Just wanted to give you an update about my progress 14 days post total thyroidectomy. Like I said before, I am writing these updates in the hope that someone else will find it helpful if they have to undergo surgery.
First of all, my chest infection has totally cleared and I have no more mucous /phlegm. The antibiotics did the trick but it took a bit longer for the mucous to stop. The cough was so bad that I thought my suture would reopened, but no it didn't. The steri strips that the surgeon stuck to the wound is still strongly stuck to my neck despite several showers. I have been having a shower instead of a bath as I've read online that it's best not to soak the wound in water. So a shower is fine and I just dry the steri strips with a hair dryer afterwards.
I continued to use 3 pillows to sleep until day 10 but as it was uncomfortable I decided to go back to 1 pillow. Unfortunately, I woke up the next morning with my neck swollen around the wound and a mild pain around it. So, I went back to 3 pillows the following night. However, I tried 2 pillows last night and my neck was fine this morning.
I was taking 6 tablets of 25mg Wockhart Levothyroxine after surgery as I didn't want to try another brand straight after surgery. I had reacted badly to other brand of Levo prior to surgery, so I wanted to stick to what I know best. However, 4 days ago, I thought I would give Mercury Pharma tablets a try. This means 2 tablets a day (a 100mg and a 50 mg tablets). So far so good. Apart from acid reflux, I have had no other side effects so far. I was worried in case it would drive me to low mood which happened previously when I was on Actavis tablets. My mood has so far not changed (fingers crossed) and I'm full of energy. I continue to take calcium tablets 3 times a day and I'm hoping this would get back to normal. I won't know until I start reducing the calcium and have a blood test done. To be honest, I feel that there is no urgency to do this yet.
I'm still not driving as it is slightly uncomfortable when I move my neck from side to side. My neck movement has massively improved this week. I have been out to the cinema and to lunch with friends on 3 occasions this week. To be honest, I'm enjoying being chauffeured around. With a light scarf around my neck, noone notices the wound anyway.
In regards to the symptoms I was experiencing prior to surgery, most of it is gone. Most importantly the pain and the feeling of compression on my chest is gone. My skin is still dry and I haven't lost any weight but you can't expect everything to improve overnight. To be honest I have been eating like a pig. Not that I'm hungry, more because I have no willpower to eat healthy at the moment. My voice is no longer hoarse and I'm full of energy.
I have received a letter for a post op appointment with my surgeon for the second week of December (3 and a half weeks from today). Do I regret having a total thyroidectomy? So far, no! I am pain free and would have had to monitor my nodules with biopsies and my trachea would have continued to deviate. So, no regrets so far! I am worried about the results of my histology but I'm trying not to think about it. My surgeon is currently on holiday, so I just hope that someone will call me if there is anything serious (sorry don't like saying the word, too scared).
Hope my experience will help someone else. This forum has been absolutely fantastic, helpful and educational. I am ever so grateful for all your advice and support. So thank you!