Re: half a thyroid??? Meds??
I also had a partial thyroidectomy (right lobe) due to a suspicious nodule. The fine needle biopsy indicated that it contained 'type A' pre-cancerous cells and thus it had to come out. The full biopsy from the surgery confirmed that diagnosis, that it was suspicious but not yet malignant. My doctor explained it to me in full medical terms (which of course I didn't have a clue what he was talking about) and then broke it down in a simpler explanation that I could better grasp. He said that the lab results from the surgery indicated that many characteristics of malignancy were present, but not all characteristics to make it cancerous. He indicated that it most likely was in the "late stages" of pre-cancerous. Would it have turned malignant? or would it have always remained just "suspicious"? No one knows. At any rate, they did only a partial on me and I have had no problems with any kind of reoccurance in over 4 years. Based on my own experiences, and on the reseach I have done since then, I would guess you will be fine with a partial also. Usually they pause surgery for a short time to run a lab while you are out on the table, if there is any indication from the lab that there could be a cancerous situation, they take the whole thyroid. I'd follow my doctor's advice if I were you.
Best of luck to you. I was one of the fortunate ones that healed very quickly from my surgery and was back at work within a few days. Hope you are too!