Friday, December 01, 2006

Random news

Yesterday I went to the doctor to talk about a bump on my wrist, it's not quite as disturbing as this guys wrist or my ankle but it's still like, "Um.... You have a tumor on your wrist" type of disturbing. The doctor (a new guy, but I like him. He's nice and I think he's a bit better doctor than the last one) said I have a Ganglionic Cyst. It is, according to e medicine:
A ganglion cyst is a tumor or swelling on top of a joint or the covering of a tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone). It looks like a sac of liquid (cyst). Inside the cyst is a thick, sticky, clear, colorless, jellylike material. Depending on the size, cysts may feel firm or spongy.
Ganglia (for those of you who don't know and didn't click on the link in the quote) are just a part of the nervous system, they are nerve centers. Anyway, the options are: 1 to have surgery. I said, "Um.... I've already had surgery this year and I'd rather not do it again unless I really need too." or 2 have the doctor remove as much fluid as possible and inject steroids to shrink the growth. But since you can't really see the bump unless I bend my wrist and it doesn't hurt too much I don't feel that it's really a pressing need. If it gets to be a hassle then I will have to deal with it. For now there are too many other things going on in my life to be concerned with a non-life threatening bump. Oh and for those of you who want to know what it looks like, it looks something like this. Except mine only looks like that when I bend my wrist all the way forward and it's still smaller than that.

Something that made me laugh is that they call this cyst a "Bible cyst" and a method to get rid of them is called the "Bible therapy".... Haha... But my doctor said that was dumb because you could potentially fracture your wrist.

The community college counselor called and said I got all my classes (I forgot to mention it to Kristy when I talked to her), so that's good. Now I have to let the Sparks director know that I won't be able to help anymore. I am NOT looking forward to telling her that, she wasn't happy when I left last year for driver's ed.

I went to the dentist today and had a cavity filled, joy joy. Our family has known the dentist for a long time, like his wife came to my baby shower and we went to the same church as them.

I'm reading Captivating. Oh my word. This book is awesome, that's all I will say for now.


Heidi said...

Ooh, I've had one of those things before! As I recall, it stayed there for one or two years, getting slightly larger or smaller depending on how much I used that hand. It became a common activity for me to always be massaging my wrist of flicking my hand around to move it around, because somethimes that seemed to help. Eventually it wnet away on its own. =D

Brian said...

Take a CHAINSAW to it! Or maybe have your hand amputated and replaced with a chainsaw instead!

jelvistar said...

Wow, I actually learned something today! Someone must carry on the mantle of "family freak". For that, I thank you.

Betsy said...

Good thinking Elyse! As long as it doesn't bother you and isn't harmful... why bother with it! This reminds me of our car's gas peddle has an obnoxious hissing noise almost every time we apply the brakes, but it's a really expensive fix, so we're just dealing with it. It's really not that bad when you think about the money you're saving.

Ashlily said...

E:Goodness,that picture looks like a golf ball stuck in someone's wrist! That actually looks painful...I'm re-writing my answers in your e-mail right now! Yay!

Brian: hehe "A chainsaw can remove a limb,or act as a replacement"-Showbread.Oh yeah!I'm prolly the only one who thought of that this way,i'm a dork that way XP

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