He has thyroid disease.
During the colonoscopy Dr Yunus noticed that he was very restless, agitated, shaking a little bit and his heartbeat was very laju. He was very suspicious and ordered for a blood test after the procedure. I mula-mula pelik when the nurse wanted to draw more blood from him. I asked “eh haritu bukan dah amik ke? result ok je kan? napa nak amik lagi?” She explained to me what happened during the procedure and Dr Yunus wanted to make sure if he was right about the thyroid. I guess they overlooked the thyroid part last time around.
And Dr Yunus was right. The reading showed a sky-rocket reading. Gee was referred to Dr Faridah. She’s an endocrinologist. Yesterday was his first appointment with her. She’s a very informative lady. She explained in detailed the whats, wheres, hows and whys.
The thyroid is a small gland, shaped like a butterfly, located in the lower part of your neck. The function of a gland is to secrete hormones. The main hormones released by the thyroid are triiodothyronine, abbreviated as T3, and thyroxine, abbreviated as T4. These thyroid hormones deliver energy to cells of the body.
The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes protein and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones. It participates in these processes by producing thyroid hormones, the principal ones being triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body. T3 and T4 are synthesized from both iodine and tyrosine.
Source: The internet
The thyroid glands controls the metabolism of a person and in Gee’s weight loss case, the metabolism was too high sampai semua yang dia telan cepat sangat burnt. Pastu he became tired too quickly sebab there’s no energy stored. Other symptoms would be the hand and leg tremors, sudden movement of his shoulders, eyes (without him controlling it) and also the most obvious is the nose sound. He has a habit (well, I used to think it’s a habit or resdung) of making the nose sound as if he’s having a flu. Srot srot kinda sound if you know what I mean. Rupanya that’s one of thyroid symptoms where a person can’t control his sudden movements and small gestures that might looked like a (bad) habits.
Mula-mula she showed on her computer screen his blood test result. Takde la faham sangat the medic terms but basically tengok numbers tu boleh la. A normal person should have that T3 reading of max 6.0 but Gee’s was 44. And the T4 reading should be of max 22 but Gee’s was 99. She could see his neck was swelling a little bit (but I can’t). She said for now treatment would be medication to be taken for 18 months and regular blood tests. Thyroid disease takes a long time to heal. Or maybe at least to see an improvement. That’s why kena makan ubat for a long period of time. At times like these, bersyukur sangat he is covered by the company’s insurance.
Other than medication, he needs to rest more. No more football, futsal, car drift or track racing for a while. She even asked him to solat duduk and don’t exert himself with strenuous activities. Thyroid disease is hereditary. It just happen. You are born with it. Only time will tell when will the symptoms come out. Even kids boleh kena.
That brings to my next concern.
If thyroid is hereditary, we need to monitor IY and Z closely. My Opah (on my mom’s side) also had thyroid. There is a strong chance that our kids could get it too when both of us have it our genes.
Nauzubillah Min Zalik.