Mutant Thyroid Thwarted

☆ March 10, 2015

So, I had surgery! And it was so much better than I expected. I was terrified of anaesthesia – in the week leading up to surgery, that thought alone put me into tears, to the point where I actually made a will (it needed to be done anyway, so…. now it’s done). Control issues, ya think? But the day of was shockingly great. The hospital was staffed exclusively by angels, saints, and geniuses. My surgeon took a phone pic of my removed thyroid for me. And the right lobe alone was 7 cm square and reached all the way up to my jaw, below my ear. Whut??? That thing was going to take over my body if left to its own devices, and, as challenging as it’s been, I’m so glad this all was set in motion NOW.

I spent the night in the hospital and a few days on a diet of homemade jello (juice + gelatin = the best). My voice is still too weak to really talk on the phone or for any length of time, but it is improving daily. Luckily, I’m not a teacher or an auctioneer, and can work without having to talk too much. And now I’m in the process of sorting out the proper dosage for thyroid replacement. I’ve been feeling mostly good, but with afternoon slumps, and today I am switching, with excitement and high hopes, from levothyroxine to dessicated thyroid. Though, lying in the sun, reading books has been a pretty awesome side effect of not feeling like I’m running at 9000%.
I don’t think I’ve had lazy, bookish afternoons like this since I spent the summer living on the mountain. I have been organizing the offline writing I’ve done over the past year (gasp!) and making necklaces with some stunner stones – they’ll be finding their way to the Shop throughout the week. Farmily stories and more coming soon!


98 Responses to “Mutant Thyroid Thwarted”

  1. Elaine ~ TX
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:08 am

    SO very happy to hear that you are doing great and recovering nicely. All the healing thoughts and prayers are working! Hugs and love to you and all the farmily!

  2. Rebecca
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:11 am

    So glad to hear that you’re recovering well. I’ve enjoyed your posts for years and I’m sure that Charlie and the rest of the farmily are glad to have you back to being you! Will continuing the healing thoughts and prayers.

  3. Sherri
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:14 am

    Prayer of healing……coming your way. xo

  4. Leisa
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:15 am

    It’s wonderful to hear you are doing well! I’m continuing to pray for your complete and swift recovery!!

  5. ClaireB
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:19 am

    Good news! Do enjoy this recovery time doing your organizing. I don’t do it enough but always makes me feel better to get things in order.

  6. Taryn
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:23 am

    So happy to hear you are on the road to recovery and with such a happy attitude as well!

  7. Jo Davis
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

    wonderful news!!! prayers are amazing and you’ve been in mine soooo much lately and you’ll continue to be…. keep getting better and happier with each new day!!!! :)

  8. Vickie Zimmerman
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    I’m so happy that the surgery is now behind you and the outcome is great and that you are getting better every day! I have sure been worried about you! Sending you lots of love!

  9. Ruth
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:44 am

    Made me smile to read your news! Enjoy yourself. Don’t hesitate to ask for changes in thyroid meds anytime. Only you know how you are feeling. Thyroid can change in very little time. Take it easy, refresh yourself!

  10. Liza
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:51 am

    So glad you’re recovering! It may take a while, and having daily meds is an adjustment, but pretty soon things will smooth out and it will just be the new normal. Keep after your MD until you get things adjusted to YOUR satisfaction! Lab tests don’t tell everything.

  11. Vee
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:52 am

    Glad the mutant thyroid is out. Here’s to a good recovery.

  12. Miranda
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:52 am

    I worked with a gal who had thyroid probs and had it removed. Once she got the right meds and dosage she said she felt great and life moved on much happier than the way things had been. Wishing you the same kind of happy recovery! When your body says it’s tired, listen and obey! :-)

  13. Dave
    March 10th, 2015 @ 9:54 am

    So glad to hear you are doing well. I have followed your journey since Charlie was a pup and you were doing Webcasts. Good to know that the journey will continue with your good health. All the best, God Bless You!

  14. janice atkinson
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:00 am

    Take care. I understand. I stayed awake for breast tumor removal for fear of the “sleep”. Soak in the sun. Prayers.

