On Tuesday I had my appointment to go over the results of my blood work.
Thank you all for your concern and support. I'm still figuring out what the results actually mean but will try to give you the big picture.
The interesting news:
My allergy profile came out clean - makes me wonder if some of my negative reactions to certain foods have more to do with the rest of what's going on and may clear up once my system recovers.
The mediocre news:
I'm slightly hypoglycemic - this was my assumption so there's no surprise there.
I have a sub-clinical hypothyroid disorder - my thyroid isn't doing well but also isn't doing horribly.
My progesterone levels are still too low, even with the cream I've been using for the last decade or so, although some of this should clear up when my iodine levels return to normal.
The scary news:
My Vitamin D and B12 levels are dangerously low, and I have a severe adrenal deficiency. My levels are well below the levels known to cause "neuropsychiatric and hematologic abnormalities", severe depression, memory loss, etc.
In the Doctor's own words "I don't even know how you're functioning."
I'm on a regimen of supplements, vitamins, and other things. Some of these help support my organs, some give some of them a break so they can recover, and some replace what my body isn't making or absorbing.
We have an appointment in six weeks to check in and will do blood work again in three months.
I am trying to stay positive and look on the bright side - that there is much we can do to get my system back in order and running smoothly on it's own. All of what we're doing is temporary and will only be part of my regimen until I'm back to full strength.
I'm having a hard time with the possibility of not feeling well for some time and trying to focus on what I can do now. At the moment I've got all of the same things I've been dealing with as well as my stomach adjusting to all the new things it has to process and taking its frustrations out on me.
I'm doing my best and that is enough. Joe has been a superhero throughout all of this and I cannot even imagine what this would be like without his support and strength. I'll continue to take things slowly, do what I can and remain hopeful.