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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Home from the hospital

Only one night in the hospital and then home. One of the major concerns after a thyroidectomy is one's calcium levels. Before the surgery, I was given lots of Vitamin D as it aids in the absorption of Calcium. It looks like the Vitamin D is doing its job - my calcium levels are normal! I'm taking 3,000 milligrams of calcium a day for the next month to ensure that my calcium levels stay up. If my face, fingers, or toes start getting tingly, I have to take tums by the handful to make sure that my calcium levels stay up.

Today has been spent almost entirely in bed. I'm positive that I've spent more time sleeping in the last two days than Alexander. Of course, Dad says that Alexander only took an 1 1/2 hour nap today so I guess I'm beating him as far as the naps go.

I'm in mild discomfort - my throat hurts from the breathing tube that they used, my neck is sore where they did the actual surgery, and my muscles are sore all around the surgical site. I feel like I need a massage but I'm sure that's probably not the greatest idea. I'd probably end up feeling worse than I already do. The bad thing is that my doc didn't send home any good pain meds so I'm stuck with tylenol!

I should get the results of the pathology tomorrow. They'll look at my whole thyroid and all of the lymph nodes that they removed. My surgeon did mention that the cancer looked pretty nasty - she said something about tall cell papillary carcinoma which is a more aggressive type of papillary carcinoma. This means that there is a greater risk that the cancer has spread to my lymph nodes. The positive thing is that they will treat any remaining cancer the same way, no matter if it has spread. I'll receive the radioactive iodine in either case. The pathology will determine the amount of the dose of iodine that I receive.

My appetite seems to be fine, that's a bit of a disappointment as I was hoping I might lose a few pounds during all of this!

The story of the week is really Alexander's bed at my parents' house. Right after we left on Sunday, my dad heard Alexander making quite a fuss (he had just gone down for a nap). Turns out that the crib had come apart in one of the corners. Alexander told my dad that the bed was bad!! Luckily, they haven't had any trouble putting him back to bed after the incident. They fixed the problem and he's been sleeping like a champ ever since.

Well, it's off to la-la land for me. I'm getting worn out and have run out of things to say!! More tomorrow!


Florida Girl said...

You Go Girl!!

Love you...Aunt Linda

PS: I set up a blogger account just for you; so I learned something new today.

Erica Erck said...

great idea to set this up. i love a blog!! So proud of you for being so positive and upbeat about all that you are going through. It is scary to have cancer anywhere near you mom has recently been through breast and lymph node removal. You are very brave, and thank you for sharing your news with us. Prayers for a good report today.

Brian H. said...

Where'd you get the bad bed, New Life Thrift?

Thinking of you all today and praying for a fast and full recovery...

Your friends at New Life Thrift.

Jenny said...

We all love you and are praying for you. God has you in the palm of his hand.

Get Well Soon.


Jenny said...

What Cancer Cannot Do

There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

One of the most dreaded sentences a person might hear is:
“You have Cancer.”
Those words force a drill through the heart.

Yet cancer is so limited...

It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence,
It cannot destroy friendship,
It cannot shut out memories,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the spirit.
It cannot quench the power of the Resurrection!

If an incurable disease has invaded your life, refuse to let it
touch your spirit. Your body can be severely afflicted,
and you may have a great struggle. But if you keep trusting
in God’s love, your spirit will remain strong.

Why must I bear this pain? I cannot tell.
I only know the Lord does all things well.

And so trust God, my ALL in ALL,
For He will bring me through, what’er befall.

Our greatest enemy is not disease, but despair

Dolly & Dennis said...

You have shown courage and grace in facing adversity in your life, and you have the faith and trust in the Lord to carry you through this one. We are asking our prayer partners online to pray for you. Sending you love and prayers, Dolly & Dennis