Guys. I can’t wait to eat tofu again. Tofu, soy creamer, olives, chips, guacamole… and Liz Lovely cookies. This low iodine diet has killed my soul. (It’s possible that I’m being dramatic due to lack of iodine)
Preparation for the radioactive iodine therapy began a little over two weeks ago. My endocrinologist gave me a ton of instructions. I asked her if I would get any superpowers. It was very clear that I was her first patient to ask this…
Anyhow, it all starts with the aforementioned low iodine diet. Remember when I said I’m not a doctor? I’m still not, so don’t take my any medical advice from this blog. This link is just to get some sympathy. No, not really. Maybe.
|This is what sadness tastes like|
So, as a vegan, no soy blows. As someone with low blood pressure who passes out sometimes, no iodized salt blows. As a human being, this just sucks in general. It could be worse, but it also could be better. Anyhow- 2 weeks and 2 days down… 3-4 days to go.
Wednesday, we started the real exciting treatment. A pregnancy test (complete with a nosy phlebotomist “Is this a good thing?”), two days of thyrogen injections, and a non-radioactive iodine pill followed by a scan this morning to test the uptake.
Side note: this is my favorite note from a doctor ever. I knew the results of the pregnancy test since the nurse was able to start my thyrogen and that Dr. Piech was just tying up loose ends, but I do like to imagine her delivering all kinds of her news to patients in this casual way:
This morning after the scan, I began my radioactive adventure. I was able to ask a few more questions (I had to fast for 2 hours before so my main question was when I could have more coffee- 1 hour). I was told that if I threw up after taking the pill, I’d have to call the hospital so they could decontaminate my car or house or where ever it happened (exciting). The doctor arrived, I signed a bunch of paperwork, and I was given my pill.
|It arrived in this lead lined container|
“Don’t touch it with your hands”. That’s always something you want to hear about the pill you’re going to take. Pretty uneventful, really. Took the pill, drank a bunch of water, got my “explanation for setting off the radioactive meter thing” letter that I need to carry around for a while, and then everyone quickly got eff away from me (which is how I was able to get this picture).
I did ask them if it was cool for me to be others as I left the hospital and they said it was totally fine because it would’t be for long (again, though… they did run right the hell out of that room). You are never more aware of how close people get to you on an elevator of a hospital or the stairs of a parking garage until you are not supposed to be around people.
|They’re good now… I will want to set them on fire next week|
Oh, and I bought this because, unicorn.
|“We’re going to candy mountain!!!”|
Stay tuned for more adventures…
|That’s Kevin in the distance.|