I’m a 28-year-old writer. When I was 26, I went for my yearly physical and was told that my calcium levels were slightly elevated. My doctor was unconcerned given how little above normal my levels were. This had happened once before, in 2006, and when I was retested the levels were just within normal range. This time when I was retested–two or three times–my levels all came back slightly high. My doctor was all set with recommending that I reduce my calcium intake (which was already quite low–I’m not a big dairy person). Thankfully, I’m pushy and had done my research, and so I insisted on having my parathyroid hormones checked. They also came back slightly elevated, and that is where this story begins! It’s been an emotional and physical rollercoaster which lead to the removal of three parathyroid glands (named Tex and his Parathyroid Posse), half my thyroid, and, eventually, five or six kidney stones.
These posts were yanked from my regular blog, Verified Kayo, where I tend to ramble about my writing and my graduate program. I thought they would be better off here, in one safe place for those looking for information on hyperparathyroidism and kidney stones, or those just looking for the comfort of someone who’s also been through it.
This blog was created as a haven for those posts regarding health issues I’ve experienced in recent years. I only update when something has occurred which I feel may benefit or interest those who find my blog when searching for information or someone who understands what they are going through. As my heath issues have been alleviated, my posts have become much more infrequent–this is a good thing!
DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this blog is for me to share my experience with my health problems, as I found comfort in the experience of others when I first started to research what I was going through. No post or information offered on this blog is meant to take the place of proper medical advice. If you have questions about your health and what measures to take, I suggest arming yourself with knowledge. That means researching the matter thoroughly so as to be better able to discuss it with your doctor and understand what is happening and how to proceed.