Thycancerrific, And… Seriously?!
In early 2007, I tossed you onto the pile of bio-hazardous special waste at the university hospital. You were cancerous, and I, well, actually since I was unconscious, it was my Doc that decided to part with you.
Since I also had a throat cancer that needed to be e-radiated and e-chemo-swatted, it took quite some time before I learned the benefits of the famous low-iodine diet for my ablation. (“Ablation” is when they give you a pill that strongly glows in the dark, when they lock you up for a few days, so that the radioactivity can go after any remnant thyroid cells that might still be in your body). Anyway getting back to the diet, oh what a pleasure. No cheese, no eggs, no fish, no butter, no milk, no salt, and on, and on. We’re talking BLAND big time. They want to starve your body of iodine, so that the radioactivity works better.
Of course, they also take you OFF your thyroid meds. Great idea! You become grumpy, really grumpy; and very, very, very tired indeed.
Then they give you the radioactive pill. And tell you to flush at least twice when you pee and to treat tissue paper as hazardous waste. And, they even give you a sack with a huge radioactive sign on it, to dispose of stuff, like your undies.
It was fun I tell ya!
Now, I am still fighting the roller coaster of adjusting my thyroid levels. They give me one pill that makes my heart race, and then try a different dose of another type of pill; and I am literally exhausted by all of it because I am bouncing between HYPOthyroid and HYPERthyroid, meaning either too much, or too little.
After a while, one gets really tired of being; tired. GRRRRRR!
Thanks, Dear Thyroid of Mine, wherever you are!
HD in Oregon
(Bio) I am HD, which is short for Hans-Dieter, a good old German first name. I’m 60 years old, and am retired in beautiful Oregon. In February of 2007, I was diagnosed with cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) of the neck. While in surgery they also found the thyroid to be cancerous, and took it out, too. Then in the same summer, I contracted yet a third cancer on my arm. Three of them for good measure! Now, I am a little scarred around my neck and arm, but I can live with that, emphasis of course is on “live” !!! ;-). Visit HD’s blog.
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