The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

vegetable hash

That is this Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash that I’ve been devouring by the bucket loads. And I don’t even like Zucchini! The sweetness of the sweet potato balances with the bitterness of the zucchini. It’s so good! Anyway…. just thought you should know.

Thank you to everyone who commented, emailed, and prayed last week. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your care for me. I am happy to report that I am feeling a little better. I’ve been on the meds for over a week and already am seeing a minimizing of symptoms.

I don’t have much else to report on the health front except that I go meet a new endocrinologist, The Irishman. I really hope that he is kind and understanding — and brilliant at treating whatever this “autoimmune hyperthyroidism” is.

Dr. Crunchy does not call it Graves’ Disease and my antibodies for detecting Graves’ were in the normal range. So, while I don’t know that I necessarily “need” a label, a clear diagnosis would be good. I still have persistent pain in my hands, so that concerns me a bit. I don’t want them to miss something.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been taking some steps toward self-care. Even if it doesn’t “cure” my thyroid issues of the underlying presence of autoimmune disease, taking care of myself is a good thing. Since the meds themselves can do some damage, I figure it’s in my best interest to get/keep the rest of myself in good health.

I’m doing these things:

I weaned myself off caffeine and coffee (again). I did this a couple years ago but got back into the habit of one or two coffee drinks a day. I miss creamy coffee now, but green tea will actually do something good for me, so I figure it deserves the attention. I drink one cup a day. I didn’t like the taste at first, but it’s grown on me.

I’m not setting an alarm. I know that you all were startled at my early wake-up times this summer. I would guess that insomnia made it easier. I still wake up several times a night and it’s still hard to fall asleep, but I’m making an effort to go back to sleep after FishPapa leaves for work. I am not at all productive in any tangibly measurable sense, but I’m getting more rest.

I’m eating gluten-free and reducing my sugar. Searches for wholistic treatment of Graves’ Disease include diet changes. I’m not ready for the extreme autoimmune protocol, but I’ve talked with a few people more knowledgeable than myself and reducing gluten and sugar can’t hurt me. It can probably only help me. Since I can’t reach for a quick sandwich, I’m needing to make healthier food. I’m also supplementing with fish oil, vita D, and probiotics, per doctor’s counsel.

I know I can’t “cure” myself with these things, but maybe I can help my body and the meds do their work.

elsa cake

In other news, FishChick7 is now in the house. My baby had her birthday. We had a school holiday, decorated an Elsa cake, ate at Chick-Fil-A (I do not recommend the grilled chicken; next time I’ll get the Cobb salad, no meat), and watched Penelope. It was a really fun day. She went to bed in tears because she didn’t want it to end. I’ll call that a win.

On the flip side, my first baby starts college on Monday. I need to figure out how to take a picture of him without his freaking out. He’s been working on campus for three weeks now so that’s been good to get him acclimated to the campus. I drop him at the train in the am; he packs a lunch; he hitches a ride home with FishPapa in the afternoon or one of us fetches him from the station.

It’s an all-new experience, this parenting of a man. We’re still looking for that sweet spot when it comes to chores and household responsibilities. He doesn’t believe me that living with college guys and all their grossness is worse than stepping on a few Lego. It’s on him to earn the money to live elsewhere, so we’ll see where this all goes.

This week I realized that the first baby we lost would have turned 16 this week. I don’t typically notice these passing milestones. My heart is full. I think, though, that since there’s a gap between FishBoy18 and FishBoy14 and since one is going to college, I noticed it this time around and did the math.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m grateful for the age difference now that one is growing up. I’m not ready for my kids to fly the coop in quick succession. But, I guess I only have three years before that happens. Time to get ready, I suppose.

Something that I started before I first went to the doc was to observe a day of really resting. I was reading the 10 Commandments and got convicted. I wouldn’t dream of murder, but I have no qualms about sitting at my computer 7 days a week.

About five weeks ago, I started cramming all my computer work into Saturdays and taking Sundays off. We eat out for a meal; the fam helps me with the others. I read a book and watch a movie. We’re all still figuring how to operate with Mom Unplugged.

It’s becoming fun to plan something  for Sundays. I’ve read a lot of books (Booking It post coming soon) and watched fun chick flicks (probably should make that another post, too!) This Sunday I’m going to check out this adult coloring trend; I ordered these 31 stress-relieving designs.

I’m determined not to let illness get me down, as far as it is in my power. I hope YOU have a great weekend. Be sure to watch for the newsletter this weekend. Big news coming!

