Today I had my first ever ultrasound. No, not for a baby (sorry fam!). This one was actually done on my neck. Since New Year’s Eve I’ve had an enlarged and tender area on the left side of my neck underneath my jawline. It was my least favorite thing that I unintentionally packed for NOLA. After one too many Google searches, I had narrowed my diagnosis down to either: cancer OR stones in my salivary glands. Cancer was a hot button given my sister Megan had just been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma around that time.
Let me just say that Googling symptoms is a really dangerous game guys – one I don’t enjoy playing.
For months it was painful to eat, uncomfortable after I ate, and it only seemed to get worse as the months went on – most increasingly in this past week.
Long story short, this morning I actually ended up “producing” a small stone from underneath my tongue just hours before my ultrasound appointment. I use the word “produce” because I literally have no idea how else it even happened. For a few days, I had a hard white spot underneath my tongue. It was incredibly uncomfortable and I didn’t know what it was. Miraculously it seemed to have just popped it’s way out from it’s spot while I was enjoying my coffee this AM and I’m going to just leave it at that. Almost as soon as the stone made its abrupt appearance, the pain in my neck and throat subsided. The swelling that was underneath my jawline? It’s gone down. To top it all off, the ultrasound didn’t show anything alarming. It actually didn’t show anything at all. Sweet relief.
Also, SO SORRY IF THIS IS TMI. But, really…
Talk about timing. I’ve been suffering with this since New Year’s Eve, and this whacky condition decides to cure itself just hours before my scheduled ultrasound.
Sometimes I just have to chuckle at the timing of life’s events. Does this kind of stuff happen to anyone else in the world?