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The worse was yet to come

August 2, 2017

Day 1 at home after surgery went well. I had a doting husband and some great friends from church who provided some meals for us with mine being soft foods. I will never forget the most amazing mashed potatoes one friend brought over. So yummy and so much better than anything I had in the hospital. Funny, the little things you remember. My son and grandsons came over for a short visit and it was great to get to see them. All-in-all, a good day. The evening proved to be a little different as I could not sleep. 

 

Day 2 at home after surgery started off well. I made myself some oatmeal (again soft foods went down a little easier) and then laid back down on the couch to read. About an hour later, my feet and lips started feeling tingly. You are sent home after thyroid surgery with a list of what to do and symptoms to look for. I had been told to take Calcium which I did and to call the doctor if I felt any kind of tingling in my extremities or my face. Then, I started feeling very nauseous and began vomiting. The I grabbed the phone and called the doctor's office. The nurse contacted the doctor and I was told to get a blood test. I called my husband to come home from work and on the 15 minute drive to go to the hospital/health center to get the blood test, I threw up multiple time. It wouldn't stop and by now, I felt numb and tingly from head to toe. I have never felt this bad in my entire life. We had to wait a little while to get the blood drawn and then we were back in the car to go home. Once again, I threw up multiple times on the drive home. Once at home, my husband settled me on the couch and ran to the grocery store to get me something to help settle my stomach. While he was at the grocery store, the doctor's office call him and said to get me to the ER right away. The blood work showed that my calcium levels were dangerously low and I needed to come in for an infusion. Why they didn't have us wait there, I will never understand. Needless to say, he came straight home and drove me to the ER. 

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