29 September 2009

sigh (or ugghh)

I went to the doctor today. I asked him if he can give me a for sure YES or NO on radioactive iodine. He can't. I have to wait until I see the endocronologist AND after he looks at my labs. But my doctor (surgeon) thinks I probably will have to have the radioactive iodine.

I'm really bummed. I've known this was a possibility the whole time but I just kept hoping I wouldn't have to do it. Here's what happens: for 2 weeks before the treatment I have to stop taking my thyroid meds. So I will have pretty much no energy. During those 2 weeks I also have to eat no iodine. That means I have to make all the food myself and I can't eat anything prepared (no bread, no dairy, I'm not sure what else yet.) After those 2 weeks I do the radioactive iodine and I need to stay with someone who has no kids and has an extra bathroom.

So it's going to be even longer until I feel back to normal and I'm going to be totally useless for about 3 weeks. I know this isn't going to last forever and that lots of people have it a lot worse than me but this still sucks and I wish I didn't have to do it. I want to be making Halloween costumes and quilts and Christmas things, but instead I just sit here. I did read a book yesterday. But I need to paint my ceiling in my room and make a dress and the list goes on. Anyway - I'm frustrated and I felt like writing about it on here. Sorry for complaining.

12 comments:

Doug & Stef said...

OH Leigh - We love you! I wish we could do something for you! Please let us know - I guess endurance is the key and counting down the days. Keep your chin up!

Kate said...

But how cool that YOU will be radioactive. :) Just trying to look on the bright side! Ha ha.
I'm so sorry you couldn't just have the surgery and be DONE with it all. Hang in there!!!

Annie said...

You could come to Boston! I don't have kids.... but I don't have an extra bathroom. And my house is infested with mice. Maybe not the best choice. My flute teacher back in SLC just had to do the whole radioactive iodine thing for her thyroid, too. You are a trooper-- you can do it!

molly said...

Oh Leigh, that sounds not fun at all. What's a blog for if you can't complain and vent a bit. You're in our prayers. we love you!

Hao-fu said...

I always complain on my blog. It's a good way to vent your frustrations. And it's nice to know I'm not the only one who feels like complaining so thanks for sharing. Hang in there.
Sarah

Laurie said...

That does stink. The whole thing stinks. But hang in there. Your friends are still standing by, and still sending prayers.

Tabitha said...

Everything will be ok... I just know it!

Katie said...

Man Leigh, I'm sorry. That really does stink! I'm still praying for you. I'd like to help out. Let me know when I can come down and take care of the boys, or help you make meals, or do anything else.

Tammy said...

I'm sorry Leigh...this was not the news we were hoping for either. When do you see your endocronologist? What can we do for you? Who is helping with the boys? Oh my so many questions it's making ME tired.

I'll give you a call. You are in our prayers and know that we love you and your little family!

Briett said...

Leigh,
Wow, sweety you have been through A LOT! Sorry I don't live closer I would have loved to help out. It really has been to long since I've seen you. What happened to life does it just continue to get crazier and crazier. Know I still love you and think about you more often than I let you know.

Judy Elmer said...

hey leigh. just letting you know that i happen to be very single and very available until 4 pm on tuesdays and thursdays and would LOVE to help out. i'm only a short drive away, so call if you need me

Jimmy said...

Dearest Leigh, I'm sorry you're discouraged. I don't have any kids, though, and have an extra room (it's just a room - I can find a bad, etc., though) and you are more than welcome to come on over!