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Surgery

Sunday, December 13, 2020

I’m home from my surgery! It was a robotic adrenalectomy. They diagnosed me with Cushing Sydrome (officially), and took out the tumor/the entire affected adrenal gland. Everything went well, but I think they aggravated my nerve somehow on my lower left side and I’m having some numbness in my left leg and foot (similar to what happened when I hurt my back a few years ago, so I’m hoping it goes away with time like it did then). They put me on hydrocortisone pills to try to mimic the level of cortisol I had before removing the gland.... and my endocrinologist will slowly taper it down over the next few months until I don’t need to take it anymore (and my remaining gland is making sufficient hormones). The only problem is.... since I started taking these steroids, I feel so much hungrier. I anticipate I will probably gain a few lbs until I am off of these, but I’ll try my best to mitigate it with good food choices and exercise. Speaking of exercise - I’m not really able to do much yet, but I am getting out of my apartment and doing a few laps around my apartment’s tennis court. It’s not much, but it’s a start. Sleep: I’ve had horrible insomnia and reduced sleep for the last few months, but the past 2 nights have been WONDERFUL - I got 9 hours each night, which never happens. I’m really hoping that I will be able to have a normal sleep schedule now that the surgery is over. I’ll post again at the end of the month.... I don’t have any weight goal except to maintain the loss that I’ve had this year, so 359.
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