living in jelloPosted: January 29, 2012
I love red jello. Rich and colorful with ripe white yellow slices of banana suspended like tiny spaceships caught by a tractor beam. It melts on the tongue and then the burst of banana flavor with it’s soft texture makes me smile. Gelatin is fun. It wiggles and wobbles on your spoon, cool and tasty.
When your thyroid runs off to the vivisectionist, and the replacement pills are on hold, the experience is like living in jello, sans the delightful bananas and red color. Hard to keep warm, little foggy, just can’t get up the energy to do it, describes it best.
The body stores a reservoir of thyroid hormone in the cells, and prior to radiation therapy ( actually managed radiation poisoning ) the goal is to drain that resource and make any thryoid/cancer cells hyperactive. Starving and needing to perform their function of regulating the amount of hormone in the body, they will gobble up the poison and poof.
The first week with no thyroid hormone is pretty normal. Good energy levels may make you think that willpower overcomes microbiology every time, ( or at least in my case ). However as week two starts, things begin to change. Microbiology starts to laugh back. And willpower boy becomes jello boy which is still better than mud boy, or block of ice boy.
So if you haven’t heard from me in a while…. I’ll get around to it…..