Monday, January 7, 2008

Also, highlight from Chantal's blog:

Totally rings true for me.

late with the Sando shot

I deviated from my Sando schedule this month because I was traveling for the holidays, so I took my Sando shot late (this morning) when it should have been a week ago. I could totally, totally feel all my old symptoms acting up again, so I'm taking it as a sign that the medication was working (unless it was the acupuncture, which I also tried).

Symptoms specifically were/are:

-ankles throbbing on the inside along achilies tendon
-Joints aching: hips, neck, and back
-Talking a teeny bit "floppy" (from enlarged tounge)
-Face appears swollen
-Skin oily
-Get too hot or too cold easily
-Heart pounds
-Headache (scalp/brain feels like it isn't getting enough blood)
-Fatigue, as in, going up a flight of stairs makes me want to take a nap

The ankles throbbing reminded me that I went to a reflexologist in Hong Kong in 2004 and he said that my hormones were totally out of whack (although, I thought he said reproductive hormones) and he could tell because my ankles were tender in the spot that is tender now. I'm pretty sure my tumor was active during that time.

Also, I was watching TV on the flight back from NY last night, and on the National Geographic channel they had a special on gigantism (Also airs: Monday, January 7, 12A; Sunday, January 13, 2P). They profiled two acromegalic giants, which held my rapt attention. I learned some interesting things during the show, like how all the symptoms people get happen. Did you know that excess growth hormone makes the brain less responsive to carbon dioxide? And that it makes the muscle cells hold water, causing weakness? Funny, my acupuncturist said I have "too much water," except she explained that it means I think about things too much. Do you think we acromegaly patients think about things too much?

Sorry, I know that was a bit of free associate. Since I'm at it- Growth Hormone and Major League Baseball.

Anyway, I got my shot today so I fully expect to feel better in a few days.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Dearest Acromegaly Bloggers,

Happy New Year!
I hope 2008 is a great year for health.  Love to you all.