January 2015

A Hypothyroid Violinist…

For those of you who don’t know, I suffer from Hypothyroidism.

When I was very young I was anaemic. Several signs of anaemia cross over with hypothyroidism and I began to show these signs later on whilst doing my GCSE’s. I started sleeping at every opportunity I could – ditching morning assembly to nap, using “study hours” to nap and even skipping lunch just to take a quick snooze.

I realised something was wrong when a physics teacher actually (incredibly rudely, but I won’t get into that) pulled me up on my situation, so I was booked in for a test to see if my anaemia had returned.

I’ll be honest with you – when the results came through and the doctor told me I wasn’t anaemic but, in fact, had a thyroid problem – I had no idea what he was on about. I was just told I needed more tests, and that was that.

Ever since I’ve been taking levothyroxine every day; but still to no prevail.

The thyroid produces hormones that are related to every function of your body. To name a few, the thyroid hormone directly acts on the brain, the digestive tract, the cardiovascular system, bone metabolism, red blood cell metabolism, gall bladder and liver function, glucose metabolism, lipid and cholesterol metabolism, protein metabolism and body temperature regulation… (The list goes on but I don’t have all day here!

As a result of this, I get varied symptoms daily. Most are ever-present whilst a small few only present themselves now and then.

Here’s a fun diagram showing some of the things that I experience:
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To cut the long story short – levothyroxine is the replacement hormones I’m receiving as my thyroid simply isn’t producing enough. However, as my symptoms are still going strong, I’m strongly considering being checked out for Hashimotos disease – the autoimmune disease which essentially destroys the thyroid itself.

You might be thinking “Why are you telling me this?”, “What does this matter to me?” or even “Get on with it, you massive whiner!”, and a part of me wasn’t entirely sure if I was even going to post this blog. I don’t want pity or help, I just want people to understand; it is a huge part of my life and a disease that I feel very strongly about. If you are feeling any symptoms, I urge you to go and get a blood test. The meds don’t help many of my symptoms but it is a life-threatening disease left untreated and everyone responds differently.

Every day is another day us hypo’s wish we could just sleep, but we soldier on! I’m lucky to be where I am now; being a violinist. It’s a true passion and when I’m performing I can forget about my worries and be emerged in the music. Being uncontrollably and “naturally” lazy, it’s great having something worth getting out of bed for!

Sorry for such a ramble but I promise I’m done now!
Hope you’re all having a wonderful New Year.

2015… Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!

I’m about to being my penultimate term at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (that’s term 11/12, whoosh) and I just thought I’d update you all on the stance of my auditions – I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been put through to the second and final round of auditions for Manhattan School of Music for a Masters in performance! This means January is going to be an incredibly hectic month, preparing for my last video audition, however I’m really hoping it will all pay off and in a few months time I’ll be frantically flat-and-job-hunting in New York *holds back squeals of excitement*!

So please do excuse me if I seem a little stressed or rushed off my feet; I aim to be as relaxed as possible and really enjoy this experience :)

Hoping you’ve had a nice winter break and have a jam-packed January on the way! (Finally, here’s a photo of my friends and I tucking into a good pub Christmas dinner!)

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