The Thing with the Fish…. Or Thyfish Cravings
So yesterday I went out and had Sushi. Lots of Sushi!!, Lots of Fish and scaly and crusty sea creatures. Definitely iodine overdosed, one could say. – Thanks to you, Dear Thyroid, – or more specifically ‘lack’ of you and your functions -, I had to be on this, infamous “low iodine diet” for two weeks again.
Oh I really enjoy this particular diet. Breakfast was the one I looked forward to the most; dry bread with some jelly or marmalade. No butter (nope, can’t have that, is dairy, and that has iodine in it). Bread itself was a problem also, luckily dear wife knows how to bake it so that it doesn’t have the i-word in it. Fried eggs were out (egg jokes contain the offending element), and ham and bacon was out also, because of the curing process and the salt involved.
At lunch time I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to go out and
have a lovely sandwich somewhere. But hold it, — no, not so
good an idea; never know what kind of salt they use. Most commercial restaurants use, of course, iodized salt.
Dinners were actually not bad on the diet. Dear wife knows how to cook around problems like dairy or fish. – Even managed to make some plum galettes (a type of sweet danish pastry) without butter. Was really yummy.
Then we had guests over and they invited us out to dinner. Whooops, no can do!, Better cook some i-less stuff at home. – Cheese it out, fish is out, and soy products are out also. Hmmm.
The first week was bearable. I grumbled, I mumbled. – But it was ok. — Then in the second week the hallucinations started. I began to dream of fish platters, of shrimps and crab , then of flying hams and bacon pieces, of cereal with yoghurt, or of a beloved piece of chocolate.
As time went on it got worse. I was reading a book about George Washington, and there he was, the infamous Eggs Benedict Arnold. Soon I felt headless like the poor king of France, Crab Louis the 14th.
Luckily yesterday the spook ended, — but first I got another fright: received a phone call early in the morning of my full body scan for thyroid cancer remnants (thus the need for the diet in the first place) that the machine was out of order and a repair person was summoned. Well, I thought if they have to order parts, and that will take a few days, my Thyrogen injections will have worn out, and I will have to repeat the damn procedure, diet and all! — But luckily the scanner was repaired by 4 o’clock, and after 90 minutes on my back, by 6 pm I was inserting the first piece of delicious Maguro (that is raw tuna) into my iodine starved mouth.
I feel better now.
P.S.: Of course it will be a few days until I have the results. Till then “Bon Appetit”.
HD in Oregon