Back during the winter when we were in Phoenix, working at the Christmas tree lot, I had that worrisome palpable mass on my arm. I went to the doctor a couple of times, and had an ultrasound done, and nothing happened. The doctor I saw said they didn’t see anything wrong.
Well, my arm swells up and hurts if I use it. Try not using one of your arms for a day and see how frustrating THAT can be.
The day a couple weeks ago that I cut all the strips for the quilts I am making, I had to use my left arm to push down on the ruler and fabric to make sure it didn’t move. That night, my arm hurt again, and swelled a little bit.
Then last Friday, when I was working at the entrance station, I had to “walk the line”. That is where one of us goes out and walks down the line of cars, answering visitors’ questions, checking ID’s and passes, and handing out guides. I was holding a stack of guides in my left arm while doing this. That night, my arm was swollen and hurt like a toothache! I’m talking about a pain that a beer and two shots of tequila didn’t touch! This is getting to be very bothersome.
So, I was referred to a doctor in Flagstaff and made an appointment for July 21. I will be taking my ultrasound pictures with me, and hope that this new doctor will be able to figure out what is causing this to happen.
I really am not worried about it being cancer, because if it was a cancerous tumor, it would be there all the time. I think it is a cyst, that flares up when I do something to irritate it, like USING MY ARM! So, stay tuned, for the continuing saga of The Palpable Mass.