Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Useful Tips After Thyroidectomy & RAI Treatment

My Paper Plate Setting 
In the past decade there is a growing "Go Green" movement and of course we  are all about going “green” but during and after thyroid cancer surgery and treatment might not be the time. If you live alone, paper plates and plastic cups,  bowls and utensils are essential. You won’t be in the mood to do the dishes and looking at dirty dishes will only make you moody!   

If like most thyroid cancer patients you must undergo radioactive iodine therapy then you must make sure you get rid of anything you use -that may be used by other (i.e. kitchen utensils) Take a vacation from doing dishes and give back to the environment when you are feeling better!

  • If you live alone, ask someone to stay with you for as many  days as your surgeon suggests. Some surgeries will have you up and about the next day while others might take several weeks.  
  • Keep pain medicine and a glass of water next to your bed before you go to sleep at night in case you need it  right away. 
  • If you have children or pets, make sure the medication is safely stored.
  • Get back to a routine as soon as you are able. Keeping your mind busy and focused on your job and/or life’s responsibilities will help keep your spirits up. We think that having too much free time to “think” can make it more difficult.

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