  15. Meg
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:02 am

    So happy to hear you are slowly healing. Sending so many healing vibes your way ~~~

  16. annnoe
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    So glad to know that the surgery went well! Here’s to a swift recovery and full health.

  17. Mary
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    I am a low thyroid patient and cannot recommend the desiccated thyroid. The levels of hormone supplied are very difficult to standardize and control. Truly, I urge you to stick with levothyroxine. It can take several months to get it right. Be patient. Once you do get it right, don’t let the pharmacy change brands either. Even that can make a difference. And just so you’ll know, most people with healthy thyroid levels have a TSH of about 1.8. That is what you should aim for.

  18. hello haha narf
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    thrilled to read this update. thank you for informing us of your progress. may you continue to heal.

  19. Lisa K.
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    so glad to learn that you are on the road to recovery. hoping that finding the right med/dosage is a swift process. continuing to send positive energy…

  20. shreve
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    M ~ I really, really appreciate where you’re coming from, but I think it can be limiting and erroneous to urge others to do exactly what works for us – in all realms of life! This switch feels right to me on every level, and if it stops feeling right, I’ll reevaluate at that time. There’s a huge difference between being low thyroid and thyroidless, and a lot of info that contradicts your concerns about dessicated thyroid. I made this change with my doctor’s blessing and am glad I was able to do so.

    Thanks all y’all for all the love!!

  21. Morgan
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:54 am

    So happy you’re healing well, Shreve! My brother had his thyroid removed at age 19. It was an incredibly scary time for my family, but he’s 13 years cancer free now.

  22. mj
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:54 am

    So glad you are well on your road to recovery. Positive thoughts and prayers do make a difference. Take all the time you need in recovery mode, you need to heal and be strong. Others depend on you, but if you don’t take care of you first, you can’t truly care for them. Continuing to pray for a complete and totally healthy you soon.

  23. Donna
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    Hi there! So glad to hear that everything went well and you’re on the road to recovery. I’m on the dessicated thyroid and now that I’ve got my dosage to where it should be, I’m feeling much better than I used to on the Synthroid. Everyone is different and what works for one, may not be the best for others. I hope that you have good luck with the dessicated thyroid as well!

  24. Jenny C
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

    Well… whew, right?! Delighted to hear all went beautifully & healing well underway. Isn’t it just so typical of so many things in life: removing something nasty that does NOT belong is worth the temporary hassle & trauma of the excision. You’ve conquered the Awful Thing & can now move forward w/your beautiful, amazing, sometimes-scary, lovely, delicious, always-challenging, blow-your-hair-straight-back life.

    Love & prayers to you & farmily. xo

  25. Rebecca
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:17 pm

    Yay! So glad to hear you’re on the mend. Sending you love and light as you continue to heal!

  26. Barbara
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:23 pm


  27. molly
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

    Great news. So happy everything went well!

  28. Lindsay
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

    Glad to hear that things worked out for you and you finally went under to get it removed.

    It must be so nice to be finally back at home, with your animals, where you can rest up more comfortably than say in a clinical setting.

    Take care of yourself Shreeve!

  29. bonnie
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:45 pm

    yaaay! glad to hear you are doing so well! it’s good to be able to think of you lying around in the sun with all your hairy company. your body is going through a huge adjustment, so it might take a bit of patience and experimentation with the meds till your body finds and settles into the new groove.

  30. wright1
    March 10th, 2015 @ 1:02 pm

    Very glad to hear the surgery went well and you are recovering nicely. I’m sure the Farmily are glad to have you back, too.

  31. Gabriela
    March 10th, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

    So glad you’re feeling better! Keep healing and taking care of you! Your farmily NEEDS you at 9000% ‘-)

  32. Janet M
    March 10th, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

    I’m glad to hear that the surgery went well. :-)

  33. Sherri
    March 10th, 2015 @ 1:50 pm

    So glad to hear you are feeling better. Additioanl healing thoughts, just in case you need them!

  34. Kazza the Blank One
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:17 pm

    So glad to hear it went well!

  35. Diane
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:25 pm

    Thank you for the update. I am very relieved and happy for you that it was not as awful as you had feared. Question: did you notice anything else besides the ominous “bump” before diagnosis? Had the thyroid been malfunctioning, as well? Take care and I hope you have help in getting all the things done you have to do!

