Knowing your numbers
Updated: Aug 13, 2019
If you have thyroid problems then you know just how important getting lab work done is. The bad part about this is when you start feeling “off” you call and make an appointment and the majority of the time you don’t get in for a few months. That’s a few months of feeling like you’re a zombie. A few months of going to sleep way too early. A few months of a unfathomable amount of hair falling out. A few months of buying stock in lotion because your skin is so dry. A few months that you will never get back! Well, thanks to Paloma that can all end! The waiting is no longer months and instead a few days. The cost is about the same as your co-payment. The best part? You get to do this all in the comfort of your own home.
Paloma is an at home pain free thyroid testing kit. I was lucky enough to be able to try out one of these kits so I could share my thoughts on it. I typically get my blood work done every four months as I am still a thyroid cancer patient so its highly important for me to know my numbers. Since I know them so well I knew that I would be able to see if this testing kit was accurate or not. To my surprise because honestly I was a little skeptical; IT WAS! I am super super impressed by it as well.
When I first started having issues with my thyroid I remember just how lost I was when my doctor would talk about my numbers. I was constantly googling everything on my panel. I was constantly reading as much information as I possibly could to understand everything that would show up on my lab results. I was asking friends who are doctors to help explain things. This feeling of being lost while trying to understand what's going on with you is universal. We are not doctors, and sometimes I think that is an oversight by our physicians. Paloma is able to bridge the gap between patient and doctor.
The kit itself has absolutely everything you need to get started. If you are afraid of needles I would have someone there with you who is okay with you being angry at them for poking you. If you are more inclined to do everything alone when nervous that is okay too! That is what I did.
This is the kit:
It comes with absolutely everything you need to get started on your thyroid health healing. When I got the box I honestly had no idea what I was in for or what was going to be in it. So, I was super surprised to see everything that came.
1.) A prepaid shipping bag to send your sample back in.
2.) A cute little biohazard bag to place your sample in after you are done.
4.) Alcohol swabs
5.) Two push needles (does not hurt).
6.) Your card that you put your samples on.
5.) An instruction booklet so you can see exactly what you need to do.
The biggest part to this is to make sure you do the first step as soon as you get your box. You absolutely have to register your box so that they can match your samples that you send in with YOU. If you do not do this and forget then you will not get your results! I almost forgot.. so this is why I am putting this here.
I made this video for your viewing pleasure so see how to do everything and how easy everything was, You will also be able to laugh at my expense while I scare myself with trying to poke my finger. I promise you it doesn't hurt. Just the initial shock got to me.
As you can see from the video everything was relatively easy. My biggest word of advice to make sure you are fully hydrated before you do this. The more hydrated you are the easier the blood will flow. Also make sure your hands are warm. If they are cold that means you veins have restricted and your blood flow is reduce which means you aren't going to get enough blood out of that finger for all of the dots to be filled.
After sending in my sample I received an email a few days later telling me that my results were ready for viewing. This was the part of the test that I was anxiously awaiting. These results would determine if I was going to actually share this product with you. Low and behold, the results were accurate as I had just gotten my testing done prior to this.
When you log in you will see your thyroid testing lab results just like you see in the image to the right. You can click on each of these and they will explain exactly what they are and what they do in your body. You will realize through reading your results just how important your thyroid is. The green check marks mean that those hormones and enzymes are being appropriately maintained within your body. The red exclamation point means that something is not right. I knew before I even sent off my bloodwork that I was going to have something wrong with my TSH its just a part of dealing with thyroid cancer. You learn to expect this. These results are not expected if you have never had thyroid issues though. If your TSH is as low as mine it would indicate you had hyperthyroidism which is something that needs to be fixed!
The coolest part of all of this is that you can schedule a consultation with a doctor through paloma to help you with your thyroid questions and medications.If you have a weird panel like I do then a doctor will call you to talk to you about what to do next. You can also schedule a consultation with a nutritionist for $75 to help you eat the proper diet for your thyroid results.
If you're just curious about your thyroid health or you are a thyroid patient and want to keep up with your numbers then definitely give this a try. I am happy to say I have a coupon code for you for to try it out for 50% off! Just use autumn4paloma at checkout. Just click on the coupon code and it will take you right to their website!
As always, thank you for taking the time to read my blog!