Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Well this time I really do have a good excuse! Hospitalization.
I have debated back and fourth about whether to post this on my blog. Though I choose to share much of my and my family's life on my blog and through my sewing escapades, I remain in many ways a private person - a strange juxtaposition but there you go. However, it is rather a big thing that has happened and I do after much thought and consideration feel able to share.
.....so about a year ago whilst having coffee, a friend of mine pointed out to me that I had a lump in my neck....up until then I'd not noticed it but it was sort of large. So a little while later I took myself of to the doctor and went to have it scanned and had various blood tests etc etc to find out what the problem was. It turns out that my thyroid was all lumpy and underactive which in itself is I think a fairly common problem. However, it also turned out that my thyroid wasn't exactly where it should be. Rather than staying strictly above the collar bone, mine had seen fit to extend itself into a big hulking mass in my chest. So after much umming and ahhing, it was decided that the best course of action was to remove the whole thing. The surgeons thought they would be able to do this through the cut they usually make in the neck to remove the thyroid. So last Thursday, I presnented myself at the hospital ready to say good-bye to my thyroid. However, once they made the first cutit turned out that the part of the thyroid above the collar bone wasn't attached to the part in the chest - so a cardio-thorasic surgeon had to come and split open my sternum in order to remove the part in my chest. The upshot of all that is that I woke up with not one but two scars - one across my neck and one right down the middle of my chest. I will say this...I had completely underestimated my chest up until now - I had no idea how much I used it - the new wired together version just really isn't cutting it. I am such an invalid - I can't lie down or sit up, opening and closing doors hurts, I can't bend over - can't drive for 6 weeks, can't swim. BUT at least I am back home with my family and I am feeling much much better today than yesterday. As an added bonus I can sit at my computer an type for a short while so that is a nice distraction and I am able to catch up on some reading - so there is another added bonus. So THAT is why my blog has been a bit quiet - pretty good excuse hey! And as I am able to blog and do actually have lots of good things to blog about - you can expect some more regular updates from me over the run up to Christmas :)