February 10th

I finally (FINALLY!) got a date for my surgery, February 10th.  My surgeon is young, and very personable, which is suprising.  I was expecting an older grump, since surgeons usually do their best work when the patient is nonresponsive.  I was a little worried at first, because she was young, but my mom thought to ask, “How many of these have you done?”  She answered, “I do 200-300 a year.  On average i do six a week.  Thyroidectomies are all I do.”  That made me feel better.  She’s pushing my to have a complete thyroidectomy, and while that was the last thing I wanted to do, I’m actually thinking I’ll do it now. 

1 If I leave part of my thyroid in, and the nodule they remove is cancer, I”ll have to go back for surgery within the week. 

2 I already have a tiny nodule on the left side of my thyroid, which we’ll have to watch to see if that grows and needs a biopsy, and potentially surgery.  So, even if my nodule is benign, I will still potentially need more ultrasounds, biopsies, and surgery down the road, whether it’s one year from now or 20 years from now.

3 Even with half of my thyroid remaining, I will still likely need thyroid replacement therapy, since half the thyroid likely will not be enough to avoid medication.

4 I will eventually have to be on thyroid replacement therapy.  I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease that targets the thyroid, and eventually results in hypo (or hyper) thyroidism.  This could be 20 years from now, or much sooner.  My grandmother went on thyroid replacement therapy in her early 30’s. 

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