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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I read a article today on Sparks about hitting the brick wall, I realised that this is what I did both mentally and physically. It all made sense. I can't change what is happening to me but I can change how I look after me in the mean time.

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OPALMOON 7/23/2014 12:51PM

    Dear Wendy, I can so very much relate to 'hitting a brick wall'... last year was just like that for me. Just do what you can to take the best care of yourself that you realistically can. When having to deal with major physical concerns, it is important to cut yourself some slack and do the positive things you can, and as you are able.
Sending big hugs your way, Nattacia

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1CRAZYDOG 7/22/2014 9:53AM

    ((((HUGS)))) Wise words.

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SUSIEPH1 7/22/2014 8:04AM

    Well said Darling .. We must make the best of our lives .. We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones .. Love you Susie xxxx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RDEE22 7/22/2014 7:01AM

    I love that last sentence. So true it relates to everyone.

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JAROL7 7/22/2014 6:34AM

    Just remember, "It's always RIGHT to DO what's right and WAIT for your feelings [and the scale] to catch up with you."

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19th June 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

hi everyone, I heard from the Specialist today. I have a nodule on my thyroid which is over-active. He did refer me to the thyroid clinic last week but as yet I have not heard anything from them. He was not happy.
We discussed both the problems, three or three and a half parathyroids will need to come out. No other options.
Now the thyroid there are a few options for this one.
1. remove when doing the parathyroids
2. tablets for the rest of my life
3. watch and wait but that means check-ups in Adelaide.
4. try radio-active iodine treatment. Don't know if I like the sound of this with all my other problems.

I really like option no 1. as they will be in the region of the nodule on the thyroid.

He did tell me that my health should improve after the parathyroids are removed.

also I was told that if I do not have the P/T glands removed it will affect my heart. At this stage there is nothing wrong with my heart. Plus the problem of losing calcium will damage or kill my kidney function and I don't have much left anyway.

So now it just a waiting game. Main thing is to keep looking after me.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/4/2014 10:28AM

    Hi Wendy,
Thinking of you, seems like like option 1 is the way to go. So sorry you have more do deal with. emoticon emoticon

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CASEY128 6/22/2014 11:22PM

    Wendy, my thoughts are with you, I know that you will make the right decision. Good luck. Casey. emoticon

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GOANNA2 6/20/2014 9:31AM

    Wendy, seems that Option 1 seems to be the best
choice. You might as well remove all the thyroid
and then take Oroxine for the rest of your life. it
is true that hypo will be easier to treat. You will
be monitored with regular blood tests.
Think about all your options wisely. I am sorry
you have this extra problem to deal with as well.
That is good to know that you have a good heart.
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SUSIEPH1 6/19/2014 2:43PM

    Wendy Darling ..I am so sorry you have to go through all this .. It's up to you my friend ..but, if it where me I would opt for the surgery .. They will be doing the P/T glands anyway ..so might as well take the thyroid ..
Better on medication rather than additional tests along the track ..
You are such a fighter my friend .. All will be well I am sure .. Love you ..Susie xxx

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FELINEBETTER 6/19/2014 2:16PM

    Hi Wendy,
While the choice is yours to make, I wholeheartedly agree with you. If they remove the thyroid, under-active thyroid is much easier to treat. You will take tablets for the rest of your life, but that beats further fooling around with the over-active thyroid. In other words - if you don't have one - they know exactly what they are dealing with. Otherwise - it's more like a "let's try this" sort of game.

You've come through a lot and you're still doing great! Hang in there, Wendy. I'm right beside you!!!

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REGILIEH 6/19/2014 12:45PM

    Keeping you in my prayers!

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LIFE-FAITH 6/19/2014 12:35PM

    Wendy continue to take care of YOU... I had the radio-active iodine 20 years ago - I still have a few nodules in the thyroid gland, they used to make me come in for check ups often to make sure they did not change in size...after a few years - I stopped going. I do take synthroid for my thyroid every day and I do check my nodules for changes.

If you have to have surgery you might as well have the thyroid removed at the same time (just my opinion) sounds to me either way you will need to be on meds.

