I had to go in for some NU-cle-ar medicine today, and let me tell you, I’m glowing!
No, I’m not preggers. In fact, when the woman asked me if there was any chance I was pregnant, I huffed such a loud PHFFTTT.. that both the women next to me and the tech started to giggle. I’m guessing it was an effective Phffft!
I had to go in today to get a parathyroid scan. Are we ready for our medical lesson for the day, boils and ghouls?
The parathyroid glands are small endocrine glands in the neck that produce parathyroid hormone. Humans have four parathyroid glands, which are usually located behind the thyroid gland, and, in rare cases, within the thyroid gland or in the chest. Parathyroid glands control the amount of calcium in the blood and within the bones.
The parathyroid glands are four or more small glands, about the size of a grain of rice, located on the back side of the thyroid gland. The parathyroid glands are named for their proximity to the thyroid but serve a completely different role than the thyroid gland.
The major function of the parathyroid glands is to maintain the body’s calcium level within a very narrow range, so that the nervous and muscular systems can function properly. (Lol.. no wonder I’m a twitchy bundle of nerves sometimes..)
When blood calcium levels drop below a certain point, calcium-sensing receptors in the parathyroid gland are activated to release hormone into the blood. PTH affects the perception of well being and absence of PTH can be associated with feeling of fatigue and anxiety. (Anxiety? Who me? Nahhh…)
So, long story short, my PTH is high, and my blood calcium is high – again- and my doc said she wanted to see what’s going on. That means a radioactive isotope is injected into lil ol me, and then they tell me to lie still for 40 minutes while they take purty pictures of my neck area. Then they tell me to go away for a few hours and come back and then lie still for an hour so they can take some more pictures.
We’ll see what the Dr. thinks in a few days. In the meantime, I’m just radio-active.