6 days after surgery
Sunday, May 09, 2010
I wanted to take a minute to fill you in on all the stress in my life.
OK, so that GOITER of just over a year ago... well I had a car accident last Feb. and somehow that seems to be what sparked the changes. That is when my weight loss stopped and when gain started again no matter what exercise I have been doing or how carefully I watch my diet. When I went in this Feb. I was frustrated... my labs are "normal" I was .1 within the normal thyroid ranges of T3 and T3 and .3 into the normal of TSH. Sooo they said I was fine LOL... but we did the ultra sound again. The ultrasound showed that it was not just the cystic appearing goiter as before. So they ordered another Nuclear Thyroid scan. (The tech freaked out saying that they only do these no less than 10 yrs apart and he called to check to be sure he really was supposed to do it.) Last time it showed that my thyroid was fully functioning and this time was VERY different. It showed a "cold" tumor of 3.7cm x 2.4 cm. The surgeon said that he felt it was a 90% chance of being malignant. So we scheduled surgery.
Surgery happens and the surgeon and I had a whole lot of prayer going in. He said it was to be a 2-3 hr surgery! He was in out and I was in recovery in about 1 hr 15 min. He said it kind of "slipped" right out. He told me that 90% chance it was BENIGN at that point. He said it looked nothing like the labs said it should. The first day I was MISERABLE, I kept throwing up from the pain meds, but finally the fabulous nurse gave me a "beloved butt bullet" LOL and I felt better almost immediately! I finally could keep down fluids and recovery began.
I am feeling great and recovering well. We got word that the tumor is BENIGN so we can relax and know that I don't have to do surgery again! I still get worn out quickly and my thermostat is still messed up, I am hot, cold, freezing, warm, and once in a while just comfortable! I am still icing my neck on and off because as it swells it itches more and irritates the skin. SNEEZING and YAWNING are the worst things on Earth right now. I will see the surgeon next week and the endocrinologist the following week. I am on the road to feeling well again!