Jan 08, 2010
My surgeon said old habits are hard to break, so he did use a drain tube. They removed several lymphnodes at the same time, which I think had something to do with it. I was told by his partner that the drain tube would help eliminate the swelling since most of the fluid would be gone by the time I went home. So far, so good.
I was given Percocet for the pain, but at first only took one instead of the two they offered. Took the other one about 3 hours later. Did not sleep more than 30 minutes the whole night in the hospital. Still had the insomnia.
Now that I am home, I am still having a hard time sleeping. Have taken three Percocets since yesterday afternoon. I feel the most pain when I am trying to lay down. I just cannot get comfortable. But the doc said it was okay to lay on my side (my preferred sleeping way!), however, I feel pressure and I'm not sure if that is okay. My at-home instructions were no bending, lifting, straining... yet EVERYthing seems to be a strain now! LOL
The surgery and hospital experience were great. No problems and the staff was absolutely wonderful. Now comes the two week waiting period for the pathology report. After removing the left side of the thyroid, it was sent downstairs for a quick check but it was inconclusive. The lymphnodes, however, were clear, I believe. Which is a good thing. The doc said he saw some "sticky" areas on the left thyroid, which he says can mean one of two things: it's cancer, or it's residual bleeding from the FNA. The next two weeks are going to be really long...