Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thyroid - ectomy

I should probably be asleep, but my mom has me addicted to Farm Town on Facebook, so I had to check on my farm!

So, about my surgery.

The surgeon was late, which is why I was playing Farm Town in pre-op. I don't remember anything about surgery, because I was of course totally out of it. I was texting my boss when I got the sleepy drugs, and my last words to her were 'nighty night' ;-)

Woke up hearing a nurse telling someone on the phone that I had my entire thyroid out. If you remember, it was only supposed to be the right side and 'maybe' the left side if he right had malignant cells.

I never saw the surgeon after the surgery but he told my husband that the nodule was on the left, too, and I would have ended up having it out in 2-3 years anyway, so he chose to do it all at once. So, I don't have to worry about a second surgery tomorrow. However, that means my pathology report is no longer a rush and so I won't know whether or not it was cancer for at least a week.

The other bad news is that because they removed the whole thyroid, I will need to be on hormone replacements for the rest of my life. I am not on anything at this moment, and so am anxious to hear when I will start those meds and how they will be regulated. I guess that getting just the right dose is an artform and if its wrong I'll gain (even more) weight and be tired all the time. My RE recommended a regular endocrinologist for me, so I am hoping to get in to see him, and soon.

I think the surgeon or his resident will be in tomorrow morning, so I can get all my questions answered then, before they release me.

Regarding my recovery, the pain meds made me itchy, so I had some Benadryl which made me sleepy until about 8pm. I had sent my mom and husband home earlier, but when I woke up, I felt fine. I had only had Tylenol for a headache since my surgery, so no real pain meds, which is good. I took a real drug - Percocet - right before DH brought the boys up to say good night, because I thought I might be moving around more with them here. But otherwise, I think I'll be almost 100% tomorrow.

I have about a 4" incision at the base of my throat, only covered with one layer of bandage right now, no big deal. However, there is a 'suture removal kit' taped to the hand rail on my bed. I don't know if that means they'll take sutures out tomorrow, or if this is a take home deal, or what :o So, I'm definitely anxious to hear from a surgeon tomorrow to figure out what all is going on.

Oh, and no drain. Which was like the best news ever. Just the idea of a drain makes me want to barf.

Thanks to everyone for their warm wishes and advice. Keep 'em coming til we get the results back, okay?

p.s. Typical husband - DH got lazy in my absence and chose sleep over organization, so he sent the boys to daycare this morning in the SAME CLOTHES they worse yesterday. So embarrassing!


PJ said...

I heard farm town was fun, maybe I should check it out. Or maybe not, lol!

I'm hypothyroid. The RE found it a few years ago. (gag, a few years ago and I'm still at the RE!). Anyway, he sent me to a regular endo doc and she just checks me out every 3-4 months and messes with the dosages based on my TSH. I take synthroid every morning. No big deal, really. I think I have Hashimoto's, because I saw a Rheumatologist a few months ago that said the reason I'm hypothyroid is that my immune system is attacking my thyroid. Apparently that's usually the case.

I hope your biopsy comes out negative for cancer. And, I hope you recover quickly!

Anonymous said...

In case of follicular neoplasm, only 17% of tumors removedare actually cancerous, therefore hormonal replacement may only be required.

JamieD said...

I am so glad the surgery went well! I do hate that you lost all of your thyroid but you are right - at least he saw the nodules right away and saved you a second surgery.

Definitely get a regular endocrinologist - it will make the regulating of your meds much easier since that is their primary field.

Continuing to hold you in my heart and send out many prayers for negative biopsies.

G$ said...

Oh my! Unexpected to wake up and have it all gone, but not having two surgeries sounds ok too. I will keep you in my thoughts that the path comes back ok.

I hope you are feeling better now (I am a few days late to this party).

bikol said...

so many people suffer from thyroid cancer.but we can avoid that,all we need is thyroid kits so we can protect our self from risk.