We went to the surgery clinic at Kern Medical Center today to have the tube removed from my neck. It would have been removed last week if it weren’t for the fact that my surgeon is only there on Fridays, and that was the day after Thanksgiving. I honestly did not mind having the tube for that extra week because there was still more fluids draining, so I feel the extra week was warranted.
I don’t have very much swelling anymore, thank goodness. When I did have swelling, it felt like my stitches were going to pop so I used ice to help bring the swelling down. I think the swelling was what hurt the most, besides of course having a tube inside my neck, which hurt like hell every time I accidentally yanked on it.
Without me even having to ask, my surgeon Dr. Trang told me that they tested the stone that was in my parotid gland and they did not find any traces of cancer. I didn’t think there would be, but it’s good to know that there isn’t cancer anyway. I do have more stones growing in my left parotid gland, so there is a good chance that I will have to go through this all over again in a few years. Hopefully not, but if it happens then it happens.
You can’t even see the stitches along my ear, but you can see it behind my ear and along my neck. You can’t see my neck in the picture above, but it’s there. I’m not too worried about scarring. If I have a bad scar then I will buy some scar cream, if I don’t have a scar then yea for me lol. It really doesn’t phase me one way or the other. I’m just glad I don’t have a stone in my parotid gland, well, I don’t have a parotid gland anymore either.
There is a mushy lump on my face down near my jaw near my ear, but Dr. Trang told me that it is just saliva that has collected in that spot and it should absorb into my body. It will go away on its own.
The thing that I am most happy about is that it is all finished and I can move on with my life pain-free, well, until my back starts hurting again, or some other thing causes issues lol. I know it’s going to happen, it always does. You know the saying, if it isn’t one thing, it’s another. That’s how life is for me. It sucks, but I think it is why I am such a patient person. That has too meanings lol. Get it? I’m patient as in not impatient and I am a patient as in going to the doctor’s office lol. I thought it was funny.
If you have no clue what I am talking about, please read this post: Parotidectomy Surgery
Anyway, this is hopefully the last thing I have to say about this issue. It’s all good!