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I saw the surgeon for my post-op appointment today.  Everything that was taken out in the second surgery tested benign.  Dr. Naruns didn't take out any lymph nodes on the right side, where the cancer had been, because the area was still too stressed from the surgery the week before, but the radiated iodine should hit anything that might still be there.  He had put me on calcium just as a safety, if anything were to go wrong with the parathyroid it would have presented by now. 

He said the incision looks good, though I should leave the tape on until the weekend.  The scabbing is starting to come loose which is good, though the first piece that came off freaked me out.  He did say that I should avoid sun for the next six months to a year because scar tissue is more reactive in pigmentation.  I had no idea, so I learned my something new for the day. 

So the next steps are all still the same as they were, but I continue to fall in the best case scenario side of things. 

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Great news! I hope things continue to fall on the best case scenario side!

YAY, that is good news!

You'll have to learn to accessorize with scarfs.

Once I get the tape off I will have to start experimenting. Especially since so far I've been preferring V-neck Ts because they don't rub against the area of my neck, but I'm guessing that will get less sensitive with time.

good good good good good!

Yay for benign! Yeah, I can see how the first piece of scabbage to come off might be a tad alarming... Glad to hear things are looking good.

Thanks for the cheering and the good thoughts. It was more the small pain that accompanied the scab loosening that was freaky, because my neck hadn't hurt in a week. Now that I know what it is though, I'm cheering the rest on.

Sounds like you are recuperating very well. Dumb question: How can you avoid the sun when you have to go out and do errands and stuff? *confused look*

Mostly I plan to wear shirts with collars high enough to cover the scar - and wear lots of very strong sunscreen otherwise.

Yay! I learned that lesson about scarring and sun the hard way. I have a scar on my knee from when I was 12 that will forever be purple because it happened in spring time, and I was in the sun all summer. People always think it just happened because it's never faded. So avoid sun! Wear big floppy hats to keep your neck in the shade :D

So wonderful to hear that everything on that side was benign!

I like the big floppy hat idea. And this is the season for them, maybe I'll start a collection.

Yeah, I am breathing just a bit easier now.

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