I went to see Dr. Sneshkoff, an ENT (Ear Nose Throat) doctor today. My appointment was at 8:25 AM. and we got to Tripler Army Hospital 15 minutes early. I was taken to a room where the doctor was speaking to a colleague. While Art and I got ourselves settled, Dr. Sneshkoff walked back in and apologized for needing to finish his consultation with the other person. He was still 10 minutes early and he was apologizing. Wow!
He was a really kind, very knowledgeable (shall I add tall, dark and handsome?) specialist. He looked great in his uniform. Marine? However, I swear he looked like he was younger than my son.
It's a good thing I keep a health record with all the pertinent health information I needed because he asked me about all the surgeries I'd had, what the diagnosis had been for my thyroid surgery, etc. I wouldn't have been able to answer any of those questions without the health journal I keep.
I went to see him because I keep feeling like I've got a lump in my throat. I've got two dear friends who have esophageal cancer and it was unnerving me a bit. A few weeks ago I found that even when I raise my head to look up during my Tai Chi exercises, I cough because it feels like the lump presses against the back of my throat.
Anyway, Dr. Sneshkoff did an ultrasound first. He found that I had a bit of scar tissue in my throat which is probably what I'm feeling. He then sent a scope through my nose and down my throat to make sure my voice box was OK. It was.
He says there's tethering at the scar site which is probably what is causing the lumpy feeling, but there's no cure for that. An operation to remove it would only cause more scar tissue. He says the Tai Chi exercise is probably good for it and I should also massage the scar site on my throat to try to loosen the tethering.
I'm thrilled that I'm OK. It was causing me some worry since I really don't want another surgery. Dr. Bentley who did my thyroid surgery in Chicago did a fabulous job and I really wouldn't have wanted that nice scar to be tampered with (especially since I tend to keloid badly). Dr. Bentley had assured me that he would do the surgery so it would just look like a natural fold in my neck.
Well, we've got our Tai Chi lesson tomorrow morning. I guess I won't avoid looking up anymore. I'll position myself in the back where the wind will drown out any cough I might have.