Tuesday, October 18, 2005

"they'll clean it out for you"

I had my ultrasound this morning and another fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy. Ultrasounds are fine, they don't hurt, but having an already lumpy-feeling throat get pressed on is always a little discomfiting. The u/s identified some things, I didn't ask how many or how big -- but one was big enough that they wanted to biopsy it.

So then the radiologist came in and gave me a local (ouch - a poke then a burn then stinging). Then she went for the node/mass and in spite of the local it still hurt exactly as much as every other un-anesthestized FNA I have had. She was extremely and sincerely apologetic, and since I didn't have any expectation of numbness, I wasn't upset anyway.

The best thing was she then took the slides and read them right away. It took about 20 minutes (I had a little nap, it was nice and quiet) and then she came in and told me she was seeing papillary cells. That's when she said, They'll go in and clean it out for you.

I said something like, so I need surgery, then? and she replied, You want surgery.

I know what she means, but I really don't want surgery. I'll do what I have to do, though.

Tomorrow morning I have an appointment with Dr. C and we will go over all my test results and I will hear his recommendations. I know I'll be going under the knife again, I just don't know when.

Now, we're going to the zoo!

1 comment:

nina said...

I'll be reading. Good luck tomorrow.