Some Flowers Only Bloom in the Imagination

What day were you born?

Posted By on December 25, 2008

Monday’s child is fair of face.
Tuesday’s child is full of grace.
Wednesday’s child is loving and giving.
Thursday’s child works hard for a living,
Friday’s child is full of woe.
Saturday’s child has far to go.
But the child that is born on Sabbath-day
Is bonny and happy and wise and gay.

Birth Order influencing Marriage?

Posted By on December 9, 2008

But what if you are an only child? Who should you marry? Don’t make the mistake of marrying someone just like you, says Curtis. “The highest divorce rates are when an only child marries an only child,” said Curtis. “It makes sense when you think about it. An only child is used to being the center of attention. And when the only child marries another only child, usually it’s hard for them to share the spotlight.”

Leman agrees, pointing to studies that show that only children are usually exceptional workers and perfectionists about what they do, but have little tolerance for each other in a marital union. “If you want the job done right, hire the only child. These are very capable people. They do extremely well in life because they are pretty much little adults by the time they are five, six and seven years of age,” said Leman. “But you don’t want them marrying each other. That can be very hard, especially when they turn the spotlight of their perfection on each other and find some flaws.”

How Soon is Now – The Smiths

Posted By on November 23, 2008

I love this song.  If you are an 80’s freak like me.  It’s by The Smiths.

I am the son

And the heir

Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar

I am the son and heir

Of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth

How can you say

I go about things the wrong way?

I am human and i need to be loved

Just like everybody else does

I am the son

And the heir

Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar

I am the son and heir

Oh, of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth

How can you say

I go about things the wrong way?

I am human and i need to be loved

Just like everybody else does

Oh …Oh …There’s a club, if you’d like to go

You could meet somebody who really loves you

So you go, and you stand on your own

And you leave on your own

And you go home, and you cry

And you want to die

When you say it’s gonna happen “now”

Well, when exactly do you mean?

See, i’ve already waited too long

And all my hope is gone

Oh …Oh …You shut your mouth

How can you say

I go about things the wrong way?

I am human and i need to be loved

Just like everybody else does

thyroid links

Posted By on November 14, 2008


Dr. Nitin Desai, Internal Medicine, 1309 Medical Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28304, 910-437-5130. A reader writes: “He’s very careful, testing every eight weeks or so. He has been attentive and responsive to my needs as a patient. I am confident that I am being treated correctly and conscientiously and I would recommend him to any thyroid patient.” (Added 10/05)


Beverly Goode-Kanawati, DO, Family Practice-Holistic Medicine, 6511 Creedmoor Rd., Suite 101, Raleigh, NC, 919-844-4552. “Dr. B. Goode is an exceptional doctor who takes time with her patients. She will take on difficult health issues that most doctors refer to as “all in your head” or treat with a cocktail of drugs with more harmful side effects than cure.” (added 1/04)

Another fan:
“Dr. Goode is the best. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s in 1996 and had been hypothyroid until spring/summer of this year when I went into a hyperthyroid state and was over medicated. My former doctor completely missed the boat. Dr. Goode not only ascertained what was going on, but brought in other experts as well for their opinion. She continues to monitor me closely and is very interested in helping to treat the root cause of the problem and ultimately, in how I’m feeling. She is the best and I can not believe more physicians don’t subscribe to her methods or ask for her help and expertise. Dr. Goode is a hypothyroid sufferer herself, so she knows the ins and outs of thyroid problems.” (Added Dec. 04)

Another reader writes:
“Dr. Goode genuinely cares about her patients. She is very knowledgeable so knows what labs to order to find out what the problem is. I had been diagnosed with Graves Disease in 1999. After the first couple of years of treatment, things gradually got worse. I went to four doctors in my town to find help in diagnosing my current health problem. All of them said I was depressed and prescribed anti-depressants (never ran any lab work, either). A friend recommended Dr Goode. My friend told me that if anyone could find out what was wrong with me, it would be Dr Goode. She was right. Dr Goode had extensive labwork done and diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I have been sick for such a long time, progress is slow and steady. It is wonderful to have a doctor that knows what she is doing and genuinely cares about her patients. It was a great relief to be properly diagnosed. With Dr Goode’s guidance, I know I will eventually be healthy again. I would recommend her to anyone (doesn’t have to be a thyroid problem).” (Added 6/05)

Another fan of Dr. Goode-Kanawati:
“She really listens and investigates to find the proper treatment.” (Added 10/05)

Another reader writes:
“Provides natural supplements and vitamins and stays along guidelines of Mary Shomon’s book “The Thyroid Diet.”” (May 2008)

Dr. John Pittman Holistic M.D. (919) 571-4391. 4505 Fairmeadow Lane, Suite 111 Raleigh, NC 27607-6449. A reader shares, “He’s extremely knowledgeable about treating the whole body at a cellular level with supplements, diet, IV treatments, and medications. He started me on Cytomel then switched me to Armour. He really listens. He also gets really excited about what he does and goes into lengthy explanations about what he wants you to do and how it helps.”


