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hi, im corin and ive found that the personal experiences that people have shared on this web-site have kept me going - as, after feeling very unwell for what seemed like a life-time - i was diagnosed as having both graves disease and hashimotos disease.
i have e-mailed this site a few times now - as responses to comments made by others and also to share my own experiences - in the hope that we can take what we read and learn here - and use the info to help ourselves and others.
i gave an update on my progress at the begining of december 05 - so i just thought id give another - which may be my last one.
my total thyroidectomy was not performed on december 20th as planned - but im pleased to say (if 'pleased' is the correct term) that i had my surgery jan 24th 06.
im now almost 3 weeks post-op and for the first time in a very long time - i feel absolutly great!
im not going to tell you that the surgery was the proverbial 'bed of roses' or that the whole being unwell and in hospital was an overly enjoyable experience - it was just a chapter in my little life that was neccesary - and im so glad that i managed to ride this part of the storm out!!
i was in hospital for 8 days - this was longer than anticipated - but my parathyroids were in a bit of a mess and i needed a calcium drip for a while until the calcium and vitamin D tablets started to work.
i had 2 little drains just underneath my incision (these were removed after 2 days and now look like bee stings they're that small!)
i had 1 stitch! which was about 4 inches long and was removed 10 days after the op in the out-patient clinic! (this was painless!!!)
once the stitch was out - the incision was covered with 2 wide steri-strips (butterfly stitches) - these were removed by my surgeon today in clinic - and i must say that the appearence of my scar far exceeds anything i could have hoped for!!
its fantastic! - making the surgery and hospital stay well worth it!
plus, i feel so well in myself that i could cry!
in the last 3 weeks i have been taking a lot of tablets each day (20 to be exact) - but these have been halved today as my blood results have started to improve!
i still have a lot of questions for my surgeon (she must sob when she see's me coming) - mainly to do with the long term implications of having both graves disease and hashimotos disease and fertility etc - but im still waiting for the histology report from my gland - so im sure ill learn more then!!
i just wanted to let others on this site know that a few weeks ago - i could see no end to the way i was feeling - both physically and mentally - but now, i cant believe the difference in myself.
it's a fight - but its well worth it.
thankyou and best wishes to you all,
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