I'd say my good news story is that I am able to live my daily routine again. At the worst of my hyper time, I pretty much stayed in bed or sat on the couch as my muscles were weak and my heart rate went up to 120 just walking down the hall. It was devastating to not be able to care for my children or homeschool them or do anything at all. I also had terrible anxiety and didn't want to be alone with my children for fear of passing out and not being able to care for them as I felt shaky and woozy a lot of the time. My mother in law took over for those 2 months and came to our home almost daily, thankfully.
Now I can say that I am able to care for my boys, homeschool them, take them to their gymnastics (17 hours a week at the gym!), go to their competitions to cheer them on, take them places, go for walks to the park, museums, walk the zoo & Sea World. I can exercise and do hard cardio for about 30 min. at a time 4-5 days a week. I would say all of this started to come together about 3 months after my surgery. So, although I didn't celebrate with a trip or big accomplishment necessarily, simply being able to be (pretty darn close to) the mom and wife I was pre- Graves is the best thing that I could ask for and was all I wanted the whole time that I was sick. My family means the world to me and being here for them again is all I want. I am very grateful that there are treatment options and that I was fortunate enough to be able to have surgery.
Homeschooling mom to 4 wonderful boys!
Diagnosed with Graves Disease after my 4th baby- March 2012
Started on 5 mg. of methimazole daily for 7 weeks
Euthyroid at the end of those 7 weeks, but had to stop methimazole as liver enzymes were 8 times normal range.
Total Thyroidectomy- 6/15/12
Started Synthroid (brand name) 100 mcg. 2nd day after surgery for 6 weeks (TSH: 6.35 & free T4 in upper range and T3 just under mid- range).
Upped Synthroid to 112 mcg. 7/27/12
Euthyroid as of 8/10/12 on 112 mcg. Synthroid (TSH .79 and free T4 in upper range).