  36. Debbie Lee
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:38 pm

    Thank goodness its all over Shreve, so happy to hear that all went well and you are feeling much better. Thinking of you x

  37. JoJo
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:53 pm

    So happy to hear that the surgery is done and that you are well on the way to recovery. Hugs…

  38. Beverly Murphy
    March 10th, 2015 @ 4:26 pm

    so glad to hear everything went well and you are healing..prayers and good thoughts coming your way

  39. Barbara
    March 10th, 2015 @ 4:59 pm

    I am so happy that you are on your way to being well. Take care, don’t rush. A lot of good thoughts are coming to you.

  40. Cynthia from Florida
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:12 pm

    Shreve, Dear One,
    so glad to hear that you are feeling better.

    Important info here: be very choosy about who is ordering your thyroid testing and following the results and going over them with you. You need to begin a big education now with a doc who sincerely wants to communicate with you. You may have to shop for this doc. Hopefully that part is already done.

    The doc who follows your thyroid condition must show that he or she knows enough to cover all bases. The TSH test is not enough; it’s indirect; it’s your pituitary gland’s response to the thyroid substances in your system. Your T3 and T4 should be directly monitored, and there are other tests that should be done periodically. I hope you are starting out with a competent physician. A good one will not be offended that you are wanting detailed info, and will not be angry at your questions. The chemistry is incredibly complicated and tiring to learn when you already don’t feel good. But a good doc should know how to educate you. Press for details, to prevent an emergency, and to at least know that an emergency can happen. I was completely broadsided by my lack of knowledge. The things I was most commonly told was, “Oh it’s easy. You just have to take a little pill the rest of your life, and you’ll be fine.” That would be great. But it’s a long time; it’s best to know a LOT.

    My thyroid was not removed; it did not have growths. But it was and is very low-functioning. I went on Armour Thyroid (dessicated animal thyroid) tablets from age 21 in 1965 to 2008 and did very well on them. Only once did I get a poor-quality bottle of pills that didn’t do what they should — may have lost potency on the shelf. But my doc at that time figured it out, and had me get a new batch of tablets and there were no further problems.

    However, from the little that is known about the subject of Armour Thyroid, apparently in 2008-2009 the company changed the base ingredients that make up the tablets, supposedly to improve their shelf life, which had been a problem for pharmacies. The trouble is, they didn’t inform the pharmacies, the pharmacists, and the patients that the fillers had been changed. Some, though not all, patients could not absorb the hormone and I was one of the ones who into desperate trouble. No one seems to know what really happened. Some patients became allergic to the filler. There were thousands of us out here with our meds failing, and no help for it. We had to try to find help while our health was failing fast.

    With thyroid it can take 6 weeks to 3 months for a wrong dose to show up in how you feel and how your body functions. By then you can be in serious trouble, and I was. I got severe, dangerous edema, especially in the arms and legs, and was given levothyroxine. It made my blood pressure soar to emergency levels.

    (Later I read on the internet that some patients chewed the Armour tablets, and that released some or all of the hormone for use.) I asked my doctor about that and he said if one suspects non-absorption, as a stop-gap they should crush and swallow the tablet, because saliva can break it down too much for absorption. But if you suspect a problem with the drug, you MUST see a trustworthy doc right away and press for lots of info from the doc who is following your thyroid. And you must report problems right away.)

    So there I was NOT getting any thyroid into my system, and my blood pressure out of control for months. My doc was not available those months and I went to three other docs who mostly, it turns out, deal with partial endocrinology — the issues of Type 2 diabetes. They knew very little about thyroid, and were irritated that I was having such problems. I came close to going into an irreversible (myxedema) coma, and also had lasting damage from the heavy-duty blood pressure med they gave me long term.

