Times They are a Changing

Autumn colors reign at the moment. They are dull by some standards but better than I expected from this brittle dry year we have had. I love this time of year even though I know it is the harbinger of the winter to come. I just key up Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher and settle in for Thanksgiving and Christmas to come.

Thyroid goes on holiday

I have just returned from a two-week holiday in Great Britain. In catching up on long-lost reading I read a great post by fellow thyroid person, Sarah Wilson and I was reminded that not everyone goes on holiday with their thyroid but I can tell you that some of us do. One day is up, the next two are down and in the meantime you find yourself trying to find the right mix, that perfect combo of relaxing and managing your thyroid. Sometimes the perfect solution is elusive and sometimes it is just slow to come to mind.

This year was no different from many of my recent holidays. When I left for Scotland I suspected I was going quite hyper. I wasn’t sleeping well. I was having these stress dreams that wake me with a start  and make my heart beat out of my chest. My daily temperatures were pretty high although my basals were unremarkable (if I took them at all).

Krisinsight cure for jet lag

When you travel overseas, unless you are some super human, the time change has a destructive influence on your body. This year, similar to most recent years, I handled the jet lag really well. My spousal unit and I have this strange practice prior to overseas trips that all our friends laugh at  but I tell you it works and if you are very brave it is worth trying.

About  4 days prior to departure we start getting up early and going to bed early. The first morning we arise at 4 am. The next day it is 3:30 then 3. On the last day, the morning of the evening we leave, we pull our weary bodies out of bed at the ungodly hour of 2 am having gone to bed around 7:30 p.m. I make a cafetière of  tea and we enjoy reading time for a few hours. There are always lots of details to take care of before you leave, so this gives us ample time to catch up on loose ends and we pretend we are already on GMT. It is therefore 8 am and we are going strong.

When we arrive we are tired but not too bad because we were so tired when we got onboard the airplane it is all we can do to stay awake. In other words we do sleep most of the flight. The cool air slaps us in the face as we step outside the airport, we gather our wits about us, get in our rental car and start driving on the left side of the road.

Our first night we are ready for bed around 10 and trundle off to lay our heads down. I take Melatonin for the first two nights at lights out (as well as having taken it the night on the airplane). We wake around 8 the next morning and honestly we never look back. We were comfortable on our new time almost as though it is always where we are. Yes, it is hard on the home end, but not too hard, and we would rather enjoy every day of  our holiday.

Ms. Thyroid goes too hyper

With the time change behind us I foolishly think all will be well. I guess because the first night I always sleep wonderfully the next night when I don’t and I am awakened with that characteristic thumping heart I blame what I ate, what I drank even jet lag. I never blame being hyper or simply intolerant. By the next night I know I have to lower my dose of  T3 but I do it reluctantly, very reluctantly.

I was on 57.25 mcg when we left home and felt pretty hyper at that dose. My temperatures were running high. My pulse was fast; my blood pressure up. Anyone who knows T3-only knows we are told we need around 75 mcg of T3 to function properly. We need to have a FT3 that is above range and a TSH that is suppressed. That is what we are told, so I always have that goal in mind and 57.25 mcg doesn’t cut it, so, at first, it doesn’t occur to me that I might actually be hyper or intolerant of my dose.

Then I have a few nights of dealing with my achy breaky heart and I know it is time. “Lower that damn dose” screams from every corner of my mind. I lower it but still sleep is rough some nights and better other nights, probably that is the time change being hard on my adrenals and thus on my thyroid. Suddenly 37.5 mcg of T3 seems to be the dose that makes me feel best. My energy is good, sleep is okay and, in general, I feel human.

Thyroid person on caffeine

I actually felt pretty good on holiday. We hiked, I fell into brambles and mud and recovered; overall a huge success. I ate things I never eat at home including sugar and conventional bread. On the lower dose of T3 despite this irregular “unhealthy” diet my glucose readings were acceptable, nothing over 100 and mostly around 90. My sleep wasn’t great but it wasn’t horrible once I lowered my dose.

On the way home I limited my caffeine as I know it can stimulate me and cause me to fret and worry about flying. I made one mistake, I had a tiny cup of tea just before landing in Minneapolis/St. Paul. From the minute the lukewarm and tasteless tea hit my lips my anxiety increased and my heart acted like it hasn’t acted in a year or more.

