November 18, 2003


I left my cell phone in my jacket pocket last night, which is unusual. And, of course, I left the jacket itself downstairs far from where I could hear it. So, when the doctor's office called back with the CAT scan results, all I got was a message.

"Your test results are in. Please call back tomorrow during office hours and ask to speak with Rosie."

I only thought to check my phone after I got into the car. So I set up the hands free set and the car recharger and called away.

After waiting through a menu and a few minutes of hold, I got through to the office and asked for Rosie. She was occupied. It was back on hold for me.

As I sat there on hold waiting for Rosie, I thought about a lot of things. I thought of my doctor finding an unexplained swelling above my clavicle, possibly a fatty pad. I remembered him discussing the possibility it was cause by an excess of cortisol in the bloodstream, causing Cushing's Syndrome (a malady I'm closely familiar with from an observation standpoint). I remember how, when those tests came back negative, I wondered what the heck the supraclavicular swelling could be.

I remembered the first time I learned that Poland's Syndrome (a defect I was born with) is associated with lymphoma. And that it is unusual for a swollen supraclavicular lymph node to be something other than a tumor.

I had about 30 minutes on hold to think about all this before I got my results. Negative for lymph node abnormalities.

Positive for the rest of my day.

Posted by James at November 18, 2003 12:09 PM
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Hoo boy. Glad to hear it.

Posted by: Mike at November 18, 2003 12:48 PM


So, do they have any theories?

Posted by: Julie at November 18, 2003 1:26 PM

Yeah - fat.

It's an unusual place for fat, but it doesn't appear to be anything to worry about. If it were something like mild Cushing's, I'll probably see more problems.

But, at the moment, it seems like no problem.

Posted by: James at November 18, 2003 1:47 PM

For god's sake, man--have it excised!

Posted by: Patti M. at November 18, 2003 2:52 PM


Posted by: James at November 18, 2003 3:02 PM

PHEW! Thank heavens. Glad to hear you are well, Jimbo.

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 18, 2003 5:34 PM

What did this turn out to be?

Posted by: Bella at January 5, 2004 5:00 PM

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