Decided I’m going to try something new and go to a Thyroid Cancer survivor support group tomorrow morning. I’ve never been to a support group before so I don’t exactly know what to expect. Should be good though. It’ll be nice to hear other people talk about their experiences with it.
I guess I haven’t wrote anything in a month…
Had my follow up with Dr, Short for my vocal cord injection on Feb. 26th. The nurse brought me into the room and mentioned how my voice didn’t sound all that great. Went and talked to the Dr. about it, I got moved to another room quickly as he wanted to do another injection and he just happened to have another Dr. available to work the scope.
Man, was I not prepared mentally to do that again. He started by doing all the numbing of the appropriate areas on my neck and inside my throat, and tried going through my neck like he did the first time but was having a tough time this go round due to scar tissue and some calcified areas. Next step, get the mouth numbed up. Oh yeah, gonna do this through the mouth. Out comes a long curved needle. I gagged the first time as my throat wasn’t numbed up enough, some more solution and I couldn’t feel a thing. He did a couple of injections and we came to the agreement that it sounds better than it did before, but not near what I want. I asked him about the long term solutions and he told me that we’ll have to do reconstructive surgery down the road to get it as close to what it was before the surgery. While I wish I didn’t have to wait so long for that to happen, I’m comforted in knowing that it’s going to happen eventually. With not expecting to go through the injection process again I was completely overwhelmed and mentally tired when the visit was over. I go back in for a follow up on this at the end of April.
I wanted to talk to him about my problem with breathing through my nose that’s occurred almost immediately after surgery, he gave me a prescription for Flonase which doesn’t seem to be helping at all. Some might think it’s allergies but I’ve had the issue for several months now. I’m going to schedule an appointment with him to get this specific problem looked into. If I could get this problem to go away, I’m going to feel so much better overall. I almost feel congested in my head all day every day.
Still get tired in the late afternoon, early evening. That should change when they finally get my hormone doses locked down. I go back for an Ultrasound w/ possible biopsy and a CT Scan of my neck and chest in May, which will likely become a 3-6 month routine. Of course fingers crossed it doesn’t come back, but in my mind I’m positive that eventually it’s going to come back and I’ll have to go through this crap again.
Having cancer is weird. At least Thyroid Cancer is, you don’t feel sick, everything feels normal, but inside your head you know that at any time it could turn terrible. Being back at work is good as it keep my mind off of things, but at the same time this place isn’t what it used to be. I don’t feel like I can go much more into it on here, but if you want to ask me about it, please do. It sucks that you can’t voice your opinion on your blog without fear of any repercussions.