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Old 12-01-2004, 05:44 PM   #1
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Surgery survivor! All good news...

As some of you know I was last here on 11/13. Had surgery 11/18. They removed only the left side of my thyroid, as the nodule which had atypical biopsy results was on that side, & I had only cysts on the right side. Pathologist thought benign on frozen section; final report confirmed benign. No complications, no damage to recurrent laryngeal nerve, no damage to parathyroids, no calcium problem.I'm to have repeat ultrasound & TSH in 3 months--if anything grows bigger, I'll have to have surgery to remove the right side. If I feel tired I'm supposed to call up & get prescription for thyroid hormone. So far so good!

Surgery: bottom line: EASY. Couldn't eat/drink anything incl. water from midnite on & surgery scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, so had a terrific headache by late a.m. from dehydration/caffeine deprivation. They gave me IV fluids & 2 tylenol w/a sip of water. IV fluids made me feel less pathetic but headache persisted. Got going about 2:30 p.m. I think--they got me into operating room & I was just about to climb on to the operating table when the nurse said she was giving me Versed in IV--then lights out until I woke up (sort of) in recovery room. Still had headache. No pain at surgery site. Sore throat, hurt to swallow--this I understand is from the breathing tube inserted during surgery. One drain left in. Became fully aware at about 6 p.m. I think, in hosp room. Liquid dinner--jello etc. Lots of fooling around with IV antibiotics, drain suction, trying to pee, & so on, mixed with interesting conversations with one of my roommates who was much sicker than I. I was wide awake, but the nurse made me turn out lites & TV at 11 p.m. I took one of 2 Vicodin they said I could have, not because of any surg. pain but still had awful headache. Didn't work, so I took the other one about 1:30 a.m. Threw up at 3, they shot Fenergan into my IV for nausea, & I was fast asleep from about 5 to 6:30 when a whole gang of drs. came in to see my other roommate & put all the lights on! Well, as I said, I didn't care because I wasn't sleepy anyway. I think maybe the headache was gone by then. Never did take another pain killer--no pain. I stayed over another night because they were giving me antibiotics IV while I still had the drain in, and they didn't want to remove until the drainage was less than 30 ml/day. No big deal, but drove my hubby nuts as he was staying in Motel 6 & they said I could go & then said I couldn't go. Personally I was just as happy to stay--felt weird (mentally--too many poison gases I guess!). Slept soundly, (except for nurse interruption at 3 a.m. to take bp & at 5 a.m. to hang antibiotics) & left hospital Sat. a.m.

Sat I took 2 naps, Sun one nap, Mon no naps. Sat I can't remember, but Sunday & Monday I know I didn't feel like myself--felt depressed & uninterested & tired, but better every day. Hurt to swallow, but each day improved. (Somehow it didn't ever hurt to swallow when I was eating food! Ha ha.) I think that lasted about a week. Mood returned to normal on Tuesday, the 5th day after surgery, as did energy level, & has been 100 % since. Never did fill Vicodin prescription: took 2 tylenol when I got home from the hospital & that was it. Never any pain at incision site, but feels funny--numb to the touch, but when I swallow, I can feel a sort of "tugging" on the front of my neck--surgeon says this will last about 3 months. Was able to turn head without discomfort also on Tuesday so driving no problem. Haven't seen incision yet--still has tape on it, I'm supposed to wait for it to fall off. Can't be more than a couple of inches long.

So to all who helped me so much during the run-up to this surgery, THANK YOU! & to all who are contemplating it--I gotta say, it was no big deal! I did my homework, got a surgeon who does 150 to 200 thyroid/parathyroid operations per year. I think it was harder on hubby than on me.

One oddball thing: my nodule was 2.5 cm in largest dimension on ultrasound, but the path report states 1.1 cm in largest dimension. Either it grows & shrinks, or ultrasound isn't very accurate!

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Old 12-01-2004, 06:04 PM   #2
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Re: Surgery survivor! All good news...

That is awesome to hear...especially cause I might be in there next and was worried. Congratulations on a successful operation.

Old 12-02-2004, 05:51 AM   #3
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Re: Surgery survivor! All good news...

Just got a needle aspiration last week. Indeterminent. So see surgeon on Friday. But, my blood pressure is in the 130/85 range on an intermittant basis. Is this going to have an impact on whether/when he'll do surgery? Also, what was your original post/thread? I have a feeling that if I read it, it may answer a lot of questions for me. Thanks.

Old 12-02-2004, 05:52 AM   #4
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Re: Surgery survivor! All good news...

Great to hear your ok
That's wonderful news , made me smile

( I was just the same after my surgery ,
hurt to swallow but not when eating !!! )
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Old 12-02-2004, 06:01 AM   #5
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Re: Surgery survivor! All good news...

Glad to hear you are doing well!!

I am getting surgery in Jan, so it was awesome to hear such fine details!!



Old 12-02-2004, 06:05 AM   #6
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Re: Surgery survivor! All good news...

Whoops. Talk about self-centered. I didn't even tell you how glad I am that you're ok. My best friend is a naturalpathic nut (it all works for her - sooooo). She says that lavender oil is good for smoothing out scars. But it has to be the good (pure) stuff like you'd get at a health food store. I'm planning on trying it.

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