This is my first posting. Oct 2001 I had two surgeries within one week to remove both sides of my thyroid due to papillary carcinoma. I had a cancerous nodule on the rt side and on a lymph node, so they went to the left side to make sure it had not spread. Things were clear, but nevertheless all my thyroid is now removed and I am on thyroid meds. Due to some other health issues they had to wait to do the radioactive iodine treatment. I have been off the thyroid meds for 5 weeks and on a low-iodine diet. Yesterday I had my first radioactive iodine pill in preparation for a thyroid and body scan in the morning. In addition, they will be giving me a high dose radioactive iodine pill and I have concerns about the safety of that. Maybe I am just stressing over nothing, but I live in the state of CA and the standards are different than other states. They have told me that it is safer to let me go home than stay in the hospital since I don't have young children at home to worry about, but I do have a husband and elderly mother living with me. What should I expect? Anyone tell me about their experiences? I will check back tomorrow night, thanks for listening. I probably should go to sleep now.