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It's Feeling Positively Eschatological Around Here! - Mo's Journal
August 31st, 2011
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It's Feeling Positively Eschatological Around Here!
So I've been through an earthquake, a hurricane, and getting my throat slit in the past week and lived to tell the tale.

I was at work for the earthquake. I've been in quakes before, but only in California. My first thought as my office started to have that rolling feeling was, "If I were in California, I'd think this was an earthquake." Well, it was, even in the Bronx. And then we had Hurricane Irene. I was missing my brother, joelrosenberg for that, since he would have had some cleverly snarky comment about the hurricane having the same name as our mother. I also missed working in emergency management, which is very exciting at times like that. In any event, I think NYC did a great job with hurricane preparedness and I'm so glad there was much less damage than expected.

I did worry a little that my surgery, which was scheduled for Monday, might be delayed because of the hurricane. It had already been delayed once, in an effort to maximize insurance company profits at the expense of my health, as described here and here. I called on Friday and was assured that the surgery would happen as scheduled. The only issue then became transportation. The hospital is about 2.5 miles away and I would generally take a bus, but buses were preemptively moved to high ground and all public transit stopped from Saturday at noon, so it wasn't clear if they'd be back in operation by Monday morning, when I had to be at the hospital at 6:00 a.m. Anyway, a kind friend offered to pay for car service for me, so it became a moot question.

Surgery went smoothly. I was pretty miserable Monday afternoon/evening/night, with pain and nausea, but much better Tuesday and better still today. My throat is still quite sore, as was to be expected. Worse is the fatigue. I've been exhausted for months, and I keep thinking I can't get any tireder, and then I do! Even really minor tasks leave me very fatigued. I vacuumed yesterday and ended up in bed for two hours afterwards. Now, I know vacuuming a big apartment (which I have) could be exhausting, except that I have a Roomba. So vacuuming consists of positioning it, turning it on, repositioning when it gets stuck, and cleaning it afterwards.

Some of the fatigue is just post-operative, but a lot of it is from not having a working thyroid for so long, and now having none at all. So I'm hoping to get on thyroid meds soon and start getting some of my energy back. But I have to finish treatment before I can do that. Biopsy results will be in next week and then I'll know if I have to do the radioactive iodine thing. If so, I'll have to delay meds but if not I can start soon, which would be great.


I am in the end glad my doctor kept fighting with the insurance company. I was in absolutely no shape to go home Monday night. I could barely move; my oxygen levels were low and they had me doing breathing exercises with special equipment; they did calcium tests at specific times because the parathyroid glands can be damaged during this surgery, etc. I asked a lot of questions and do feel all that was necessary and couldn't have been done at home.

I was treated very well in the hospital. It's my second surgery there and I had a really good experience both times. I got lots of attention from staff at all levels. My doctor is the head of surgery and residents, the doctor's PA, medical students, nurses, etc. spent a lot of time with me. Everyone (except for one kind of officious resident I only saw once) was polite and kind. They all introduced themselves to me, explained what they were there for, answered all my questions and didn't do anything until asking my permission - and that includes the staff who came in to clean my room. I had a great room, as well - private room with a wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline. So, if you're going to get your throat slit, I recommend Long Island College Hospital for the care and the view.


My fellow moderators from Park Slope Parents very kindly banded together and are each bringing me dinner one night for a week, and someone else sent me a Fresh Direct coupon, so food is covered. And the kids are being helpful with errands and such. I had a makeup shift to do at the Food Coop and had tried to do it on Sunday, but they were closed for the hurricane, so Zara did it for me yesterday, which was a huge help. I'm hoping to go into work for a few hours on Friday, to ease back into it, but if I'm not up to it I'll skip it and go back Tuesday.

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From:soukup
Date:August 31st, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh, man, that is going to be the coolest scar ever! You should make up a really badass story about a shark attack or something for when small children ask you about it.

