I’m 27 years old and 3 days ago I had a hemi thyroidectomy, which is a big scary word for having half your thyroid removed. I wrote the other day about how I was trying to prepare myself for the surgery, and now that I’m on the other side, I can share what it was actually like now that I’ve recovering from thyroid surgery!
I’ve recorded a bit of a vlog about it, as sometimes it’s easier to talk these things through rather than right them (and it would be a super long blog post if I wrote it all out!). It’s 10 minutes long, so sorry about that!! Ha!
What I didn’t get time to say was that Luke came to see me pretty soon after I came out of surgery, and left the boys with my parents as I didn’t feel quite up to having small children jump on me! And then he came back in the afternoon with the boys so I could feed Eli and say hello. Lior is such a sweetheart and gave me a little cuddle and was quite interested in the big mark and told me that he liked it a lot. Actually, he tells me that regularly, ever day since then! Eli was super glad to see me too obviously, and happy to have some milk.
Luke said the night without me went better than expected. At one point Eli was almost hysterical and he just whispered in Eli’s ear that mummy wasn’t here, and that he was sorry about that, and apparently Eli just stopped crying! He had a few wakeups, but they survived. Phew! Lior had to call me before he went to bed because he missed me, and that was really lovely. I love that he is getting older and we could have a proper conversation on the phone! So exciting!
I got to go home the next morning, which is pretty swift, and Luke had the Tuesday off work as well, so he took good care of me. He has had to take leave without pay for Wednesday as he has run out of sick days, and I am really not able to look after the boys by myself. That is my only disappointment with the whole thing – I feel like no one really spoke to me about what kind of help I might need, or time off “work” I might need (as in, someone with me to look after my kids) when you’re recovering from thyroid surgery. Most of what I knew or expected was because of talking to other people who have had thyroidectomies, and that was a bit frustrating. I had been warned about possibly feeling very hypothyroid-ish, but so far that hasn’t happened. I actually feel really good, it’s just the pain of the actual wound that is bothersome. That pain decreases every day though, so that’s good. Except when I sneeze or cough. I just did that, and man it hurts now!