It's been over a month since I have been with you guys. So I hope you are in for a long update on the reasoning.
Back in July I made a doctor's appointment because I was losing hair. Yup you read that correct, losing hair. The reason why this all of a sudden became a concern was because I went from never having to clean out my shower drain to doing it weekly. This became a huge concern for me, because it was A LOT of hair.
My first thought about the hair loss is that it was due to stress. I had just recently bought a house and I was trying to make it my own. Then I had to file my first homeowner's claim, we got hit with hail that resulted in getting the roof replaced. So there was a lot going on. No matter what I did to reduce my stress I was still experiencing the hair loss. So I made a doctor's appointment.
During the appointment my doctor told me that it is normal to lose about 150 strands of hair a day. I responded with "Is it normal to go from never cleaning out your shower drain to cleaning it out weekly?" I wanted to be taken seriously, I know something is wrong. So that question prompted my blood to get drawn and it was also suggested to make an OB/GYN appointment to have my hormones looked at.
I won't go too deep into my blood results. What I will say is that the results prompted for me to get my blood drawn every 3 months to check certain levels. Why? To verify if it is 1 of 2 autoimmune diseases/disorders. Disease and disorder seem to be used interchangeably on the internet, which doesn't make any sense to me.
At first I was confused, it's only hair loss, how can it lead to something so dramatic. I was also semi relieved because there is possibly an answer and I wasn't going crazy. I have been referred to a nutritionist to talk about my diet. My appointment is coming up soon so I will have another update for you. I am sort of excited for this appoint, despite it being so costly, but it think it will be worth it. If you decide to go to any nutritionist be prepared to fill out a ton of paper work. It was 13 pages worth of information.
What I failed to mention was that I was also scared. I googled. If you ever get news like this please promise me that you don’t do this... I googled. It doesn't do you any good. You get the worst case scenarios. And you end up in a pool of tears. So don't do that. I will say reading it did give me a sense of what could come, but at the same time I thought "You still have more blood tests before a final diagnosis". Right now, there isn't a reason to get all worked up.
So that's the biggest thing that has happened the last month. I lost my motivation to write. I just wanted to be by myself. I didn't want to see anyone. I just wanted to process everything on my own. Which was a bad idea, because it got very lonely fairly quick. To keep myself from getting depressed, I took lots of walks with my puppy. I made sure I wasn't sitting on the couch by myself binge watching TV, even though I still did that occasionally.
So needless to say pay attention to your health and any changes you may be experiencing. Stress can play a huge role from what I have learned thus far, and trying to lower it is even stressful. So if you see a shift in my posts, food, or anything else... this is the reason why.