Best of wishes for you and speedy recovery!!
Will continue to pray for you.
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OPALMOON 6/19/2014 9:25AM

    Hi Wendy,
I think it is the simplest and most sensible to remove the thyroid or part involved (if that is an option) the same time as P/T. I had a nodule on my thyroid in 2001 and had the relevant half of it removed and I've been on thyroid medication since. That gets monitored with blood tests. I too wish you didn't have to go through all this, though with you needing the P/T glands out, I will keep praying for everything to go smoothly and your health to improve as a result.
Take care and yes, the main think is to keep looking after yourself.
Big hugs, Nattacia

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1CRAZYDOG 6/19/2014 9:08AM

    ((((HUGS)))) OH Wendy, my heart sank reading your post. You definitely don't need more surgery, but looks like that's to be. **SIGH**

Wendy, I think option #1 honestly makes the most sense. Yes, it will mean thyroid tablets forever more (and I am in that boat, so I know the tought can be daunting, but you make it work. It surely beats other options.).

I agree, too, that your health will improve and further damage will be prevented if the para's are removed.

Sending you many prayers, my dear. Many.

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WDIPIM 6/19/2014 7:28AM

  God Bless

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14 Beautiful short stories worth reading,

Friday, June 06, 2014

1. Fall and Rise
Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I slammed my head on the ground. He said, “Believe it or not, that’s almost exactly how I injured my back 3 years ago.

2. A father's advice
Today, my father told me, “Just go for it and give it a try! You don’t have to be a professional to build a successful product. Amateurs started Google and Apple. Professionals built the Titanic.

3. The power of uniqueness.
Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70’s – what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.

4. Looking Back
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.

5. Try and U shall know
I am blind by birth. When I was 8 years old, I wanted to play baseball. I asked my father- "Dad, can I play baseball?" He said "You'll never know until you try." When I was a teenager, I asked him, - "Dad Can I become a surgeon?". He replied "Son, you'll never know until you try." Today I am a Surgeon, just because I tried!

Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”

Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.

Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”

Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?” “Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.

12. JOY
Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”.

Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”

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WINDY01 6/8/2014 8:36PM

    Great stories, Wendy! Thanks for sharing!

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GOANNA2 6/8/2014 10:14AM

    Very inspiring Wendy. Thanks for posting.

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PHEBESS 6/7/2014 3:05AM

    Thank you - definitely inspiring!

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SUSIEPH1 6/6/2014 4:55PM

    Really lovely Wendy .. Thanks for sharing .. Love you xx Susie xx emoticon emoticon

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OPALMOON 6/6/2014 11:25AM

    These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Wendy!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/6/2014 10:45AM

    I love these!

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5th June 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

I heard from the Specialist today and the whole 4 parathyroid glands are enlarged but there are no nasties there. thank goodness. But it also looks like a part of my thyroid gland is over-active too. So the Specialist said I will probably lose 3 1/2 P/T glands and part of the thyroid.

I would be worth it if I was losing lots of weight LOL. There is no treatment for hyperparathyroidism. Need to be removed as it will cause many other problems.

I have now moved my thyroid scan to next Friday. (week time) instead of the 2 weeks time.

thank you all for your well wishes.

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1BEACHWALKER 6/15/2014 9:13PM

    Sorry you have to have more surgery. Sending you get well wishes! emoticon

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ARTJAC 6/6/2014 3:21AM

    emoticon HOPE ALL GOES WELL

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REGILIEH 6/5/2014 10:53PM

    Keeping you in my heart, thoughts and prayers!



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OPALMOON 6/5/2014 9:36PM

    Hi Wendy,
I am relieved to hear there are no nasties with the P/T glands, though removal does certainly seems the best thing to do. It's good that the thyroid scan has been moved forward as well. Take care of yourself - thinking of you.
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POPSY190 6/5/2014 3:24PM

    All good wishes ,Wendy.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/5/2014 9:42AM

    (((hugs))) I'll be praying for you.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/5/2014 9:41AM

    ((((HUGS)))) So sorry to hear more surgeries, but you'll feel better afterwards. And glad you have your thyroid appt. moved forward. Good move.

