RAI is scheduled: May 3

It took longer than I would have liked to get my RAI on the calendar, because of some scheduling issues at the Nuclear Medicine Department — Nuclear Medicine … sounds cool — but finally I know what’s happening when.

On May 2, I will go in to have a tracer dose of the radioactive iodine. That’ll be used for a scan the next day, so they’ll look for something and determine what dosage I need of the real thing. I assume they see how much of my old thyroid gland is still in there. So on May 3, they’ll give me that pill, and then I’ll go home and begin my quarantine, which will last a week to 10 days.

I’m actually sort of looking forward to it. As I understand it, the only side-effects that I may feel are a little nausea or possibly a dry mouth. But it’s possible I won’t have any of that. I could feel perfectly normal the whole time. I’ll just be hanging out in our guest room watching baseball, watching movies, reading, playing online poker. (My iPad is scheduled to arrive April 30!) I’ll still be able to see my family and talk to them, as long as they stay in the doorway and don’t come in. But I won’t have to get anyone ready for school or empty the diswasher or take out the trash or do anything.

I’m just gonna sit and glow.

Once I knew when my RAI will start, I could count back two weeks to know when to do a couple other things. Starting on April 18, I’ll go off my Cytomel, which means I will have no hormones at all running through my body. That could make me sort of fatigued or moody or otherwise grumpy, but we’ll see.

Starting on the 18th I’ve also got to begin my low-iodine diet. That has the potential to suck, but I feel like I’ve got a pretty good game plan for foods I’ll be allowed to eat that won’t drive me crazy. Just today my wife did a test run baking some bread, and it was pretty good. I’m thinking for breakfast I’ll eat toast with jelly, plain oatmeal with fruit or egg whites. I can also have orange juice or apple juice.

For lunches I can make sandwiches with the bread. We’ll get some turkey and I can put lettuce and tomato on there. Can’t have any cheese or mayo or butter or anything, but I’ll adapt. I’m also thinking that we’ll get some ground turkey and make up a bunch of turkey burger patties and freeze ’em, to be used throughout. I can only have one serving of meat a day, so it’ll be either lunch or dinner. We’ll also have to find some plain, organic pasta, which I can also have, so maybe that can be another meal. Plain pasta… mmm. I can only have four servings of breads/grains, so I’ll have to split those up. I’m sure there will be a lot of just snacking on grapes, watermelon, carrot sticks, celery.

I’m definitely planning on losing a few pounds during the three weeks on this diet, so that’s a good thing.

In the meantime, I have one more week of being perfectly normal, before all this begins, so I’m going to enjoy it.

Oh, also should mention that my calcium levels were still good at my last doctor visit, so hopefully I’ll be off the calcium pills entirely in another week.

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