I am now thyroid-free and hopefully cancer-free. At least I should be after I take a radioactive iodine pill. The surgeon found more growths in my thyroid than had showed up in the ultrasound. We thought it would be a pretty routine thyroidectomy, but Murphy’s Law kicked in and there were spider-web-like growths connecting everything. It must have been a nightmare to cut out. And I’m a red-head so I bled more than most people. It took almost twice as long as they had planned. My back neck was so messed up from it that I had a monster headache for three days. Then my calcium kept dropping, so I had to stay in the hospital one day longer. They gave me an ice pack for my neck the second night and I got a few minutes of sleep. Hospitals are no place to rest. Now I am home and feeling pretty well.
The doctors were great. The nurses were awesome. How do they last through those 12-hour shifts where they are almost constantly running? And keep smiling? And the CNAs were mostly great too, except for the one who gave a busted lip while washing my face. All these people make the best of a bad situation. Thank you!