I want to thank everyone who have been nice enough to write me personally and wish me well, as well as to share their stories of thyroid madness with me. I gather, from what I've gotten, that if I DO have thyroid cancern (very big IF) that it's like, the BEST CANCER EVAR. I've heard that so many times now that it makes me smile whenever I hear it again.
I've read the most people have lumps on their thyroids as they get older, and it usually is not anything serious. Like the rest of us, our innards get lumpy, too. Meh.
SWTriGal took me down there and then back home. At first, they were describing "a needle the size of a hair" which was an optomistic statement, but I saw the needle, and I said, "my hair doesn't look that that. Who has hair like that? Not me!"
The biopsy was not painful, but it was creepy - it's disturbing to feel something fishing around inside of you. I get very bad nerves in cases like this - I shake, and my teeth chatter, and I figured that shaking was not a good idea whilst a needle was in my neck, so I popped a couple of benedryl and some Valerian beforehand, which took the edge off. The procedure felt not unlike I'd swallowed a potato chip that was too big - vaguely uncomfortable, but not unbearable. I've donated blood and suffered more. My neck is sore today.
So, good news: I'm starting a new job next week at the counseling center that I've worked in on and off over the past 4-5 years. I'll be taking over the clinical interview/intake, which is where I sit with a new client and interview them about their life history, current problems, et cetera, and then put down a diagnosis and recommended treatment. I'm looking forward to this. It's interesting, and uses the skills and education that I've been collecting over the past decade. In addition, I'll be seeing clients for individual therapy. The pay will be less, but we'll get by. My project this week: creative belt-tightening.
Redman has been postponed until next year. Meanwhile, a few days off as I straighten things in the house and reorganize things. I'm actually kind of relieved because it's been unusually hot here, and the heat training is exhausting. Every time we do one of these long bicycle rides in the 99 degree heat, it knocks me out for a few days.
We still have boxes and boxes of stuff owing to our move from a house with 800 more square feet and my general laziness. I've been wanting to do is clear out the garage, but it's just so hot! I'll work on organizing our 2nd bedroom back into a study/office. Oh, and I'm training for the Palo Duro 50K in October. I have a personal score to settle with that race that I need to address which I'll write about later.