Been Gone a While…

11Nov09

Well, sorry I’ve abandoned the blog for a few days– last Thursday night after I came home I snuggled into my bed, pulled the laptop on to the covers and felt an excruciating pain in my jaw.  My right submandibular salivary gland was huge and painful and pressing both on my jaw and on the innards of my jaw.  The left side wasn’t as bad, but still not feeling amazing.  I finally managed to fall asleep, and in the morning I awoke again with quite a bit of pain- I then called the Endocrinologist, who promptly called me back and discussed it with me.  She asked me whether it was warm (it was), hard (it was), red (it wasn’t, in fact, it was blue), etc.  She then said, well, take lots of ibuprofen and if you get a fever of over 100 degrees you need to be seen.

Today, almost 6 days after the onset, I am still in pain– although not as excruciating as it originally was.  The ibuprofen has reduced the swelling a bit but has hardly touched the pain.

I went to my PCP’s today– he wanted to take a peek at the swelling situation and possibly take my PICC out!  He told me I’d have to ride the swelling out, as uncomfortable as it may be, but that I should be pleased that it isn’t infected.  He also took the PICC out!  (I’ll post pictures after I clean it up tomorrow.)

Both the PCP and endocrinologist are saying that I must be followed up in 6 months in Germany by an endocrine oncologist to do a thyroid ultrasound and a suppressed thyroglobulin (Tg) levels.

I received an awesome care package from J. consisting of both Gangrene and Giardia!!! Picture to follow!

And some of yesterday’s news, I was pushing a stroller down a hill and one of the blue tips of my PICC popped off and into a gross bucket of rain water with leaves and dead bugs in it.  I reached in, apprehensively, and removed the jumper– I then pocketed it and continued on the walk.  After about a half an hour of walking around worrying about it, I thought to tie it off– which I did.  When I returned home I called homecare and a nurse came and put another extension set on it– she also flushed loads of bubbles with it!  That was my last traumatic PICC event for a while!

PICC tip fell off!

Yikes!

Gangrene and Giardia

My new microbial friends, Gangrene and Giardia!!!



One Response to “Been Gone a While…”

  1. I do not even know how I ended up here, but
    I thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!


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