For the majority of my life I thought I was lazy, and I wasn’t the only one. I was told this to my face, and behind my back. Various words were used such as selfish, immature, underachiever – but they all stemmed from this concept of laziness.
When I received a diagnosis of hypothyroidism in my early 30s, it was like a light went on, and I could actually see the real me. Even with treatment, it didn’t make my inability to do everything I’d like to go away, but it helped me to understand my lethargy wasn’t a faulty personality trait. It also helped me to see that others perception of me didn’t matter, and that I too could be less judgmental.
I find at times it helps to personify my illness, to separate it out from who I am. To tell myself I am doing something that could be considered “lazy” not because I am, but my thyroid needs me to help it out. My little butterfly shaped Jimminy Cricket, who lives not on my shoulder but in my throat, and that acts not as a conscious but as an internal motivator – or lack thereof. What can I say? I have an odd but delightful sense of humor.
It is in that spirit I present to you, my list of things I haven’t done because of my thyroid.
1. Laundry. My thyroid told me it had a really long day. It would take too much energy to sort, load, unload, and fold said laundry. I’m recommended a spritz of air freshener.
2. Dishes. My thyroid spent too much time on it’s feet today – it’s legs and hips are hurting. Use a Tupperware container in place of a bowl, if need be.
3. Washed my hair. My thyroid conceded a shower was acceptable, but that hair washing would use up too much time that should be spent in bed. Reach for the dry shampoo.