    I finally learned, not from any doctor I saw, about the different thyroid substances, T3 and T4. Levothyroxine is synthetic T4. Most people’s bodies make their own T3 from T4. However, some, like mine, do not. Therefore I became totally T3-depleted, and greatly overloaded on T4. My body was being forced to try to make a lot of T3 and it couldn’t, and the impact on the whole system was exceedingly dangerous. Then the lone endocrinologist I was able to find put me on Cytomel, which is a fast-release T3. For me, this was absolutely the wrong kind of T3. My blood pressure rose to near-fatal levels (230 over 110). When with a massive headache I called him for help, and this jerk who calls himself a physician told me to keep taking the Cytomel and was furious when I didn’t! I was hospitalized. Later I was hospitalized again with these dangerous complications, and still no solutions.

    Finally my family doc returned, and put me on a compound thyroid, with synthetic T4 (levothyroxine) and slow-relase synthetic T3 (lyothronine), compounded by University Compounding Pharmacy in San Diego. I have done all right on that usually, but never feel quite normal as with the old Armour. There is another natural one out there, NatureThroid, but I would need to know more about it. I think the only reason I got help was because this doc is hypothyroid himself and takes the compounded thyroid, and is more knowledgeable and motivated than anyone else I have seen — except the common-sense family docs of 40 years ago.

    I would like to go back to natural thyroid (animal) hormone, because it has traces of other forms of the hormone – (there is a T2, etc.) – and they all act in synergy to maintain balance in the body. But first I have to make sure that my doc can monitor me carefully.

    There are a million stories on the internet, and one can learn things to look for in oneself, but these folks aren’t YOU, and many have been unable to find out they really need. Make sure you’ve got a doc who will answer all your questions, and teach you everything you need to know for the long term.

  41. Lanny North
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:33 pm

    Dear Shreve

    Best wishes from Hawaii for your post operation recovery. I do not believe for a moment that you did not take this in stride, like unto a Vespa trip across America alone! Your spunk is inspiration to all the women with whom I have shared your book. I am quite interested in learning about Charlie’s reaction to the operation. My Juneau would be absorbing all of your distress and anxieties in total and would find it beyond her to ignore. Did Charlie evidence something of concern about what you were undergoing? As a child I was blessed with a dog that was my guide and comforter as I handled the death of a father and polio. He could read my emotions like a book and spent hours with me in intense non judgmental empathy. My poor mother was, I think, much Brownie’s skill as a therapist.

  42. Marya
    March 10th, 2015 @ 6:28 pm

    Happy news, Shreve. And thank you for keeping us posted. So glad to hear about the positive outcome.

  43. shreve
    March 10th, 2015 @ 6:46 pm

    L ~ This has been really interesting! Last year, when I was dealing with SO many deaths, Charlie was by my side all the time. But with this, he’s been like, ‘eh, you’re fine’ and off doing his own thing and Chloe has been like velcro. It’s sweet.

    CFF ~ Yes, addressing and testing free T3 is uber important! My doc is great – knowledgeable, flexible, and trusts me. I’ve heard great things about NatureThroid.

  44. Janice in GA
    March 10th, 2015 @ 7:33 pm

    Heal quickly and thoroughly, and have minimal problems getting your thyroid dosage settled!

    Best wishes always!

  45. Teaspoon
    March 10th, 2015 @ 7:47 pm

    So glad to see you post on this side of surgery. Best wishes for your ongoing recovery and developing maintenance routine.

  46. Renee
    March 10th, 2015 @ 8:24 pm

    Hi, Shreve! Yay for healing and down time!

  47. Robin
    March 10th, 2015 @ 8:26 pm

    Wonderful to hear – you made my day!

  48. Rose
    March 10th, 2015 @ 8:48 pm

    I’m glad that you are feeling better. Just take it easy and don’t try to do too much!
    I was on Armour thyroid for maybe 30 years related to hypothyroidism and a goiter. About the same time that Cynthia was changed to Levothyroxine, my doc changed me over, too. I wasn’t having any problems but he said that there had been issues with that medication. I’ve done well since, and he monitors my levels appropriately every year.

  49. montanarose
    March 10th, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

    So glad the surgery is behind you and the Mutant Thyroid is gone. Sounds like you found a good doc. Hopefully you will have a new lease on life and even MORE energy — if that’s possible with you — and a wonderful new springtime with Mike and all your beloved animals. (BTW, I loved the Baby Charlie picture you sent out this week! He’s grown into such a distinguished older gentleman that one forgets what a cutie pie he started out as.)

