Strep Never Sounded So Good

Tucker had a lump sticking out the side of his neck.  Walnut sized.  Noticeable and concerning.

Very concerning.

I tried to minimize the concern, since Tucker’s mind always goes to extreme diagnoses and imminent death.  But I can’t say mine didn’t go there too.  And I wonder if he’ll ever get to a place in his life with the naivete of taking things in stride.

Turns out, it was a swollen lymph node due to infection.  He had strep throat.

The pediatrician said every single parent’s mind goes straight to “The Big C” when they see a lump protruding  from anywhere glandular in the child’s body.  (Count me among the majority.)  He said 99.99% of the time, a swollen lymph node is nothing to worry about, and one way I can tell is that a lymph node will fluctuate in size.  A cancerous anything will just get worse, if left untreated.

So the lymph node can stay enlarged for months, with still no need for concern.   Well, then.  This I can handle.

I’ve lost the privilege of believing it won’t happen to us.  It has.  It could.

A friend said, “A family like yours deserves a free pass.  You’ve done your time.”  His family is nine months into a battle with their daughter’s brain cancer.  His family deserves a free pass too.

Life doesn’t give it very many of those.

Strep has never sounded so good to me.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Strep Never Sounded So Good

  1. When I was in law school, my lymph node was also swollen to the point that it looked like a bolt sticking out of my neck. Went to the doctor, and it was swollen because I had shingles(!). My mother, the nurse, later admitted that she was scared to death when she saw it, but was relieved at the diagnosis. Glad that Tucker’s was a good one, too.

  2. Brent and I travel alot and chicago is a big rough airport.I heard about the snow report out west.praying for your little boys,,its funny how god starts teaching us to be patient at a young age.They just want their mom back. love your blog.thanks agin for taking on 1 more friend ,sheri eichar w wheels and dog in tow….

Comments are closed.