Sunday, January 23, 2011

What did I agree to????

Ok - so my sister has been diagnosed with Graves Disease, and one of the results of that disease is that her thyroid is running at max speed!  At Christmastime, she was eating about 3000 calories a day just to maintain her weight.  Sounds all good, right?  Wrong - when the thyroid is maxed out like that, it can have a very bad effect on her heart.

So she decided to have a radioactive iodine treatment on her thyroid.  After the treatment, she stayed in a hotel for a few days so she wouldn't expose my little nephew to any radiation.  I called her the first night she was stuck in the hotel, and we discussed the effects of the iodine treatment, and what happens next... 

So she started talking about having more kids, and what would happen if she couldn't have any more and this thyroid thing messes everything up... blah blah blah...  But I THINK I agreed to be a surrogate for her!  Really??  Did I really agree to that??  I didn't even hesitate, which is really only an indication that I had been drinking waaaaay to much!  Couldn't I just give her my kidney or my thyroid??

Then I started thinking about it alittle more - maybe it wouldn't be so bad...  I mean, I had really easy pregnancies both times... With my second, I completely fell off the wagon, and ate everything in sight!  I ate chocolate icing right from the can every. single. day.  Truth be told, I still do that on a lot of days, but when I was pregnant, I had no guilt!

In fact, the worst part about being pregnant for me was after the babies were born...  the lack of sleep; the stress of trying to get the belly button to heal; worrying that they weren't getting enough to eat; worrying that I was overfeeding them; I could go on and on... 

I wouldn't have to deal with any of that stuff.  The kid would probably roll right out, because lets face it, that road has been paved  - I suspect it wouldn't take much more than a sneeze to get it out.  And I already need some kind of surgery to get my stomach back anyway, so there is really no more damage that can be done in that area...

Then I remembered the hormonal shifts my body endured after the babies were born...  my hair all fell out and what little was left went completely straight...  I broke out in severe hives all over my body for months...  Hmmmm - maybe a kidney donation would be easier...

2 comments:

Jamie Council said...

I don't think you have to worry. I had a friend that went through the same thing and she was able to have more children. While you were being a wonderful sister, you will probably be able to keep from having to go through with the offer.

Lindsay Blogs said...

I say don't worry yourself crazy until it actually comes to pass. And if it does become a serious issue, you will likely still do it out of pure love for your sister and without any hesistation (Sober, even!) whatsoever.