Monday, August 18, 2008


So, I got the results from my CT scan back today. I have lots of swollen lymph nodes (in the neck, below the ear, and the lump in my cheek is an elongated swollen node). However, they are all less than a centimeter big, which means, that they aren't 'technically' considered enlarged. Even though they are. So, he told me to come back in 6 months for another CT scan to make sure they are still the same size, but for now to not worry about it.

For some reason, this news makes me feel slightly worse than it would of if it had shown I had a tumor. Which sounds strange, I know. But, I've had this lump/swollen nodes/pain in the area for a year and a half now. SOMETHING is going on. From everything I've read, lymph nodes should not be constantly swollen for that long. I haven't really been sick, either, you know, so something must be happening.

I don't want to sound like a hypochondriac or anything, because I honestly don't WANT anything to be wrong, but I just hate being told, "I don't know." Because there has to be an answer. And I'd rather find out what it was and take care of it, than play the "I don't know" game. Ugh. So frustrating. The ENT did suggest maybe going back to my primary care doctor and getting a physical/blood work done just to make sure there isn't some sort of weird infection going on. So, I think that's what I'll do.

I'm very, very thankful to not have a parotid tumor, though. And Adam is completely excited to have all of the films of my CT scan. (He is very, very into science things-he was completely upset he couldn't watch Grace's bronchoscopy-so seeing inside of my head is just the coolest thing ever to him).

We had a great weekend with my parents, and have a super-busy week coming up this week: enrichment tomorrow, an open house at Adam's school Friday (where he meets his teacher), and Mike's parents are coming for a visit this weekend. Can't wait!


Suzzy Rice aka Grammy Gingerbread said...

Doesn't it drive you nuts that doctors seem so laid back about some things, but if your cholesterol is 1 point higher than it should be, they get crazy and load you up with meds. I guess if they don't have a pill that will solve the problem, it isn't really a worry to them! Good idea to pursue it with your pcp!

Danyel said...

Sounds like life is busy. Glad you dont have a tumor and hope you find out what it is. Good luck.