Just a quick post for now, just to break the news. Didn’t get back until 6pm and had a bout of hypocalcaemia in the car on the way up which was fun, so needed some time to come round.
All went well – My surgeon Mr. Andrew McLaren found a 2cm parathyroid tumour behind the right lobe of the thyroid. I only had a brief chance to get to chat with him in the in the recovery room. It appears he had to go deep, as the tumour was closer to the spine than the thyroid. I estimate I was operated on for about 1.5 hrs, I got the impression that it wasn’t an easy job, but he got it and checked the others were healthy.
In the end I had few nerves. As each small step of the hospitals procedure nudged me closer to surgery I was too occupied to have time to worry. The anaesthetist used the trick of saying ‘I’m just going to use something to relax you’ – which in actual fact was the general and I was under before I knew what was going on. A bit of light hearted banter with the anaesthetic team before the meds was all very relaxing! Then before you know it you’re in recovery.
Came round very quickly – less than a minute in recovery, quite with it, enough to crack a joke with the surgeon and the recovery nurses.
Post op, my bloods were : Adjusted serum calcium 2.35 (normal 2.25 – 2.5 ). PTH a now normal 1.87 ( 1.2 – 5.8 ).
No hypocalcaemia whilst in the hospital, but low and behold – halfway up the M1 my scalp, cheeks, lips and chest started tingling. Luckily I had planned ahead – yes I literally am the guy who will look both ways when crossing a on way street – because you just never know. Had some calcium tablets hidden away for such an emergency and boy, did I need them! It wasn’t pleasant but once you know what it is it’s not so bad.
Not sure what the scar is like exactly under the semi-opaque tape but it looks neat and it looks clean. Photo’s when I get the tape off in a few days. Quite swollen, but that’s probably just me and may also be because he checked all 4 and had to go deep for the little bugger of a tumour.
Voice good, but throat was very sore last night from the tubes. Didn’t get much sleep, but that’s hospitals and me. I do need peace and quiet to get off to sleep and I didn’t get it!
Very tired from lack of sleep, codeine and perhaps some residual effect from the general, but otherwise well.
An old friend of mine Deborah, says I now sound manic – I think what she means is that my brain is now working faster than my mouth can and I’m spitting sentences out like a machine gun! Unlike before with the tumour when the mouth had to wait for the brain to think of something sensible to say.
Update on ‘hypocalcaemia‘ had an e-mail from my surgeon Mr. Andrew McLaren this morning to say that it’s the body thinking it has hypocalcaemia i.e. getting used to new normal level. He said he’d only ever had one true case of hypocalcaemia – with blood levels too low on testing. It does make sense that my body has been used to a high level and now it’s having to adjust to a lower level. He said that calcium tablets will help with symptoms but may actually prolong the episodes. Will just keep to a calcium rich diet so that my bones can build back what they’ve lost over the years.
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