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My Thyroid’s Death Birthday!

13 Oct

The night before surgery. You can kind of see the lump on the right side of my neck.

The day I got my dressing off. Yes, that is crusty blood. Gross. Sorry, my camera was crapping out at the time.

Today! Nuts, huh?

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Dear Thyroid,

Welp, it’s been a year since you were surgically removed from my neck. I’m really sorry they cut you all up and did tests on you as soon as you were out of me. But you should have thought of that before you went and got tumors all over yourself and turned black and junk. Hopefully you’ve learned from your mistakes.

A lot has happened since we were separated. First of all, I got a sweet scar. It was pretty gnarly at first; I could make it smile and do weird faces but now most people don’t even notice it. For the first few months, I couldn’t talk to people without wearing a scarf because they would just stare down at my neck with a confused/grossed-out face, obviously not listening to anything I was saying. Then I would have to stop and say, “I had my thyroid removed.” Then I continue whatever I was saying, knowing they were even more confused than before.

I’ve been really tired without you. They’ve been giving me all kinds of different dosages of thyroid meds to replace you. Turns out you were doing a fantastic job keeping all my hormone levels ship-shape even though you were black and junk.

Here’s how it went down. At first, my dosage was too low = thyroid levels too low = me tired. So they upped my meds to the next dosage = thyroid levels barely too high = my pituitary released too much TSH = me tired. The thing is, there is no in-between dosage, so I get to stay tired until my body gets the hint. Oh yeah, and since my thyroid levels are barely too high, my metabolism is working like crazy, so it’s harder for me to gain weight. I’ll deal. 🙂 Thing are getting better, though; I don’t fall asleep without warning anymore.

Other than that, things are good. I have a cool job. I’m in a band. Caristewart.com is the third Google search result for “thyroid shmyroid,” so that’s pretty cool. That’s about it. I hope things are going well for you. Please write back soon. I miss you!

Love,
Cari

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20 Oct

It’s been a week since my surgery. Everything went well. I’m doing great.  Welp, see ya later.

Just kidding!

So here’s how it went down. I got to the hospital at 6:30 Monday morning with Mom and Dad. Around 7:30 I stop remembering things. But I hear Dr. Hamilton did some surgery. They made a nice little incision where we are hoping I will have a crease one day.  ☺

When they went in they noticed my thyroid Cytotec online was black. There were also bumps on the left side of my thyroid. At this point, they 86ed the whole “cut out half and see if it’s cancerous” plan and just took everything out. They also noticed a sneaky little parathyroid gland hanging out on my thyroid, so they peeled it away and hoped for the best (If you touch parathyroid glands, they stop working). And, as we all know, the parathyroid controls calcium.

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There were also some weirdi little lymph nodes, so they took those out, too. They were thinking the two lymph nodes might have just had some fat deposits but they wanted to be safe. And who needs two lymph nodes when you already have 80? Not I.

As you can tell, they were very thorough. The surgery ended up taking about 3 hours when it was supposed to take 1 ½ hours if they needed to take out the whole thyroid. But let’s be serious, my thyroid was black. They better thorough. So I’m very grateful. ☺

If you’re having a hard time keeping up, here are my stats:

Thyroid: 0
Parathyroid Glands: 4
Lymph Nodes: 78

As I was coming out of anesthesia, my doctor was kind enough to tell me everything that happened and I quote, “We did a complete thyroidectomy because it was black.” He may have said other things that I may or may not remember, but I got the gist.

I stayed in the hospital that night. Then Wednesday morning they gave me some Percocet, thyroid meds, and calcium – in case my parathyroid had, in fact, died – and sent me on my way. And THANK YOU so much to everyone who came and visited me. Sure, I might not have known what was going on but I trust it was wonderful. ☺

So who’s wondering about cancer? Well, it turns out the lump that was taking over half  the right side of my thyroid was a follicular adenoma buy isotretinoin online , which is a benign tumor purchase orlistat . So great news! Since they took everything out when they were in there, I’m all done! No iodine drink! Nothing!

Now who’s wondering why my thyroid was black? Well, they are thinking that the lump was preventing the blood from leaving my thyroid, so it was using the same blood over and over, therefore turning it black.

At my post-op today, we found out that my parathyroid glands are working, so I don’t have to take calcium anymore. Which I am super happy about because they’re horse pills. My incision is also looking very good. They just ripped my little tape off, which may or may not have hurt … a lot. I should be able to move my head around like normal in about two weeks (My neck is all kinds of tight, so when I sing or yawn or talk I can feel every little thing going on in my throat. Weird. And don’t even think about sneezing after surgery on your neck. (Sorry for the parenthetical tangent)).

So everything’s good! Now get ready for the corny. Thank you so much everyone for your prayers and fasting and thoughts. I can’t believe how amazingly supportive everyone has been. Thank you for sweet messages that made me laugh and cry. It really meant so much to me. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing family and friends.  Thank you.

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