Thomas has been faithfully posting updates on my progress but here's the whole story in one place, straight from the "horse's mouth."
A few weeks ago my sister-in-law, Amanda, discovered a lump on my neck while practicing a health assessment for her nursing class. That sent me to the doctor the next day where I had blood work done to check my thyroid function and an ultrasound on the thyroid the next day. The bloodwork came back normal but the ultrasound showed a significant sized lump on the right side of the thyroid. I met with a surgeon a few days later and after he presented the options to me I felt most comfortable deciding to have surgery to remove the lump. Which is what he did yesterday (1/4). The pathologist in the Operating Room examined the tissue and declared it benign which also meant that I was able to keep the entire left half of my thyroid. I'll have blood work done in a few weeks to check thyroid function but the surgeon feels pretty confident that I won't need medication.
I'm feeling pretty good, one day post-op. It's certainly an easier surgery/recovery than a c-section. I have some swelling which makes swallowing painful and I'm moving slowly. I didn't sleep well in the hospital so I've been trying to catch up on sleep since I arrived home today. The kids seem to be doing very well. They came to visit me in the hospital Monday night and Eden was quite unsure about entering my room. She stayed in the hallway with daddy until she was confident enough to venture into my room to play with the buttons on my bed. My mom took off work yesterday and today to watch Eden and Lily and others are helping us out the rest of the week. Tom has been mom, dad, and nurse and will surely need a break too soon :) But he's been great.
Thanks for all the prayers and offers to help. We've been well-cared for and are much relieved to have a good report. Praise God!