More Thyroid Stuff

I had my pre-op yesterday for my thyroid surgery which is taking place next week. I was at the hospital for over two hours, saw a nurse and a consultant, and they couldn’t be more different in the answers they gave me to my questions:-

Q – How long before I can look after Jake on my own?
Nurse – 3-4 weeks
Doctor – A few days

Q – How long will I be in hospital?
Nurse – Probably 2 nights
Doctor – Possibly the same day, if not, the day after

Q – How long until I can go to the gym again?
Nurse – About a month
Doctor – Whenever you feel ready, just go easy on things that can stretch my scar

Q – When will my follow up appointment be?
Nurse – 6 weeks after
Doctor – 2 weeks because we are sending your biopsy off as urgent.

Hmmm, so I’m going to go with what the doc said I think.

Starting to feel really nervous. Not about the surgery, but the waiting and the results. I feel like I felt 9 months ago when I was waiting for my chest operation. I knew it was more than a cyst, I knew it was cancer, and I’m getting the same feelings this time. I know I can’t be certain of anything until I get my results, but I’m thinking the worst.

I said to the doctor yesterday: “Realistically, what are we looking at?” He kept using the word suspicious and that we could be dealing with a malignancy, but he’d be very surprised if it was lymphoma related as it didn’t respond to treatment, and again mentioned the 70:30 chance that it would be OK, but the more I think about it, the more I think that those aren’t great odds. Especially since this is me we’re talking about.  It was bad enough telling my mum I had one type of cancer, I don’t think I could handle telling her “Well actually, Mum, you know I had Hodgkin’s and I kicked it? Well now I’ve got thyroid cancer too.” Not really sure how she’d cope with that.

The last time I had a pre-op, I cried because of how big and scary the surgery was that I’m having. This time, I managed to wait until the car until I cried, and had a big cry today too.

It goes without saying that when I know, I shall be using the whole social network thing to let you all know!


4 responses to “More Thyroid Stuff

  • Susan Mann

    Hugs and I will be thinking about you. It is a bit ridiculous how they can both give such different answers. x

  • marketingtomilk

    OH my darling, so cruel and unfair that you have to go through this again. But you are strong, i can hear that. I have all my fingers and toes crossed for you.


  • Vesna Davis

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m so sorry you have to be going through this now after just beating Hodgkin’s. I will be thinking of you. As for nurses and doctors, sometimes I listen to the nurses more because they actually spend more time with the patients than some doctors do, especially surgeons. I know. My brother is a surgeon. Patients also feel more comfortable with sharing more with the nurse because at least a nurse will respond with empathy. Good luck, my best wishes, and I will include you in my prayers.


  • Kirsten

    I’m thinking about you and sending you lots of positive energy vibes!

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