Yes, there is actually a movie with this title, a “mockumentary comedy” from 2004. I Googled movie titles with the word calcium, just for fun, and was surprised to actually hit upon something!
As you can tell, today’s blog is about calcium. As I mentioned in a prior blog, my primary care physician had ordered a repeat of blood work from my pre-admission tests back in mid-May because my calcium levels were elevated. He asked if I was taking a supplement at that time (I was, to counteract one of the side effects of Femara) and I was ordered to stop the herbal calcium and repeat the blood work.
In the meantime, I had asked my urologist about the “elevated” levels and he indicated it was nothing to worry about. I was only slightly elevated and, from a cancer standpoint, I need only be worried if it was in the 11-12 range. (Note: the normal range is 8.5-10.4 or 8.7-10.2… depending on whose scale you look at.) In looking back at all my lab results from the start of chemo, my calcium levels were always on the high end. My repeat blood work in May was 10.2. So within the range, but high end.
About a week or so ago, I was surprised to get orders in the mail from my urologist to have additional repeat blood work. The script included calcium and PTH, which of course I had to look up. PTH is parathyroide hormone which “acts to increase the concentration of calcium”. Further investigation of parathyroid disease led me to a page that explained how this resulted in high calcium in the blood. And before you think I’m getting paranoid or reading too much into this, guess what some of the symptoms of parathyroid disease are? “Bones hurt. Don’t sleep like you used to. Wake up in middle of night. Trouble getting to sleep. Headaches.” Sound familiar?
Again, I”m not worrying unnecessarily, but I certainly will be interested in the results. The thyroid was one of the areas that my naturalist made recommendations to strengthen, and there were just too many coincidences for me not to investigate a little further. I’m hoping all is well, I just found the linkages to be quite fascinating — and I learned something new, even if it turns out (hopefully) to be nothing. I am grateful to my urologist for pursuing this. It never hurts to be too cautious.