Surgery is such a scary word in any context. Whenever a Doctors tells you surgery is needed, you know the situation is serious and unfortunately the fix could not be remedied naturally. I find that as I get older, there is always some body part that needs a second look or attention. I would like to think that I’ve treated my body well in the last thirty seven-years, but it is just the nature of getting older. I look forward to the day when God calls us Home and we are given a new body on the new Earth. Then, we will truly have no pains, no illnesses, no worries about calories or gray hair and wrinkles (which I have more of these days!). Yeah, that day will be wonderful! Until then, I will continue to do my best to take care of the body that has been given to me temporarily.
As I prepare for my surgery on Tuesday, I can only hope and pray that all will go well. I had my first surgery in November of last year, so this will be my second surgery. As with most things, there are always risks to consider and be aware of. You have to trust your Doctor and rest assured that you are in good hands, literally.
“…and you could die”
When I was pregnant with both of my daughters, thankfully I did not have to have a C-section. My water broke both times and before delivery I did choose to have an epidural. I will never forget the two rather odd, anesthesiologist. My first anesthesiologist poked me in the back about five times till he got my needle for my epidural inserted right. The second anesthesiologist spoke very monotone as he told me of all the risks. With each “worst case scenario” risk, he ended each sentence with “…and you could die“. I remember looking at my husband with wide eyes as if to say, “say a prayer and please watch this man closely?” So, I clearly understand the seriousness of any surgical procedure, I just have to continue to pray that it goes well and try not to think of the worst case scenario: “…you could die“.
What kind of surgery?
When I arrived to Hawaii this past June, my body was doing some weird adjustments. You would think that moving to a tropical island paradise, it would be impossible to get sick or be hurt. Along my right arm and around part of my neck, I discovered a cluster of itchy bumps. I saw my new Primary Care Provider (PCM) to have it checked out. I was prescribed a lotion to clear it. I don’t know what it was, but it did eventually cleared after a few months.
Also around this same time, I developed a bump under my tongue that would swell up and then decrease depending on the foods I ate or drank. I never could pinpoint any one thing that triggered it and I hoped it would eventually go away on its own.
Unfortunately, over the last few months, this has become larger and more painful, feeling like a hard piece of candy stuck underneath my tongue, effecting my speech and my eating. My new dentist referred me to an oral surgeon who then referred me to an ENT Doctor. I also turned to Google to do a little research on my own. This annoying bump was from a clogged salivary duct. It was referred to as a Ranula. ” The term ranula comes from the Latin word, rana, meaning frog, and describes a blue translucent swelling in the floor of the mouth, similar looking to the underbelly of a frog.” So, in medical terms:”a ranula usually stems from trauma to the sublingual gland, leading to mucus extravasation and formation of a pseudocyst or term- mucus escape reaction.” (http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/847589-treatment)
So, to my understanding, because of a clogged salivary duct leading to the formation of a cyst, I will have to have surgery to unclog the salivary duct. Although the Doctor has told me that the procedure only take about thirty minute, it is still surgery in my mouth. I was hoping it would be something that would easily and quickly resolve itself, but I’m just grateful I’m able to take care of this issue now before it gets worse.
Of course, I have many concerns and worries about cut nerves and surgery to my mouth. I was told that the mouth heals quickly. I should be fine as long as I am recovered by Christmas dinner!
No time is ever a convenient time for a surgery
No time is ever a great time to have a surgery and especially during this Christmas time.
The week is jammed pack with Christmas activities at my girl’s schools, my husband’s Army work schedule, and my In-Law and family flying in to spend the Christmas holiday with us. I am grateful they were able to schedule the surgery now while I have my hubby here to help. After the Christmas holiday and the start of the new year, my hubby goes off to training (such as the life of military pilot) and it’s back to single parenthood for a few weeks. Us moms rarely make the time for ourselves and we should more often. This is a priority and thankfully the surgery is minor and will not take long to recover. I have to be at my daughters school for an event the next morning after my surgery. I may end up looking like a chipmunk with swollen cheeks, but that should be about it.
Whether its major or minor surgery, its surgery nonetheless. Naturally, I am a little worried about what tomorrow will bring. I trust I am in good hands with both of my ENT Doctors. I believe in prayers and know God will watch over me. I do also ask you all pray for all involved Tuesday morning. I ask for prayers for my doctors hands and that God will guide them. I ask for prayers over this surgical procedure in my mouth that there will be no issues that come up as a surprise, no nerve damage, or have any other complications come from operation of this ranula. And, please say prayers over the recovery time, praying I will heal quickly and that this clogged salivary duct will not come back!
Thank you friends!