This was my scariest doctor appointment. My BP which is boringly normal shot up to 140. I was anxious. Fortunately, my son was with me to help keep the perspective and lend a reassuring arm.
I was scared because this was the next step. I wanted to feel this woman was the right surgeon for me. She is. Dr Vasquez is a board certified surgeon with an endocrinology specialty from the Mayo clinic. She was energetic, thorough in her explanation, reassuring. I liked her. Like my other specialists she loves what she does, is knowledgeable, and is personable. That is a relief.
Next I will need my lymph glands in my neck mapped. This is to see if the cancer has spread outside my thyroid. This will determine the extent of the surgery. I have my appointment on Monday. This is the next step in staging. If negative, no worries. If positive, lots of worries. So I will be glad when it is done.
My surgery is in October. This is a relief too. After my long illness with RA, I am behind in many things. This timing gives me a chance to regroup.
I came home with surgical scrub soap, an appointment with the anesthesiologist, lots of instructions. It is an overnight stay in the hospital. It will take a week to recover. Sounds good to me.
I was exhausted. Even my blood sugar went up. It was break time. I put away my thyroid manual, my sexy cancer tips, and decided I will revisit after the ultrasound.