I’ve had a couple people ask about my thyroid and what was happening with it. If you’ve missed out, I was told I had a nodules in my thyroid just before Christmas. I’ve been doctoring to find out what to do about it. Two are large. One tested benign and the other tested undetermined. Well I had an appointment yesterday and here’s the update.
I met with the surgeon in Lacrosse. He seemed awesome. He says he has a 99% success rate which is reassuring. The 1% issue is someone who ends up with a hoarse voice. They now have procedures to correct that should that happen…so hopefully it won’t be a problem but if I’m that 1% it sounds like we can fix it. That is one factor that made me say yes to surgery.
I could say no to the surgery for now and have another biopsy done. That test gets sent to California to a special lab. Typically 20% of them come back as cancerous. If it comes back negative, I would then be on schedule to have ultrasounds and biopsies annually to observe changes. That didn’t sound like fun.
I could have just half removed and then risk the other side going bad later on. A repeat surgery would have to be done.
We opted for surgery. It will happen February 25th. It is a three hour surgery. Surgery will include an over night stay. It doesn’t always but we live just over 90 miles away and he didn’t want me riding in a car that long or that far away if there should be a complication. He said he typically suggests taking a week off. I asked as in seven days or a week off work. He smiled and asked me what I wanted to take off. I said surgery on Thursday and back to work on Monday. He agreed but asked that I have help on Monday…so either Kelli or Kalissa will stop by and help a bit. I’m not worried about it as one of my families will be on maternity leave then.
I wish the surgery was happening sooner but am still VERY happy that a plan is in place.
but there’s more news…..
I’m having a colonoscopy this week. Friday is the big day. UGH.
My regular doctor had talked with me about it in December at the same time the nodules on my thyroid were found. I really, really, really wanted to put it off but a couple of years ago when Hubby turned 50 he just stepped right up and did it…no whining or reminding he just did it.
From my point of view it didn’t look fun but Hubby didn’t complain. In fact he said he couldn’t figure out why everyone thought it was a big deal. With his example in mind I made my appointment. This week I’m on diet of sorts. It doesn’t get real serious until Thursday. Then it’s a clear liquid diet and then time for the “clean you out” drink. That, I’m not excited about as I have trouble getting myself to drink a lot of anything but, I’m going to do it…and hopefully be a good example to all of you.
Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers….Knowing that is worth the bother of the colonoscopy.
I’ll let you know how it all goes…well not “how it all goes”. I’ll let you know about the PROCEDURE.
It seems it’s my turn for lots of doctor trips. Hopefully six month from now this will all be a memory.