I'm longing for summer again . . .
I've just realized I've not posted anything since Wednesday, so I will just put a quick note in to say that I am here, and keeping busy indoors as the weather isn't too encouraging for long cross-country walks just yet. I'm sticking to local ones and am glad to report that so far my hips aren't complaining too much. Now, if only I could lose 2 stone +, I would be getting up the steep hills a lot quicker, so I have been keeping a close eye on what I eat and reducing portions of main meals, and trying to cut the rice right back (I love rice dishes).
Whilst I don't like to publish too much about personal worries on here, Keith's not been making much progress since Christmas - in fact, since seeing the Physio and being given exercises to do, unless he is careful, he goes backwards. Overdoing things - e.g. doing just one set of exercises (he's meant to do 3) AND walking doesn't really work. He can only do one or the other as he is just so tired all the time.
We went to see the GP last week, and she did blood tests (first since July in fact, when he was still on the steroids). This time the Thyroid blood test showed borderline problems with an underactive thyroid. When I looked up the symptoms of this, he has every one, except weight gain (but then he is a very frugal eater - wish that I could say the same of ME!) It can also affect the cerebellum which controls balance, so may be at the bottom of the problems which have developed since being on a long course of Prednisolone.
The GP has given him a low dose of Thyroxine to take, which is to be reviewed with regular blood tests. It is early days yet, but we are hoping that in a week or so he will notice a definite improvement, but I know it takes a good while to adjust and balance the right level of medication. I will report on any progress - and am praying that it WILL show improvement and that Hypothyroidism is at the bottom of his problems.