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  1. Really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing! I love the names you have given to your drs. 🙂 So happy to hear that you are starting to feel a little bit better. Your lifestyle changes seem manageable. I pray that your journey to feeling better continues in the right direction.

    And, I absolutely love that you are unplugging on Sundays! I feel like I need a break like that tonight, but then I look at the PILE of stuff I need to get done. *sigh* A book and a movie sound wonderful, if I could get the kids to leave me alone that long.

  2. Happy Birthday to FC7! What a great cake, and a wonderful day!

    Prayers continue for your health – I know the things your trying can only help – hope the irishman rocks your world, in a very good way.

  3. I’m not a huge fan of unflavored green tea – unless it’s cold, and preferably with a hint of honey. But there’s so many flavors out there that are super yummy. My absolute favorite is (Yogi brand blueberry green tea). I don’t know about the slimming aspect, but it tastes really darn good.
    I also get (Stash tea brand sampler), although I’ll probably have to move away from this sampler as I have discovered that I HATE white tea.
    So glad you’re starting to feel better!

  4. As someone on the autoimmune bandwagon, I think the steps you are taking are awesome! I don’t have thyroid issues, so it isn’t the same, but I had a hard time starting a daily medication ritual as well. I feel like diet, exercise, and sleep can do so much, but when something is really wrong, sometimes you do need a medication to fix it (or not make it worse). For me, I slowly started feeling yucky, so I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I started treating my condition and feeling better. Best of luck with your new doctor! I will continue to send the prayers your way! I would love to hear how you feel gluten free has worked for you after you have been doing it for a while. Because having one autoimmune disease increases your chances of getting another, my doctor tested me for celiac too. Luckily I was negative(I love my bread!) but I have been thinking about giving gluten free a try to see if it makes a difference for me. Now I am rambling!

    • I realized this weekend that I’m not so much worried about handling this disease, but the possibility of lupus or RA down the line because autoimmunes tend to run in herds, you know?

  5. Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better. You continue to be in my prayers.

  6. I’ve been thinking of you and your health journey! I was diagnosed 10 years ago with hypothyroidism and went on the typical protocol of synthroid. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, necessarily, but I did begin to feel better and made some very minor dietary changes that helped. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with MS 2 years ago that I realized that I needed to make major dietary and lifestyle changes. My neurologist recommended right off that I go on pharmaceuticals; I decided to research more and consult with a slew of physicians, MD’s, ND’s DC’s to find the best path of treatment for me. Autoimmune disease begets more autoimmune disease is really what I learned. I dramatically changed my diet (I’ve been GF for years), eliminating sugars (including most fruit), adding a large amount of healthy fats (far more fat than carb) and lowering my stress level through mindful meditation, yoga and journaling. Stress has been the hardest change and I continue to work on it. Like you, I love to cook and eat, yet I have had to find new outlets for my passions (like how to make eggs 100 different ways)…Every now and then I indulge in cookies or ice cream, and I realize sugar’s impact almost immediately – the pain in my hands and feet, the tightness in my cervical spine. Not worth it most days, so I choose not to indulge very often. I know that at some point I will probably need a pharmaceutical protocol for my MS (I have primary remissing, which is rare and progressive), but until then I want to create a healthy body so that whatever treatment is available will work more thoroughly to prolong my quality of life. It’s a perplexing medical journey through autoimmune disease, many twists and turns. As you walk along, create your own path that leads to your healing with your doctors. Prayers continuing for your healing.

  7. Jessica, have you checked out by Sarah Ballantyne ? Her website is all about autoimmunity, and I found her book very comprehensive. The AIP (autoimmune paleo protocol) eliminates certain categories of foods (grains, legumes, eggs, nightshades, nuts, dairy) most of which are then reintroduced after a certain amount of time to test your body’s reaction. In addition, you concentrate heavily on making your diet as nutrient dense as possible — lots of veggies, probiotic foods, bone broth, organ meats, and seafood. It isn’t that cheap and it’s tough to stay that strict (I got really tired of sweet potatoes and plantains), but doing it for even a short time helped me run down sensitivities (corn, cashews, both of which I was eating frequently) which were keeping my body inflamed. (For weeks I walked around with a face so puffy I felt like I had to pull my cheeks down with my hands to see properly. I thought it might be hypothyroidism but my labs returned fairly normal with normal antibodies.) As I understand it, nobody recommends the diet instead of meds, but as a way to possibly reduce the need for meds in the future as your body heals.

    If you decide to give it a shot, I found Mickey Trescott’s cookbook, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, very helpful. Everything I’ve made from it has been good… although giving up pepper was a little weird!

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