THINK ABOUT - THINGS TO DO
research indicates that one in one thousand women will develop thyroid nodules during pregnancy and some of those will go
on to develop thyroid cancer - further complicating a woman's transition into her new role as "mother".
As the largest
group of medical consumers, women have the right to demand better health care in all aspects of their
lives. The truth is that many
of us in the United States are simply not receiving appropriate care. Why is this?
SOCIETY'S AGE REQUIREMENT OVERSIGHT!
In my search
to plug the holes in already existing non-profit organizations, alliances, societies, etc. I found that The American Cancer
Society's age requirement for when thyroid cancer screening is done - is much too low. testing do
not include pregnant women and new mothers, it places unknown risk with potentially serious consequences.
If one out of
1,000 women get thyroid nodules during pregnancy and even if one from this number develops thyroid cancer - that is one mother
I emailed the
ACS back and forth trying to get answers - the ACS's answers only spirred more questions. Most women of child-bearing
age are under the ACS age requirement of 35 for thyroid cancer screening. This is not good!
I have begun
to get signatures for a Petition regarding this thyroid cancer screening age requirement oversight by the
ACS. (It also lists a request on the Petition for recommending mammograms to women below the age of 40 who are
at increased risk for breast cancer due to a family history with cancer(s). (When waiting for my mastectomy to be
done in Dec. of 2003, my doctor was late in getting to me: he had to do a double mastectomy on a new mother.) It about
broke my heart and I cannot forgot her plight!
I figure once
this Petition goes off with a letter to the ACS's CEO - backed up by enclosed research, then maybe the postpartum movement
might eventually see all doctors ordering thyroid screening prior to pregnancy - for a baseline and then another one during
pregnancy and one during postpartum. For a woman who might have an undiagnosed thyroid problem, the risk for postpartum
depression increases and without testing to rule out thyroid imbalance - any medical remedy tried is pure guess work and does
not bring permanent medical resolution.
CRITICAL POSTPARTUM HEALTH CONDITION – "THYROTOXIC STORM" - "PITUITARY
GLAND FREEZE" Thyrotoxic Storm – A postpartum
condition where the pituitary gland shuts down with nine months worth of extra hormones in tact (once utilized by the
growing baby) and may occur especially if preceded by painless postpartum thyroiditis and/or Graves Disease.
Little is publicized about the possbility of women having what is called a "thyrotoxic
storm" - a serious medical condition after childbirth. The characteristics of thyrotoxic storm mimic depression
and can be overlooked as a result.
As a consequence of “thyrotoxic storm” a mother will become
easily confused, agitated, anxious, and fearful. She will not be able to focus on any one thing AND her persona
is characterized as having little, if any, facial expression or emotional aptitude. She will
exhibit little energy, and present with a blank stare. The mother is in a critical situation in need of professional
and/or immediate medical attention.
If a new mother,
while still in the hospital after giving birth, presents with the above symptoms and/or characteristics she
should not be allowed to go home until this medical issue is addressed and a treatment plan is in place.
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE
to the new mother such as: "give it time" or "you'll be all right once you're home" is
not appropriate medical intervention.
Allowing her to
go home in such a confused state will only add to the already overtaxing responsibilities of the mother, once home, of caring
for baby, partner, and other children and family members - leaving her without any recourse but to "let herself go".
in the mirror, she'll not see the person she once knew - only a shell of her former self. Soon guilt ensues,
and, with one "little" failure after the other, insignificant as they may be to others, she will slip further into the abyss
known as Psychosis.
If your health
care provider does not schedule you for a "full" thyroid screening, to include a "free thyroxine" test, T4, insist upon
it being done. This test is not done automatically and you may have to even pay for it. Ask for it as a shower
gift - its that important!
Coverages - PLEASE
- I'll find myself another insurance company. You can ask your insurance company to include more preventative
screening and testing, but it does not mean they will oblige. Remembering what my mother said .... "the squeaky wheel
gets all the attention!!!"
from your local newspaper(s) to print "what we already known regarding prenatal and postpartum depression and all that
brings about prevention. If they do not believe you - have them go to the web site for Postpartm Support International.
ON GLANDS THAT WREAK HAVOC DURING PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM MAY BE FOUND AT:
The Endocrine Society at: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the pituitary gland, to:
16350 Ventura Blvd., #231
(805) 499-9973 / Fax: (805) 499-1523