Prayers, my dear. Enough is enough already it would seem!

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RDEE22 6/5/2014 8:55AM

    Great idea to bring your appointment forward. It sounds like the sooner "they" are removed the better, so they will stop poisoning your system. Stay Strong!!

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SUSIEPH1 6/5/2014 8:34AM

    Hi Darling .. You will feel much better when the offending Glands are removed ..
Great you have moved your thyroid appointment forward ..
Hope fully the surgeon can address your problem as soon as possible ..
Always in my heart .. Love you ..Susie emoticon emoticon

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HMBROWN1 6/5/2014 8:22AM

    Best wishes.

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GOANNA2 6/5/2014 8:12AM

    Good luck Wendy. I am having n ultrasound scan
on my thyroid on Tuesday also. I just can't seem
to shift the weight and the new doctor wants to see
the operation as it is now. You will be OK. Keep up
the healthy eating and just wait for the results.

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30th May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

thank you everyone for all your good wishes. I had my blood test yesterday and unfortunately my parathyroid levels have increased yet again. Not good news.

This whole incident has left me doubting myself. I know I have taken care of me for years but whatever happened has destroyed my confidence. Not a good feeling. I only thing I have changed lately is that I went on Magnesium, I did a lot of research on the Net before I started and found out that I could take them with my Chronic Kidney disease.

Felt really good for about the first 4 weeks then I felt tired (worse than usual) and felt like I was brain dead. I then fluked on a webpage that said do not take Magnesium with CKD as the kidneys cannot absorb this and will turn toxic in the body. So much conflicting information. This has stressed me out and caused me to doubt myself.

I should add that I went off these over a week ago.

Over my time researching I had found a lot of info that had helped me deal with my health problems but this has rocked my boat.

I really do need to accept that i made a mistake and get on with it. I have been fighting CKD for over 29 years and was told about 25 or more years ago I would be on dialysis then. I have actually be told that many times but I am still not on dialysis so I must be doing something right.

I am now off sugar, ya for me.

Now I must get my life back under control.

PS after reading and thinking about this blog, I have remembered that I have done this before and can do it again. I need to remember the positives like when my Neph stated that "whatever I am doing, keep doing it". The comments from doctors and Specialists that I am looking really well. So many good comments. Even my blood test really could be worse. There are only a few things that are wrong.


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OPALMOON 5/31/2014 1:40PM

    Hi Wendy,
It is not you that made a mistake at all. There is a lot of information on health matters on the internet and I too have found things that are contradictory. You gave something a try and don't blame yourself for that. Having found out that magnesium isn't a good idea, you did the sensible thing and stopped taking it.
I understand the blood test results are of concern, but they are not your fault. The kidney and its surrounding glands affect other functions in the body, and some of it is out of your control. Eating right and getting of sugar are all great achievements, so you certainly have been doing a lot of things right.
I think you've had a lot of stress over the past few years that haven't helped matters, and for that reason the more you can focus on yourself and your needs, with the least amount of stress possible, the more that will help you health-wise as well.
No need to beat yourself up or feel you have to 'get over' anything - just take each day as it comes.
Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way - bug hugs, Nattacia

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SUSIEPH1 5/30/2014 3:57PM

    Wendy Darling . We all make mistakes .. But we learn from them ....
You're such a strong woman my love, and I admire your tenacity ..
Glad you are off the Sugar too! ..
Take one day at a time .. Allow your body to heal its self ..
It's never to late to learn to eat and drink healthy ..
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FELINEBETTER 5/30/2014 1:27PM

    Have faith, Wendy! You have shown all the naysayers that you are not that average patient. So you may have made a mistake! You've made many of them before, haven't you? Carry on as if that never happened and see what happens. I believe your winning attitude has carried you along this far -- it's still willing if you are!


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1CRAZYDOG 5/30/2014 10:12AM

    We can only do the best right now with the information we have right now. Maybe it DOES turn out that information isn't the best we find out sometimes in the future. But then you move on -- make adjustments and move on. You've done that. Kudos.

What's next w/the parathyroid??

HUGS and blessings, Wendy.

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