Early in Dec I was visiting family in CA. My sister, Stacia, noticed a lump on my throat - she told me it looked like an Adam's apple. We saw a nurse in our home ward that Sunday and she said it was probably a goiter. So I tried to push it out of my mind for the rest of the week I was home visiting family - hoping that it was just a goiter (even though a goiter sounds so gross - at least according to Tangled)
I came home and from there I've had several appts with Doctors, got an ultrasound, had a biopsy, went on antibiotics, more appts, and several tests.
Pressure. . .
Then I had to deal (I shouldn't just say I, Craig had to deal with a lot of this himself and that was so hard for him) with lost ultrasound reports, inconclusive results and a misplaced disc with the ultrasound pictures that kept delaying things.
More stress . . .
The Specialist pretty early on narrowed it down to one of three things - swollen lymph node (which the specialist was pretty certain it wasn't, but I was put on antibiotics "just in case"), thyrogossal duct cyst, or a tumor. But it took several weeks (almost a month) to get some real answers because the Specialist's equipment couldn't read the ultrasound disc, then the report was missing; once they got the report it was inconclusive. . . . Oh my gosh - just thinking about it makes me frustrated.
Finally I found out that is was a cyst, relief finally.
I thought I was coping with the whole crazy situation pretty well, but I didn't realize how much pressure I was feeling until the confirmed that it was a cyst - then the weight just lifted off. Craig was going nuts with the waiting game and for him too it was so good just to finally know something.
I still have to have surgery to have the cyst removed. So it wasn't the best news (swollen lymph node), but certainly not the worst (tumor), and while I'm still pretty nervous about having surgery (a first for me) I'll take middle of the road news.
Anyways - how's that for an update? Crazy, no?
I'm just so glad that finally we have some solid news and that we know how to take care of this issue now. Waiting seemed like it went on forever (it felt like a month went by in between each appt)
Also I did think that if it was something really serious (tumor) how would I tell people? A blog post or FB posting would have been an awful way to tell friends (but feels ok for this middle ground news). I decided that if it was something serious I probably would have sent out an email to my close friends (is it weird that now that an email feels more personal?) I knew that phone calls would have been too much to handle for all at one time, and a text feels too informal and short for news like that. . . . I don't know. What is a good way to share important news with dear friends spread all over the country now that blog, FB and twitter have taken over?
Also it made me really miss the good days when we could just get together and hang out.