Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Inaugural Blood Test

Had my first post-surgery blood test today, in preparation for my first post-surgery meeting with my endocrinologist this coming Monday. Hard to believe it hasn't even been a month since I had the surgery. Well..... I guess I believe it. Everything still feels a bit new. I'm always worried I'll forget my pill, but it hasn't happened. I'm pretty good at remembering those sorts of things, but I'm also pretty good at worrying needlessly.

I dropped by Kaiser Oakland's lab this morning. The phlebotomist I got was a little odd. He kept asking if I was ready. "Are you ready? Are you sure?" I didn't feel stressed, and I really don't think I looked stressed - getting blood drawn is no big deal (for me.) But he did seem concerned. "Ok.... if you're sure you're ready...." Finally I asked "Are you ready?" To which he said "I'm ready if you're ready." I was ready.
After all that I was afraid he'd stab me in the wrong spot or something, but things went smoothly enough. Now I just get to wait for the results (they should email me a link) and then I get to have the fun fun meeting with my doctor.

Still no real side effects to complain about. A couple of small things that may or may not be related, and which I will discuss with my doctor, but I feel mostly the same. I went for a brief jog around the neighborhood yesterday, for the first time since just before the surgery. I felt soooo out of shape and it definitely seemed like I was dragging along. Do I blame my absentee thyroid, or do I blame the fact that I haven't exercised in a month, haven't been eating all that well, and I was just generally tired after work? I think I'll go with that.

Tomorrow, more exercise. Tonight I go to a friend's house and watch "Withnail & I"! Definitely looking forward to that.


  1. Yay! Glad you're doing so well. It's really not a big deal at all if you forget a pill, since they have a 7 day half-life. I've done it before and didn't really notice a difference in how I felt. Just try not to forget two in a row! :)

  2. Hey, thanks! Yeah, I am minorly obsessed with not forgetting, but I'm sure that day will come eventually. Good to know skipping one pill isn't a huge issue.