In the meantime, I'm so glad it sounds like you're taking good care of yourself, and like people are generally treating you gently while you're under the weather. I really hope you feel better soon.
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From:stirsmn
Date:August 31st, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
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No, no, the cover story must involve Lesbian pirates. Much cooler than sharks.
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From:executrix
Date:August 31st, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Wow,Rosh Hashana services are really going to generate a vast feeling of "Room for improvement this coming year..."

I'm glad that you had a Best Worst and I hope soon you'll be getting the meds and recovering back to normal or better than normal levels.
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Dana!
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From:marag
Date:August 31st, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad it's over and here's hoping they give you meds soon. No energy is no fun. ::hugs::
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
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Hugs are always welcome. And that icon of your kids always makes me smile.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 31st, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Glad you came through the surgery well, Dale, in spite of Mother Nature shaking things up. Hope the meds kick in soon & get you going again. Speedy recovery!
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
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Not sure who you are, Anonymous, but I thank you for the kind thoughts.
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From:kosiah
Date:August 31st, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Glad it's over!! I thought of you, when I heard the hurricane's timeline, and I was worried they'd delay you again. So glad that didn't happen.
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
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Me, too!
From:fantasyenabler
Date:August 31st, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad that your surgery wasn't delayed and that you have some people in your life who are being helpful. I hope they get you the meds soon. Being fatigued all the time sucks! :)
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I'm trying to remember what having energy feels like, but it has been so long...
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From:monitorscreen
Date:August 31st, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad to know that your surgery went alright. Hope you get better soon!
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Mon!
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
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I'll drink to that!
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From:ringthebells
Date:August 31st, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I hope your recovery is swift and uncomplicated, with no further disasters, natural or otherwise! *hugs*
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Alice!
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From:lunabee34
Date:September 1st, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
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I'm glad surgery went smoothly. I hope you fully recover very soon.
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the kind wishes!
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From:eveningblue
Date:September 1st, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
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So glad surgery went well, and hope you're on your meds and on the mend soon.
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
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Thanks, me too.
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From:fgherman
Date:September 1st, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad it went off as scheduled and that your recovery is going well.

My mom's name is Irene, also, and her sisters in Philadelphia were giving her all kinds of hell about it.

Lots of hugs,
Felicia
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
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I have an acquaintance named Katrina and I think her life has never been the same since the big hurricane. OTOH, people always used to get her name wrong (Katina, Catalina, Katherina) and now they don't.
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From:hitchhiker
Date:September 1st, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
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glad the surgery went well!
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From:mofic
Date:September 1st, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Martin!
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From:lilacsigil
Date:September 1st, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you've made it through safely, and you are going to feel SO MUCH BETTER once you get that medication! I felt massive improvement within 12 hours of the first dose after radiation (and the radiation itself wasn't bad at all, apart from a sore throat and minor diarrhea, as predicted).

Your scar is much neater than mine! Congratulations to your surgeon, and also that he kept fighting to do the procedure in hospital - I'm glad nothing went wrong, but when things go wrong with thyroid surgery they do it early and fast. I still can't believe the insurance company wanted you to do major surgery as an outpatient!
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From:mofic
Date:September 2nd, 2011 11:21 am (UTC)
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That's very encouraging about the medication! I hear it often takes some time to get the dosage right, but I'll take any improvement iywkim.

I'm still pissed off at the insurance company. I did look up the study that they said proved it's safe on an outpatient basis. It's a Canadian study, relatively small, 105 people. And less than 10 hemorrhaged and none died, so on that basis...

And since here the right wing propaganda machine says that socialized medicine means health care is rationed so quality decreases, I decided to look up what the standard of care of thyroidectomy is in Canada - it's 1-2 nights in hospital. So I got pissed off all over again.
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From:talktooloose
Date:September 11th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
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I’m happy to hear you’re home safe and sound. Listen to your body and rest. If you are looking for a book recommendation, I just finished Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man. Short and excellent. Fascinating to read it and then look at the choices made by the screenwriters in last year’s wonderful film adaptation.
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