It has been 3 weeks since I had my surgery and everything seems to be healing well. My scar isn’t red and it isn’t too noticeable, except for the scar from the hole from where the tube was draining the fluid for 2 weeks which is quite visible, but disappears with a Band-Aid.
My face and ear are still numb, although the feeling is coming back slowly, but it is coming back. But it still feels very strange.
The only thing that seems to have gone wrong is that I still have a saliva gland that seems to still be producing saliva with nowhere to go. According to the image, there are three glands. Parotid, which was removed, Submandibular and Sublingual. The Sublingual gland is under the tongue, no problem. The gland that is still producing saliva is my Submandibular gland which is below where the Parotid gland used to be. It is still producing saliva, but it is not releasing into my mouth. Instead of releasing into my mouth, it stores the saliva.
This is a really big issue because that is what my Parotid gland was doing. It wasn’t releasing the saliva, so I was having to push (or milk) it out of the gland and into my mouth. I have been trying to do that with this gland, but it is not releasing into my mouth, instead, I can feel it releasing under my skin. I can tell because it tingles. I don’t want it to release saliva inside of my body, but if it doesn’t get milked, it just gets bigger and bigger and next thing you know I will be rushed to the emergency room because of how painful it is.
The surgeon told me when I came back last week to have the tube removed that it was just some saliva that will be absorbed by my body, but I had no idea it was still producing more saliva. I only know it is producing more saliva because I could feel it getting bigger and under more pressure when I ate some chocolate the other day. Sweet and tangy are what seem to generate a lot of saliva for me, which over the years has been a major issue for me because when I start generating a lot of saliva after drinking orange juice, my saliva gland would get backed up and it wouldn’t release the saliva into my mouth. That’s what I was trying to get surgery for, forget the stone, I want my saliva to be able to release into my mouth as it normally would without me having to milk it.
I can live without orange juice, which I have lived without for years because I know that sour causes this issue. The one thing I don’t think I can live without is sweet, because I have a sweet tooth. I love sweet flavors, such as sweet tea, or sweet coffee, or sweet oatmeal. I can live without chocolate and cookies and so on, but I can’t avoid other sweet flavors because there is almost always something sweet.
My next appointment with the surgeon isn’t until March, but my next appointment with my regular doctor is next month and he will advise me on what to do. I just hope by then it isn’t too painful.
I was hoping that my last post on this issue was my very last post. I guess I jinxed myself by saying it was my last post. This seems to be a pattern with me though. I say I will never have to worry about something again, but then it comes back and I have to worry about it some more. It’s a “if it can go wrong, it will” type of thing. Murphy’s Law. Why does Murphy seem to always be hiding in the shadows cursing me? Darn you Murphy!
I will certainly update this issue if it becomes too unbearable and I end up in the ER or when I see my doctor in January, whichever comes first.