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Old 08-15-2011, 03:50 PM   #41
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Al...I'm sorry you and Lena have to go through this. ...the waiting is tough I know. However you have a wonderful sense of humor and a logical way of looking at things.

Lena gets the very best from you...there's no doubt.

....and I'll keep my fingers crossed for good results.
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Lena is lucky to have you.
I held her toe during the ultrasound, and asked the tech if she would be able to tell us whether it was a boy or a girl.
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No thyroid cancer, yay! But they do want to check it periodically for some reason.

We have our first UCSF appointment for the parathyroid set up, but first I have to participate in that other ritual from the 1980's: faxing a copy of Lena's insurance card to the doctor.
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No thyroid cancer, yay!
That's great to hear Al, really great!
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Glad to hear there is no cancer. Good news.
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Wonderful news Al!
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Al, I am very glad to hear of this clean bill.

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Great news! I am sure you & Lena must be quite relieved.

Go and have a nice dinner to mark the occasion.
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Great news Al!
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Update: Next week we drive back down to San Fran (UCSF) for Lena to have the surgery.

Yesterday during a routine visit to a different doctor, the doc noticed that the high calcium had been noted in 2005. The doctor had made a note that it should be followed up by her GP, but it never was. So she's had six years of calcium being leeched out of her bones. She has osteopenia, but not too bad.

BTW, the way we discovered this is a bit interesting. We went to one of those health fairs a while ago, but they screwed up the blood analysis, and we had to go have more blood drawn. To compensate us, they threw in some extra tests, one of which was calcium.

Lena feels OK, but we are hoping that, as Rich said, she will feel even better after the surgery.
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Good luck with surgery this week.
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She had the surgery Wednesday, and everything went fine. The doc actually took out two of the parathyroids (out of four).

We are back home, and Lena feels tired but OK.
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She had the surgery Wednesday, and everything went fine. The doc actually took out two of the parathyroids (out of four).

We are back home, and Lena feels tired but OK.
Great news ! Did the Doctor say no cooking or cleaning for two months and any camping must be done at Hotels ?
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Glad it all went well; I hope her labs are back to normal soon.
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She had the surgery Wednesday, and everything went fine. The doc actually took out two of the parathyroids (out of four).

We are back home, and Lena feels tired but OK.
Best of luck Al, I'm glad Lena's surgery went fine. I have missed this thread up to now otherwise I would have chipped in to say that my mother had this procedure in 1973, having two parathyroids removed. She did fine back then, so I expect Lena will do great, with the advances in surgery since those days.
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Great that it all went well. You and Lena must be so relieved.
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Lena had a postop appt and everything is fine. A funny thing is that apparently the surgeon put two little metal clips on or by the remaining parathyroid glands, so that they could be located in the future. I don't quite understand that.
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Al, I had a breast lump biopsied and they did the same thing with the small metal clip. For me it was to show that the lump was already discovered and analyzed so that they don't see it as a new problem in later mammograms.

They told me the clip looks like a small hook or a check mark. I asked if they could put one in that looked like a dollar sign ($) because I had a high deductible and this was early in the year.
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Lena had a postop appt and everything is fine. A funny thing is that apparently the surgeon put two little metal clips on or by the remaining parathyroid glands, so that they could be located in the future. I don't quite understand that.
I suspect they are markers for avoiding accidentally removing all the parathyroids at the time of surgery. I guess they would also come in handy for an unlikely recurrence.
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Lena had her calcium tested and it was normal (9.1), so the surgery worked. So, she's now building her bones back instead of tearing them down.
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