Friday, 18 May 2012

MRI scan results

Regular readers will know I have been having problems with my neck since October last year. I had an appointment with the ear, nose and throat specialist on Wednesday to discuss my MRI scan results.
Apparently I have a fistula tract, an abnormal passageway between two sites of the body. In my case it starts in an area of my neck where I had a gland removed in 2007 and ends on the outside of my neck. This is whats causing the swelling, pain and bleeding.
The surgery is optional, but I'm going to have it done. I don't want to be stuck with this "thing" on my neck forever. It looks awful and is very painful, so I said yes and am booked in for August 1st.
It's going to take two surgeons to sort me out as neither of them have ever had to do this operation before (fills me with such confidence, NOT!) My mum made a good point though, if neither have done it before then maybe they shall take extra precautions and treat me more carefully than normal, I'm hoping so anyway!
There's one main risk with this op and that's a nerve that runs across the area they need to get to. Its the nerve that is linked to the corner of my mouth and there's a very high chance that it could be damaged or even severed altogether. If this happens I shall lose the ability to control the corner of my mouth, which means I will only have half a smile :-( This has been playing on my mind ever since, I am so worried! I know that all the risks have to be discussed "just in case" but this one she went on and on about, even on my notes she circled it AND put stars next to it... talk about making a point. 

So at the moment I am a tad stressed and blogging isn't a priority right now. This makes me sad because I usually really enjoy it :-(
Sorry for the negative post, but I thought I'd update you all.


  1. Hope your ok Holli! <3 Thinking of you!

  2. Oh no fingers crossed for you that the surgery all goes well :) xx

  3. Hi I just started following you and I love your blog!! I actually have read most of your posts! is that a bit strange?! haha anyways I hope everything goes ok with your operation!! ive never been in surgery so I have no idea what it would be like. although i would be a bit scared also if i could lose half my smile, but i think ur mum is right and they will have to be much much more careful so you will be fine!!

    if you like reading "lifey" type posts then you should come and see my blog :) this is why i like your blog so much! hehe

    keep up the good work in your blog! I think your great :D

    Jen xxx


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