Dodged another huge health bullet!

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by audept, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    73
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Dodged another huge health bullet!

    A few weeks ago I noticed a small lump in my cheek had started to increase in size. I went to my GP and was sent for ultrasound and CAT-scans. The CAT-scan showed the lump, but unexpectedly also showed lesions on my Thyroid gland. I was referred to a specialist in a major hospital and underwent blood tests and a needle biopsy of the lump and my thyroid, an uncomfortable procedure which left me with much sympathy for voodoo dolls. Now I know how it feels to have hat-pins stuck into you.

    Yesterday all the pathology results came back: my thyroid is OK and the lump is currently benign but is pre-cancerous and still needs excision. Huge relief!

    Next Wednesday I am scheduled for 2 hours of surgery and 3 days in hospital. Even after health insurance rebates it’s still going to cost more than a Custom Shop White Falcon! I chose the acknowledged best specialist surgeon in the field and the costs reflect that. I’m always prepared to spend top dollars on the best, whether it’s working on my guitars or working on me!

    So, under the knife again next Wednesday. Hope I don’t have to change my name to “Scarface” afterwards.
     
  2. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Synchromatic

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Good luck! I’ll keep good thoughts for you.
     
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  3. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Best to you on this. Good news really.

    Getting older is a gas. Way less hair in some places, way too much in other places, bumps, lumps, and all sorts of stuff.

    Gotta just enjoy it all every day, even though we have to see them docs more often.
     
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  4. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    Oh wow - glad you got this checked out and best of luck and prayers for your procedure.
     
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  5. aFriendbFrosty

    aFriendbFrosty Gretschie

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    May 22, 2020
    West Coast
    Glad to hear it was caught early. Best of luck and speedy recovery!
     
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  6. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Best of luck with it all, it's possitives so far so I'm sure the good outcomes will continue for you.
     
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  7. Chris MC

    Chris MC Gretschie

    264
    Oct 27, 2014
    Orange, Aus
    Good news and good luck with the procedure. I am not a White Falcon fan, but I sure would prefer one to that.
     
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  8. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Age:
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    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Wyn, do let us know how it goes. We care for you.
     
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  9. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    73
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Thank you all for your kind words and concern. I love being a part of this community, undeniably the best on the internet.
     
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  10. dr. love

    dr. love Gretschie

    Age:
    46
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    Jun 2, 2008
    Texas
    Glad it’s not more serious, and you’re definitely right about the needle biopsy...my wife has had to have it done a few times and it’s a rather barbaric procedure.
     
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  11. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Best wishes with all of this.
     
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  12. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish
    Is your surgeon a Gretsch fan?
     
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  13. larryr

    larryr Synchromatic

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    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    All the best for a speedy recovery.
     
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  14. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    73
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    No, but my GP is! :)
     
  15. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
    71
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Be well, Wyn, and remember----girls dig scars.
     
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  16. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    Sandy Eggo
    I wish Dr. Milktruck was my Doctor, he's pretty trustworthy for an Allopath. Hope all is well and you dont have any pirate scars after.
     
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  17. Good luck with it all mate, i'm sure you'll be up and about in no time.
    Cheers Mic.
     
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  18. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Age:
    55
    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    All the best Wyn...
     
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  19. Penguin

    Penguin Country Gent

    Nov 20, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    Wyn, what a shocker! I'll be thinking of you next Wednesday and I hope it goes smoothly!
     
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  20. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Good luck with the procedure Wyn. All the best.
     
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