Am I going on a fun-filled family vacation? Uh, no.
Am I being swept away on a romantic cruise with my hubby? Wrong again.
No, I am going into the hospital bright and early tomorrow for surgery to remove my thyroid. (Aren’t you jealous?)
This is not a big surprise; it’s a day I knew would come sooner or later. About 3 years ago, a routine visit to the doctor for a sinus infection uncovered the fact that I had nodules on my thyroid. I was put under the care of an endocrinologist who did some tests and decided to “watch and wait.” Since then I have been going for regular check-ups, knowing that eventually the nodules would grow and have to be removed. At my last check-up, my doctor pronounced that the long-anticipated day had arrived.
If all is well, I should be able to come home the day after my surgery. My surgeon is very highly recommended and from what I understand, this is a relatively routine surgery and the recovery is pretty speedy. So no worries. I’ll be back in the saddle (er… computer chair) soon enough.
Since you’ll have some free time on your hands, I would appreciate your prayers for any or all of the following:
- Pray that the surgery will go smoothly and the nodules are benign.
- Pray for my family while I am in the hospital. (Hannah, especially, is a bit fearful.)
- Pray that my body will react well to the thyroid medication.
- Pray that I will be able to sing after the surgery. I will definitely be unable to sing for a while (weeks? months?). But my bigger concern is that one risk of the surgery (about 1 in every 20 cases) is that my vocal cords could be permanently “paralyzed”. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be able to talk, but I might not be able to sing. I'm no vocal superstar, but I really enjoy singing in my church choir and ladies ensemble, so that would be a really sad thing for me. With that being said, God gave me my voice and it’s His to do with what He will. If He chooses to take it away, I’m sure He will give me another area in which to serve. But if I get to choose, I would really like to be able to sing. :)
Thank you for your prayers. I expect to be back online soon.