Appointment to schedule surgery, scheduled.

12 Jan

I’ll be seeing the surgeon on Monday, January 23 to consult and to schedule surgery. …deeeeep breaths….


Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


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11 responses to “Appointment to schedule surgery, scheduled.

  1. Professor

    January 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Is that surgery going to be subtotal or total thyroid removal?

    • houffenglaarfert

      January 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      It’s going to be a total. I don’t even know if they even perform subtotal, but I feel that the risks of a second surgery if need be and the size of my whole thyroid (left lobe is bigger) and the recovery and stability that I’m looking for would be best achieved with a total thyroidectomy. I’ve done a lot of reading over the years and ultimately this feels, in my gut and my mind, like the best option for myself.

  2. houffenglaarfert

    January 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    That should be, I don’t know if subtotal is an option for Graves’ treatment through Emory, but the point is moot, as I’m not looking for that.

  3. holly wynne

    January 13, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I haven’t known what to say, but I’ve been thinking about you. You’re amazing.

    • houffenglaarfert

      January 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you Holly. What you just said is perfect. 🙂

  4. Hermine

    January 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Are you going to post before/after pictures?

    • houffenglaarfert

      January 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      I will definitely take them, I will definitely post the after pictures as I progress. The before… probably. I may only post them on the daily strength site. Not too sure yet. Will see what feels right.

  5. Professor

    January 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Its maybe to early but you should also research how to minimize the appearance of the scar; some patients have really good results with Mederma (it takes care of redness) but I am sure there is some stuff available to fix the keloid tissue formation. In the past such condition was prevented by using 2 layers of stitches for underskin layer and skins itself, but now the staples are used for reduced surgery time. The subtotal thyroid removal leaves intact the parathyroid glands and voice nerves but gives 30% chance of regrowing the thyroid tissue back in nodular form later in life (due to the TSI antibodies)

    • houffenglaarfert

      January 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      I don’t think it’s too early at all. I have done a little prep work, but I think once the surgery is scheduled, I’ll be much more organized, with a deadline. As far as I’m aware, it’s common to use a rubbery type glue to keep the incision closed instead of staples, but perhaps they use them underneath. That’s not how it seemed to me though.

  6. S.M.

    January 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I love your site (just found it). You are a great writer. I was diagnosed with Graves about a month ago and, like you, have been searching for blogs that speak about the REAL agony of Graves and what has worked for people. OR alternatively, support groups that are not worst-case-scenario. When I told people they often said “Oh, well that is curable”. But I am suffering. I wish you all the best with your surgery. I will be rooting for you to have a very easy recovery and solution to your disease. You are very brave.

    • houffenglaarfert

      January 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you. It’s been a long road to this point and I know I won’t be “fixed” after the surgery, but I’m willing to risk that quality of life will be better than it is now. There are no guarantees and no cures. It doesn’t feel like a solution, more like I’ve gone as far as I am willing to go down one path and I’m ready to brave a new one.

      Please feel free to connect with me on Daily Strength. You can find a link to me in the previous post.


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