Thursday, May 17, 2012

Slowly but surely

The pain is subsiding. Here is the best way I have found to describe feels like someone took a bottle brush and twirled it on the right side of my neck from my ear along my jawbone to under my chin to my clavicle. Make you wince? Yep, me too. The swelling is still there but markedly better.

Sleep seems to still be the best medicine. When I get sleepy and tired, I feel like my body is saying, "hey, we need to do more healing. Get to sleep," and I haven't had too much trouble falling asleep at all since last Friday.

I still don't know my pathology results. My surgeon and I keep playing phone tag. I do know he took a frozen section during the surgery of the two lymph nodes that were shot with blue dye, which confirmed the papillary carcinoma.

So what should the pathology report show? That at least those two lymph nodes were positive (an ironic term for cancer, right? I digress...), but he also removed "a bunch" of other lymph nodes. I would like to know if some of those he plucked from up by my ear were positive (or really any of them), if there was anything else of concern that would dictate a different follow up moving forward.

Next up for me? Continuing to heal, which involves rest and sleep. Although the sleeping is awesome, the resting all of the time is challenging. I want to do more, which means I get tired more easily, which means I am not helping the healing process.

Slowly but surely, I'm getting better.

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