Yooper Stewart Gets Hormonal

My sister said it best when she toasted Yooper Stewart and me at our wedding – YS brings a much needed peace to our family. You see, I’m the daughter of two control freaks, as well as the second of three daughters. To say that my people are high strung is an understatement. We’re masters of the trapeze.

That’s one of the reasons I fell in love with YS – he’s as calm as they come. Nothing rattles him. When hundreds of flights were cancelled and we had to spend the nigh in Newark, New Jersey, YS smiled at the airline employees, called them by name, then kindly thanked them for their help (seriously, he said “thank you kindly”). That’s the man that I married, and that’s why I knew something was off last year.

My cool, calm, camouflaged honey started moping around the house, whining, and ranting about everything. If I’d wanted to live with those kinds of mood swings, I’d still be living with my sisters. He was supposed to be my rock – what happened?

My instincts kicked in and I did the first thing I could think of – I told him to get his head out of his butt and stop whining. Surprisingly that didn’t work. That’s when I started observing and noticed everything was connected: crankiness from whining from being tired from lack of sleep from not being able to sleep at night.

What?

How can a guy work 11-15 hours of manual labor each day and not fall asleep at night? I couldn’t solve that dilemma, so that’s when I called our naturopathic physician. He started by taking over an hour of history from YS, then gave us his theory: adrenal fatigue with possible hypoglycemia. He ordered blood work to confirm.

Sure enough, YS has a hormone problem. The doc put him on some natural supplements to help his thyroid and adrenals function better. YS’s sugar actually wasn’t too bad, but he’s not absorbing enough protein, so he’s taking some digestive aids, too.

It’s supposed to take a few months for the supplements to really help the body rewire itself, but I’m already starting to see a change. YS sleeps better, whines less, has more energy, and can finally relax. It’s good to have Yooper Stewart back to his old self. I fell in love with the man for a reason, and I don’t want him to change. Well, I wouldn’t mind a little less gas, but I can handle the rest.

Yooper Stewart in 2012

I apologize for the long absence. I don’t know about you, but December was a crazy month for Yooper Stewart. Christmas parties every weekend. Long work days during the week. A high-maintenance wife at home. He was a busy man.

Even though he was super busy, something seemed off. The man worked 4,000 hours a week, helped out around the house, played with the cats, and still couldn’t fall asleep at night. Seriously – who works a 14 hour day, then lays awake for two hours? That just didn’t make sense to me. Lucky for YS, he married this¬†high-maintenance lady.¬†Long story short – he visited a naturopathic doctor and is now being treated for adrenal fatigue and hypoglycemia. If we can get those things under control, he might actually get some good rest and then have some energy!

Wow. I can’t even imagine what that will be like. I’m sure it will mean lots of Lego sorting and plenty of QT in the garage. I hope it will also include a bit of a social life. 2012 could be a good year for us.

I haven’t had a chance to really talk with YS about his goals for the new year yet, but I know there are a few things he’s planning:

1. A work schedule. Right now he goes in at 6:30 a.m. and comes home whenever the work is done. Coming soon at work – two shifts. A start time and an end time. Another big wow.

2. Discipline. I don’t know much beyond that. I just know that YS told me he feels like he needs to be more disciplined this year. I might have suggested that emptying the dishwasher in a timely manner would be a good place to start.

3. Irish & Indian influences. I told YS I’d like him to speak with an authentic Irish accent this year. He said he’d like me to do naked yoga around the house. This could get weird.

Happy New Year, folks!