Friday, October 10, 2014
TGIF! Update.., Health Watch
Good morning dear readers,
I hope all is well in your world. Today, I decided to write a short post to give you an update on what's happening in mine.
Early last month, I had a thyroidectomy due to the continued growth of a thyroid goiter. Thank God no cancer. Before the surgery, I experienced breathing difficulty and had trouble with getting a good night rest. Other symptoms included fatigue, hair loss, and weight gain.
Now I am working with doctors to determine the best hormone replacement therapy. This can be tricky because no therapy works for all people. The doctor prescribed the lowest dosage and conducts periodic assessments. Already my therapy has been doubled. The blood work revealed low hormones and I am/was experiencing severe headaches, joint pain, inability to concentrate, dry skin, and continued hair loss (Yikes! More on that in a separate post.)
Usually, I shy away from talking too much about super serious personal life events. But I felt it was important to talk a little bit about my recent surgery. Partly because you may notice a small scar at the base of my neck in future photos. And as the doctor searches for the right therapy, my appear may continue to change.
The advancements in medicine are remarkable. I must say that the procedure was not as bad as I thought it would be. Dr. Michael Friedman is one of the top ENT's in the country performing over 4000 thyroid surgeries. He took special care with making the incision in the crease of my neck. I only had four stitches. Part of the incision appeared to have been "glued" together with some type of adhesive. Now, the challenge is to find the correct hormone replacement therapy for me.
A good thing..,
I was able to do a little sewing. And I do mean a little. The over shadowing post-op symptoms only allowed me to sew for short periods of time; one or two hours on days I felt strong enough to do so. Reviews are coming. The garments that I made are with Mood Fabric. So I'll post on the Mood Sewing Network first. Then the full reviews and photos will be posted on my blog.
That's all for now. Thank you and have a fantastic weekend!