Thursday, December 12, 2013


No, not the girls.  It's me, recovering from neck surgery.  On Monday, I had neck surgery for a thyroglossal duct cyst.  "Huh?" you say?  Well, yeah, I said the same thing.  The surgery is called the Sistrunk procedure, where they remove the cyst or cysts, the thyroglossal duct tract, and a piece of a bone in your neck called the hyoid.  Why you don't need this bone is beyond me.  To get out the duct, they cut up from the cyst in your neck to the base of your tongue.  (Sounds gross, huh?)  I'm left with about a 4 inch incision across the front of my neck.

So, why did I have this?  It's a congenital abnormality that arises from the area of your neck where your thyroid grows from.  The duct should completely close off after the thyroid moves to it's final position in the neck (in utero) and if it doesn't, it can give rise to this ridiculous problem I've been dealing with since August.

I'll keep the gory details and pictures out of this post and dedicate a new one to my experience with the cyst, procedure, and recovery, so I can spare those of you who are just here to see my usual cute Emmie and Rosie updates.  But I will share my experience with this, because there's a lack of real-life adult patient experience about thyroglossal duct cysts on the internet.

In the meantime, I'm convalescing.  How am I doing that?  Being waited on by my husband who has become expert at measuring out liquid medications and fluffing pillows just right to hold my sore neck.  Laying on the couch. Receiving deliveries of homemade food and groceries from my parents.  Endless babysitting of the girls by Nana and Grampy (not that any of the involved parties mind).  Sipping broth, sucking on popsicles, and if I'm feeling crazy, eating some pudding (although I just referred to the rice pudding as, "a real challenge").  Whispering because I have no voice.  Looking straight ahead because it hurts to turn my swollen neck.  Explaining to the girls over and over why I can't pick them up.  Figuring out the magical balance of painkillers and visits from my sister that keep my spirits high.  It's not exactly how I wanted to be spending the weeks before Christmas, but just having the surgery behind me is such a relief that even though I feel physically worse now, I actually feel so much better emotionally.

Just what the doctor ordered.


Liberty said...

Been thinking of you!!

The Jiu Jiu said...

Ooh... OUCH! My sister's had a couple of "interesting" procedures lately, so I know how hard it is to explain to a little girl (much less two) why Mommy can't pick her up, why Mommy can't move very well, why Mommy can't... well, whatever it is said little girl wants at that moment that the nice doctor put on the "Don't You Dare!" list. I'm wishing you a fast, pain-free, and complete recovery -- and a happy and HEALTHY holiday season (right on thru January)! (And kudos to my fellow Y chromosome carrier for stepping up to the challenge! [grin])

likeschocolate said...

Hope you feel better soon!

Renate said...

Blessings. Hopefully you will feel better soon.

AnnaJ said...

Heal quickly and steadily. Thinking of you all and feeling thankful for your family being able to step in and help during this challenging event.

cara said...

Ironically I've been reading your blog for quite a while beacause we also has 3 adopted kiddos, 2 bio brothers from ukraine (10 & almost 16)& and our chinese princess who is 4. My husband had his thyroglo.duct removed years ago, he was so glad after it was done. But the scar took quite a while to blend in, it was raised & red for a long time. I don't notice it at all anymore. God bless you & yourfamily this christmas season & keep posting, esp about those girls. I found your blog because we were considering adopting a girl with the same condition. You really called my fears, just waiting for my husband toget on board now.:)