat bran with cinnamon. Just out of curiosity, does anyone know how long it takes to digest turkey? I know it’s about an hour for fish and chicken. I’m just wondering about turkey….maybe for next year.

I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving! I have much to be thankful for this year including this forum and all the helpful advice I’ve received over the past several months. I’m also thankful for all the probiotics and vitamins that are working in my digestive system to rid my body of its candida overgrowth. Happy Thanksgiving!