Friday, February 19, 2010

Submandibular Salivary Gland Stones

I guess when you hit over 30 and lived 30 years of medical free lifestyle, it's time that visits to the local hospital becomes frequent. This week has been full of needles and pain for me. 2 weeks ago, I begun to get swelling on the left side of my neck but only happens when I eat food. So I didn't think much of it. Of course I wouldn't coz there was no pain at all. But in the last week, pain became a friend to me visiting me every minute of the day. The feeling of discomfort and pain rose to it's peak over the days to a point where I just couldnt take it anymore.
On Wednesday, I went to the clinic to check just what the hell is going on in there and was put through a CT Scan. Little did I know that it involved needles - I hate needles and injections. First the dumb ass nurse couldn't find my vein on my right hand so she inserted the needle and then pulled it out and then she says "Alamak! Miss lah." WTF!!! Now my right hand is swollen. So I told her to get someone who knows what they are doing to do this. Another lady walks in and does it successfully on my left arm. The scan revealed and confirmed that I do have a stone in my saliva gland the size of 5mm.
Went back to the doctor who then told me that there is also an infection which is why it hurts so bad so he put me on a 48 hours I.V. antibiotics. What this is - injecting the medication directly into my veins and it had to be done twice - once on Wednesday and one on Thursday. That was painful as hell coz it takes about 10mins to fully inject it into the system. Imagine have a needle in you with hot fluid flowing into the veins :( NOT FUN!!!!
Went for a follow up today and the doctor said that the infection in cured and now he puts me on another round of oral antibiotics for another 4 days and during that period, he hopes that the stone comes out on it's own - he is trying to avoid surgery coz being a doctor's kid and all, he is more carful with me. If by Monday the stone doesn't come out, then on Tuesday, I will need to admit myself into the hospital and undergo surgery. Then I will need to stay in the hospital for 3 days for post surgery recovery.
WISH ME LUCK! Do visit me ok! And bring flowers!
This is my CT Scan - cool huh!

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