I got the call from my surgeons office today. I will be having surgery to remove my entire thyroid Dec 21st. Because my surgeon is one of the very few specialist in the area this is the only time they can fit me in. Originally my surgeon told me beginning of Dec. His assistant said he really doesn’t handle his schedule she does. On a positive note, this will allow me to finish this semesters courses on time. *phew* and it will allow me recovery time without worrying about my grades slipping because we go on winter vacation until the end of January. So right now, graduation is going right on track. However, the downside to surgery on Dec 21st, its 4 days before Christmas. I should only have to stay in the hospital 24 hours, pending no complications and my calcium levels are ok. I will explain that really quick. Behind our thyroid are 4 parathyroid glands. Sometimes they are attached to your thyroid sometimes they are not. They control calcium absorption in your blood. The slightest damage to these in surgery, or even remove causes them to not absorb calcium efficiently. After surgery if my calcium levels are not in dangerous range, I will be able to leave and recover at home 24hrs post op. Another downside, all funds between now and surgery will have to be saved to cover my time off from my normal everyday job and my husbands full time job so he can care for me. Instead of saving and spending money on our four kids for Christmas it will go to cover bills and lost wages. My mother has started a go fund me to help alleviate some of the burden. We are currently at $595 which is absolutely amazing.
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