Monday, December 31, 2012

Living with Hypothyroidism

It’s been six months since the hospitalization. I’ve been in recovery ever since (physiotherapy and medication), and am glad to report that things are going on fine. Although I’m still using a walking stick I think it won’t be long till I’ll be liberated.

There is still a ‘pinching’ pain in the lower back, especially in the morning but it is not as severe as before (when I literally double over in debilitating pain). Since the term used by the rheumatologist was ‘degenerated’ lumbar, and since hope springs eternal, we are confident of ‘regenerating’ the lumbar.

Naturally with a walking stick mobility is restricted, and while we’ve been to several places I found using the DSLR to be burdensome (balancing yourself with a walking stick while trying to focus the camera is no mean feat!) and since this is a photo-blog after all, I’ve not been posting.

Remember the off the charts readings when I was hospitalized? It now has stabilized, and reads as follows: -

T3: 5.33 (normal levels from 2.23 to 5.35) – normalized
T4: 20.7 (normal levels 9.1 to 24.4) – normalized
TSH: 0.06 (normal levels is from 0.30 to 4.64) – went the other way?

And oh, I will be medicated for life to ensure the hormone levels are balanced. Here's hoping for a marvellous new year!

Cat and I (+walking stick) on a walkabout J

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hospitalized!

I’ve been hospitalized for Hypothyroidism, a state in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. My advice to everyone is IMMEDIATELY to check your levels of:

  • thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • thyroxine (T4)
  • triiodothyronine (T3)

In primary hypothyroidism, TSH levels are high and T4 and T3 levels are low. For a very long time now, I’ve been experiencing the following symptoms:

  • weight gain
  • fatigue
  • muscle cramps and joint pain
  • dry, itchy skin
  • thin, brittle fingernails
  • rapid thoughts
  • depression (subjective)

Since of late, I’ve not been able to drive since as I am experiencing what can only be described as muscle ‘freeze’. As an example, I find difficulty unclenching my clenched fist, and if I turn my head either side I also find difficulty turning my head back to the front. That is why I’ve stopped driving.

I almost had surgery for what was thought to be a slipped disc of several lumbars. It was finally revealed that the Hypothyroidism caused an abnormal build-up of antibodies. These antibodies, once present but with nothing to consume began eating into the muscles of the lumbar, effectively causing what is called a degenerated lumbar(s).

Thankfully a second opinion referred me to a rheumatologist, who after listening to my description of muscle ‘freezing’ thought of checking my T3, T4 and TSH levels, thus discovering the Hypothyroidism.

The rheumatologist further gave me some sobering news. If left untreated, the antibodies would have eaten into every muscle of my internal organs and I would have eventually ‘expired’ in my sleep!

I am now in the hospital while the rheumatologist monitors my T3, T4 and TSH levels, and with some medication and physiotherapy I hope to regain full and normal use of my limbs (especially my lower back). At the point of being hospitalized, my levels were as follows:

T3: 1.0 (usual range is between 9.1 to 24.4) – way below range
T4: 0.5 (usual range is between 2.23 to 5.35) – way below range
TSH: 999 (usual range is between 0.30 to 4.64) – way above range

You can imagine the concern! More updates soon...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sitiawan / Teluk Intan

My Car Club had a gathering at Teluk Batik, Lumut. This are photos from the final day on our way back to Kuala Lumpur.


we found this shop on the outskirts of Sitiawan as we left
no signboards, but the noodles were good!
familiar?
the go-to place when in Teluk Intan
most often taken photo in Teluk Intan?
interesting story
how many times have you seen this?
from a different spot
local delicacy

I’ve not been feeling well these past few months, hence the lack of postings. More information in my next post J

Monday, January 23, 2012

Kang San Ea B.B.Q.

Korean Restaurant B.B.Q Kang San Ea
C5 Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1
Taman Ampang Utama
68000 Ampang
+60342512598
(Coordinates: 3° 9' 18.75", 101° 45' 4.75")

It’s the Chinese lunar New Year, and to usher in the New Year we decided to sample some Korean cuisine. After the disappointing Do Mo Nae (Ampang Point) some time back, we were glad we came here.

This is authentic Korean fare, with their very own homemade kimchi side dishes and all! Words cannot describe the incredible experience, so just enjoy the pictures J

unassuming entrance
the menu on the wall had me salivating
what to eat, what to eat
firing up the grill
trying out 'soju' for the first time
crunchy fresh salad
ooh la la, pork bellies J
where do we start?
marvellous kimchi soup
still grilling
side dishes as we wait
side dishes
ah, the pork bellies are all done J
marvellous!
don't worry, he's only pretending
that's plain water

We used to celebrate special occasions (birthdays and anniversaries) at places like TGIF, Chilli’s and the like. No longer, as we will now be frequenting places like Kang San Ea B.B.Q. which is more attuned to our tastes in future.



Sunday, January 8, 2012

Station Bak Kut Teh

Station Bak Kut Teh
Lot 3A, First Floor, Citrus Park Food Emporium
Plaza OUG, 1 Jalan Klang Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
+60379816050

We read about this online and decided to give it a try. We were suitably sceptical because we were of the opinion franchised BKT would not measure up to the traditional family-run shops.

This is the first time we've been to a BKT shop located within a shopping complex, which heightened our apprehension. 


welcoming entrance
tasteful decor
can hardly wait
BKT!
Brendan going hard at it
actually pretty good
not your traditional BKT shop
but Brendan didn't care

We were glad we were wrong! Though not as ‘tasty’ (very, very subjective) as some of the best we’ve had, it ranks in between the decent shops we’ve tried. Yes, it’s marginally more expensive but you’ve also paying for certain comforts most traditional shop don’t (or can’t) offer J
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