Monday, February 25, 2013
It's been 2 weeks since I've had any artificial thyroid hormone and one week since I started a low iodine diet. I feel surprisingly well! I've felt down a few times, been cranky a few times, but for the most part have just been tired. And, thanks to Chris and his mom, I've been able to get the rest I need.
Today I had my "trace" dose of iodine. They will give me a head to toe scan on Thursday to determine how much radioactive iodine is needed to kill any remaining thyroid cells. (The thyroid is the only part of the body that absorbs iodine. Thus, the relatively easy treatment. There is no need to kill healthy cells along with unhealthy ones the way that traditional chemo therapy and radiation do.)
So, for now, I will hug my kids and husband and prepare the basement for my time of isolation when I can't hug any of them. Thankfully, after that, this mess should be over with!