Remember the biopsy that I talked about yesterday? At the time it was VERY painful. I left the office wondering if the pain would continue to get better or linger longer. As the day went on I remember thinking that after a couple hours the pain was very minimal, almost non-existent. I was grateful. I also remember the doctor telling me that if I held pressure after each needle stick, there should be minimal bruising the next morning. There were no instructions or warnings when I left his office yesterday around noon. I was to carry on with my normal day and normal activities. That was comforting as I am one that does NOT like to be limited. I spent the remaining hours of my day attending my children's sporting events. We got home around 7pm, had dinner, read scriptures and tucked our kids into bed. 9pm rolls around, I happened to be watching a movie with Steve when all of a sudden I start getting this really painful soreness in my throat. As time passes it continues to get worse. About 30 minutes later, I couldn't even swallow and I felt some pressure on my trachea. I couldn't even stand sitting still I was in so much pain. I went upstairs to brush my teeth, thinking that I would go to bed early and hopefully sleep it off. I looked in the mirror and was shocked to see that I now had a swollen lump the size of a baseball. Steve called the ER to ask if this was normal after a biopsy...after all...they DID stick 5 needles into my neck. The ER paged my doctor and called us back. According to him, this was NOT normal (then again, neither am I) and that I needed to head to the ER right away. SERIOUSLY? Good golly! I spent the night in observation. My airway was their biggest concern. Thankfully they were able to give me some pain meds via IV as I wasn't even able to swallow my own spit. A CAT scan was done to see what kind of pressure the swelling was putting on my trachea. Thankfully it didn't get much bigger and thanks to the narcotics I was feeling a LOT better. Initially the ER doctor felt like I had some bleeding going on causing the swelling. The CAT scan showed no major bleed...in fact, they weren't really sure WHAT caused the swelling. HUH? They released me back to home this morning.
Four words: I am an anomaly.