The road to recovery has been an interesting one.
I used to be hypothyroid, diagnosed decades ago with Hashimoto's Disease. I never did feel like my old self after I started the medication. It helped with a few of the symptoms, but only a few. Since this surgery in October, my body has been going through a lot of changes. I actually went from having a low (hypo-underactive) thyroid is to having a hyperthyroid (over-active) thyroid. I went from one end of the thyroid spectrum to the other end in a matter of months. Neither is good, so we are striving to find the healthy balance between the two.
The wonderful thing about the surgery is that the night I came home I was not clearing my throat all night. Fabulous Husband noticed right away. Another plus - I got my balance back and I haven't been getting as dizzy or falling down. I'm also not dropping things as I was because the diseased thyroid was pressing against my nerve. I'm also swallowing better than I have in six years.
Now, I am having difficulty sleeping and just being at rest. But because I am tired from lack of sleep, I've had brain fog and not feeling myself. I've had a few days where I "functioned" on only 2 hours of sleep within a 24 hour span. This is why I've not been blogging quite as much and I've been re-publishing some of my earlier posts on the blog.
I saw an endocrinologist last Friday. We're going to try a new medication combined with the the thyroid medication I'm already on. We are also going to be lowering the Synthroid dosage. It will take four, possibly six weeks before the effects can be felt. I'm optimistic that I am going to feel better than I have in years once we get the medications adjusted.
The recovery at first was rather brutal, but it was well worth the surgery. I'm looking toward to being at my most optimum health in the next few months. In the meantime, I've been taking things slow. I've been on sabbatical from school, and just enjoying the process of being home taking care of my body, being gentle with myself and allowing the healing process to do its thing.