03-19-2014, 11:34 AM
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What's a parotidectomy you ask? Removal of the salivary gland. My left one to be exact.

Why was it removed? Because it was tumorous. The intra-operative pathology says it was benign mixed so, I probably don't have to get radiation therapy.

Got it done Friday after living with a lump below my left ear for a few years. Mostly because I didn't have insurance during that time. Bought insurance at the beginning of the year via the marketplace.

Doctor said it was pretty large and I shouldn't have waited so long. Face is numb in a few areas, but the operation went without complications.

Worst part about the whole experience is definitely the head wrap I'm still wearing. The pain was pretty bad the first day, but after waking up Saturday, I was able to get by with just Tylenol.

The headwrap is a pressure bandage to keep pressure on the wound. I guess it's pretty bloody underneath. I get to take it off tomorrow, pretty excited.

In the meantime, the second worst part is the boredom. Can't really do much. I've been doing very basic office tasks, but mostly I've just been catching up on a bunch of tv.

Well, anyway, before I keep typing, I'm recovering well, should be back to doing 50% of things tomorrow when this pressure bandage comes off. Very excited about that.

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 03-19-2014, 12:01 PM
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Best of luck with the recuperation, Lee!

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 03-19-2014, 12:09 PM
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  • Harvey
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Hope all goes well and the recovery gets better soon...

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 03-19-2014, 12:10 PM
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Best of luck with the recovery and glad to hear they got it all out.

I had the lover left saliva gland removed two years ago. Not because of a tumor but because it was plugged up beyond repair. Not the most pleasant surgery I've gone through. It left a nice scar and indentation under my jaw line where they removed it.

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 03-19-2014, 12:10 PM
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Hope you recover superfast.

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 03-19-2014, 12:32 PM
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  • CMur12
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I'm glad you were finally able to get it done. Now I wish you a smooth and speedy recovery.

- Murray

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 03-19-2014, 12:33 PM
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Lee, all the best to you for a speedy and full recovery.

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 03-19-2014, 12:40 PM
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i wish you all the best.

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 03-19-2014, 12:51 PM
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I hope your recovery is smooth. The pathology report sounds encouraging.

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 03-19-2014, 01:54 PM
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glad to hear you're on the mend, Lee !
those parrots show up in the strangest places !

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 03-19-2014, 05:32 PM
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Best wishes for a uneventful and quick recovery.

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 03-20-2014, 08:21 AM
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Took the pressure bandage off this morning. Wow, the entire left side of my face from cheekbone down is numb. Never felt it with the bandage on.

I think I'm getting phantom pain.

GF had to cut off some hair to get all the bandage off. Otherwise, it came off like a helmet. I look ridiculous and am badly in need of a shower.

Other than that, she said the wound looks good. Have a lot of blood in my ear canal. Can't feel it. It's a weird dichotomy between the numb parts of my face and the parts with sensation.

Yeah, lots of numbness. Not fun. Oh well, at least I can shave again. Some of my face anyway.

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 03-20-2014, 09:07 AM
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That numbness will last for quite a while. There are a lot of nerves in that area that were damaged and they have to heal. It took about three weeks for the numbness to leave my face and about another week for it to leave the inside of my mouth.

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 03-20-2014, 10:25 AM
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Lee, glad that you were able to have the surgery.

Wishing you all the best in recovery!

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 03-20-2014, 12:17 PM
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Best wishes in a quick and complete as possible recovery, Lee.

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 03-20-2014, 12:28 PM
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  • Agravic
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Best wishes for a quick recovery, Lee.

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 03-20-2014, 03:17 PM
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Lee, I'm glad to hear you're on the road to recovery. Best wishes my friend, perhaps a wee sip of Pappy would lift your spirits...pun intended Tongue

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 03-20-2014, 03:22 PM
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Best of luck with your recovery!

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 03-20-2014, 09:35 PM
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(03-20-2014, 09:07 AM)Johnny Wrote: That numbness will last for quite a while. There are a lot of nerves in that area that were damaged and they have to heal. It took about three weeks for the numbness to leave my face and about another week for it to leave the inside of my mouth.

Sad Figured as much. Couldn't find any info on the internet about it, but I only did a cursory search. Was going to call the doctor's assistant and ask her how long it took for her numbness to fade.

(03-20-2014, 03:17 PM)Jmartz Wrote: Lee, I'm glad to hear you're on the road to recovery. Best wishes my friend, perhaps a wee sip of Pappy would lift your spirits...pun intended Tongue

I haven't had any alcohol for almost a week now. Sad Not a drop. I'm taking the max dosage of Tylenol, don't want to risk liver damage.

Today I think I had phantom pain instead of real pain, but since my face is so numb, I have no idea if it's real or not. Does throb intermittently. When it does that, it's pretty bad. Unsure if the Tylenol is just a placebo or actually needed. Trying to taper off it.

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 03-20-2014, 10:01 PM
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Lee, I hope you have a speedy recovery....

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