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  • Have you ever run into someone who told you just what you needed to know at just the right time? I have, and I've always considered those people in those moments to be angels. Well, today I got to be one.

    I had a doctor's appointment. When I got to the examining room the nurse started asking the usual questions including medications I am taking. When she got to the thyroid meds I'm presently taking, she asked, "What is that?". I thought that was odd of her to ask. Usually, they just go through the list, checking them off. Anyway, I explained that I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and that I am on medication to help get my metabolism under control. I'd been referred to a place that practices integrative medicine by my sister who was also was recently diagnosed. It's all because of her diagnosis that I asked to have my blood tested.

    Anyway, the nurse practitioner who is treating me, suggested visiting the "Stop The Thyroid Madness" website. It's a great resource for dealing with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's in particular. But as someone who has just been diagnosed and has not lived thorough being put on the wrong medication (Synthroid, Levoxyl...), their stance seems a bit harsh regarding doctors that prescribe T4 only medication. But here I had in front of me a young woman who has been on T4 only meds since she was first diagnosed 7 years ago. And she was feeling horrible because of it. Now I get it!

    I told her which blood tests to get and told her to ask for a prescription for medication that contains both T3 and T4. She apologized for asking so many questions and added, "What a coincidence that I ended up in here with you to day. I was just covering for someone else." Without even thinking I said, "It's no coincidence. I'm so glad to help".

    In that moment I realized that I was her angel. (Just call me Clarence!)

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