While my thyroid levels are currently stable (HURRAH!), it’s been a journey getting here, and there are SO MANY PEOPLE out there suffering from thyroid issues.
They might be crying for no reason in the corner–at their child’s birthday party.
They might be wearing a Snuggie–at their teenager’s summer baseball game.
They might be knitting a Chewbacca costume–out of their own hair.
So, I started thinking. What would be THE best gifts you could possibly give someone who suffers from Hypothyroidism?
1.) The Snuggie. I thought these were pretty dang ridiculous when I first saw them, but then when you start looking through the Hypothyroidism lens…? GENIUS. Feel warm all the time and still use your hands while not getting off the couch the entire day.
2.) Eyebrow pencils. Because most of the time the last half of our eyebrows mysteriously vanish. Let your Hypo loved one fill in some brows.
But, just to be clear, the following ways of drawing in your eyebrows are NEVER acceptable:
And don’t you DARE go trying to get all fancy on me:
3.) Electric foot warmers.
Seriously–this lady is laying on the surface of the sun, and her feet are STILL cold. THAT’S how awful Hypothyroidism is.
4.) Tired of telling people WHY you have no energy? WHY you’re crying? WHY you can’t think clearly? Stop telling people. Just start pointing them in the right direction.
5.) Let’s be honest–Hypo patients have no idea what day it is or why they even woke up this morning. Trying to remember a list of items or ANYTHING important went out the window long ago. Give ’em a hand by letting them record their entire life so they don’t forget a thing.
Appropriate examples include:
“Need to get milk, butter, eggs, and bread from the store.”
“Remember to call endocrinologist tomorrow to give him a piece of my mind because he’s an idiot who has NO IDEA what this is like and doesn’t seem to want to actually help me fix this problem. Then remember to find a new endo.”
6.) Weight gain is common among Hypo patients. Give them the scale that will always make their day.
7.) Hypo patients are tired. All…the…time. Let me repeat: they are tired. NOT LAZY. So, let them pass out when they need to and wherever they need to in style.
Be patient. She’ll come to in a few hours.
8.) Hypo patients’ hair falls out. A lot. Huge clumps at a time.
Look at this woman. Her hair is falling out so fast that she can’t even stand up straight anymore.
It’s quite common for your brush to look like this after one swipe down your bangs:
Expensive creams and shampoos are so yesterday.
Give them the gift that keeps on giving. Head to your local Hobby Lobby, hit up the crafting aisle, and really encourage them to open up their own ETSY shop with that renewable resource they’ve got goin’ on.
9.) Motivation is lacking in a Hypo patient. We would LOVE to exercise, but seriously–who has the energy for that? Some days we can’t even get out of bed. Give them the gift that will let them exercise without having to move any major muscle groups.
Still can’t open the pickle jar, but they are well on their way.
10.) I know what you’re thinking:
“Who needs that much Kleenex?”
Hypo patients–that’s who.
This should last your Hypo loved one a full day or two when they’re having a “bad Hypo day.”
Let them sob into a fully supply.
And there you go. Ten thoughtful gift ideas for the Hypothyroid patient in your life.