Today brings me to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for a different reason. Yet another tumour to contend with, although it is yet to be confirmed that it is NF related. Either way it has to get dealt with.
Approximately 8 years ago I had a lump removed from the little toe on my right foot. At the time I wasn't fussed in knowing what the lump was, I was just overjoyed that it was benign. Over the last year that lump has slowly began to grow again and is quite painful. I mentioned it to specialist during my last visit who referred me to the plastics clinic. Long story short, to discover the best surgical option I have had multiple scans done: MRI, ultrasound, CT and today an angiogram.
If I had known this morning the pain that I have in my leg tonight was going to be this severe I don't think I would have went ahead. The procedure itself wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I hardly felt the local anesthetic that they injected into my groin. The catheter itself didn't hurt, it was more of a weird sensation. The hot, burning feeling of the dye was something that I had experienced before. It was the severe cramp in my calf that lingered forever that was the worst. I was helpless to do anything for it as I had to lay still. It makes me cringe thinking about it now!
After the procedure was complete, I was wheeled into the recovery ward. It was here that the doctor removed the catheter from the artery in the groin and had to apply firm pressure for 10 minute to prevent bleeding from the puncture site. Although this sounds awkward, luckily for me it wasn't. We chatted about my NF diagnosis, my spinal surgery, the ovarian cancer and had a laugh at the bedside manner that some doctors have. He was a lovely guy who did a great job of taking my mind off what he was doing.
From 9:30 until 2:30pm I had to lay flat on my back. With no tv or book to entertain me the day went very slow. My back ached from laying in the one spot for so long and I got stage fright trying to use the pan although my bladder felt like it was going to burst!
I sure hope that at Wednesday's appointment with the plastics clinic they have more of an idea of what the lump actually is so this latest ordeal will be worth it.