Hi folks, I promised to update you so here we are.
I just got back from meeting with the thoracic surgeon - (who was very charming!!).
He went through a few things with me but not before asking me how I was. When I told him I had been suffering with some pain and discomfort, he said that he wasn't surprised. He and his colleague had just been saying before I entered the room that he wouldn't be surprised if I was.
Anyway, he is happy to operate to remove the tumor and still felt that it was benign. Obviously it will go to the lab on removal for tests.
Here is a pic that he let me take on my mobile. You have to imagine that you are looking at a cross section of my chest (which you are because its a CT scan pic). You are looking from my feet upwards so the right of the picture is actually my left lung.
You can see that the tumour is on the right hand side of the pic - just above where the cursor is (the round blob). The cursor is actually over my rib - where the tumor is also growing.
He can't get me in next week for the op (good as it's my Birthday on the 11th which I share with my eldest son!!!) so i'll be going week after for a pre-op, then the operation will take place the week after that at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
He said he wasn't sure whether he'd have to remove part of my lung, my chest wall, and some of my rib but he will be removing the nerve - I am to expect some numbness on my left hand side afterwards though. I should be in hospital for about 3 days.
I feel so much better knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel!!! In the meantime, I'll carry on with the tramadol!
Hope the picture hasn't freaked you out too much!!!
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