Morning all, hope you are all ok (or as ok as you can be).
Thought I would share this with you, I was livid after this conversation and just shows the ignorance towards this disease.
I own a shop and had a customer in yesterday who asked me how I was (she didn't know I am hypothyroid). It was the end of the day, I ached all over, stomach was bloated making my back ache, I was exhausted and made the stupid mistake of telling this woman that I wasn't brilliant and couldn't wait to get home.
"What's wrong?" She said "come on, spill the beans, I might be able to help" she told me her occupation which I didn't quite catch but it was something to do with the medical profession.
"Well, I'm hypothyroid and...." I said but she cut right across me
"Yes, well you have been diagnosed, that's good now you can take your tablets, lose some weight and you'll be fine" she said (cheeky cow, who gives anyone the right to tell someone you don't know to lose some weight??)
"Er, it's not that simple" I tried to explain " I've been diagnosed a year and Im actually getting worse" - "and little do you know you old bag, I've eaten less than 600 calories a day this last couple of weeks, I've given up alcohol, gluten and sugar, I'm starving and haven't lost an ounce" was what I really wanted to say!
"It takes time" she cut across me again.
"Well, I've had full blood counts done twice and areas are out of range, my MCV & MCH counts are very high..."
"Ignore that" she cut in. *What??!!*
"Well, I'm vitamin d deficient too and...."
She cut across AGAIN "most people are vitamin d deficient"
"Yes but when you are taking thyroid medication your vitamin & minerals need to be optimal. I'm also iron deficient..."
She pulled a face as if to say big deal!! "So, take tablets"
"Look, sorry to be straight with you but you're not dying are you? Think positive. I deal with people that are dying. What you have can be fixed" and with that she left!
I immediately burst out crying with this cold, harsh persons attitude and realised that from now on I'm going to shut my gob over how I feel to people that aren't experiencing this. Yes, she has a point, I'm not dying but that doesn't mean to say I'm not suffering every single day and it's dragging me down and down. Yes, I can be fixed but I've been diagnosed for a year, know for a fact I was suffering for 2-3 years before that and I'm still not sorted. How dare she patronise me with "it takes time". Right now it feels like people get shorter prison sentences and suffer less than I have done. (Perhaps a bit dramatic, but you get my drift!!!)
What upset me was she is in the medical profession and she just about sums up their cold attitudes. Everything is about "ranges" with them, but then even when your ranges are out, it's nothing to worry about!! Then if your lucky "take this tablet" and get on with it. There is no compassion or understanding.
Sorry for long post, just thought some might relate and it might help. We are so lucky to have this forum where we can be amongst people who are going through the same because people who don't have this have no idea!! xx