December 14, 2009
Well, I am three months out from my thyroidectomy (Sept 17, 2009)…and it has been a slow process. Healing from the surgery has not been slow, but the medication titration has been quite slow. I started after surgery at 112mg of Synthroid, then went up to 125mg, 137mg and now I am at 150mg. At my last doctor’s visit, my TSH was still high- over 4.0, so the doctor titrated me up to 150mg. This may be the last time I am titrated or I may require one more titration. It’s good to see that I am getting close to “normal.” I can also see subtle health improvements. For example, I am now experiencing “spurts” of mental clarity and focus. I have a little more energy and my loved ones have told me that they can “hear the spark in my voice again.” My skin isn’t as dry now either. On the other hand, I am still having trouble going to sleep at night, I often wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep, and I am having trouble getting up in the morning. In fact, it seems that the best time for me to sleep is during the day!! I think the most frustrating part of the process is that you have wait six weeks from the time your medication is titrated to see the improvements.
In light of the fact that I was laid off from my job two weeks ago, I really need to have mental clarity and energy as soon as possible to pursue my next career move! J