Well I should have known it was going to smoothly around here….
It had been a dreary sort of Winter. I had been feeling exhausted everyday, all day.
No real reason. I had a hunch something was “off” but just wasn’t sure what.
Then I went to get my hair highlighted and the wonderful hairdresser says “You need to get your butt to a doc ASAP!”
And I am all “Why?!”
And she simply says “You have thyroid hair….normal people don’t lose hair in this amount. Only my thyroid folks. GO!”
That was all it took. I immediately set an appointment for the next day with my general practitioner.
The doctors visit started off normal enough…
“What’s your concern?”
“I am exhausted ALL the time…I wake up and I could go right back to bed. My hair is falling out in heaps and I still have that neck pain I saw you for back in June. Now I feel like a I have a lump in my throat when I swallow.”
“I am sure it’s nothing.” Until she gets to feeling my throat…then it jumped to… ”Oh yes you have a lump right there.”
How had I NOT noticed this huge lump on the side of my neck? How?!
The end of Jan. was the beginning of some not so fun months.
Countless vials of blood and many ultrasounds on my throat, and one (not so fun) biopsy (it came back benign) later and here is the list of what “I know”:
~I was low on Vitamin D…which is apparently a pretty big deal. Who knew?
~I was a bit low on Iron and Vitamin B
~I have a lovely case of reactivated Epstein Barr (mono) which a few days after that first visit in January sent me straight into full on mono with huge glands and just plain miserable to boot.
~I had a 4.8 CM complex single nodule (that’s huge by the way…your thyroid on each side is only 3-4cm to begin with)
~I am neither Hypo or hyperthyroid at this time. But now that I am minus a half a thyroid I will possibly fall into Hypo.
I am that annoying patient who READS everything. I learned a very long time ago that doctors make mistakes…alot.
I also found right off the bat that my food allergies could all be related to my stupid thyroid. My thyroid could be related to the stupid food allergies….
So I immediately stopped eating high allergen foods. Especially gluten and dairy.
Within a day the lump started to go down a bit. Within another day of adding in the Vitamin D it’s went down a bit more.
I think the mono was what really brought the lump to the light and am thankful for that.
Any way around it this battle was not how I was expecting to be spending my Spring. I have a garden to get in….and children to watch grow up. They need their mother.
I will do anything to be here. I know what it is like to have a mother pass well before you stop “needing” her…do you ever stop needing your mother?
I don’t think so. Hence why the “get it out NOW!” route seemed best.
We met with a surgeon last Wed. and by Friday morning I was in the hospital having my right thyroid lobe removed.
It was FAST and took us off our feet…..but our friends quickly stepped in and took over.
God bless them! They quickly circled the wagons and called in the troops.
Meals have shown up on our door every single night. THIS is such a God send. With such a quick toss into surgery we were soooo unprepared.
But it needed done and done fast.
Now we are waiting on the cancer pathology report to come back. The hardest part of this whole surgery is this wait.
If the pathology comes back with even a single cancer cell they will call us back to the hospital to put me under immediately and remove the remaining thyroid lobe.
If I HAVE to do it again…I will.
Right now I am just telling myself it’s all clear and we are done with the biggest chunk of this.
Right now I swear I could also sleep 23 hours a day….for real.
But I am getting stronger and back to my old self a bit more each day.
So you know you want to see what it looks like….you know you do. Nothing like having a slice across the throat as a conversation starter…lol!
This is it on day 5. I am planning on making a little timeline post eventually with the whole story for those who are going through this right now. Sadly just about ALL the online stories are unhappy endings and well…folks need to hear some happy endings to these stories.
The thyroid (lobectomy) removal surgery, while not fun, was not that bad. The scar will be there forever but what’s one more scar?
No biggie and nothing a scarf won’t hide
Sorry it took so long to post about it…
Sometimes when you are in the middle of the storm you fall into the “I don’t have a clue what to say?” even when it is happening to you. I kept thinking “I will write about it when I know something…”
But the “knowing something” just doesn’t always happen when you are talking about health.
I do know that I am thankful we did share our story in the end and opened up to friends and said “this is what’s going on and well…help!”
Sometime God likes to keep you humble and this was definitely a very humbling experience.
Thanks again for all the love, support and even funny pet videos
Lesson learned is that a supported and loved patient heals much faster. True story.