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August Checkup

Its been a busy 6 months. I’ve had some ups and downs on my journey. Where to begin. I’m working closer to home which is great. Less time spent traveling to and from work and more time to relax before work. I’m loving my new workplace and have made some great friends. I also get to spend extra time with my 4 legged, furry, fluffy child and my best friend Benji. (My 6 year old cat). A great stress reliever and an excellent listener.

My studies and coming along nicely. I plan to be qualified end of the year. Studies have had a few delays due to other priorities. Its a great feeling when you receive excellent feedback and encouragement from the teachers, and realizing the skills I’m learning I naturally put them into practice in my daily interactions.

There was another death in my family, with the passing of my last living grandparent. Another tough family time but with no arguing the funeral went smoothly and the family came together to support each other on the day. Cherish your family while they are alive. Holding grudges are those little things that can be the obstacle that create distant forever. The past can’t be changed. Live in the now and create your journey towards a bright future. Having family who love you for who you are and support you in health and achievements are those positive souls we all need in our life. Removing negativity people from our lives and stay close to positive people, can influence positive energy into your own life.

On a positive note I reduced and eliminated my sugar intake and have been eating healthy with my regular daily exercise and feeling great within myself. I’m getting my anxiety under control, although some situations it tends to escalate but I’m learning to manage it better. Apart from having the flu for several weeks, which is almost gone, I have been reasonably healthy and feeling more positive. Its come to my regular 6 month checkup with the endocrinologist to see how everything is going. Having my regular blood test, will the results show up excellent, as I have been feeling great. With the anxious wait finally over, I attended my 6 month checkup all positive and wanting my results to  be great. To my surprise my (Cortisol / Stress hormone level has risen to being extremely high at 586 nmol/L) and (Prolactin has risen again to  a high of ~ 1474 mIU/L). With my endocrinologist not to pleased with the increase has recommended taking hormones possible from my next visit and have another MRI to see if there is any changes to the pituitary. Also another recommendation to improve my hormones is by gaining about 10kg. (I’m sorry but i’m not going to gain weight and get fat in the hope that my hormones will improve. I’m happy the weight I am and I feel healthy within myself). I’m going to try to regulate the hormones another way by doing some research and seek advice from a Naturopath or health professional.

Over the next few months i’ll be focusing on my studies, working, controlling my anxiety, being healthy, staying positive and regular updates to Toll-Art website and concentrating on Art Therapy.

I hope your going well on your journey and I am truly grateful of those following my journey. I wish you all Peace, Hope, Harmony and good health.

 

 

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Check-Up October 2010

Hi everyone.  Well I had my regular check-up with the Endocrinologist this morning. Let’s just say I did a little happy dance on the inside. YAY!!! WOOOHHOOOO!!!!!! My recent blood test from the 18th of September was excellent. My Prolactin levels have dropped rapidly from 1200 miu/L to 686 miu/L. The levels are almost within the normal range of 0-600 miu/L.  (They haven’t been close to this since 2007.) All my other hormone levels eg. FSH, LH, E2, Cortisol, GH, IGFI, TSH, T4 and T3 are perfect. Although my growth hormone is a little lower than it should be, the endocrinologist is not to concerned as it’s more important in childhood. The MRI scan showed that everything is looking normal with the Pituitary Gland, only a small section left on the side due to the tumor removal. Maybe all the eating healthy (Gluten Free / Wheat Free / Dairy Free) , with the occasional splurge of Cadbury’s Chocolate, and taking Zinc, Magnesium and St John’s Wart vitamins have mad some difference to my results. Will most certainly keep it up!
Before my next appointment the endocrinologist has given me a referral to see a Gynocoligist as there may be a slight problem with my ovaries. Nothing too worry about as yet. Also I will have a regular blood test testing all the hormones again.  The overall Best News is that my usual check-ups with the endocrinologist are every 3-4 months. Now my next check-up will be in 6 months. Hopefully it may turn into once a year check-ups :-)
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4 Month Check-up

In October 2009 it had been 4 months since my previous appointment with the Endocrinologist and it was time for my next check-up and first consultation with the new Endocrinologist. I had a blood test a week before to check how my hormone levels are functioning, a Pap Smear and an Ultrasound to check on my ovaries, and an MRI to see how the Pituitary was going. I sat in the waiting room holding my scans nervously waiting to be called in and fingers crossed everything is all good. I was called in and showed the endocrinologist my scans as she read my results. I was a little concerned when the endocrinologist said that with the blood test results there was a slight increase in my hormone levels again. My hormone levels functioning showed the main hormone Prolactin with a reading of 774 mIU/L (regular range of 0-500), my estrogen levels are very low and my testosterone levels were a little elevated. The Pap Smear came back all clear, but the ultrasound showed a cyst growing on my right ovary the endocrinologist said she will have to keep an eye on that and have another scan in a few months. The MRI showed the Pituitary a little swollen as this could be still from the surgery and may stay like this due to the tumour being removed from the side. Also because my menstrual cycle is still irregular she wants to try to regulate this with the Pill (which I’m allergic to or possible HRT). I’m not too concerned as yet. Will focus on the other hormones as higher priority. Also to monitor how my entire endocrine system is functioning and producing hormones she gave me another blood test form with all the hormones including Prolactin, Cortisol, Thyroid, Growth Hormone, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), glucose, insulin, iron etc. The endocrinologist wanted to see me again in 4 months time in hope for more answers.
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Irregular Menstrual Cycles

I visited my local GP and after several consultations I wasn’t getting any answers. Then when my menstrual cycle had ceased for 12 months and having several pregnancy tests and bloodtest, with a bit of persuasion from family I decide I should consult a female GP to see if it’s more of an issue. I made an appointment with another local GP to get a females perspective on these womens health issues. I had an appointment with the local GP Dr Kristine Johnston to discuss these symptoms further. During the consultation with Dr Kristine Johnston I explained to her my history of health concerns included my current health issues.  With my menstrual cycle irregular since the age of 12, occurring every 3-4 months, and 12 months ago (all of 2004) my cycle ceased altogether. This was quite unusual for a 22 year old female and Dr Johnston was quite concerned and said this must require further investigation. She sent me for a Pelvic Ultrasound, another pregnancy test and a bloodtest to check the activity of my hormone functions in search of answers.
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