In February, after a scintigraphie - where they inject radio active dye and then scan - I was told I had two small tumours on the left parathyroid glands and possibly one on the right. Yesterday I was given prints of the scans and my endocrinologist explained that as they were still very small and because I'd already had one removed last June, which made removing others difficult, that she felt it was not advisable at the moment. She couldn't seem to explain why it was more difficult to remove further tumours.
She said that there were three criteria which would lead to her recommending removal of these new tumours.
First, a very high calcium reading - before my first op the calcium levels were more than double the high of the normal range - now my levels are only just above half of the low of the normal range. It is not known why it's so low as I now drink lots of milk, eat cheese, butter and cream. I also take calcium daily - two doses of 500mg - and monthly Vitamin D doses to help me absorb the calcium.
Second, a problem with osteoporosis. I am booked in for a bone density scan on tomorrow week.
Third, kidney problems. I am booked in for a kidney scan at the same time as the bone density scan.
I will be monitored six monthly and hopefully that should catch any bad news early. So a fairly successful appointment.
Some of the chickens have a newly built shed and run