So Thursday was doctor day. I was hoping I’d float in, get a clean bill of health and float back out. That wasn’t to be. I didn’t get a horrible report but one to keep me on guarded.
On Tuesday I had gone in and had blood work done. This day was the day to talk about the results.
My Thyroglobulin Tumor Marker level was at 2.1. If it gets to 10, I’d have to go through the radioactive iodine treatment again. If it’s over 2 my doctor worries that there’s a chance of re-occurrence of cancer….under 2 she is concerned-but not worried. The goal is to get it undetectable. That’s when we’d feel really good and don’t worry. So that’s where I am.
Right now the plan is to increase the dose of medicine that I am on. We have to be careful with that though as I can end up with heart palpitations, anxiety and other symptoms. After I do that for six weeks we will be back to blood testing again. If I can tolerate that amount of medicine we might have to increase again at that time. Then in October I am back for a full work up to see the results of the increased meds.
I’m all good and fine with that. I’m happy there is a plan of action.
The part that I didn’t know, and am not encouraged about, is that this type of cancer has a 30% re-occurrence. Sometimes it can re-occur ten or more years from now. That’s all great if I’m on the 70% side..on the 30% side, not so great.
The bottom line, I’m working with the doctor and feel okay with my numbers.
While I was there I talked with her about my diabetes. Normally I see my family nurse practitioner. She put me on diabetes meds. Talking with the endocrinologist, she would not have put me on meds. Hmm…She said as long as I’m on them to stay there. I’m on the lowest dose. She said to stay on the meds and encouraged me to be a little more diligent about what I’m eating-or not eating. So that’s the plan. She did a much better job with explaining my numbers and how I am to react to them. That was the first time this was really explained to me.
I also asked why my A1C (blood sugar) test number increased in the last six months. She told me that with everything my body has been through in the last six months could easily have raised that number. She said don’t worry about it now.
So all in all the appointment very informational. I’m glad I went and glad we have a plan.
Stay tuned….it seems more medical appointments are coming my way.