The Pathology Report

On Tuesday when I got the biopsy done on the nodules on my thyroid I was told it would be 48-72 hours….well Thursday afternoon was 48 hours and today at 3 pm was 72 hours.  Being it was Friday I decided I was going to let my impatience show and call.

I was told that I should call back at 4:15 because the results weren’t in yet but if called later, everyone would likely be gone…UGH.  I hate Friday afternoons and doctor schedules.

I called at 4:10.  They couldn’t reach anyone so I left a message….then I decided to call back.  I told the receptionist my problem.  She said she’d see if anyone was still around.  She came back on the line and said no…then said wait I’ll try another number.  She did and I got someone.  The results still weren’t in.  I’d have to wait until Monday.  I was a little rude I’ll admit but I calmly asked if this was normal.  She said yes.  They I said it might make it easier on patients if they didn’t say 48-72 hours if they couldn’t deliver that.  She told me to expect a call on Monday.

I was bummed.  I just want this to keep moving and until the report came back I couldn’t.  The kids have been inquiring and Hubby has too.  I just hate to tell them nothing now wait until Monday.

Well at 5pm the doctor ended up calling.My right nodule is benign.  The left is the undetermined category.
My options are:
-send it for further testing
-have another biopsy done in 3 months
-just have it removed

I am going with just having it removed.  I was leaning towards that anyway.  I know I’m going to end up with a daily pill and a scar but my ear pain will go away.  I won’t have the swallowing irritation and I won’t have to continue to have biopsies.

I told the doctor that I want to be referred to the surgeon…She told me she’ll put in for a surgeon appointment…they’ll call me Monday to set that up.  I’ll have an appointment first and then surgery scheduled for after that.  I guess I wasn’t able to keep things moving and an appointment in the book but at least I know the results…  For now I guess I’ll take that.

Thanks so much for the cards I’ve been getting in the mail, the comments and well wishes.  You guys are the best.

18 thoughts on “The Pathology Report”

  1. So glad the doctor called you back. I would do the surgery, too. Hopefully, they can schedule it soon. Hope you have time for some therapeutic sewing this weekend. :)

  2. I know how incredibly frustrating that sort of thing can be. I also know that if possible, most medical personal will contact you as soon as they can, but sometimes it’s after they see or talk to a person with more urgent needs. It never makes us happy to wait, but at least you’re making progress. Sending good thoughts, prayers and hugs for a fairly quick and healthy outcome.

  3. Thanks for letting us know your results. I still have you in my thoughts and prayers. Lets hope that they get this scheduled quickly.

  4. I agree with you about doctors giving a range of time for results and not delivering. They
    could just say next week and if they get the results sooner, let you know. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  5. Betty (from Canada)

    Hi from Canada-
    I knew you would have good news. Just remember to keep taking your pills. I have to put eye drops in every nite and I have a hard time remembering to do this as I have never had to take any medicine and I am 66 years old. Love your blog-keep it up.


  6. Just have both nodules removed so you won’t have to go through this again down the road. The surgeon will be in there anyway, might as well do both sides. If left alone, the other side could grow and give you the same problems again.

  7. I also have thyroid disease (Hashimotos), so I take a pill every day and have done so for the past 26 years. As long as they get your dosage right, you should be ok. Hope your surgery goes well! I’ll be thinking about you

  8. Good news, statistics are the other side is benign too. If it were me I’d have it removed too. Clear up the symptoms you’ve been having and get this behind you so you aren’t distracted any more and can focus on the good things in life, like family and fabric. Best wishes.

  9. Hi Jo-Sending you hugs and love from Cape Cod! Please know that all your readers are thinking of you and wishing you the best. It will be hard for you to slow down for a few weeks, I know that. You are such a good mom, now let the kids mother you!

  10. For decades, we meekly followed doctors’ orders without question or complaint, but we are finally standing up for ourselves and demanding our rights! Good for you for calling and continuing to call when you didn’t get an answer. I’m glad your doctor called (hate the ones who treat you like cattle) and I hope you told him/her that the deadlines given when you had the biopsy weren’t accurate…while that may seem like no big deal to the doc, when you are waiting for a life-altering call, it is unconscionable! Just say it will take a week and if it comes in earlier, gravy!!! I’m so glad your report came back just questionable – I think you are smart to go on the offense and deal with pills forever. Will pray for you and your family (hard on everyone) for a speedy, thorough recovery!

  11. I understand your concern with the response time. As far as the results go, I agree, it is probably better to just remove it. Hang it there. Thyroid pills are not a big deal.

    Take care.

  12. You might have ended up on medication eventually anyway. I’d do it too If I were you.
    I’ve been on Synthroid for years and it’s no big deal, once they get your dosage right.

  13. Sorry for the late response but I am so glad that the Doctor called you. You are in my prayers for your upcoming surgery. Keep your chin up!
    I have a friend that had both nodules removed and after 21 years of marriage she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy 4 months ago. She had surgery almost 10 years ago and she is doing great! Good luck.

  14. I think you did keep things moving. The doc gave you a choice of three things. You made the decision and move to the next step. Be kind to yourself as you would be to your hubby, kids, family, friends, and to us. Remember a quilt takes time and so do the other things in life, especially those which involve medical procedures and insurance companies.

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