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Who knew calcium was so important?

August 4, 2017

From the ER, I was admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of Hypocalcemia. Now, normally that would be the last thing I would want to do after just being released a few days before but at this point I was going to do anything to get better.


The surgeon explained that there were no parathyroids found in the pathology mass after surgery. Evidently, they dissect it about a million different ways. That was very good news but I was still puzzle why my calcium had dropped so low and so was the surgeon and hospital doctor. The only thing that anyone could come up with is that either the blood supply to my parathyroid had been cut for a period of time during the surgery or that the parathyroids were somehow bumped of disturbed. Either one could be possible based on the complexity of removing the right thyroid lobe. 


What I later came to find out is just how important the parathyroids are. As I mentioned the parathyroids control calcium in your body. Okay, good to know. But, what I found out about calcium was shocking to me. Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life. Calcium plays a central role in the function of your nervous system, as well as your muscles. Well, no wonder I was tingling and numb and felt so bad. I will never underestimate the value of calcium again. 

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