Math IS Real Life March 2015 Edition: Getting back to “normal”

It’s the first Wednesday of March which means it’s time for our monthly linky – Math IS Real Life!! If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!

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 A monthly REAL WORLD math blog link-up hosted by

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This month’s MIRL showed up in quite the unexpected location – the doctor’s office! After many months of medicine changes and multiple occasions of my arm being considered a pin-cushion, I was referred to an Endocrinologist.

A tiny bit of back-story: 20 years ago, my thyroid was removed for being overly hyperactive.  As your body cannot function properly without a thyroid, I was given a medicine ‘replacement’.  As long as I can remember I’ve been on the “blue” 150 mcg version of synthroid.

Picture1Recently, due to fatigue, and other various hypo thyroid symptoms, I asked my general practitioner to check my dosage a bit more thoroughly.  That request led to a change from 150 mcg to 175 mcg, back to 150 mcg and then to 175 mcg (6 days a week) and a referral to the Endocrinologist to figure out just what was going on.

Which led me to being in a new seat, at a new doctor’s office.  As I was 12 when my thyroid was removed, I wasn’t able to answer all the questions as to the how’s and why’s  but I was able to get him up to date on the last 20ish years.  We talked about how the 150 mcg dosage was too low, and the 175 mcg dosage was too high.  I quickly realized that the dosages were additive  when the doctor start scribbling addition and long division on my patient sheets


As I watched him scribbling math frantically on his sheet of paper, I started noticing my options (see table below).  My general practitioner had come up with options #1, #2, and #3.  The Endocrinologist came up with option #4 and I proposed option #5.

The Endocrinologist and I talked for a bit:

How was option #1 different from option #3?  Basically the same with a “drop” in thyroid level 1 day out of every 7.

If option #1 was too low, and option#2 was too high, wasn’t there an option in the middle of the two? This could be an option if we did a 2-pill combo since 162.5 isn’t a “standard” synthroid dosage.  (can you spot more than one dosage combo?)

Is doubling up on a day (option #4) or skipping a day (option #3) healthy? Again, healthy, but inconsistent.

Based on knowing that a drop in dosage (I’ve accidentally forgotten to take a dosage before) leads to a very lethargic day a few days after the missed dosage, I highly advocated for Option #5.  After some more talking, the doctor agreed to trying this option out.

So far, I’m 2 weeks into the new dosage.  I don’t really feel a ton different, but it will be a change that is subtle and happens over a few more weeks of time.  For now, I’m waiting on my next blood work in 5 weeks and a follow-up.  Here’s hoping that my arm can have a break after that visit!


  Don’t forget to check out the other MIRL posts below!  Check back over the next few days – more will be added!!

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