Wednesday, January 7, 2004

ENT Update

Thank you all for the support regarding my ENT visit today.  I feel so much better than I ever have about this.  Yes, the tumor is still there.  Yes, she wants to do the surgery.  Yes, that's still a 'last resort' for me.  But I'm getting more educated. 

Knowing Cheryl would be there with me really helped me sleep last night.  I walked into the hospital without that heart-pounding, dry-mouth fear.  I was slightly afraid, just because of the smell.  But I felt much safer with an ally by my side.

I feel better about doc's "bedside manner" - thanks to Cheryl.  She was my voice and ears when mine went to mush.  Doc knows her stuff.  And honestly, if I decide to have the surgery, I would want her to do it.

We asked for an MRI for my peace of mind.  The doc didn't think it was necessary because she is clear about what it is, where it's located, what to do, etc.  But I want it so I can see exactly what we're dealing with.  That's scheduled for Feb 17th. [Thanks Doc!]

Later this afternoon, I crashed.  I slept like I'd never slept a day in my life.

22 comments:

alphawoman1 said...

I would say you had your guardian angel with you. I'm relieved that you feel okay with things as they are.
Mary

krobbie67 said...

Yeah!!! Thanks for the update. I kept coming over here yesterday to see if you posted. I bet I added at least 20 or 30 to your counter. I'm with you on the MRI. Too many times Doc's open up something and don't know until then what they are really contending with. The MRI will provide you and them with so much more information. Glad you have such a good friend/wife in Cheryl. ---Robbie

diannevan said...

YAY!! I don't know where you found the inner strength to go through with this, but man, I'm so glad you did. Even benign tumors can wreak havoc, especially to a musician, if they aren't taken care of. You were awesome today!!

chefgracegeorge said...

Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.

andreakingme said...

Not knowing is the worst thing. So at least you're not in THAT place anymore.

What kind of tumor is it?

freeepeace said...

It's a benign parotid tumor
[parotid=salivary gland]

deabvt said...

PRAYERS I UNDERSTAND,,I THINK

metski715 said...

You're in my prayers.
:)
chris

sonensmilinmon said...

I shall keep you in my prayers. I don't think I could have anything done at the hospital without someone close at my side. I might work at the hospital ... doesn't make me anymore comfortable when I'm the patient. Glad you have Cheryl to be with you.
Monica

isabelzmia said...

I'll be thinking good & healing thoughts for you, Freee.
xo - Isabel

readmereadyou said...

I'll pray but my instincts say you're going to be just fine.

musenla said...

It's great that Cheryl can be with you. Now you have the info that you need to make well-informed decisions. I'm saying a little prayer for you, Trish. That things go extremely well on 2-17th and that you will have the peace of mind and the clarity of resolve to go through with your treatment.

babyshark28 said...

yea!! I am sooo happy for you :) I understand these kind of fears, and I know what it always feels like to get them under your feet and then behind you! relief!

itsjustusinnc said...

Ah FREEE! I'm happy for you! The relief is all in the tone your entry! I'm so glad you're feeling a little better about all of this! :-)

Gregg

aynetal3 said...

Feeling much relief for you. I'm glad also that you are more accepting of what the doctor has to say. She seems to have earned some trust. A lot of credit goes to Cheryl for watching your back. Most the credit though stays with you. You've conquered a lot of fear and were proud of you for handling the situation in a positive manner. Our Blessings to you Free. Our love Ann

slowmotionlife said...

How am I always last to leave you a comment? Probably because I'm too busy rambling to you in IM's. LOL

MRI on the 17th. Great. Let's hope that gives you some information you could use toward a positive decision on what to do.

I can understand the crashing thing... if I have a doctor's appt. I never go back to work afterwards.. it's too draining. It wears you out physically and emotionally. :)

diannevan said...

Freee - Remember when I used to do the transcription for Dr. Mumbles? Well, he was an ENT doctor and I have typed TONS of reports on benign parotectomies (the surgery where they remove the tumor). I know it's not easy to go through the emotional train wreck of surgery, but I can tell you that there are very, very few complications. Want more info? email me and we'll talk. I know you're not quite ready for surgery yet, so I don't wanna overwhelm you.

karynetaylor said...

Knowing is half the battle, having your support team is the other half? Glad Cheryl is there, that you are gaining trust in doc, should all help it go smoothly.

Best wishes with it.

~ Karyn

sunlightbbygrl said...

Knowing is half the battle.... its good you have friends to go with you and support you! best of luck on the 17th! siempre, Shasta

ondinemonet said...

Trish, I am so relieved to learn you are ok. I was keeping you close to my heart and was thinking soft little pixie thoughts your way. I am glad my girl Trish...had a much deserved PEACEful afternoon. Keep me updated please. :) TTYS :)

ckays1967 said...

Sometimes it is the unknown that is worse than the known. Having had brain surgery I know some of the fear you allude to. Take someone with you whenever possible...it helps. Prayers.

clarity4today said...

Oh, best of luck with it! I hope that you find out all the information you need to make the best decision for you. ((hugs))