Robert W. Patterson, MD, Family Practice, 1503 Elm Street Suite E, NC 27330, 919-776-3750/776-3760, A reader writes: “Compassionate. Kind. The greatest! He is tuned into all forms of treatment and medical care. He truly cares. He listens. His staff is superb. They take as much time as I need.” (Added 6/05)

Hypothyroidism Risks/Symptoms Checklist

Posted By on November 7, 2008

Risks/Symptoms Checklist –

by Mary J. Shomon

You can use this checklist to bring to your doctor to help aid in getting a proper diagnosis of hypothyroidism, or as background information in your discussions regarding finetuning your dosage so you are at the optimal TSH level for your own level of wellness.

My risk factors for hypothyroidism include:

_n___ I have a family history of thyroid disease
_n___ I have had my thyroid “monitored” in the past to watch for changes
___n_ I had a previous diagnosis of goiters/nodules

__n__ I currently have a goiter
_n___ I was treated for hypothyroidism in the past
__ns__ I had post-partum thyroiditis in the past
___n_ I had a temporary thyroiditis in the past
_n___ I have another autoimmune disease
__n__ I have had a baby in the past nine months
_n___ I have a history of miscarriage
__n__ I have had part/all of my thyroid removed due to cancer
__n__ I have had part/all of my thyroid removed due to nodules
__n__ I have had part/all of my thyroid removed due to Graves’ Disease/hyperthyroidism I have had radioactive iodine due to Graves’ Disease/hyperthyroidism
__n__ I have had anti-thyroid drugs due to Graves’ Disease/hyperthyroidism

I have the following symptoms of hypothyroidism, as detailed by the Merck Manual, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the Thyroid Foundation of America

__y__ I am gaining weight inappropriately
__y__ I’m unable to lose weight with diet/exercise
__y__ I am constipated, sometimes severely
__y__ I have hypothermia/low body temperature (I feel cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters, etc.)
___y_ I feel fatigued, exhausted
___y_ Feeling run down, sluggish, lethargic
___y_ My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
_y___ My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, and thick
_y___ I have a hoarse or gravely voice
__y__ I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
__y__ I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
__n__ I have developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, or it’s getting worse
__y__ I am having irregular menstrual cycles (longer, or heavier, or more frequent)
__n__ I am having trouble conceiving a baby
__y__ I feel depressed
__y__ I feel restless
__y__ My moods change easily
__y__ I have feelings of worthlessness
__y__ I have difficulty concentrating
__y__ I have more feelings of sadness
__y__ I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
__y__ I’m more forgetful lately

I also have the following additional symptoms, which have been reported more frequently in people with hypothyroidism:

__n__ My hair is falling out
_y___ I can’t seem to remember things
__n__ I have no sex drive
__y__ I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
__y__ I’m snoring more lately
__ns__ I have/may have sleep apnea
_y___ I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
_y___ I feel the need to yawn to get oxygen
__y__ My eyes feel gritty and dry
__y__ My eyes feel sensitive to light
__y__ My eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
__y__ I have strange feelings in neck or throat
__y__ I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
__y__ I get recurrent sinus infections
__y__ I have vertigo
__y__ I feel some lightheadedness
__y__ I have severe menstrual cramps

y = yes, n= no, ns= not sure.

Are you kidding me? Am I just a hypochondriac or could this really be what’s going wrong with me? I look at these sites, about bipolar, hypothyroidism, diabetes, and nine times out of ten I end up marking off nearly 3/4 of the page of symptoms.

And in this itty bitty podunk town, where in the world am i going to find a doctor who treats this with a dessicated thyroid? I am not at all in favor of synthetic hormones. I don’t typically respond well to them.

This is making me crazy. and ya’ll wonder why i can’t quit smoking!? *le sigh*