  50. Evelyn
    March 10th, 2015 @ 8:57 pm

    I am really pleased that you are “on the mend”.
    Lazy days at this time of year would be really health giving. Good news.

  51. Joy
    March 10th, 2015 @ 10:00 pm

    So thrilled to hear that everything went smoothly and you’re on the mend! Enjoy those lazy afternoons! xo

  52. Maddy
    March 10th, 2015 @ 11:24 pm

    Rest up and Feel Better!

  53. mlaiuppa
    March 10th, 2015 @ 11:24 pm

    Wow. That is some monster thyroid. Good it was removed now. Glad you had a great experience with no complications.

    Desiccated thyroid is a little harder to dose but if you’ve got a good pharmacist and your doctor is supportive, that is the way to go if it is right for you. I would love to do that but right now neither my health plan nor my doctor would let me go that route and without a cooperative doctor I can’t make the switch. At least they will allow me to take Synthroid instead of insisting I take the generic. The generic doesn’t work for me. It’s been tried three times.

    I’ve heard good things about NatureThyroid. I heard about the problems with Armour from a friend. She has to take dessicated thyroid and has hers custom compounded because of other issues. Everyone is different. You’re lucky to have a doctor that recognizes that thyroid supplement is not a once size fits all.

    How nice that Charlie is assuring you you are fine and Chloe snuggling in sympathy.

  54. Cinda
    March 11th, 2015 @ 12:31 am

    Congratulations, Shreve. I am relieved to hear that your surgery went well. Thank you for letting us know. Your writing, as always, is deeply heartfelt, real, and inspiring and the comments are too. Cheers for each day’s healing.

  55. Janet D
    March 11th, 2015 @ 12:47 am

    Rest up and let the farmily come to you. You’ll be back in the saddle before long.

  56. Patr
    March 11th, 2015 @ 5:49 am

    So happy all went well in the hospital. I have to say for the most part, the professionals in healthcare are wonderful caring people.

    It’s the insurance companies that make it all nightmarish!

    You are very talented at listening to your body so I know you will find the right medication level quickly.

    Thanks for the update!!!

  57. Jeanette
    March 11th, 2015 @ 8:15 am

    So glad you are on the mend!!

  58. Tracy
    March 11th, 2015 @ 8:20 am

    Glad to see you on the mend and hope you are up and running by Spring!!!

  59. Prairie girl
    March 11th, 2015 @ 8:30 am

    So fired up, you are! After all that you’ve been through, it’s like you’ve got a new lease on life. Going from terrifying surgery and hospital beds to reading and relaxing on the farm must be a heavenly relief.
    Happy you got that thing outta there! Happy you are well and safe and healing. Just in time for spring! Isn’t it remarkable outside? :)

  60. Angela
    March 11th, 2015 @ 8:51 am

    Glad to hear you’re recovering well! Enjoy the down time.

  61. easternpanther
    March 11th, 2015 @ 9:39 am

    I am so very glad it went well – and it sounds like you have a stellar medical team. I want to echo Cynthia from Florida’s story above – I also stopped being able to absorb the reformulated Armour Thyroid – was switched back to the synthetic and we’ve just stuck with it as “good enough.” (Good enough = consistent low energy, enormous weight gain w/o energy to work out…) That said, I know people who have done fantastically well on either of them, so odds are in your favor!

    I’m pulling for you, and know that the furry ones are all giving you as much love and energy as you give them when they are sick or hurting!

  62. Deborah
    March 11th, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    Happy to read this post and to know you’re on the mend. Also enjoying reading about your downtime. I’m chuffed for you!

  63. Karen
    March 11th, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    Oh Shreve, so glad you had that removed and that hospital angels abounded!!! Great news to hear from Wyoming. I’ve been thinking about you all this time— rogue thyroid, good riddance.

  64. Amy
    March 11th, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    Glad the surgery went well! After reading Cynthia’s story, I have a renewed thankfulness for my relatively uncomplicated, if rather unmotivated, thyroid. Yow!

    Here’s hoping you find what works for you quickly and that you continue to feel better and better. I’m pregnant right now and there’s not much better than having a legitimate excuse as an adult to lay down in the afternoon and relax or nap. I’m going to miss it when it’s gone!

