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Two Week Post-Op Update

by Danie on January 29, 2013

IMG_2841 The month of January and Thyroid Awareness Month is winding down. Back in December, I posted that my fat neck would be having a thyroidectomy in January and realized I hadn’t written anything since–so here’s the follow up post…

Believe it or not, the surgery wasn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated. Recuperating from gallbladder surgery (15 years ago) was far worse. The hospital, doctors, nurses and support staff were truly excellent.

As it turned out, I did not need to have a full thyroidectomy, only a hemi-thyroidectomy. After the surgery, I received the best possible diagnosis–BENIGN! A week later, my blood work showed we that the remaining half of my thyroid is compensating nicely for the missing half and that means (at least for now) I won’t need medication.

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Post surgery and looking grim. Boo!

 

Look guys, Hookahs!!

Look guys, Hookahs!! This hospital is so fun!

 

Home from the hospital and having a party in my bed with my girlfriends.

One Day post-op: Home from the hospital and having a party in my bed with my girlfriends. They’re the best friends a girl could ask for–they brought flowers, soup and baked treats.

Many thanks to all our wonderful friends who sent flowers, gifts, cards, prayers, emails and food. It was so sweet of you to think of me. I felt so lucky to have supportive and thoughtful friends in my life.

 

Two days post-op--surrounded by the people who love me.

Two days post-op: a little rougher than day 1, but surrounded by my family.

 

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One week post-op: bandages and sutures removed. Frankly, I was a little pissed off that my scar was twice the size of Brooke Burke’s and I’d had half the amount of thyroid removed. What the what? That’s my best “I’m not impressed” expression.

 

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Two weeks post-op: my scar is healing well. Scarguard is my friend. Yeah, still not impressed. I wear scarves. A lot.

A little reminder that although January has almost ended, it still it is Thyroid Awareness Month. If there’s one thing I’d like to stress about thyroid problems and general health, it’s that YOU know YOUR body. Advocate for yourself. If the first doctor says, “It’s probably nothing,” and the second doctor says, “It’s all in your head,” find a third doctor or as many as it takes until one finally listens! Here’s how to Check Your Neck for thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer.

So there you have it. I’m healthy and well. I’m sleeping better at night–no snoring or choking like before surgery–and I’m waking up feeling more rested than I have in six months. I haven’t had headaches or ear pain, although I don’t know if that was from a pressing thyroid nodule or the stress of wondering if I had cancer for the past six months. The next hurdle is JB’s vocal surgery later this week. Have we been a mess around here or what?!

I hope your 2013 is off to a great start!

 

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