RA and thyroid CA
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The cancer surgeon

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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.


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Woman, friend, mother, RN, photographer, gardener, writer, researcher, observer, swimmer. Pretty much the same as everyone else with my own little twist to things. RA, and a variety of cancers. Life is good despite the obstacles. It's worth the ride just to see the infinite variations of the human spirit.


  1. Fantastic that you found a surgeon you are so comfortable with! What did they tell you about your RA meds during the surgery and recovery? I had shoulder surgery a few years ago and had to stop my meds for 3 weeks to avoid infections. This allowed the “monster” to creep back in more than I wanted, but within a week of restarting meds it got better. I’ll be watching for your updates. Sending you my best wishes!


    • Thank you so very much! My medications will stay the same except the meloxicam. I will have to stop it for a week. The surgery is in October. I am tapering (per Doc) the prednisone and now am back down to 9.5mg. So should be down to 7 or 8 mg by October. So when I stop the meloxicam I will need to increase the prednisone again. My doc increased it by 50% when I went off the meloxicam for the biopsy so will probably do the same for the surgery.

      The visit to the surgeon and the adjusting to the cancer diagnosis was exhausting. I took a cancer holiday. Put my books and lit away and focused on my business.


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