Posted tagged ‘Parotid’

Surgery

March 29, 2018

I struggled on whether or not to write this post. And finally, I decided that I should write it. This blog post is the easiest way to let everyone know what’s happening

I will be going under the knife on Friday to have a mass removed from my left parotid gland in my mouth.Inked2018-03-27 10.59.56_LI If you’re anything like me, you said what the heck is a “parotid gland”? Click here for the wikipedia entry. I first felt the lump about six weeks ago. Here’s a model that somehow lost all its skin. I marked the gland in yellow. BTW, this where all of your saliva comes from.

Then came the visit to my personal care doc, then the head and neck surgeon, then CT scan, back to the surgeon. Finally, schedule the surgery and then jump through all of the pre-op hoops. It moved pretty quick considering.

In talking with the surgeon, we discovered he had some Massachusetts links. He went to Harvard and one son is at BU and another son at Berklee School of Music.

So to add to the mix, we have to find someone to watch over Mary. We have one of our regular sitters who will come over on Friday. My doctor said I will probably be in the hospital over night with discharge on Saturday.

So at one of my visits to the surgeon a few days ago, he did a needle biopsy. He said results were inconclusive. The wiki article says most of these things are benign. That being said, Doctor said he wanted to get it out ASAP.

So please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Joe