So it turns out my hair loss wasn't just post-partum. My blood tests came back to reveal that my thyroid has basically shut down, and is not producing the hormones it should. Which explains the hair loss, weight gain, extreme fatigue, depression, muscle aches, joint pains, brittle finger nails, and always feeling cold. Who knew those were all related?
So here I am, gearing up to watch my diet and take hormone replacement pills for the rest of my life. It may not seem life much to the outsider, but to me, it's very different. I always saw myself as a very healthy person whose only malady was imperfect eyesight. And I always saw the necessity of taking pills everyday a sign of old age! Well, not like elderly old age, just grown up old age, I guess. And now that I've joined their ranks, I guess I'm really an adult.
So I'm off to take my synthroid and avoid foods that interfere with the absorption of iodine. Yay for being a grown up.