About two months ago I got a nasty sinus infection. My lymph nodes were swollen, I got antibiotics, and my sinus infection went away. But for the past two months, I have had a hard lump in the left side of my neck.
I have never been much of a hypochondriac, but we happened to be studying the Lymphatic system in my Anatomy and Physiology 2 class. When we read about Lymphoma, it made me a little concerned about this lump.
So I consorted Dr. Google…I consorted Dr. Google for about 2 weeks, telling myself that I was a hypochondriac. I pressed and pushed the lump, hoping it would move or feel somewhat squishy or painful…but it remained hard, immobile, and unfeeling. Dr. Google told me that is not a good sign.
Finally this Saturday I went to urgent care. The Nurse Practitioner felt the lump and left the room, and then I eavesdropped and heard her trying to decide what to do, she came back and said that I have a mass in my neck and need a CT and blood work, and would have to wait until Monday or go to the ER.
I went to the ER, and I’m glad I did. I told the ER doc everything and he said that a CT and blood work would be worthless, because with hard, immobile, non-painful lumps in your neck that don’t go away after antibiotics, we have to look at Cancer, and the only way to tell is to have a biopsy done.
Then, he felt the lump and told me: it’s cancer until proven otherwise. I had to sign something saying I understood what this meant, that I could likely have cancer and it would be my fault if I didn’t follow up on it. Got it.
So…this could really suck.
I am staying positive, as it also might not be cancer. I really won’t know until I get a biopsy done at the ENT, which was supposed to happen today, but oh, the complexities of insurance!
My insurance suggested three ENTs to me:
1. Only sees kids. Fail.
2. 6 patients suing because he messed up their children’s faces, website focused on cosmetic procedure, mean phone lady, alive at the time of the dinosaurs. Fail.
3. Doesn’t exist. Fail.
Thankfully, an excellent ENT that does not take my insurance has decided to take me on as a patient anyways, provided I get an out of network referral which is in process right now. So that’s my best bet and what I’m currently hoping for.
Provided all that insurance jazz gets fixed, I will see the ENT next friday.
Shameless Begging Below
It would mean a lot to me to have your thoughts, prayers, to god or the flying spaghetti monster, your good feelies to the universe, etc.
Hopefully this is a lot of fuss for nothing. But if it’s not, this could suck.