I can't believe that it has been a whole week since my Total Thyroidectomy. I am feeling pretty good. I did wake up with a headache but I got up and took my Cytomel and felt better in about half an hour. My soft palate is healing! Last night I was able to eat a bowl of rice. There is still some pain but it appears to be localized to one spot on the right side. This morning when I woke up My throat felt dry and sore but a good drink of water and now it is merely slightly tender. I am so excited that I may be able to eat more solid food today. Still, I plan to be cautious so as not have a set back.
Last night my incision became intensely itchy. I didn't know if I would be able to deal with the intensity. I wondered if it was part of the normal healing process or some kind of allergy to the steri-strips. I have had reaction to medical tape in the past so I hope it's not an allergy. This morning that is improved as well and in 3 days I will see the surgeon and hopefully these things will be removed. I have read that they generally fall off on their own in 7-10 days but so far mine have not budged. I have even been taking showers without much effort to keep them dry. (My surgeon said it was ok). They do feel uncomfortable and itchy and I can't wait for them to come off but I know that they serve a purpose and so will deal with them until Monday.
I thought that I have been doing well, not stressing much about this whole ordeal and just taking one day of recovery one day at a time. I have felt pretty confident that everything has gone well and will continue to do so. However, last night I had a dream that I went for my follow-up appointment and received the pathology report. In my dream the report diagnosed a mix of both Papillary and Follicular Cancer of the Thyroid. My original biopsy was benign but I guess I still have unconscious concerns about a cancer diagnosis. Perhaps that is why I woke up with such a headache this morning. In three more days I will have the actual pathology report and then I can put these fears to rest.
Today the sun is trying a little harder to find it's way through the clouds but the sky is still grey. I am imagining a nice sunny day to keep myself upbeat and happy :) I will try to do more today. I will walk to school to get the kids and let them play at the park for as long as they like on the way home.