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Waking up like a kid: parathyroidectomy for the win — 18 Comments

  1. Holly,
    Discovered your blog recently, and am oh so glad. I’m a recovering academic (historian of sci/tech/med) who has turned to writing fiction. It has been a struggle recently because of a constellation of symptoms which largely (entirely) appear to be hyperparathyroidism. I’m also going to the Norman Clinic for parathyroid surgery in a few weeks. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, especially about the spontaneous story ideas coming back. For most of my life I’ve been spawning projects and ideas without effort, and the yawning echo of nothingness inside my head recently is terrifying. Once I can follow a plot again, I look forward to reading some of your novels, but for now let me offer my thanks for providing me with more hope.

    • Some even better news for you in that regard. My work energy has come back, as has my memory. Things I’d thought had faded into oblivion were still there, and clearing the excess calcium out of my brain has allowed me to find them again.

      Good luck with your own surgery.

  2. Happy, happy noises! Like Amy and Murky I had tears in my eyes reading this. Bless your doctors and caregivers for giving you back that pain-free and ‘happy to be alive’ feeling. For we who have already learned so much from you when you felt bad, what can we expect when you feel good?! It boggles the mind.

  3. Belated, but I am so happy to hear this! Your writing’s brought me a lot of joy, and I wish you all the best.

  4. I love, absolutely love, hearing this. As someone who sleeps no more than two to four hours a night on average, this sounds to me like heaven! One is used to hearing of grueling recoveries. How lovely that you feel better and better after surgery: That is the way I wish it would always be for people.

    And that moment you remembered sounds so wonderful–what I call a “forever moment”, when one is totally in the present.

    • I’m so happy for you,Holly. Now my wish for you is that this surgery also lessens the occurrences of migraines for you as well. But even if that doesn’t happen, you’ve passed a milestone that has set you free.

      Congratulations, myfriend. May happiness, freedom, and glorious story lines flood your days with sunshine.


  5. I’ll be honest. I don’t tend to be an overly emotional person. But reading this I have actual tears in my eyes I’m so happy for you. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you… and for us, the beneficiaries of your creativity and talent. 🙂

  6. This is so great to see that finally, FINALLY, you are making the recovery we’ve all wished and hoped you would have. Your joy shines so brightly in every word of this post that I can feel its glow all the way up here in Chicago. 🙂
    Add my thanks to Dr. Norman and his staff for the wonderful work they do. The world needs more doctors like him.

  7. Also, should mention that another thing about veterinary medicine: when we’re really having trouble with an ADR (“ain’t doing right”) we’ll look for unusual infections, especially diseases transmitted by an arthropod vector. That is a fancy way of saying diseases transmitted by bites from small critters like ticks, fleas, etc: Lyme dz, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, dengue fever, Bartonellosis, and others — these can all cause a constellation of symptoms that are all over the place: joint and muscle pain, fatigue, fever, brain fog, headaches, you name it. So it is with humans, I believe. As you can imagine, veterinarians are prone to these things. I heard one veterinary internal medicine specialist say that any veterinarian who starts to complain of chronic, frequent, intermittent, recurring headaches should get themselves tested for those diseases.

  8. Holly, yours is an amazing story — the body’s endocrine and biochemical system is truly fearfully and wonderfully made!

    There are a lot of people out there with vague symptoms (vague pain, brain fog, trouble sleeping, trouble waking, fatigue) and even more vague diagnoses that are really no more than a term that encapsulates the constellation of their symptoms: (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or the classic one we use in veterinary medicine: ADR — “ain’t doing right.”) Many sufferers of these symptoms and syndromes are in the care of doctors who lack the knowledge, experience and expertise to put the symptoms and laboratory data together to arrive at a correct diagnosis.

    The result is a lot of unhappy unhealthy people for whom life has become a major drag. Seems to me that when you have vague but troublesome symptoms + vague non-answers and no solutions in sight other than “grit your teeth and bear it,” the true solution is to refuse to accept that feeling like crap all the time can ever be “normal.” So many of these cases turn out to be endocrine or biochemical disorders, so if I ever get into this kind of pickle, I’ll seek out a specialist in this area.

    Thanks very much for sharing all this. I’m sure many people will find it helpful.

  9. Holly, I am so pleased to see that everything is turning out just the way it should, and that you are feeling so much better.

    May it always stay that way!


    • Thanks, BJ. It’s amazing. Every morning I wake up, and something else has gotten better while I slept.

      There’s more, but I’m afraid to say anything else for fear I might jinx it.

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