Yesterday I reached another milestone in this journey as I headed back to work for the first time in over 2 weeks. I have been home for 2 weeks after my thyroidectomy surgery, relaxing and recovering. I have had a stress free 2 weeks and yesterday was the first day that I was back in the full swing of things. Would I have enough energy? Would the workplace stress get to me? How was I going to deal with the first day back and all the subsequent days after that?
It was a long day and I was tired at the end of it but I think that the hardest part was the change in my morning routine. I used to get myself and the kids ready for work in about 45 minutes and I always prepared breakfast first. I need to eat or I get headaches and so I have always eaten breakfasft dierctly after getting out of bed. Although I haven't found any information that says that Cytomel should be taken on an empty stomach, I do know that Synthroid will work best if taken upon rising and one hour after breakfast. Instead of waiting for the Synthroid (I know that I will eventually be taking it), I have decided to change my routine now to be able to take the meds on an empty stomach. I am getting up about an hour earlier to take the medication before breakfast. Now if only I could find an hour at night to get to bed an hour earlier :)
I carried off the new routine without a hitch yesterday and wasn't even rushing to get the kids to school on time. Maybe this routine will work out better.... Then I drove into work, expecting things to be different. I mean I felt different. I feel lighter, healthier, less stressed. A whole 2 weeks have gone by shouldn't it be different? The staff greeted me and brought me up to speed, but otherwise everything was pretty much the same as I left it. The morning schedule was light and so I was able to catch up and do some light work. At lunchtime I returned to my regular walking routine with a colleague and then the afternoon arrived. It was a busy afternoon. When I saw the schedule in the morning I was concerned about the packed afternoon schedule but it worked out well. There wasn't anything that I couldn't handle and in fact the afternoon passed by quickly and without stress. Before I knew it the day was finished and I was back home. I was tired but not exhausted. I didn't allow the stress of others to get to me, and here I am ready to start all over again today. My goal is to feel just as good by the end of the week!