This Week Part 3: Health Hell

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Technically this situation I'm about to explain is a problem of this week, but it's one that has weighed heavily on my mind since last week, which is why I'm lumping it with that crap. In truth, only today did it reach critical mass.

Before I go on, I'm going to give you a disclaimer. I'm going to talk about very VERY personal things. Girly personal things (though, let me state VERY clearly that I am not in any way, shape or form, pregnant. Not pregnant. Not even a little bit.) If you are a man, you probably want to stop reading now, if not a few minutes ago. If you do decide to keep reading, you have no right to bitch, I've warned you.

Seriously, stop reading. Save yourself.

In November 2006, I found a lump in my breast that my gynecologist was also concerned about. She sent me to a specialist and in December of 2006, I had a biopsy done on that lump. Thankfully, it came back normal, simply fibrocystic tissue, nothing even hyperplasic or anything of that nature.

I had a follow up appointment at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and then most recently, at a year. At the 1, 3 and 6 month appointments, everything was peachy. The scar is almost invisible, though the lump was still there (they took out A LOT of tissue in the biopsy). At the 12 month follow up, she ultrasounded my boob and found that the lump had grown back bigger than its original size. She couldn't determine the composition, but she decided she didn't want to jump back in and said we needed to wait a few months, unless something changed. I have/had an appointment for early May to check it back out again.

Well, something changed. That, actually falls into the too much information category and I'm not going to delve into it. But anyway, I met with the doctor today. My appointment was for 11:15, but due to her being supremely behind, it got rescheduled to 2:15. She did a new ultrasound, pushed, prodded, read through notes, and talked to me for a while. I had totally prepared myself for the possibility of a new biopsy. It wasn't pleasant, but I've been through so many worse things, it doesn't even rank in the top ten.

Which is why I'm finding myself still speechless at what she said. The doctor wants to remove the entire duct that is involved in the problem. This involves general anesthesia, a wire through my boob, an hour of surgery and a scar (that I don't really care about, but is important for dramatic effect). Oh and at least 4 days off work and 2-3 weeks of discomfort. Oh, and did I mention that she pretty much wants to do it, um, now? She's calling all the hospitals she has privileges at tomorrow to schedule it asap.

I'm sure you're wondering what the concerns are (aside from the obvious), what the risks are, etc., but I cannot tell you because I said almost nothing the whole time. When she asked me if I had any questions I believe my exact response was "I....fiance....later....call....questions...." She seemed to get the idea and said that either of us could call her with any questions tomorrow.

I think that about rounds out the stories of how the last couple of weeks have blown. I will not know anyhing further until tomorrow, and in the meantime, I really need to be studying for my test, which is in less than 24 hours. That one that I'm totally and completely unprepared for.

9 comments:

kim-d said...

Awww man, Katie...

You HAVE to get in and have it taken care of. Yesterday. Right?

Man...

Good thing you're not a little bit pregnant because that would only complicate matters. Weak attempt at humor. Sorry.

Man...what can I say or do? Anything? Anything at all? Just name it...

Man...

Anonymous said...

Yup, craptacular. I do hope that the procedure takes care of the problems once and for all.

Anna in IL

nola said...

If there is ANYTHING I can do, give you a ride, bring you soup (or a mojito), cover your class (teaching or taking tests--though I'd do neither well), ANYTHING call me. Seriously.

Stay strong. And lean on The Fiance.

Daisy Duke said...

If there is anything I can do from here be sure to let me know.

Good luck, and of course lots of prayers & hugs (via the internet).

laura said...

Hey Katie,
I'm sorry to hear this lastest news about your health.You are sooo young to have to endure soo much.The whole negitive thing a couple of day's ago~I think I would be pretty negitive at this point too.I'm sorry!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for all that you've been through. Please know that there are people out there that will be praying for you (me included). I wish this didn't have to happen so soon before your wedding.

Lisa C.

Ness said...

Katie, they say when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I think you've exceeded the human limit for tough going. Will keep you in my prayers for good results from the procedure and for the test that you don't feel prepared for.

Kate said...

Oh man- you really are amazing for even getting out of bed at the moment hun!

Take care. You're way brave enough to weather this next horrid storm and you know kim-d's right...

*Hugs*

the queen said...

That so blows. Jesus. I'm sorry. Especially since I'm guessing the TMI thing is bleeding nipples.

I say ignore all the other problems and focus on this one.