  65. TB
    March 11th, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    I’m so glad the surgery went well! I’m sending good thoughts your way for a speedy recovery. :)

  66. Carolyn
    March 11th, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

    So glad to hear your experience was better than you expected. I remember one really scary health experience I had… where my eye-site was in jeopardy. My fear of not being able to see was an out of body experience. Then the doc and his staff performed what to me was nothing short of a miracle, they became my true heroes… The flowers I sent the office did not even make a dent in immeasurable gratitude I felt for their expertise and passion. Health issues can be so scary… and the acts performed to manage our health are priceless. I’m so glad you were in good hands!

    Can’t wait for farmily stories and more. :)

    Sincerely, Carolyn

  67. Martha
    March 11th, 2015 @ 4:32 pm

    I am glad hat you got thru the surgery ok. I am the same way about it though. I panic about being put under. And yes, my will was put in order prior to my last surgery.
    Hang in there and take it slow and be careful with the replacement of the thyroid hormones. A friend of mine has been going thru hell for two years while they “tweak” her meds

  68. Arno
    March 11th, 2015 @ 6:26 pm

    I’m so glad to see that your “health Baloney” has come to a healthful conclusion. We, the followers of your life, really need and depend on you. You are so brave, classy, beautiful, courageous, and most of all you are our animal spirit incarnate. What could we possible do without you? We love you

  69. Joyce
    March 11th, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

    So glad your surgery went well.

  70. TT
    March 11th, 2015 @ 9:44 pm

    Great news! Glad you’re on the mend and getting some relaxing lazy times as you heal!

  71. Colleen G
    March 12th, 2015 @ 6:35 am

    I am very happy to hear things have gone well and that you were able to enjoy some quiet time. You’ll be back to your old self in no time! xo

  72. Candi
    March 12th, 2015 @ 6:38 am

    What excellent news!!! Praying for your swift recovery. You warm all of our hearts with your updates – how can we, your readers, not send some of that warmth back your way when you are in sore need of it?

  73. LJ
    March 12th, 2015 @ 9:23 am

    Very happy to hear the surgery went smoothly. Sounds like you needed this “forced” rest. Take your time healing and continue getting stronger each day. I’ve been told Puppy hugs and cat naps are the best medicine ;-)

  74. Suzy Soro (@HotComesToDie)
    March 12th, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

    My mom’s been on thyroid meds for a thousand years and she’s 89 and doing great. You’re fine. Let go.

  75. Anna
    March 12th, 2015 @ 6:22 pm

    As you say, Shreve – and is obvious by the widely varied stories above – individual body chemistries are unique, and will cause your experience to be unique. I’ve been on Armour Thyroid for many years, and any hiccups in its effectiveness plumb evaded me.

    Not that I’m complaining. :-)

  76. rockrat
    March 12th, 2015 @ 11:12 pm

    Glad to hear it turned out well. So if your energy level went “down” after removal, that would be a hyperthyroid condition?

  77. Leslie
    March 13th, 2015 @ 6:47 am

    So glad to hear you sounding strong and happy! Much love to you as you continue to heal.

  78. Deanna
    March 13th, 2015 @ 12:50 pm

    Well done, Mountain Woman! No advice from here. Just love and best wishes. And, oh, one request. Please give yourself a good long break to totally recuperate.

  79. shreve
    March 13th, 2015 @ 2:51 pm

    R ~ that would be considered hypo (hypo = low, hyper = high), though it’s *technically* a bit different from since I’m now thyroidLESS. But my symptoms on too low a dose of replacements would mimic hypothyroidism and on too high a dose would mimic hyperthyroidism.

  80. Lady Anne
    March 13th, 2015 @ 4:51 pm

    Glad to know you are on the mend, Shreve. Do try the real “Synthroid” rather than the generic levothyroxine. There really, really is a big difference in how they work in your body. I’ve been on thyroid meds for years and can tell the difference.

    You should come along pretty quickly now, but take your sweet time.

  81. Jane
    March 13th, 2015 @ 5:21 pm

    Wow! Never thought a thyroid could get so crazy and big. Glad everything went well! To a speedy recovery….

