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Surgery followup

They've confirmed that the enlarged (and removed) parathyroid was indeed an adenoma: a benign tumour. Also taken a blood sample to check calcium and parathyroid hormone levels are back to normal. They'll write to me and my GP and let me know the results, if so we're all done and dusted. He didn't say what happens if they're still elevated! Also apparently my scar should be all but invisible within 12 months, which is excellent news. It's fairly unobtrusive anyway, all things considered. All good.

In other news I'm actively looking at wedding venues now: have three visits to colleges lined up, all inconveniently on different weekends, but Mum and Dad will be able to come along for one of them. V exciting, and scarily expensive looking!

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Recovery

Thanks all who sent good wishes. Surgery apparently went well on Thursday, and I was allowed home the same evening. Since then I've largely been curled up in my pyjamas under the duvet reading lots and letting Mike look after me. I've finally got up properly today :)

I'm still achy, I've got a big scab a couple of inches long along one side of my neck, but it's right along an existing crease, so once it's healed the scar should barely show. And I'm not in enough pain to be worth taking even paracetamol, which is brilliant.

I'm taking vitamin D and calcium supplements for a fortnight, until the other three glands supposedly recover from being rather suppressed and everything gets back to normal, and I go back to see the consultant in 4 weeks. I'll be seeing my GP on Monday though, to give him my discharge letter and check that I've not got too much calcium in my system now. There's a bit of me that's scared I'll be like my neighbour and find the operation hasn't worked and they need to operate again and look at the other glands. I hope not!

I don't think I'm up to sitting in front of a computer all day yet, it makes my neck ache, but I should be OK by the end of next week I guess, we'll just have to wait and see. Overall I'm a lot more recovered than I thought I'd be though.

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Stuff and things

Finally mapped our two long walks in Devon, you can see them here: Haldon area and Dartmoor. 9.2 and 7.3 miles respectively with 1800 and 1300 feet of climbing. No wonder my knees hated me afterwards! The elevation profiles are pretty cool though, and if you zoom in you can see the rocks that make up Grimspound.

Pre-assessment yesterday took all afternoon, but I've been given a clean enough bill of health (despite an irritating blood pressure reading of 158/86), so surgery is on for tomorrow. Alarm clock is set for implausibly early (by our standards) so I can get to the hospital by 7am, for a mid to late-morning surgery. They expect it'll last 45 minutes max, but I doubt I'll be allowed home before the evening. My bag's all packed and I'm pretty much ready to go, if nervous. I suspect I may not get the best night's sleep :)