|champagne with frozen pineapple|
|last selfie of 2013 in a ridiculous sweater|
|crazy quilting in action|
my first big thing of 2014 was that i had my very first surgery today. i think getting to 36 without going under any knife is pretty good, don't you think? i mean, i had my wisdom teeth taken out, but this was a real, operating room surgery. about two months ago i noticed a hard lump on my neck, about the size and shape of an olive pit. it was weird and it stuck out and it made me nervous. a visit to the doctor and an ultrasound confirmed it was a rogue lymph node. now, since my dad had lymphoma, i'm kind of cautious with my own nodes. the doctor's thought this was pretty reasonable. we watched it for a bit, then i had to decide if i would have a biopsy or just have it removed. the node was only about a centimeter and a half long; a biopsy might not have gotten enough tissue. plus, i'd still have the weird lump on my neck that made me self-conscious. removing it seemed like a better idea, as we'd know then exactly what it was, and either way, no lump on me.
i've included a photo after the jump, which is just a bit of bloody steri-strip. you can skip it if you want!
|first selfie of 2014|
i go back to the doctor's in two weeks for a follow-up, but mom said that they knew dad's lymph node was trouble the minute they took it out, and i got no sign of that from my doctor. this may have been overkill, but i feel better having it out of my body. also, if this is a trial run for other weird medical issues, then i'd say D is going to be great at anything that comes my way. hospitals don't freak him out, doctors don't scare him, and he tells terrible jokes to nurses. i love that man.