Well here I am…I am one week out from my radioactive iodine treatment for my thyroid cancer…I had hoped to feel better by now. I don’t.
I had hoped that with being able to take my thyroid meds again that everything would be improving and I do think it slowly is, I’m not doing the best. Friday thankfully Kalissa had the day off and played chauffeur for me. I ended up the doctor-still not released to drive much so it was Kalissa to the rescue.
Overnight Thursday into Friday morning I woke in the night sure that I had a stroke. Things had started the day before. The right side of my tongue had been acting like it was “asleep”. I woke to find the whole side of my face down my neck and into my upper right arm were asleep. It seemed localized there. It wasn’t painful but everything was asleep. I had told you earlier that limbs that “fall asleep” was something I had been suffering with as a side effect of being hypothyroid. The longer I laid there, the more I lamented.
I finally woke Hubby up and told him. He was sleepy and didn’t realize how serious I felt it was. Finally I told him either he listen to me and take me seriously or I was calling Kalissa. That perked him up and he did a few tests on me. I passed them all. He assured me it was part of being hypothyroid but maybe I should get it checked out in the morning. As I laid there I remember some jaw exercised my chiropractor had me do one time after my jaw was screwed up after a dentist procedure. I did them and did get some relief from them. That helped me feel a little better. Eventually I fell back to sleep.
In the morning I called Kalissa and she agreed I should be it checked out. I made a doctor appointment. We went to Decorah.
We were in the doctor’s office. He tested me. He ended up calling the neurologist on call.
They consulted and decided on some blood testing. Then we made an appointment for an MRI for the end of next week. If things get better, the appointment will be cancelled. If I needed it, we’ll continue on with the appointment. We all felt comfortable with that plan.
I then talked to Kalissa and we agreed that maybe a trip to the chiropractor might be order too. She was able to get us in….only problem, she’s in New Hampton. So on to New Hampton which for those of you who don’t know is is past our house in the complete opposite direction.
Kalissa got an appointment too. She’d been having a hip trouble due to pregnancy. Lucky we got an appointment in a timely manner.
Let me say, my chiropractor is WONDERFUL.
Through this all, she listened and was more concerned about the “whole” of me than any other medical person that I’ve seen throughout this whole process. She convinced me to slow down a bit. She suggested some type of “Ensure” type drink to my nutrition back to where it should be. She suggested a little less sewing and little more rest. She was very polite, considerate and helpful. She suggested that I work hard to not sleep on my right side (the one that was bothering me). She suggested some stretches and exercises to help after using the long arm and some for my chin/face that was “asleep”. Then she adjust me. My neck was out of wack.
I left feeling pretty good….the best mentally in months.
Gradually over the day, the “asleep” feeling in my tongue, face, neck and down my arm has gotten a bit better. It’s not good yet but definitely an improvement. It’s enough that it’s not so scary.
All of this will hopefully clear in the next couple days as I gradually become less hypothyroid. Sadly, there isn’t a magical shot that takes a person from hypothyroid to normal. It’s a medicine that has to build in the blood. Everyone I saw today does think the main cause of the difficulty is hypothyroid. The MRI is just scheduled as precautionary in case things don’t clear by then. I’d have an appointment just in case it doesn’t get better.
So it’s a “be patient Jo” plan. That’s always my least favorite plan. Everyone thought I did the right thing to have it checked…just sad they couldn’t do more.
Just to add insult to injury. When the chiropractor adjusted me she said that I do have a couple moles on my back that need attention and likely need to be removed. Oh well, the deductible is met. What’s another office procedure at this point?!
So that’s where I am today….Thankful that I have Kalissa to chauffeur me around and thankful that I haven’t had a stroke.