Today I had my consult with the surgeon who will performing my thyroidectomy. He impressed me as soon as he walked in the door. My endocrinologist already spoke with him about my case so he was familiar with who I was and that I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta. He is the head of surgery which is also pretty nice to know! He told me that thyroidectomies are one of the most painless surgeries. He said the recovery time is about a week. He asked when I wanted to schedule the surgery and I told him that our niece and nephew were coming to visit on March 6th, so I either wanted the surgery asap or wait until after they leave so I’ll be able to enjoy my time with them. He told me his surgery schedule is usually very busy but he just had a cancellation for this coming Wednesday, February 18th. He told me he would be happy to let me fill that spot so I’d be good to go for March! So, obviously I booked that date.
I asked him about the risks of damage to my parathyroid glands. If this were to occur, I would need to take calcium supplements. He told me he has never damaged someone’s parathyroid glands. Sounds good to me! I also asked if he would be placing a drain inside of my neck after the surgery because I have read that sometimes surgeon’s do this. He said absolutely not…another plus! My thyroid will be sent to a patholigist who will do several biopsies on it to test it for that nasty C word. He said it will take about a week for those results. He again reassured me that even if it is cancer, there is a 99% cure rate.
So, I just got home from Target. I got my prescription for Synthroid filled. I will start taking this on Thursday as a replacement for my thyroid hormones. This is the cute little blue pill that I will be taking for the rest of my life. My endo started me on 75 mcg, but I’m not sure if that dose will change in the future. It will all depend on my TSH levels.
I really am relieved that by next week this time I will be home from the hospital and on my way to recovery. The surgery will be OVER! I called my mom to tell her all the information and she said I sounded much much better, optimistic, and excited even that I have a set date. I suppose in a way I am. It just means being one step closer to putting this awful crappy experience behind me.