Jul 07, 2013
Finally I have had my thyroid surgery. Many thanks to all my church family for their prayers. Despite all my worst expectations, the surgery outcome was far better than expected - admittedly I have had only one lobe removed. The surgeon was absolutely great and I have been left with only a 3.5 inch/9 cm scar that is healing really well after 4 days and with minimal bruising and no scar pain. As yet, my thyroid levels seem to be OK. My speaking voice is no problem even after the first day after surgery - my singing voice is not good. After 4 days, I can hum up and down the scales to D without too much strain; sing in the lower registers but the fine enunciation and control for any of the higher registers is not there. So I must be patient and not over-hurry the voice recovery.
However, I did seem to have had a minor cardiac incident the night after my surgery. I did notice that my oxygen saturation readings on the oximeter dropping over the course of the night and my blood pressure fluctuating somewhat into the hypertension range. I am hypertensive as it is. I am not a medically qualified doctor but I am a scientist so I did think it unusual at the time. I was right to think it unusual since not long after, I experienced real and quite severe sensations in my shoulder that lasted perhaps up to 5 minutes before subsiding in less severity over the next hour or so - Rather than pain , I could only describe it as a severe pressure as though some -one was pounding into the shoulder. I honestly thought I might die in hospital at one point. The medical staff ruled out a MI but I honestly did not feel right until much later in the morning. It is the first time ever that I have had a heart scare and I suppose it is a warning to make sure I keep with my medications ( maintain my prayer- life) and maintain my exercise regime with healthy eating.
I now need to wait for the pathology results to determined whether this thyroid lesion is in fact cancerous. One of the main outcomes of all this is the realisation of how much I am loved by my family, my church family and by God Himself.