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.
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