In other news, I have been waiting . . . for stupid blood test to tell me whether or not I can resume my life!!
A month after surgery, blood tests were done to check my levels--thyroglobulin (TG) , thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroglobulin (TG) antibodies. The non-medical, quick and dirty version is, we want these numbers to go down. If they're going down, that means the cancer is gone and, more importantly, I won't have to do radiation again. Both my surgeon and endocrinologist are thinking a second round of radiation is not going to be necessary since the first round clearly didn't do what it was supposed to do. But, they're waiting on the blood tests to inform the final decision. I gave blood on January 17th and was told it would take 5-6 days for results. All I had to do was wait 5-6 days for the answer, then we could start making some plans for the year. Travel, vacations, moving to a new apartment . . .
It's now been 3 weeks with no definitive answer.
A few days later, the TSH levels came back a little high. Easy enough--upped my hormone dosage and went on my merry way.
The TG levels came back lower than before I went into surgery. Wahoo! As long as it's dropping--and stays dropped--I'm good.
Here's the pickle: the TG antibody can cause falsely low TG. To be sure the TG really is dropping, they have to test the antibody on its own. Evidently it's a process that prolongs the results of the test. So, I've been very patient.
Ho ho HO! . . . have I been patient.
I've sent my doctor breezy, clever emails to check in every week. No worries. I'm fine. By the way, what's up with that cancer thing we were discussing? I've been running in the morning (number 5, baby!). I've cleaned my desk. I've made lemon bars. Alice has frequented dog parks all over Los Angeles. We visited the Paramount Ranch. Busy, busy, busy.
For three weeks, I have kept my crazy under wraps. This week, my doctor tells me the results still aren't in (something to do with the testing facility), and asked if I'm willing to give another sample if the results aren't in by Friday.
F U C K!
Would you pass those lemon bars, please?