It's been a little over a year since my surgery and it's time to determine if there are any "left over" malignant thyroid cells in my body. Unfortunately, a simple blood test and x-ray isn't enough. I have to submit to a Gamma Ray Scan to see if:
a. There are any surviving thyroid cells in my body
b. Any of those cells have migrated
The test is no big deal. I think I explained this before.
June 7th Thyrogen Injection (over 2,000 dollars)
June 8th Thyrogen Injection (over 2,000 dollars)
June 9th Ingest radioactive iodine capsule (over 3,000 dollars)
June 11th Gamma Ray Scan
Two injections, a pill, and a scan. I can handle that, no problem. The problem is the three week prep diet for the test. I have to totally starve my body of iodine. The only cells that can "hang onto" iodine in your body are the thyroid cells. So you starve your body of iodine, take a radioactive iodine pill, and let any iodine starved thyroid cells, if any, eagerly slurp the iodine and be visible under the gamma ray scan. The radioactive iodine is supposed to kill them at this point also.
To totally starve my body of iodine I can't eat any:
Soy based products
The items in red are the hardest. I'm sure many of you are thinking "what's so hard about not eating seaweed?" Well, look on the ingredient list of what you eat. If you see carrageen, agaragar, or alginate there, you are eating seaweed. The same goes for soy. You would be amazed at how many items these two things are in. It's not bad for you, in fact it's good. I just can't eat it now. As you already know, we eat a lot of Japanese food. It's pretty much based on seaweed, seafood, and soy products. I'm so screwed. This time I'm not going to load up on unsalted chips and popcorn. If you remember, I actually gained a little weight last time I did this.
I started my diet at 12:01 a.m., on May 23rd. I'm living on about a 1000 calories or less per day. I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm happy to be losing some, but sure as heck isn't the diet, I'd prefer to do it with!
May 23 225 starting weight
May 24 223
May 25 221
May 26 220
May 27 218
May 28 217
May 29 216
May 30 215
May 31 213
June 01 213
June 02 212
June 03 211
June 04 210
June 05 209 today's weight
Here is what I ate yesterday.
1 cob of corn
2 all fruit smoothies
This is pretty close to what I've been eating every day.
I have no energy
Worst of all, I'm bored by all these little lists!