I saw my surgeon this morning and now have a date for my surgery – April 9th. I really liked the doctor and feel very comfortable with being in his care. He has a lot of experience and has done many thyroid surgeries. He’s also a friendly, likeable man which helps calm the nerves when you know this guy is going to be slicing into your throat in the near future.
He explained to me the pros and cons of both partial and full thyroidectomies. The con(s) of a partial are having potentially malignant nodules in my body and having to continue having needle biopsies or ultrasounds, nuclear scans, x-rays and CT scans on this for the rest of my life and having to take medication for the rest of my life. The pro(s) of having a partial (if indeed the biopsy happens to come out benign) is that there is an 80% chance that I would not have to be on thyroid medication. I elected to go with the whole she-bang and have a full thyroidectomy. I can live with a pill a day for the remainder of my days. However, having another “fine needle aspiration biopsy” is not among the top ten things I want to experience again in my life!
Now I need to get the prerequisite blood work, EKG and chest x-rays done and stay away from any kind of medication (i.e.: aspirin, advil) that can thin my blood and cause bleeding problems during or after surgery. Other than that it’s just wait until the big day.
I feel better knowing there’s a plan in place. The not knowing was really getting to me. I have peace in my heart and I feel like I can breathe again…life is good.