Surgery postponed for second surgery that takes priority

caduceus125I’m not having surgery on my tongue tomorrow.

I’ve now heard from my primary physician that pre-op labs and follow-ups revealed that I have primary hyperparathyroidism, which is usually caused by benign tumors on one or more of the four parathyroid glands. It’s fairly common in men and women in their fifties.

Information on hyperparathyroidism and a very good video are here.

A 15-minute video of the COMPLETE, no-editing 4-Gland Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Removal surgery. (Completely bloodless, really cool.)

The elevation in calcium that parathyroid tumors cause creates a surgical risk—so I cannot have the partial glossectomy (tongue tissue removal) until I get this done.

I am doing my best to take the delays in stride, to remain calm, and to just get through this.

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12 comments… add one
  • John Mar 20, 2016 @ 9:26

    Wishing you all the best, Holly. Stay strong, and get well soon!
    One day in the future, you’ll be in fine health, and all of this trouble will just be a fading memory.

  • Hanna Mar 7, 2016 @ 15:23

    Sorry to hear about all you are going through.

  • Rachel Sweigart Mar 7, 2016 @ 7:40

    Thinking of you! Hang in there.

  • Margaret Mar 6, 2016 @ 23:21

    Hugs, Holly. You’ll get through this. The strong and determined survive just about anything, and no one could question your place in that crowd :).

  • JT Mar 6, 2016 @ 5:08

    Holly, it’s inspiring to see you soldier on in the face of adversity, but, darn it, I wish you didn’t get so many opportunities to inspire!

  • Dee Mar 5, 2016 @ 14:31

    Well, that bites. You are definitely due for a lottery win about now! I’m glad your doctor was on the ball and caught it, though. Now they can fix it. Sending lots of good thoughts your way!

  • Lynda Miller Mar 5, 2016 @ 13:30

    So sorry you are having to go through all of this. Wishing you nothing but being well and going forward


  • Talena Winters Mar 4, 2016 @ 20:06

    We’re rooting for you, Holly! Warm thoughts sent your way.

  • D J Mills Mar 1, 2016 @ 13:38

    Good luck with the surgery, and hope that sorts out the tongue issues too. Hugs from me. 🙂

    I love the Vipers Nest cover. 🙂

  • BJ Steeves Mar 1, 2016 @ 7:53

    I am so sorry to hear that. Seems that when it rains, it really pours. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Please keep us posted.


  • Barbara Feb 29, 2016 @ 9:01

    Keeping you in my heart, Holly. Do keep us posted on how you’re doing.

  • Deb Salisbury Feb 29, 2016 @ 8:58

    Hugs, Holly. Many hugs!

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