Sometimes life gives you lemons, or so the saying goes. And with those lemons you should make lemonade.
Life gave me a literal lemon this week… in my throat.
I spent Friday until Monday cabin camping with a bunch of friends in awful weather. Friday was pretty beautiful so I took Dunk on a trail run/walk when we got there. It was so fun to casually run again. The other days were cold, rainy, and even snowing! We still had a good time, particularly Saturday night when we scream-sang Celine Dion, played boardgames and poker, while I drank about half a bottle of cherry whiskey and went to bed at 4:30am.
When I woke up on Sunday morning with a sore throat, I wasn’t totally surprised. I overused my voice all night! I took some ibuprofen and went on with my day. Monday morning my throat was still really sore and felt funny, so immediately I put my hand to my throat and whoa, a huge ass lump at the base of my neck.
We packed up quickly and left a couple hours earlier than anticipated so I could get myself to Urgent Care. When I got there, the nurse and physician assistant (both females around my age, super friendly) were amazed at my lump. It was a little like “You are here for a lump? Okay let’s loo– OH MY THAT is a LUMP!”
So long story short, I got an x-ray and blood work which were negative and told I could get an ENT appointment for Tuesday or go to a specific ER that had an ENT on staff, but it wasn’t super urgent since I had no other symptoms. I opted to go to ENT the next day mostly because the ER recommended is not a place I’m comfortable going by myself.
At the ENT, everyone had the same reaction. “Here for a lump? Let’s see it — whoa!” The doctor aspirated quite a bit of fluid out with a needle, it was all old blood. Talk about weird! He was not concerned over malignancy but also had no definitive reason for it appearing the way it did. Now I have a thyroid ultrasound next week and am on antibiotics just in case it was an infection. It’s so far a totally weird and random thing since none of this runs in my family – cysts or thyroid problems.
I’m pretty upset because this thing is ugly and super painful. I’m taking ibuprofen every 6 hours and called into work today which I’ve never done in my adult career life. That also sucks because I’m working just one day this week now since Friday I leave to go to Tennessee for a college friend’s wedding. On the bright side it seems to be getting ever so slightly smaller, but I’m not sure what has helped. Antibiotics? Echinacea tea? Icing? Sleeping as much as I can? Time? Heating pad? Nuun?
So as it relates to running, I clearly can’t right now. Even though I committed to running with my cousin, had I not, life certainly told me not to run this race for a time. That is… If I can even run next weekend…