My mother 67 years old is about to get her right thyroid taken out in an hour. ( they are saying precancerous is kinda what they are calling it) any tips advice after surgery? Any good questions I should ask doc after her follow up. Thank you. I’m am so lost.

She is Korean we have a language barrier and she doesn’t understand exactly so I need to learn everything so I can make the best decision and care for her. Thank you everyone.

43 Answers

zesty.flummox75
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Afterward, her throat will be sore. Many people recommend lemon drops, popcicles and ice cream. Only time and pain medication helped me. Icing the area can also help.

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

She is type 2 diabetic..so I def need to keep her away from sweets - but cold non sweet things noted thank you!

zesty.flummox75
Answered 8 months ago    reply

They do make sugar-free popcicles that are not bad. For about 24 hours after my surgery, for some reason I could not tolerate sweets anyway. Anything sweet tasted disgustingly sweet. It was strange.

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Perfect!!! Thank you I will def. go get it!


CMaestas87
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Does she have a recliner? I felt better sleeping in a semi up right position for the first few nights.


L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

No but I will def get some extra pillows to prop her! Thank you.


J_Daniella
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Ice packs - or cooling packs. And the most important- make sure she takes pain medicine on schedule for first few days. Don’t wait to take it when already hurting, take it on schedule (like every 4-6 hours) to prevent the pain from coming back

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Awesome thank you for the tip!!!


K_Theresia
Answered 8 months ago    reply

I had trouble swallowing for a little while afterwards I needed something like Apple sauce to swallow I had lots of trouble getting water down for a few days

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Notes soft foods:) thank you Theresia:) I can even make her homemade sauce

K_Theresia
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Good idea for me it wasn't just soft foods needed but I needed the thickness for a few days to easily swallow for me it would take like three or so tries to get liquids down but first tries for something that was thick like Apple sauce

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Wow— it even liquids. Gosh how horrible

K_Theresia
Answered 8 months ago    reply

It was not fun but lasted only like 5 days then I could have what ever I wanted

K_Theresia
Answered 8 months ago    reply

For some reason at first liquids would take multiple tries to get down but no trouble with soft thick foods as I said it didn't last long so it was annoying but no too bad

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Gosh five days is a long time. Wonder how she will do trying to take her meds? That’s a good question to ask doc

brianna
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Theresia made a great point, water and thin liquids were difficult and still are, thick liquids were easier, and a straw is helpful for water. I have trouble tilting my head back to drink from a bottle or cup. The movement of the swallowing action is what is painful, I have to wait in between each swallow. Pills can be done, I managed Percocet ok. I enjoyed eating applesauce, yoghurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal/ricemeal, rice pudding, puddings etc. Cold was good.

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Thank you so much!!! I am stocking up on all your foods you have noted!


Jennie_Donofrio
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Please ask for a translator. Hospitals have them in many languages. This way your mom can speak in her native language and it will be better for you so you don't have to translate on her behalf. They are free.

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

We live in such a small town:( but she is already back there getting her surgery. But we did have a translator over the phone at one of her other appointments and it still was hard to figure out and she didn’t really understand

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Thank you Jennie!

impatient.bauble
Answered 8 months ago    reply

They should have actually already offered a translator

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

It didn’t seem to be much help when it was over the phone so I didn’t bother to ask at this hospital. She is always super weak and zoned out so I am okay taking care of her.


brianna
Answered 8 months ago    reply

I just had my surgery 2 days ago, ask for a translator. Coughing will be very painful and swallowing will be too. Soft cool foods are good, they restricted me from hot soup etc, no hot tea for a day or so. I had headaches and putting the ice pack on my skin was tender, let her place it if possible, or do so very gently. I was sweating a lot as my body tried to regulate temperature, I kept a cool towel on my forehead. I was able to move around but rest and minimal visitors was better for me. I was able to speak, but whisper seems to cause less pain.

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Thank you!!! Highly noted!


dunlop.nan
Answered 8 months ago    reply

It’s different for everyone after surgery. I had pain. I got morphine. Went to sleep. Had soft foods afterwards for maybe 2 days. I didn’t have neck pain or inner throat pain. Or any of the complications. Oh but my stomach hated the antibiotic. Just take it step by step.

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Thank you Nan! I hope she is able to eat because she barley eats as it is! Def. will ask for pain meds and nausea for her and I have stool softener!


IleenMcCully
Answered 8 months ago    reply

A neck pillow was a lifesaver for my husband and I both after surgery, couldn’t sleep with out one, the kind you use on a plane trip


L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago

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S.Eliz
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Great news. I am so glad to hear this.


bored.Yukiko
Answered 8 months ago    reply

I found a u shaped travel neck pillow helped when I slept.

shockedNickole
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Yes!! Mine was my best friend for months!


L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

So they kept my mom in the room after surgery: she is hurting so bad. So will be released tomorrow. How long were each one of you I. So much pain? She has t had a sip of water since last night and she won’t even try to take a sip cause she said it hurts so bad.

CMaestas87
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Keep on top of the pain with meds! The first few hours were the worst. My neck stayed numb for about four or five days, but tolerable with Tylenol after the second day.

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Geese I just realized they never gave her any pain meds I thought they would do that so I ask them to just put it in her iv

CMaestas87
Answered 8 months ago    reply

lanita oh man! So glad you are by her side to advocate for her!

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

She is in good sports got grand daughters here!:)

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Thank you thank you

dunlop.nan
Answered 8 months ago    reply

lanita They gave me morphine because I had a lot of pain. After she gets discharged if she feels itchy, it’s from too much narcotics in the system. If that happens, you can give her Benadryl.

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Nan thank you so much for the tip! Another note added to my list!!! I wish they would send you home with a frequently ask question sheet

dunlop.nan
Answered 8 months ago

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L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Thank you so much AnneI will note that also!!

brianna
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Water was hard because it was a thin liquid, I had an easier time with pudding it gets easier each day, the throat muscles themselves is what hurts.

L.Weinberger68
Answered 8 months ago    reply

Brianna o yes, she won’t take water but I was able to give her three scopes of ice cream:)


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