Thursday, September 17, 2009

GOOD GOLLY!

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.

14 comments:

ellen said...

You are something! (Tough is one word that comes to mind.)

Mostly Stacie's Space said...

I am glad that you are okay. Life is never dull around there. :) Love ya

The Mormon Monk said...

Beck,

I love you, and we keep you in our prayers. Not to make light of your pain, but your medical dossier is starting to look like an X-Files case. The movie scene that keeps coming to mind is from "Independence Day" with Will Smith, where the semi-crazed airplane pilot keeps repeating, "The aliens took me back to their mother ship to do sexual 'speriments on me!" Just remember: if you hear strange noises or see bright lights at night, don't go wandering around by yourself in your jammies. That's always when the warning music comes on.

Please don't die before I come back to visit!

April said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! Are you SERIOUS! I talked to you just hours before!!!!!! I can't believe it. Another night in the hospital. I hope you got the luxury suite. Poor you. Hope it's better today! LOVE YA

Jo Jo said...

Good grief! You're allergic to everything. Just like Dad. Thank goodness for insurance.

Smilin' sunshine said...

I hope you have GREAT insurance!! Please stop having these issues! You must be quite tired!

Cindi said...

Oh my word! As I am reading this, I can feel a sense of panic rising in ME! That must have been so scary! WHAT THE HECKLE???!!! Nothing just ever goes as expected with you! Well, that old saying of expect the unexpected sure fits your life!!! :-(

Adam and Anya said...

That sound so painful and very scary. I wonder if you had some crazy allergic reaction to the proceedure. Hang in there Becky!

Sarah said...

an anomaly, maybe... but BRAVE! goodness, I nearly pass out every time I have blood taken... you are one tough cookie! :)

Jenny said...

Three words back:
YES.YOU.ARE.
xoxo

LL said...

BECKY!

shirlgirl said...

Only you could this happen to! Enough is enough, dear niece. Hope you are much better today. As one of your friends wrote the other day, if you wrote a book, no one would believe it with all the things that have happened to you over the past year and a half. Yikes! We love you.

Rachael said...

PLEASE let me off this ride!!! I can't handle any more, even though I'm just reading about it!! WHY are you such a (wonderful, amazing loveable) freak of nature?

Michelle said...

Okay I would be panicking if this happened to me. Thanks for the update I have been thinking about you every day. You are in my prayers