Monday, September 29, 2008

Why I've been quiet lately

I'm tired and ill and have been for a while and it only gets worse. I've had no joy from the National Health Service (NHS) so I finally found a private doctor, Dr. Peatfield, who has diagnosed thyroid disorder.

Technically Dr. Peatfield is working as a nutritionist because if you treat thyroid disorders in the UK you have to work within General Medical Council guidelines and basically they are wrong. If I lived in the US I would have been on thyroid medication since October.

Anyway, I'm much slowed up in body and mind. I'm hoping that with treatment I'll start to feel better over the coming weeks and months and be able to post and comment a bit more. I might even get back to writing. Now, should I do NaNoWriMo this year or get on with the science fiction novel I've started?

11 COMMENTS:

freddie said...

Oh, fairyhedgehog, I'm so sorry. I hope you're feeling better soon!

I think it depends on how well the sf novel is going. If you're really ripping through it, there's no sense in stopping. OTOH, if you get stuck, you can always switch to a nano novel in November.

I too am considering participating. We'll see. School is keeping me hopping.

fairyhedgehog said...

Hey, Freddie, if you do go in for Nano, let me know and I'll add you to my buddie list. I've signed in again this year even though I'm not sure if I'll do it or not.

Robin S. said...

Hey, FH. I'm glad you finally got what you needed medically, and I'm angry for you that it took so long.

My vote: keep writing the novel you're working on, or, if you really wanna do it and have the energy, use your WIP.

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks, Robin. I'm not exactly working on my current WIP at the moment, if that makes sense. I would like to carry on with it though so maybe that takes precedence this year.

sylvia said...

Oh no. :( I hope you can get good treatment and help quickly! That sounds like you've been having a miserable time of it.

I'm going to sign up for Nano but I don't know if I'll do it yet. Sept has been crazy and October's not much better so I am not sure if I want to commit to a busy November or spend it catching up.

freddie said...

Oh, that would rock! Last year I didn't have a buddy, let alone a buddy list.

Let's see how the job stuff goes. I may be working full-time as an at-home copyeditor on top of school.

What I really need to do is meet a rich, good-looking guy. Let me know if you know anyone . . .

Whirlochre said...

Hope you're OK.

I'd go with the sci-fi.

writtenwyrdd said...

I'm glad you got a diagnosis and treatment. It's very frustrating to have something wrong and yet be told you're fine. Went through that for nearly 20 years myself. With treatment, you should feel much better really soon.

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks, all of you.

I've now got a children's book in mind for November. It could even be complete at 50k.

Sophie in the Moonlight said...

Hi, Fairyhedgehog.

You have HYPOthyroid, correct? The tired part is what clued me in. I've been hypothyroid for about 12-13 years. Once I started taking thyroid medication i started to feel better in about a month. I get tested yearly for changes, but my dose has barely changed over all of these years.

I'm hoping you feel better soon. OH, and don't take your medication with iron, calcium, or a high dose of fiber. Screws with the way you metabolize the med.

Smooch.

fairyhedgehog said...

Hi Sophie,

Thanks for the support and advice. Yes, I'm hypothyroid although my National Health Service doctor doesn't agree. I get to start on Armour (dessicated thyroid extract) next week so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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