Pretty soon I found myself coughing (that dry unproductive cough) to try to regulate my heartbeat. I felt panicky beyond my flying anxiety. My throat was dry and swallowing was difficult. To put it succinctly, it was awful for about thirty minutes.  Message to self  “When you are flying consume no caffeine unless you are up for the panic attack roller coaster ride”.

Home, sweet home, and back to CST

So we landed safe and sound as I knew we would. MSP airport has never looked so good nor so welcoming. We got home, found our house in fine shape. We had company coming the next day, so our bags were unpacked and a load of laundry was up and running before we settled down for a cup of chamomile tea and in bed for the night.

Our adjustment to central standard time has never been as easy as it was this time. The first morning home we woke around 4 am. Thanks to our company we didn’t go to bed until almost 10 that night and the next morning I slept until 5:15, my normal time to get up. That has been the worst of it, and for me, that is remarkable.


Jet lag is hard on lots of people with chronic disease (hypothyroidism is a disease, so if you deny you have a disease get over it, accept and move on). My friend with ME has a terrible time with time change and both of us suffer a setback when the blasted clocks go back in the autumn and forward in the spring.

One could choose not to travel but, in my opinion, to do that is to limit my horizons. A change of scenery, the power of tidal waters and time away from stress and the work-a-day world is vital to my good health and my spousal unit’s. The answer for me is to handle it. Adjust as quickly as possible and adjusting easily has been made possible with my Krisinsight Cure for Jet Lag.

If you change several time zones remember it is hard on our adrenals and thus your thyroid. For example, you should never test your thyroid health for at least 6 weeks after an overseas trip. That is how long it takes for everything to stabilize and show you an accurate picture of your thyroid health. My doctor won’t do blood tests for thyroid within that period of time because he feels it is a waste of time.

Before I close I would like to recommend you read the lyrics from a Nickelback song “If Today Was Your Last Day“. A friend of mine lost a friend yesterday and it has all come as a huge surprise for his friends and for his family. But for me it begs the questions that arise in the song by Nickelback and I cannot say it better. “If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late. Could you say good-bye to yesterday? Would you live each moment like your last?” I think I would but I am going to make sure I could.



I have many reasons to love coming home and my grandson Odin is definitely one.


13 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Kris….wondering if you saw my response to one of your blogs re MTHFR and if you have looked into that as a possible contributor to your thyroid problem


    • Hi Cleo, I did read your comment I just can’t afford the methylation test at the moment. I have a friend who just took the test and it showed a clear methylation issue but she is not me and I understand that. In any case, I can believe it is possible. My latest endeavor is trying homeopathy to balance my hormones, all of them instead of just thyroid or sex or adrenal. I got a jump start on homeopathy by coming down with shingles last week but that has also gotten in the way as we are busily treating the shingles. That aside, I am hoping that homeopathic remedies may eventually “fix” some deep seated issues because if you fix the body from the inside out you do correct methylation issues and nutrient deficiencies that may be due to gut issues (explained by this article quite nicely:http://recoveringwitht3.com/blog/thyroid-histamine-cortisol-and-gutstomach-issues). Please share your experience with us, Cleo, as you learn more about the methylation fixing process as my friend and others would be very interested in hearing what someone is doing and experiencing (she reads my blog).


      • I agree with your holistic approach (homeopathy), but if you have a MTHFR deficiency, ie you under metabolize folic acid, I don’t see how homeopathy would help since MTHFR is genetic in basis, not a correctable disease. The test I took was $150 via Spectracell which is not too bad as genetic tests go. If you can’t afford the test you can always try taking methylated B12 & folate which is the initial ‘fix’ for having this defect, but for me it is more effective to know for sure what I’m dealing with, especially in order to deal with it over the long term. I also now know that I can’t have nitrous oxide which is dangerous for people with MTHFR, and I was able to prevent my dentist from giving it to my daughter as well. I will let you know as I find out more, since this is a very new, emerging area of science.

