Monday, April 03, 2006

Surgery planned

I went to the Ear Nose and Throat doc today. She did a vocal cord test which was as bad as getting a pap smear. They numb the back of your throat and clear out your nose and then stick the camera tube thru your nose and into your throat and make you talk while they watch and take pictures. My eyes were watering and my nose was runny and I looked like a big bawl baby. It was uncomfortable and annoying. But the good news is that my thyroid and the nodules are not constricting on my vocal cords or esophagus.

Well then she said that she had talked to my OB and its okay to go ahead with the surgery. They have a certain general anesthesia in mind to use for me. So we scheduled surgery for the 19th. After they cut me open they will either take just the left side, but probably the whole thyroid. Then I will have to take a pill to compensate for the thyroid hormone for the rest of my life. After I deliver the baby I will have a radioactive iodine test to see if there are any pieces of thyroid left producing hormones in there. Then I will have to get blood tests and x-rays every 6 months for the first five years to make sure there is no cancer left.

The next couple weeks are going to be so busy for me with all these sucky appointments.I have to go back to the ENT on the 11th for a history and physical. Then the Endocrinologists on the 12th to get my blood test results and another thyroid sonogram. He wants to make sure that my thyroid is definitely overactive so he knows what dose of thyroid hormone pills to give me after the surgery. The fact that it is overactive is another reason to get it out ASAP cause it is causing me to not gain as much weight as I should for the pregnancy. I am almost 7 months preg and they all think I look like 4 or 5 months. Then more blood tests and a chest x-ray at the hospital on the 13th.
Then we are going back to KS for the weekend for Easter dinners. Then surgery on the 19th.

So many sucky dr offices. I just hate taking Aidan in those places. DH gets off work and watches him most of the time so that I dont have to take him IN the appointment with me, but he really likes the waiting rooms, and the waiting rooms make me freak cause I dont want him catching something cause I really dont want any of us sick right now.

My mom plans on coming up and staying with us during the surgery cause I will have to be in the hospital for 2 days and then on bedrest for 2 weeks after. She is going to take Aidan back to KS with her when she leaves since I have to be on bedrest. They better do the surgery early in the morning cause I wont be able to eat before the surgery. They DO know that I am 25 weeks pregnant. I dont even know if I will be able to eat much after the surgery either though, depending on how much my throat hurts.

Ok enough blabbering. Now you all know the 411 on my situation. I never thought I would be 6 months pregnant and having surgery for cancer.

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