Ok, here's the update: My Endochron tested my Thyroid levels and they came back fairly normal, but due to my dark moments, she decided to bump my dose from 175 micrograms to 200. The change is literally like night and day. It took a couple of weeks, but I feel more together, more energetic, and much more creative. I'm sharper mentally and I'm fairly happier than I have been in awhile. That slight tweak to my hormone level did things to my brain that I never knew could be done. I feel like a 16 year old in a whore house, discovering new and amazing things! My metabolism has bumped up a bit, too, and I've lost about 4 pounds over the last three weeks. Not amazing, but noticeable. Thinking back on how I felt in February and how I feel now, I wonder how many people who suffer from depression would benefit from a pop in their Thyroid levels? I'm not sure if it would work for everyone else, but it pulled me out of a real dead end, I tell you what.
The next step for me is to get a nice dose of Radioactive Iodine. To do that, I will be injected with two high-doses of synthetic thyroid hormone first, in order to get my levels really jacked up. The RAI targets any remaining Thyroid flesh, and the hormone will stimulate any Thyroid tissue still possibly left in my neck, which will in turn better absorb the RAI. After that, any Thyroid left will be nuked, and will no longer be at risk of growing new cancer cells. During this time I will be secluded in my home office, having no contact with anyone - cats included! Survival will be hard, and I'm not sure I can make it without cats.
In order to have this treatment be as effective as possible, I'll need to be on a low-Iodine diet for the two weeks leading up to the RAI treatment. Which is apparently real shitty, but will make my body crave the iodine and lead to a more beneficial result. So long fish, hello unsalted nuts. Awesome. The good news is I'm not allowed to plant seeds in anyone for a year after the treatment, for fear of them turning out with webbed feet, or a tendency to vote Democrat.
Other than that, things are progressing nicely. The neck is healing just fine, and I'm able to drive again. There is some stiffness still, but that is fading. Good news!