A Thyroid Fairy, A Surgeon and a Patient Walk into an Operating Room
My apologies, I gave you not a thought for more than 50 years. Until you began protruding from my neck, I took you for granted. When we finally were introduced, they used the dreaded “C” word. Oh, that was a scary day, indeed. But alas, person after person told me how lucky I was, that if I had to have cancer, you were the best one to handle it, and so my confidence went undaunted. (I have since checked those people out, funny they have no scars on their neck). As I awaited the inconvenience of a surgery, I likened this to having my wisdom teeth extracted, after all you are both in my head. So it was imagined, a bunch of doctors take us into an operating room, do their thing, “poof” the Thyroid Fairy appears (distant cousin of the Tooth Fairy), she “pings” me with her magic wand – and I live happily ever.
Wrong! My dear Thyroid, I think that the Thyroid Fairy was snorting the nitrous oxide and forgot to “ping” me because other than a warm fuzzy tingling in my fingers, (silly me thought it was just an after shock from her magic wand), this is apparently far from over. If one more person tells me how lucky I am, I think I might just scream, I take that back, I can no longer scream without you, talk loudly yes, but talking loudly just does not have the same impact.
So where do we go from here, dear Thyroid? Next week we are assessed for radiation treatment. Cannot wait to find out what that’s all about – apparently we drink it and stay away from all living things for a few days – yes, you heard that right – we stay away from all other living things – but yet they expect us to drink it! I am not sure how you feel about it – but Thyroid my dear – I am scared shitless – well, of course, that is just a figure of speech – ‘cause we both know with all this calcium we are taking – we are far from shitless.
Thinking of you often and I am sure that you will be hearing from me again when this “radiation thingy” starts.
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