Friday, May 23, 2008


I got cut open yesterday afternoon, all along the inside of my cheek. I have had a lump in my cheek for a long time, but was only aware of it some of the time. It was spotted on a cat scan and then again in all of its glory on an MRI. My ENt Dr. got me thoroughly freaked out that it could be salivary gland cancer. Luckily, it turned out to be a benign hemangioma.

The nurses were all cool and the anestheseologist was a jokester, like most of them are whenever I am in the hospital. I have no memory of being put to sleep, I was having great dreams of cuddling with my youngest boy, and then I woke up abruptly and asked them when they were getting started. They had already finished! Getting cut into is never fun, but I am feeling very good that it was no big deal and I am concentrating on healing, taking my vicodin and trying to stay away from beer with vicodin. I hope everyone has a fabulous Memorial Day and be thankful that you don't have one big chipmunk cheek like me. :)


milkyknitter said...

Gracious, i am glad it turned out benign! Good luck with the healing, have you had to make adjustments in nursing with the meds? I enjoy your breastfeeding blog!

clara said...

Thanks! I tried to avoid nursing the first afternoon, but then went back to nursing like normal. Little guy doesn't eat that often and is so big, plus I looked up all the meds in "medications and Mothers Milk."

The Engine of the Family said...

I'm so glad everything turned out okay! Take care:)

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