|Entry # 8 - My Second Endocrinologist: A New Respect and Confidence in Medicine|
|My Story - The Beginning|
|Wednesday, 12 November 2008 17:00|
So now I am scheduled to see the thyroid nodule specialist at Medical College of Georgia. It is a bit of a drive to get to Georgia but at this point it is well worth it.....
I checked in at the front desk and was seeing the endocrinologist in less than 30 minutes. The endocrinologist was incredible. He came in and was polite and respectful. I gave him the rundown of how the nodule was discover and gave him the normal blood work labs. I did not discuss my previous experiences with my previous doctors. I really didn’t find the need because this endocrinologist was off to a great start. He quickly isolated the thyroid nodule and used an ultrasound in the room and measure the nodule. He also took a few pictures of the nodule. He gave me all the statistics and percentages about thyroid nodules and cancer. He let me know that most thyroid nodules, about 95%, are benign and no surgery is necessary.
After all was said and done he recommended a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNA) of the thyroid nodule. I ask him if there was a risk of hematoma and he said that’s never happened in his 15 years of doing fine needle aspirations. He reassured me it was a simple procedure that is done in office to obtain thyroid cells from the thyroid nodule. These cells can be analyzed by the pathology department and they will determine if the cells are cancerous.
Overall, I felt very comfortable with this endocrinologist and he answered every question I had. He spent about 20 minutes with me. Quality care! I agreed with his recommendations and scheduled an appointment for the fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNA). I felt like I was on the right track now with my healthcare. What a difference.
Here is the picture of my thyroid nodule. The nodule appears large in the picture, but in reality it is only about one inch long.
The endocrinologist said “looks you are pregnant!” That was worth a few laughs.