Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Lymph - NOOOOO!!!!!

Well, I am sick.

I think.


I woke up Monday morning after only getting 6 hours of sleep (I was watching X-Files, which might have something to do with this) when I awoke to a sore neck.

I was stumbling toward the shower when I went to rub my neck and lo! There was more neck than was there just 6 hours before! I ran to the mirror and a large bump had appeared on my neck.

After my nervous breakdown, I somehow got to work and called my doctor. We’ll call him Dr. Ambiguous. I got an appointment, and all morning clock watched until it was time I left.

After literally PULLING information from him, I found out it was NOT cancer, NOT a spider bite, NOT a twin, and NOT anything to be worried about. Apparently it is an agitated lymph node. I literally begged him to let me make a follow up appointment in 2 weeks to make sure I was 100% back to being a single child (well, non-twin that is). His advice (which was $30 by the way) was to take some Advil.

So I went home feeling much better – but still a little freaked out. So I called my mom. She looked up lymph nodes for me, and read online that because it was so rapid in forming (6 hours – I bet I have the fasted lymph nodes EVAR. They must be THE BEST) that it just meant it was fighting an infection I didn’t know I had. My mom was sweet enough to tell me that tons of people are getting the flu lately – IN THEIR NECKS!!!
For the first time, mom, I don’t quite believe you.
But thanks anyway!

As long as it’s not cancer or some spider from South America (or its babies – eek) I feel good.
Until this morning.
I started getting a sore throat, and wouldn’t you know it – a stuffy head.

So bring it on, FLU! My unborn twin sister is kicking your AZZ - AS WE SPEAK!!!!
Good work, Katie!
Now: Onto Target! We must invest in fashionable scarves ASAP!!!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

` Hooray! Your blog is letting me comment again!

` As I was saying about an hour ago, yes, let your lymph node show that flu who's boss?

` BTW, spiders cannot lay their eggs in other animals' bodies. However, if you go to South America, don't worry - blowflies will do that for you!

Anonymous said...

OMG you just saying that reminds me of a movie that horrified me when I was a wee lad. I remeber almost nothing about the movie except that this woman was on the operating table and when the doctors cust her open she was full of baby spiders !!! UHG ! get well soon Cass.

Anonymous said...

hey...I am heading to the doc this afternoon (after seeing patients...now isn't that healthy!) I have had some crud for almost 2 weeks now and I am not getting rid of it. (lost my voice for days, had a fever for one, had a sinus infection for a few days,, then a bad cough and now the sore throat and swollen lymph glands). boofreakinhoo for me huh?!I use to wake up with a sore throat and that would tell me I was getting sick. Now I seem to get all the sxs and they linger and then I get this bad sore throat at the end telling me I still have something. Old age, I guess. Better use the hubby's health insurance while we have it!! Hope you feel better soon.

Laura said...

I love what you've done with your twin!!! Sounds like the bigger it gets, the more butt kicking it can do... hope you found a cute scarf... or maybe a hat for your twin?

Hope you get better soon!!

sneakypie9 said...

Thank you This and That. You confirmed what I had told Cassie that she did not want to believe. Now Cassie, call the doctor back with the new information. He may now give you an antibiotic because of the new symptoms. The All Knowing Oz has spoken!!!

Anonymous said...

I had a swollen lymph node about a year ago. The good news is that it stopped hurting after a few days. The bad news is that the swelling never really went away. I went to the doctor because I didn't know what it was. If I had known what he was going to say I wouldn't have wasted the money.

You really give up a lot of time, logic, reason, and especially money when you put your trust in a medical doctor. If I were you I would not go back to the doctor because he really can't do anything. If he were to prescribe antibiotics they would only be to supplement what the lymph node is already doing - which *could possibly* make the symptoms go away quicker.

this and that said...

All depends if it is viral or bacterial. if it lingers, as mine has, and sxs have gotten worse, it usually means what started off as viral as changed to bacterial and antibiotics are then very helpful.(If you have green discharge..yummy, it usually means something bacterial). I think the main rule of thumb with taking them is to make sure it is as infrequently per year as possible so you don't build up a resistance and that you finish the full course. I like the lesser ones, like amoxicillin. The 10 day course may be a pain in the ass, but being on the ones that are one a day for 5 days means you are at a different level and much stronger so you have to keep on taking higher grade ones next time.,..try all other options first, nasal sprays/irrigations, tylenol for night time, acupuncture, OTC remedies etc for helping drive out the cold faster, etc first and then if it continues and the lymphs are still swollen then it may be bacterial and the antibiotics are necessary. the fact that your lumphs swell is a good thing. it just means your body is working and the white blood cell count is elevated so they are trying to fight off the infection. (and rest...no alcohol)...it lowers immunity. :(
I got some amoxicillin yesterday because it was getting so much worse and the doc even threw in some nice pain meds for the sinus headaches that were becoming unbearable and making me lose sleep. My medicine is great but the trick is knowing when the big guns are necessary.
Watch some Keanu Reeves movies (see blog entry)...that will exorcise the cold out of you

Anonymous said...

` I've actually have had a swollen lymph node for years. There isn't anything wrong with it, it just doesn't go away (though I never have bought it a hat).

` Now I'm reminded of the Pustoolio episode of Invader Zim.

S E E Quine said...

` I've actually have had a swollen lymph node for years. There isn't anything wrong with it, it just doesn't go away (though I never have bought it a hat).

` Now I'm reminded of the Pustoolio episode of Invader Zim.

Anonymous said...

` I've actually have had a swollen lymph node for years. There isn't anything wrong with it, it just doesn't go away (though I never have bought it a hat).

` Now I'm reminded of the Pustoolio episode of Invader Zim.

Anonymous said...

` WTF is wrong with blogger? Is it because you are behind the times?