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UPDATE: Nelly on the mend
      01/28/09 12:35 PM
Nelly

Reged: 08/06/04
Posts: 4381
Loc: Within stray mortar fire of DC

Hello All! I'm back and recuperating!

Today is 8 days post-op. They removed 3 tumors total from my lower back. I am APPALLED by the size of these things!! The biggest one was 10 cm across. I wanted to take them home in a jar, but they were diced and sliced in the lab (no cancer, thankfully!), so the best I could do is name them and give them a backstory.

The doctor took pictures, so for my friends who are not so easily grossed out, I've included them at the bottom of the page:

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What you're looking at is 3 lipomas (fatty tumors). The dark spots on the biggest two are where they had to cauterize the blood supply coming from my body. I'm surprised these things didn't have their own orbit! It's horrible to me that they grew their own blood supply.

These things could have been anything, but lucky for me, they were non-cancerous, painful-but-nonleathal, disgusting masses. Lucky for me.

So I'm doing OK, considering by back feels like it went through a veg-a-matic. They gave me some good pain stuff (dilaudid!) plus for the fibro I was already taking vicodin, so I was able to catch a couple of good buzzes.

As time goes on, I'm steadily getting less grossed out that they were growing in me for years, and more scared that they were allowed to grow in me for so long. By my count, I've been complaining of "rocks growing in my back" since I was at least ten. (!!!)

Thank you to everybody who's lent support. This has been a scary experience for me, but HOPEFULLY I won't have to go through it again in my lifetime.

~nelly~

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* Today is my surgery!
Nelly
01/20/09 06:22 AM
* UPDATE #2
Nelly
01/31/09 11:58 AM
* Re: UPDATE #2
Janey
01/31/09 03:24 PM
* Re: Today is my surgery!
Lisa Marie
01/29/09 04:26 PM
* UPDATE: Nelly on the mend
Nelly
01/28/09 12:35 PM
* Re: UPDATE: Nelly on the mend
Runs No Fun
01/29/09 03:34 AM
* Re: UPDATE: Nelly on the mend
Nelly
01/29/09 04:21 PM
* Nelly
Janey
01/28/09 01:33 PM
* Thank you Janey!
Nelly
01/28/09 05:41 PM
* Re: Thank you Janey!
Janey
01/28/09 06:34 PM
* P.S. I still hate doctors!
Nelly
01/28/09 12:43 PM
* Re: P.S. I still hate doctors!
Toady
01/28/09 05:27 PM
* Back and Teefth
Nelly
01/28/09 05:36 PM
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GaGa
01/28/09 08:49 PM
* Holy ... cow!
hawkeye
01/28/09 07:23 PM
* I have to eat the cost :(
Nelly
01/29/09 04:10 PM
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01/29/09 04:45 PM
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01/22/09 03:48 PM
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01/20/09 06:31 PM
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01/20/09 02:06 PM
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01/20/09 12:36 PM
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01/20/09 08:41 AM
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01/20/09 08:25 AM
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