Hi all...Happy Merry Christmas Eve! Hope everyone is feeling the spirit of Christmas. I am...stressing just a bit about hosting Christmas Eve dinner but feeling better about it all. Need to get the ski stuff out of the front living room, boxes out of the dining room, ask in-laws to bring another table as we are expecting 11, vaccum, oh and cook. :)
Some of you have asked about my doctor's appointment yesterday. First, thanks for checking on me. :) It was somewhat uneventful as "the doctor I don't like" said, "Yes, you need a biopsy," which I already knew from the radiologist. I was anticipating a fight as somehow I thought he was going to say something like "Let's watch and wait with this." Not sure why I thought that, but that wasn't what he said at all.
He gave me an order for the fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy. This is a needle without anesthesia to my thyroid (did this first in July 2008...old pro at it now) and then that questionable lymph node. I have Fairfax Radiology on speed dial on my cell phone (sad, isn't it?) and called them from the Explorer right away. They said the procedure is to leave my information and someone would call me with biopsy date/time options in 5-7 days. 5-7 days?! Then I remembered this particular experience from the summer...same line about five days (seven added this time for the holidays, she explained) then they called the next day in the summer. My prediction is Monday for the call.
He also said if the biopsy came back positive for papillary carcinoma (the same diagnosis as this summer) that I would need to visit my surgeon (favorite cancer doctor ever!) and have these removed. Good to know and not as scary as the first time I heard this.
So...I'm going to focus on Christmas and not cancer the next two days, or at least that is my plan. After that, I deal with kids leaving for Indiana and Oklahoma respectively on the 27th. Then think about oldest children turning 16 within four days of each other. I'll let you discuss that topic of two 16 year olds within four days amongst yourselves if you are unfamiliar with our family set up. I will explain in a later post. :)
Great experience tonight post dinner...mother-in-law months ago got us all tickets to the Christmas Eve service at the National Cathedral. I'm really looking forward to it!