Monday, 25 June 2018

Postpartum thyroiditis.

I though to write about postpartum thyroiditis mostly because I couldn't identify myself with those who had it. The symptoms were so different and I felt alone and lost.
I little bit of my story, we managed to get pregnant in the third IVF treatment in Århus, Denmark. My first trimester was very difficult, I was having very seriuos anxiety attacks, (I have never had anxiety, so this was very new to me)  sometimes I woke up my Husband around 2am to go for  a walk and became claustrophobic during the whole pregnancy. During week 9, I started to have insomnia which last until week 20.  During week 17 I was having some kind of allergi reaction, later on I understood that It wasnt allergy but a sign that things were not quite right and that my body was really fighting.
IVF due date was 8 of July. My water broke 7th of July and the baby arrive naturally 8th of July. No water retention and during my whole pregnancy I went up 11 kg in weight. My baby weight 3.7 kg.
After 5 days in the hospital We went home, and then started the rollercoaster of symptoms:
1.- Really strong sense of smell. (after few days it was gone)
2.- Stye in my left eye (after few days it was gone)
3.- My lips became swollen like I have inyected botox. (After two days it went away)
4.- A kind of sore throat never going away
5.- My hair was falling dramatically.
6.- My breathing was really uncomfortable. Something with what I never had problem during pregnancy. It was difficult to sleep..

I got postpartum depression, at the beginning I just cried alot, I was always thinking about protecting my baby,  but then escalated and my only thought was: I wanted to die.

My Doctor took bloodtest of my thyroid during the whole pregnancy, not just the hormones but also antibodies, and during the whole pregnancy the results were really good.

My doctor also took bloodtest of my thyroid first, second, third and fourth month postpartum, because I was having really strange symptoms. But they came back in my optimal values. My pulse was great. So I couldnt understand anything. Was I getting crazy? What was going on? I was still having that "allergy" reaction.
Fifth month: I woke up and I barely could walk. I was sweating and trembling. I went to the Doctor and said: Take a new bloodtest and I did have to insist. Then, she said: Ok, but not more until two months later. I agreed.

Finally, fifth month postpartum I received the diagnose: Possible postpartum thyroiditis. Did I know what was PP thyroiditis?: Yes. During my whole pregnancy I read alot.
I cried. I was relief, I was not crazy after all. Now people started to believe me. I was not imagine my symptoms. My depression was linked to my problems with the thyroid.
I was referred to the hospital and then an endocrinologist followed up. After 4 straws of blood, the diagnose was confirmed: Postpartum thyroiditis Hyperthyrodism phase, no antibodies.
In Norway the first approach for PP thyroiditis is: if the symptoms are manageable the doctor will not prescribe medicine. I was not having critical symptoms, So I was happy to avoid medicine. I was breastfeeding my baby and my goal was to do it for a year. It was hard because I was not feeling so well, but I am getting closer to my goal (^.^)
After two months of very close follow up the spesialist told me to go back to my GP Doctor, and take blood test every month, my thyoid was in its way to be stable.
Stable???? But why I am not feeling good yet????
Well, one month later my TSH shows 2,5, one month later 2,7 and then 3,5. I was in Hypothyroidism phase, even when my GP told me my values were inside the normal, my body was not feeling good. My optimalt TSH is between 1.6 and 2.
I have access to some of my bloodtest electronically so I did a graphic

From 1 to 6 my TSH was quite stable, but then one month later my TSH was 0,02. Three months later (Number 8) my TSH was 2,5 and as you can see in the graphic the tendency was:  Hypothryoidism phase. My T4 and T3 were quite good, so I did have huge hope that this is going to be fine.
One month later I started to feel better, minimum changes in my body, but I felt it. My TSH went from 3,5 to 2,8.
Symptoms of Hypothryoidism phase.
1.-My breathing was better.
2.- Still sore throat.
3.- The right side of my neck got so stiff. My doctor suspected of salivary glands stones but it was so strange than during my ultrasound in my neck everything did look ok, but after few days I was thinking this was something else. I went to the physiotherapist and it went away. 
4.- I did have swallowing issues, something I started to have problem with when I entered the hypo phase. I could eat and drink, that was ok. My voice didn't change.
The ultrasound didnt show anything abnormal with my thyoid gland, so it seems that you dont need to have a huge thyroid gland to feel that you can not swallow the whole body just get screwed up.  I could think that the surround tissue is the one to get swollen also.
My anxiety disappeared, my claustrophobia feeling is gone.
I am grateful because I got a lot of help from: my moms group, nurses, doctors, and even psychologist.
During the whole process knowing what was going on helped me to avoid medicine, get help from others and help myself.  But for getting that help you have to be your own health advocate. Listen to your body and fight for being listened.
June 2018 the weather is amazing, sunny, and today I am feeling 90%  better. Sore throat is still a bit there and my swallowing issues are much much better. I will have a new bloodtest in July. I will update this post.

