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Someon Up Above is Laughing at Me

September 18th, 2010 at 09:15 am

Or I could title this post - "Feel Like I can't catch a break!"

We decided to put dh's MRI off for one month so we can enjoy our anniversary vacation before resuming talks about radiation and stuff like that. I do admit it has been nice to put all that stuff behind us for a few months and just forget about it (which mostly, we have done).

But, in the meantime, it is my turn to pile up medical bills. I found a lump on my arm which may just be serendipitous. I usually don't go into the doctor for much, but I do listen to my gut. I felt kind of silly going in, but finally did. After I made the appointment, I found a similar bump on my neck.

The lump on my arm definitely stumped the doctor (I thought he may just tell me I got hurt and let's see if it goes away. It looks more like swelling, to me, than anything else). But, he believes it is a tumor/cyst/growth of some sort. Though WAY more concerned about my neck. All I can think is that may have been there forever. I tend to get allergies and swollen glands, most the year, so I thinking back, it may have been there for a LONG time. It's only now that it struck me as odd, because it is very similar to my arm bump, and I am not sick at all.

I did a pile of lab work yesterday, and the results thus far seem good. (I keep getting e-mail alerts as they roll in). I have appointments with 2 different specialists (arm/neck) - probably after vacation, so, phew. Maybe dh and I can go bury our heads in the sand and enjoy our time. Even if I get the arm appointment this week, any biopsy or scans would wait upon my return, I assume. The neck doctor was too busy to see me until end of September, anyway.

For now, I am just frustrated by mounting medical bills and such. I feel like we can't catch a financial break this year!

Dh knows how to handle the situation (not!). He told me he didn't really care what my general doctor said. As "you don't know how many doctors told me there was NO WAY I had a brain tumor." Gee dh, way to help me feel better. Big Grin Considering his unique situation, I won't worry about it. Doctor said was probably not serious. I will go with that, and ignore dh. Until a Doctor tells me otherwise, anyway.

But, dh was happy they took this seriously, and that I would get some more opinions. I suppose would be the case - to be extra cautious when it comes to any sort of lumps on the body. Dh's tumor was different in that it could not be seen with the naked eye. His symptoms could be explained away as a common cold.

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My poor parents seem to be in the same boat. They had to replace the pipes in their house last weekend. (Knew it was due as most their neighbors had already done it). I think they got a good deal, with the economy and all, so works out. Had some water leaks once my dad started working again.

BUT, there was apparently some politics with my dad's boss, which was making my parents nervous. In the end, the boss just up and quit. So, not sure where that puts my dad. He did not get to restart the COBRA clock, since he is a contractor for this company, at the moment. Health insurance is their only financial concern, at the moment. If not for that, he could retire. Of course, the other thing is he doesn't want to retire. So, hoping that it all works out.

I am not sure how long he is been at this job - maybe a few weeks??? Quite a bummer.

In other news, my Grandma isn't doing so hot. The last thing my mom needs is to worry about me, too.

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All I know is that I am ready for this vacation!

Our return is definitely looking like a cold shower of reality! Ugh.

11 Responses to “Someon Up Above is Laughing at Me”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I sure hope all is benign with you. Keep us updated. But for sure enjoy your trip!!

  2. NJDebbie Says:

    Enjoy your trip. Things will be fine. ((HUGS))

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    Oh, gosh, that must be a little nerve-wracking. Let's keep thinking positive thoughts and hope for the best. You're so mature and handle everything so well, it's hard to believe you're just 33.

  4. M E 2 Says:


    My sister has had a lump on her arm for 2 or so years. Recently it has gotten a big larger and a bit harder. Her doctor thought it may be a cyst or a tumor as well. She had an MRI last week and the results came back ...... what she has is a ruptured/severed/torn tendon! Which can only be repaired surgically.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    ME2 - interesting. Mine is on my tendon as well. IF so, I would hope I could just leave it be - no pain or anything like that. Just weird.

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    Enjoy your vacation!
    And when you get back I hope all is well for you and your family. Smile

  7. Homebody Says:

    Where is the lump? I have a ganglion cyst, which is causing me all kinds of pain on my right upper wrist. Hang in there, it is most likely something very benign.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    {{{Hugs}}} I hope it turns out to really be nothing!

  9. MonkeyMama Says:

    Homebody - it's in the middle of the arm - in the crease - right where they usually draw blood. It looks like my tendon is swelling (wasn't quite sure what that was before the doctor told me it was my tendon). HE doesn't think it is a ganglion cyst. BUT, who knows.

  10. Homebody Says:

    Ganglions are generally around the wrist. Did you have blood drawn lately? Are you having pain? And the neck, could it be a thyroid goiter type of thing? Can you tell I worked for 34 years as a medical transcriptionist?

  11. MonkeyMama Says:

    Nope - no blood drawn, no pain, nothing. I am thinking the neck could be a thyroid thing, yes.

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