A post from Kelli–
Ever heard of a ganglion cyst? A bible bump? I hadn’t….until I got one.
For quite about the last year or so, I’ve had this strange lump of sorts on my right inner ankle. In the beginning, I could tie increased pain and swelling to a specific pair of shoes, so I threw them away. Afterwards, it didn’t seem to hurt so much, so I didn’t really pay much attention to it until one day I was putting on some lotion and realized that I had a lump on my inner ankle/foot. When previously glancing at it, I assumed that it was my ankle bone, but on further examination, I realized that it wasn’t.
See what I mean?
I did a little bit of “quality” internet research assisted by google and tried a few different things, but since it wasn’t painful at the time, I didn’t really do anything about it.
In the past few months however, it has started being more painful. It almost feels like a stretching, burning pain over my inner ankle. I had a few other procedures and appointments this spring so I figured that I could try to get into the podiatrist. It turns out that they were booking appointments out pretty far, so the soonest that I could get in was last Tuesday. I figures they could probably do an aspiration in the clinic or something, but figured that it was really not too big of a deal. And it had been getting smaller too, so I almost just cancelled the appointment.
Once I got there, it turns out that the Dr. thought it was a ganglion cyst, which they typically recommend be removed surgically as there is a high rate of recurrence with aspiration. He said that it would be a short time period off of work, but wanted to get an MRI before they would remove it to make sure that it wasn’t wrapped into anything further in the foot. He did say that it likely wouldn’t just go away and would probably continue to grow and with so many nerves, vessels, and bones in there, the pain likely wouldn’t get better on its own.
I ended up beinga ble to get my MRI scheduled last Friday and had a follow up yesterday after an appointment in the morning. We decided that it would be best to have it surgically removed. I was also lucky enough that I’ll be able to schedule it for the 23rd of May. By the time my MRI and some other things I’ve had done are all added to my bill, I’m sure I’ll have met the out of pocket max for this year, so I figured I better get all I can done–So it’s coming out in 2 weeks!
See that shadowy bit to the left, that’s the cyst. From what he explained to me, he’ll cut it out and then I’ll be in a boot for 2 weeks. I’m supposed to somewhat limit my activity, so I’ll take 2 weeks off from the hospital and work some extra hours at the nursing home in the office. I’ll go back after 10 days to have the stitches removed and then I’ll be able to return to work with only needing to wear compression hose, which I already wear.
I called to tell mom about it and she volunteered to take the day off of work and have a “mom the nurse” day with me. I called to tell Jason that and he was pretty excited as he has tons of field work to do. It turns out that he’ll take me up there in the morning and then after I’m done with surgery, he’ll go back home to put on his work boots and I’ll go to moms for a stitching and Netflix party! It’s not that he doesn’t want to be home to help (although I’m sure that he doesn’t), I would just hate to make him have to stay in the house when he could be working in the field. I’m sure that I’ll get things rigged up so that I’ll be able to sew some too!
So–Have any of you had this done before? They said that I’ll be able to be weight bearing immediately after surgery and that I won’t need to use crutches. He said that a few days of pain pills should be all that I’ll need, so I’m happy for that too! Any advice? Share away! I’m hoping to get a few things kitted up so that I can make the most of the time that I’ll have off!