Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I'm not Kosher

Friday was my appointment with my new endocrinologist.  It went really well.  He said a lot of things that I really liked:

-  I had one of the best surgeon's in the region.
-  It was a good decision to have the second surgery and radioactive iodine.
-  I have an excellent prognosis.
-  I can e-mail him directly with questions.
-  My labs can be done where ever I want.

Things like that.

He also switched my thyroid medicine.  I don't have to take pills all day long anymore.  Just one.  Made of pig thyroid.  After some research, I found out that a lot of people really like it, it's gluten-free, and there is some theory that because it is pig thyroid and not a synthetic hormone it works better in the body. 

Whatever.  As long as it works and makes me feel alright, I'm game.

Walgreen's was pretty interesting with it though.  In true Walgreen's fashion, they tried to give me the generic form of the drug.  (NOTE:  It isn't recommended to take the generic thyroid meds when you have thyroid cancer.  In other circumstances, I am all for generics.)  They explained to me that they wanted to give me the generic because it would save me money.  Duh.  Using the generic form of my old meds would have saved me $70/month.  That's $840.00 per year.  A definite savings.

The difference in price from the name brand and the generic of my new hormones... $1.  I think I can spring for the extra $12 per year.  I did a cost/benefit analysis on that one.  Where did I put my pro/con list?  Oh... here it is:

Pro Generic - Save $12 per year

Con Generic - That's 3 less grande mochas per year.  Or one and a half Essie nail polishes.  Or one cocktail.

Anyway.  The other thing that came from my appointment was that he wanted to go ahead and do my 6 month check up.  For a while (about 5 years), I will have some blood tests and neck ultrasounds done every six months to see if the cancer has come back.  I had my blood test done on Friday (won't get the results for a few days) and my neck ultrasound is today.


Geez.  I'm so done with having medical check-ups done.  In the last 3 weeks, I have had my skin check, annual, endo appointment, blood test, and now ultrasound. 

I just hate waiting for test results.

If you would please, could you pray/send good thoughts for my ultrasound today and other tests.  I would really appreciate it.

But my new thyroid meds mean I am definitely NOT kosher.  Who are we kidding?  I could never be kosher.  I love chocolate chip cookies (made with eggs and butter dunked in milk), bacon, bacon wrapped steak, pulled pork, mashed potatoes and gravy... you get the picture.


  1. Finding a good doctor is SO HARD. I'm glad you've got one that you like. I could never be kosher because of my love of bacon. It just wouldn't work out.

  2. I'm so happy that you found a good doctor, he sounds great! Sending lots of positive thoughts to you today, so your ultrasound goes well! Will do the same for your test results. Sometimes the waiting and not knowing is harder than the actual results :-s

  3. just whispered a prayer girl..

    and as a professional accountant, I concur.
    Your cost/benefit analysis was right on!! :D
    jeez. #thinkfirst people. Think First.

  4. I just wish I could say YOU GOT THIS and that I would be absolutely 100% correct.. but I think you do for some reason.. I just do.

    And a good doctor? Priceless.


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