The surgery on Wednesday went well. After 3.5 hours in the operating room the parotid tumor was removed and it was benign. The size of the tumor measured just over 2 cm. It's a good thing I had the tumor removed now because my Dr. said that it was getting very close to a nerve that would have had to have been cut had it gotten any closer, resulting in some facial paralysis. As it stands now, I have some numbness on the left side of my face, and I cannot open my mouth very much. Eating has really been a challenge. The numbness should wear off after a week or two...hopefully.
The worst part so far has been the itching of the scar. It feels like a feather is touching my skin, but I can't scratch it because I have no feeling. My face is pretty swollen still and I haven't been able to take a shower for 3 days, eeeuuwww.
Below are some photos. View at your own discretion.
All wrapped up post-surgery
This was a drain inside my neck for blood, damn thing was like 3 inches long. I had it removed the day after surgery.
Feeling better...making the calls to the family to give the ok
The day after surgery I had to have this stupid thing wrapped around my head
All bandages off...but still numb
If you were to add up the length of scars I have just on my head/neck alone, it would be close to a foot long. The scars are like tatoos though, a story behind each one.