Sunday, March 9, 2008

lumps and bumps

Friday evening I just happened to be touching the side of my head and I felt a small lump under my skin. It's located right in front of the top of my ear and it's about the size of a pea, and hard to the touch, but not painful. Of course I freaked out, with everything going through my head including cancer. I think it could be 1 of 2 things. I think it's either a swollen parotid lymph node or a subcutaneous cyst. Of course I have no idea. But if it is a swollen lymph node, then why is it swollen? I am not sick(that I know of), so then the freaking out begins all over again as things like lymphoma go through my head(no pun intended). I wish I knew what it was, so I think I may get it checked out tomorrow. It is very small, and I don't want to be one of those people that goes to the doctor for everything, I like to self-treat if at all possible. But what if it is something serious?


Mommy to those Special Ks said...

OK so I had to laugh a little. This is what you would call an occupational hazard! haha As a mom of a cancer kid, any time ANY one of my kids sleep in too long or get a bruise or look the slightest bit pale I think, "Oh know they have cancer!" haha Seriously I think you SHOULD most definitely get it checked out, I just think it's funny that you're like me and that's the first thought that enters your mind! Keep us posted, I'll be praying it's nothing!

StephthefutrRxDr said...

I think it's because I work at St. Judes, so cancer is on my mind alot. I'll keep u posted.

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

My oldest has a lump where his lymph nodes are in his neck. The day he told me about it, my mind went in circles with the dreaded possibilities. I secretly cried in my room, too. I took him to the pediatrician the next day and he said that it is common and that it should go away eventually as long as we don't mess with it.

Did I mention I am a nurse? LOL. When Renee spoke of occupational hazards, she knows what she is talking about.