  82. BB/VA
    March 13th, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

    Yay, Shreve!! Glad to hear the surgery is all over and you are healing. Take advantage of this restful time and get yourself adjusted to your new normal.

    Blessings to you, Mike, and the Farmily!

  83. Linda Kalend
    March 14th, 2015 @ 12:02 pm

    SO glad to hear all went well and you are now on the way to better health. Once they thyroid replacement gets settled, I’m betting it will make a huge difference in how you feel overall. For me, it’s the anticipation and wait times for appts and such that drive me nuts – I have no patience and just need to get things done! Once that’s complete, THEN I can move on with whatever needs to happen for complete healing. I have a knee going bad right now, and after too much time unable to drive or manage my outside stairs (with a dog to walk…) I finally got an MRI and will find out the results this week. Sending positive juju your way, Shreve.

  84. Theresa Szpila
    March 14th, 2015 @ 12:56 pm

    I’m absolutely elated to hear you sounding so well! Try to enjoy your recovery time and listen to your body. Nice to know that you will be blossoming right along with Spring! Yippeee!!!
    Sendng hugs and all blessings to you, Mike and all the Farmily!!!!

  85. yvonne
    March 15th, 2015 @ 11:04 am

    I hope that the desiccated thyroid works for you. The ratio of T3 to T4 was too high for me. I have low thyroid which is very different from no thyroid. I take a synthroid and very low dose of a generic cytomel (T3). It took awhile to find the right ratio and meds but it works now. Glad your doc is good that’s a huge part of the battle. Good luck and speedy recovery!

  86. Forest Green
    March 15th, 2015 @ 7:35 pm

    Know that I am thinking of you and sending positive thoughts in your general direction. Take the time to rest. Girls tend to outdo themselves. This is not the time for that!

  87. Beth K
    March 15th, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

    Glad the surgery went well. Give your body the time it needs to heal. :)

  88. penny in co
    March 16th, 2015 @ 11:46 am

    Shreve I am so glad that you are done with the surgery and are on the mend. Just in time for spring! XO

  89. taffy
    March 16th, 2015 @ 1:37 pm

    Yes! All done and over with, YAY!! Now back to normal life! Yes a little extra maintenance but don’t we all accumulate some as we go along anyway. No biggie! I love how Charlie and Chloe have you figured out, male says eh you’re fine, female says let me nurture you. HOW wonderful is that, a perfect balance.

  90. Lisa in IA
    March 16th, 2015 @ 3:20 pm

    Awesome news!

  91. Po
    March 18th, 2015 @ 5:11 am

    So good to hear you’re doing better. Enjoy the down time – there’s not enough of that in life.

  92. Torchy Hunter
    March 18th, 2015 @ 1:52 pm


    Now I KNEW (head) you were going to be ok. I’ve had parathryoid surgery, without problems. But you always wonder… I recorded a tape, put the earbuds in, and went sweetly under listening to Mel Torme.

  93. Julia
    March 18th, 2015 @ 9:15 pm

    I am very pleased to read this. The fact that you are a good patient helps the hospital staff immensely, so you are to be congratulated also.

  94. Jeannie
    March 20th, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    I’m so glad to hear it’s been removed and you’re moving to a medication that should help more. Please keep us up-to-date on how the dessicated thyroid meds work; I’m thinking about making the switch myself, if possible!

  95. carmel
    March 20th, 2015 @ 6:58 pm

    Get well soon thinking of you!

  96. Cristina
    March 22nd, 2015 @ 8:31 am

    Sending you tons of positive energy and happy thoughts. Hope you recover soon!

  97. Deborah
    March 25th, 2015 @ 6:01 am

    YAHOO! YES! Angels roam hospitals and many places you would never imagine. So, so happy you are through the gauntlet of this ordeal and on the mend so you can enjoy decades ahead of family time and love. Continued good health and may God (the God of your choice) bless you and your minions over there. You’ll be back in the saddle in no time!
    Love and light and healing to you!

  98. Deborah
    March 25th, 2015 @ 6:02 am

    I meant “farmily,” not family in my note above, but you probably knew that! Stoooopid auto-correct!

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