      • Cleo, I would have to agree with you on the MTHFR issue and homeopathy (but I am just learning about homeopathy as well). I guess I should have been more forthright in what I said. Now that I have shingles on my face I have had to pour my dollars in to homeopathy ($390). I am out of work for one week because I am too “unsightly” to care for patients in a dental office, so even $150 is more than I have in my “medical spending account. That “medical account” being the money that I use for research and discovery on myself for Krisinsight as my spousal unit really does not support me on my endeavors. He contributes big dollars to our health insurance but as we all know typical health insurance just doesn’t cover all that we really need. It is really good for preventive medicine but we thyroid types have issues and it simply doesn’t cover that very well. I think the Spectracell test is wonderful and have had one but not specifically for MTHFR. On my Spectracell test my folate was okay although admittedly on the low end as you should be >32 and I was at 38%. To your eyes does that indicate a reason to follow-up on my methylation process? I do take methylcobalamin sublingually and my injections are the methycobalamin form of B12 but I am not sure what “& folate is”. Could you explain? It might be worth a try until I can replenish my medical spending account. I have to look up the MTHFR again as I need a refresher on that as well.

        Thanks again, Kris

      • Methylated folate (l-methylfolate) is actually the key missing ingredient for MTHFRs as folic acid is what we have a problem converting to methylfolate internally (the form our body uses). Methylated B12, B6 & some others are co-factors. Folic Acid readings won’t give you much help as unmetabolized folic acid can build up in your system and actually be dangerous. MTHFR comes in different degrees of severity, from 30% impairment to 70%. Since it is present from birth, it might explain why some people keep getting more and more health problems despite trying to eat well (they have a lifelong buildup of toxins since their methylation systems are under performing) & some people can keep smoking and eating crap and still seem very healthy (their methylation systems run well and clean out all the heavy metals, etc.). I took the test because there were other family indicators that I might have the defect: addiction, mental illness, autism, auto immune problems, preeclampsia, etc. I have a 60% impairment. My husband took the test (he’s been having memory problems & there is dementia in his family) and he has a 70% impairment. I have read that at least 60% of the population has some type of MTHFR, so it is not uncommon at all.

      • I was just on Facebook and mentioned the MTHFR issue to another health group. They all have a genetic defect that involves swelling of body parts and actual deformities to lips and organs. It is awful to read what they suffer through and I mentioned MTHFR to them and now they want more information. Is there a good site to refer all of us to for more reading and information?

      • Check out Dr. Neil Rawlins 4-part YouTube lecture, and Dr. Lynch at MTHFR.net has tons of info also.

      • Thank you so much Cleo.

      • Kris…thank-you for sharing your journey & giving me some good pointers!

      • I am finding the information in the lecture really interesting. I also have migraines and I had trouble when my daughter was born as well. She is infertile and has thyroid issues. I know one cannot come to any conclusions based on that but there is ADHD in my family and dementia and heart disease. Fascinating lecture. I am happy to spread the information around and share my journey. There are so many things that can cause disease and most doctors simply don’t have the time to inform their patients that there is more that can be done, much more. I fear there really isn’t time for doctors to even learn all they need to know to help patients and when we ask that difficult question we get an arrogant reply that comes of their ignorance. One more thing, can we get the Spectracell test without a prescription? BTW, I know we have had this conversation before it has just been too long and I am answering you from my personal email not on Krisinsight.

      • Agree about your view of doctors….they just know what they’ve learned in school unless they have that innate curiosity to look into alternatives…..Dr. Lynch will order the MTHFR test for you without a prescription. My husband was lucky and asked his HMO physician who just agreed to do it. I’d try your own doctor first just in case they’re willing to ok it. The doctors most familiar with MTHFR are OB/Gyns since miscarriage is a big factor in women with the defect.

  2. Posted by Anonymous on 6:47 at Monday, November 5, 2012

    Talk about comraderie, I have felt like a lost soul in the middle of No Man’s Land this weekend. Your very kind comment has started my Monday on a much better footing. After my soul draining experience with shingles this past week you can guess what next month’s blog will be about (the pox). Suffice it to say that those of us who choose to use Western and Eastern medicine are made to feel more than foolish when dealing with the allopathic medical world and that, to me, is intolerable.
    I hope your health continues to improve and that you stand by your convictions in the face of those who doubt.


  3. Great post Kris…..I needed to hear that . needing comraderie just about now and Sarah WIlson’s post….great addition!


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