Friday, February 3, 2023

Bye Bye Thyroid!

One week ago, I had the second half of my thyroid removed. This leaves me on medication for the rest of my life. I am also taking calcium tablets as my levels dropped in hospital, so I’m having them rechecked next week.

I had a meltdown in hospital on Sunday. I haven’t had a huge amount over the last year, but I have had a couple. I’m just done. I’ve got no fight left anymore. I can’t do it. I’m done.

I can’t bear the thought of going through the radio-iodine treatment and being in hospital in isolation, and then being away from my little boy for some weeks after. So I’m talking to my consultant when I see him and telling him I’m not having it done yet. I spoke to my key-worker about this on Monday and he said that I won’t be the first person who has chosen to do that. I just want some life for a bit. I want to have another baby, I don’t want to be away from my son any more. I’ve been in hospital enough over the last year and it’s unsettling for him.

This operation left me feeling much worse than last time. I’m was in more pain. I was in hospital an extra 2 nights, I had a drain in for an extra 36 hours, my stitches were in for longer, I feel constantly nauseous and my voice is yet to return one week after the surgery was done.

My little boy keeps pointing at my wound saying “hurt, poorly, hurt” and kissing it better for me, which is very sweet.

I just need a break. I want to bring some happiness back into all of our lives, is that such a bad thing?

This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Jeannette Hays

    I felt the exact same way last Jan. Take the time you need to find your happiness, your fight, and recharge. Don’t take too long. Come back full force.

  2. Judy Jeute

    Man I wish I knew what to say…except that your body is telling you it is time to rest…just for a bit. Healing vibes coming your way.

  3. Aimie

    I had the left half removed last week and after my pathology came back as Thyroid cancer, I am going back tomorrow for the right half to be removed. my neck is healing nicely and starting to feel normal again, I am not looking forward to get it all cut open again.
    My Endo said I will get an appointment to discuss RAI about in about six weeks, to give me plenty of time to get over TT.

    Hang in there and keep fighting.

  4. Angelica Lopez

    Hi! I am 37 yr old and just finished my first RAI a week ago. I had a total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer on the left side. When I was under, the doctor found cancerous cells on the right side. So I’m pretty new at this. Just started my synthroid meds and feel better. I feel like it’s all a dream but can’t wake up from it. So now i have to drink this medication for the rest of my life, not to mention I am also diabetic. If I have to hear “If your going to have cancer, this is the best one to have” one more time. I think I’m going to scream.

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