"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I'm back!

I've been away from the computer for a few days ---- as I am sure you have noticed! I flew to Rancho Mirage, CA last Wednesday (11/10) for a visit/consult with my hormone physician John Carr. It was a great experience---I finally got to meet Audrey, Dr. Carr's medical assistant:

She is utterly delightful!

I had a wonderful visit with Dr. Carr, we went over my lab work, and my numbers looked great (including a further drop in my cholesterol---yes, I am bragging!) He was impressed and excited over my weight loss (over 110 pounds altogether)----I told him without being hormonally balanced, it never would have happened, and I am very grateful.

I am finally, officially post menopausal----my FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) is now 34 (up from 5.4 in the spring), and my estrodiol level is 40.6 (down from 89.5 in the spring). Since I am not having symptoms of estrogen deficiency (hot flashes, night sweats, etc) I don't need any further estrogen supplementation. All my other levels were great----but I need to up my Vitiamin D3 intake for a while, I am still at the low end of optimal, and of course, this winter I won't get as much D3 from the sun.

After my appointment, I headed off to San Diego to visit the zoo and do some sightseeing---it was a wonderful, fun trip (will share the vacation photos in a separate post). I'm pretty jet lagged today, so bear with me, I will be back on track in a couple days with articles to share with you!


  1. Sounds like a great trip. Tell me more about this FSH. Is that a blood test? I don't think I have had that yet?

  2. It sounds like you are doing great. Congratulations on the weight loss that is an awesome accomplishment!

  3. Yes....Your weight loss is AMAZING! Congrats!