Wednesday, September 22, 2010

thyriods - what's it good for?

Well, my 6 month follow up appointment to review the Thyroid scan that I had last week was today.  Results are that the nodule on the left has indeed grown, and is now larger than 3.5cm and therefore needs to come out.  So I am now planning to be out of work for 2-3 weeks at the end of October to have 1/2 (the left) of my thyroid taken out.  Last time I saw this dr I wasn't too happy with him or his attitude, he seemed more interested in showing off for some interns he had with him than in talking with me.  Today, it was just him, and he took the time to talk to me, explain things and while I feel he is still egotistical that isn't always a bad thing when you are talking to a surgeon - hey I want him to be the best at what he does too.
It appears there are some risks - that involve the vocal cords and some other things.  According to my doctor he is better than "what the books say" and that there is a less than 2% chance of any issues with him doing the surgery.  That is apparently based on the number of these operations he does.
I'll talk to my brother about what the dr had to say and about the plan for surgery to get his opinion, and/or that of his buddy that does these sort of things there where my brother practices.
I'll also talk to my mom about it.  She will worry, but then according to her, that is her job - mothers are supposed to worry.  At the moment I'm not too worried about any of it.  I'm glad it is just the one side, and that most likely nothing will be done on the other side unless they end up finding cancer on this side.  Apparently the nodes on the right are stable and not growing.  And the other big thing is that I won't be having to have another thin needle biopsy.  I guess I'm saying I'd rather have the surgery than to have them poke another one of those skinny needles in my neck and push it around trying to collect cells.
The one thing I find somewhat depressing is that my thyriod levels are "great", or if anything my thyroid is over producing.  Which I'm told is good sign that the surgery will end up having no effect on my needing thyroid meds.
Oh and one other thing the dr shared was that might not be such a good thing, and that is that the prognosis of this not being cancer does have one problem.  Apparently I'm "old".  Sometimes I do feel old, other times I wonder where the years went, and forget myself.  Anyway, according to the dr who says he's my age, we are above the age where thyriod issues normally show up.  So being mid-late 40's almost 50 is "old". So perhaps I should worry now that there is cancer.  But then why borrow trouble.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Been a while since I posted.  Life has been busy.  Which is a good thing.  Spent Labor day weekend camping with M up at the PA Grand Canyon for a 4 day weekend.  Got to site see.  I'm not sure what I expected. But it isn't like the Grand Canyon, but it is a huge gorge.  Lots more forest and trees.  We biked along the rail trail - which parallels the river at the bottom of the gorge.  At most it is a 2% grade.  The temps were cold.  In the 50's and dropped into the 40's at night.  That's cold when you are staying in a tent.  But we did ok.  We have a huge tent - 10'x20' with room to stand in it.  divides into two rooms.  Basically we have more room that many of the RV's that were staying beside us.  The following weekend we took another long 4 day weekend camping trip down to the shore.  Went down in Delaware and stayed at Cape Henlopen which is outside of Lewes.  Again we stayed in the huge tent. Temps were great - in the 60's - 70's.  We biked everywhere from camp.  Some great trails, and unlike roads here at home, they have lots of bike lanes, and are familiar with the idea of sharing the road.  Here in PA where we live, even on the "bike routes" there is rarely a bike lane, and motorists are rude.  Most roads also don't have sidewalks either so if you walk or ride you trust traffic to pay attention.  The weekend before Labor Day we also had a nice weekend, at home, just the two of us.  W had gone off to visit one of his women friends - he's quite the casanova. 
Which is great.  He's a sweet guy, in good shape for 70, and loves life.  Who says life has to end when you get to be a senior citizen.  Apparently that includes an active sex life.  I don't want details, but I'm happy to know he is able to have fun.  Long as no one gets hurt - what's the harm?  One problem he has is trying to juggle mutliple women at the same time.  He is back here now, and has one of his ex's visiting from Co.  But I think he really likes this one that he just got back from visiting.  So guess at some point he will have to decide if he is going to settle down.  M claims that now that we have her dad living with us, I should now understand her better, her sister just says I must be a saint to deal with living with both M & W, LOL.
Right now, I have a slight delima and am having to research a product that W's new g/f is swearing is the cure for everything.  W has bought into the speil, which my gut is saying do you hear "snake oil?" or pyramid scheme? Come on, drink the koolaid and you too can believe.  Apparently there is a whole line of products.  Including some sort of stuff W put on his face which cleared up his rosacea while he was in SC. The juice drink is supposed to give you all sorts of energy, help people with MS, help people with joint problems, all sorts of things.  According to the testimonials W had heard a tape on, all sorts of people gave up all their med's and were able to just drink the juice and were able to walk again, and have energy they never had before, and suddenly live fuller lives.  I was always raised to be a skeptic - if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and there is no free lunch, etc.
M however promised W that we would hear and investigate this stuff with an open mind.  Ok, so anything is possible, and there could be something to at least some of this stuff.  So now I'm researching some sort of juice stuff called xango, and mangosteen.  For something that is supposed to be the biggest thing since sliced bread, I've not heard of it before.