Lymph Node Update 2

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2014-06-16 15:49:10 -0500
Started 2014-06-13 11:43:25 -0500

Hi everyone, I went to the ENT this morning. To say I had an interesting morning is an understatement. I was suppose to meet with our Police Major this morning so he came and picked me up, took me to the Doctors and waited for me.

I do not have an infected lymph node. CT Scan revealed a very large stone in my salivary gland. Because the stone is rather large, medication will not reduce it so it can pass. The gland has to be removed. I asked tons of questions and am quite confident with the doctors response. I had researched both glands and treatments so I was prepared to ask questions. I will have the surgery on the morning of June 25th and should be home the next day able to eat solid foods. It will be some pain.

I left a bit nervous because I am always nervous when the word "surgery' is used. When I got back to the car the Major asked and I told him. Just listening to him talk calmed me down a lot. Each morning all of the 9 district commanders have a teleconference with the Police Commissioner and the Command Staff. He let me listen in and it was very interesting. When he was called on for his report he did an excellent job. We then rode around to a community that had an apartment house burglary yesterday. Four apartments were hit. We checked the back of homes eyeballed people walking around. His assigned vehicle has no police markings on it and since he was not in uniform people didn't pay attention to us.

Talking about the crime and bouncing ideas off each other helped even more. I am still a little nervous but not as bad as it was. The bad thing is that antibiotics will not get rid of the infection because the stone blocks secretion of saliva so it can't drain and the pain medication is not going to work. Although I am not infectious, I can still catch a cold from someone which I don't want. to do. I have pre-op scheduled for Monday morning. In the meantime, I am still on my shakes. I am changing the flavors. Tonight for dinner I am blending peas, spinach and a little half and half for a soup.

Thanks so much for all your thoughts and prayers.

24 replies

jigsaw 2014-06-15 21:36:53 -0500 Report

That's a relief with anxiety attached. I'm really pleased to hear that it wasn't something more serious. Like I said, I had a feeling that you would pull through ok! Now I know I was right. Sorry that you have to go through surgery. Before you know it, you will have been through this, and moving on to bigger and better chapters.

GabbyPA 2014-06-15 10:20:48 -0500 Report

That is way better than the "C" word you got the other day. Glad they have at least found out what the issue us. I had no idea you could get stones in your salivary glands. What causes that, do they know?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-15 17:07:55 -0500 Report

Gabby I was questioning him like I was a prosecutor about the surgery and I believe he said calcium build up. I have a doctors appointment in the morning and I will be more lucid and will ask. I will let you know.

GabbyPA 2014-06-16 08:39:30 -0500 Report

I just had never heard of that and I guess, like all of our bodies that filter or produce something, we can get a build up. Amazing how something so small can really mess up your everyday life.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-16 09:22:45 -0500 Report

Gabby the doctor told me the best prevention for this is to suck on sour candy like Lemonheads or a slice of lemon several times a week. It cleans the salivia gland and it will help you pass the tiny particles and keep them from building up. A friend told me the same thing because she had tiny ones. I asked about being diabetic and sucking the real candy and carbs from that and the lemon. He said I would be getting enough carbs to even worry about them. Then I thought about that. I am not going to be eating the candy or lemon all day every day so it won't matter.

GabbyPA 2014-06-16 15:38:56 -0500 Report

So would drinking lemon water work? I would guess anything that stimulates the gland might work....lemon heads...not so much.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-16 15:49:10 -0500 Report

No. I asked that question. You need the sour not diluted. If it means eating a few a few days a week to prevent this from happening again, the amount of carbs won't be that important to me. I wouldn't wish this on my worse enemy. So three or four is not going to hurt me because I know I will burn the carbs from them immediately. If 10 pieces are 28 carbs and I eat only 4 that should roughly be about 7 grams of carbs. I have more carbs than that in a real cookie.

tabby9146 2014-06-14 10:28:57 -0500 Report

so glad you found out. I know what you mean about surgery, will keep you in my prayers now and at that time, and afterward.

jayabee52 2014-06-13 14:57:51 -0500 Report

Wow what a change in Dx! Praying for you and that you will be calm and your surgery will be successful and safe.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-13 15:09:42 -0500 Report

That was a relief James. Thanks for the prayers. I can't wait for a juicy steak, crab cakes, steamed crabs, fried chicken and some cake. I won't care about my blood sugar I just want some real food.

Type1Lou 2014-06-13 14:08:24 -0500 Report

Wishing you well Joyce. I've found that if I take Airborne or the generic variants available at Walgreens or Walmart, I've reduced the incidence of my catching a cold when I travel. I got sick as a dog several years back on two trips, before I started taking the stuff…haven't had a recurrence on subsequent trips…it might help reinforce your immune system.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-13 15:36:28 -0500 Report

Lou I have never gotten sick on a trick thankfully. I came home from my first cruise and took off the patch at the airport and was sea sick for a week. I am going to get some tomorrow. Thanks for the tip.

Type1Lou 2014-06-13 17:19:23 -0500 Report

Hope it helps…it works for me. Some versions are higher carb than others. I like the tablets that you dissolve in water and found that they were the lowest in overall carbs…just check the label.

Glucerna 2014-06-13 13:31:54 -0500 Report

Thanks for the update Joyce and I'm glad you now have a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Your soup for dinner tonight sounds delicious. My thoughts are with you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-13 15:37:23 -0500 Report

Thanks Lynn. A friend told me to fry some crisp bacon and toss it in the blender to give it more flavor. Gonna try that.

Glucerna 2014-06-14 22:31:31 -0500 Report

I never thought of adding bacon to a smoothie. Let me know how it turns out. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-15 17:11:15 -0500 Report

We had a Bacon Festival here in the city and I didn't remember until it was too late. The Mayor had a slice of Chocbacon Pie. I was at an event and tasted Bacon Bark. It was made the way people make bark with chocolate and nuts only this had Bacon and it was delicious. So it won't hurt to try this.

neverlowbg 2014-06-13 12:06:45 -0500 Report

Hey you and diabeticdummy have surgery on same day praying you both do well and recover fast thoughts and prayers coming your way

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