Billy encouraged me to share something that I've not shared with many people. He and I believe in the power of prayer, positive thinking, and positive energy. So this is why I am writing. When I was last in the hospital, the doctor found some nodules on my thyroid. I had an ultrasound performed, and my surgeon said that there was something suspicious. I need a biopsy. Our family has a history of thyroid cancer, and he is concerned. Well, needless to say, I'm concerned. I understand the statistics. Thyroid nodules are common in women my age. I understand all the stats, but I need your prayer. Can I just have a break? The very fact that I have to even think about cancer, in any form, is overwhelming. I've been working so hard to be healthy and now I have one more thing to have to consider.
This journey continues to challenge me. I am expecting a miracle.
I have been recovering at home, but I am having some kind of reaction. I cry at the drop of a hat.
I did receive a call from the doctor who admitted me to the hospital. She called to see how I was feeling and to tell me that the CT that was done in the ER showed that I had nodules on my thyroid. I was encouraged to tell my surgeon about them at my follow up.
Needless to say, this was not encouraging so I researched nodules and decided not to tell the kids or my family.
The term thyroid nodule refers to an abnormal growth of thyroid cells that forms alump within the thyroid gland. Although the vast majority of thyroid nodules are benign (noncancerous), a small proportion of thyroid nodules do contain thyroidcancer. Thyroid nodules are very common; up to half of all people have at least one thyroid nodule, although most do not know about it. Thyroid nodules can be caused by many different conditions. Reassuringly, about 95 percent of all thyroid nodules are caused by benign (non-cancerous) conditions.
This was encouraging so I decided not to worry and just try to get stronger. I can't exercise for three-four weeks after the surgery. This journey continues to be hard and I don't understand why I am going through it.
One thing I have done lately, is question God. Why? What is it that I am doing wrong? I eat really good, I've been exercising this summer. What is this curse that I have seem to inherited? The only thing I know is that there must be something really big planned for me to do because I keep getting attack by the enemy.
I've really had time to sit down and get my studies going for the Holistic Health Practitioner certification. I am not looking forward to going back to school with another deficit in my health.
I'm very glad to have Billy home from TAL'S Camp. He's been home for 4 days now and this is what happened. I awoke with terrible pain in my chest and upper abdomen on Thursday, July 28 and was taken by ambulance to St. Davids Hospital, South Austin. After immediately ruling out heart for the cause of chest pain, they admitted me to the hospital. I was put on very strong pain killers and began waiting for test results. A CT was done that extended from my neck to my pelvis, and they found that my gallbladder might be sluggish.
Three days into the hospital stay, they determined that I did not have an ulcer. I did not have indigestion. Nothing was broken and all my kidney and liver functions were normal. One doctors said he thought it was my gall bladder but with my history, he didn't know if I could have surgery. So he waited. After another extensive test (where I had to forgo pain meds for a day), they determined that my gallbladder did indeed have sludge.
Billy went to Facebook again to ask for prayers... I've always liked rollercoasters. Fitting, since that's a metaphor for the past three years regarding Annie's health. About two weeks ago, she said her goal for the school year was to stay out of the hospital. And then last Thursday I had to call for an ambulance!
This is our 9th day in the hospital. I'm bored out of my mind, sitting here 10 hours a day, but my lovely wife has it much worse. She is in severe pain and nauseous, and has to endure endless probing, as well as injections in her belly (blood thinners, since she's been mostly bed-ridden). FINALLY we have a surgery time: at 5:00 p.m. they're going to remove that diseased gall bladder that's causing all these problems.
Due to her heart history, she's a higher risk for surgery than most people. And although the surgery is relatively minor and she's been cleared by her cardiology team, I still can't help but "white knuckle" it through. I think I'd rather be out! (And would gladly trade places with her. She's been through so much and doesn't deserved such rotten luck!)
Anyway, friends, you know the routine. It got us through Lincoln in '13 and again at the Heart Hospital in '14. So whatever you got out there -- prayers, vibes, good thoughts, positive energy, karma, best wishes -- I'll take it.
The gall bladder surgery was removed successfully, and I was had new scars to add to my other battle wounds. Now I'm home and trying to figure out where and how recovery begins again.
My Journey from death's door to the miracle of life.
Annie Dragoo is a wife, mother, actor, singer, dancer, educator, and holistic health practitioner who lives in Austin, Texas.