To My Husband, because he was the best of the best in this difficult period. I love you.!!!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Let's make Roland Mouret 'Sweeper' Top

Hei Girls
Let's make RM Sweeper top, be prepared, I will be updating this entry with pictures explaining step by step this top.
This top do not have zipper but I will advise to installed one, because I found very strange that a top like this do not have a zipper. it must be hard to take it off. The length of the zipper it will depend on how the length of the back ended it up.
RM Sweeper top
RM Sweeper Top Front
RM Sweeper TOP Back

It helped me to draw this top on paper before starting to drape it on the mannequin. Because It was in the process of drawing when I have my eureka moment and I  managed to have an idea of how it was made.
Here everything is all about proportions. This top has two kind of darts, these darts depends on how big the top will be and how it will look on the body.

H= Will represent how long would you like the top to be
L= will represent the width of the top according to your size and specially bust size
Its not perfect rectangular (it shall be) but the main goal is that you get the idea how this is done.

We take one corner of the H side and pin it to the right side of the Mannequin.

Left side of the mannequin

We made the first dart, you decide how wide will be, here is more important the proportions.

The end of the dart will be pin together with the corner of the H side.

We make the second dart and pin it as the first one

we take the rest of the fabric back. Covering a bit  of the whole  back.

 We straight the fabric (right side)

We straight the fabric (left side) of the mannequin.

 The bottom of the top shall be straight up, for making a nice hem
A band of the same fabric shall sew in the top.

 A small dart is made in the band for being able to take it to back.

 A squared-off fabric is cut and place in the back. We placed one of the side together to right side

the top part of the squared-off fabric will be fold making the sides to meet each other.

We cut, so the sides of the top can meet together

Its here in this side where I will advise to sew a open separating zipper. Sew a nice 3 cm hem. and the top is done.

I hope this can help, if not, please just ask. (^.^)

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

My Colour-block Top based on Roland Mouret designs


Colour-block black-white and red is a combination that I do really like, I bought a trouser with those colors but I didn't have a top , so I decided to sew one. For the design I used the top part of Roland Mouret Ellora top and maybe the lower part of Roland Mouret Agonum top.

Roland Mouret Ellora Top

Roland Mouret Agonum Top

All the parts of the top have been cut in black, red and white stretch crepe. The lining is in white and black.

Fig1.- Back of the skirt 

Fig 2.- Front part of the skirt

Fig 3.- Back of the top

Fig 5.- Front of the top

Fig 6.- Facing of the back of the top

Fig 7.- Facing has been sew in the back of the top

Fig 8.- Sewing together the shoulder front and back including lining

Fig 9.- Lining of the front part of the top

Fig 10.- Front part of the top
Fig 11.- Front-Side of the top
Fig 12.- French seam in the lining of the skirt
Fig 13.- Topstitch on the lining of the skirt
Fig 14.- Sewing the skirt to the top including lining.

Fig 15.- Skirt has been sew to the top with lining.
Fig 16.- Wrong side of the top showing lining and facing
Fig 17.- Wrong side showing the front lining

Fig 18.- Top without Zipper
Fig 19.- Darts on the front panels
Well, I decided not to use RM Agonum skirt design, but I did a change in the back side of the top. Fig1.- Shows that the back part of the skirt was black. Now one side is black and the another one is white so I will keep the white/black/red combination from wherever angle you see the top.
Fig 20.- Left side and right side of the top
Fig 21.- Back side of the top (waiting for the zipper to arrive)
Fig 22.- Zipper installed

Next project........