Maryanne Posted February 21, 2005 Share Posted February 21, 2005 Hi All, Just want to update you on Joel's condition since I last posted. This is week 2 since taking that radioactive iodine pill. Just to update you again, I told you he went to the Endocrinologist and found out he has Graves disease, which is an over-active thyroid. This caused him to lose 40 lbs, loss of appitite, a rapid heart rate and become so fatigued to a point where it was getting hard for him to walk. This all happened while he was going through his rehab for the LC operation. We were very worried at the time that maybe they did not get all the cancer. But thank G-d that that is turned out to he the thyroid, that is treatable. They gave him a radiation pill 2 weeks ago today to kill the thyroid and then it would become underactive which is treatable with medication. He will have to take the medication. everyday for the rest of his life. Anyway, he is doing wonderful. He can actually shower and shave the same day without getting fatigued. He even took me out to dinner and a movie last night. And has gained close to 10 lbs back already, in one week. He is eating me out of of the house!! Now we have to wait for him to get his strength back to a pretty normal level so he could finally go through chemo The only question I have is , he still is short of breath. He had the lobectomy on December 15. Will this pass? He has an appointment with his pulmonary doctor this Thursday. Is there any kind of rehab. places he can go too, to increase his breathing level ? Any suggestions. As always, thanks for taking the time to read my post. Maryanne Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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