We made another trip to Houston on Monday and I saw my Head and Neck surgeon. Dr. G. took a look at the incision on my neck and told me it looked like I was healing well. I still have swelling in my neck and under my chin.
I've been sleeping in an elevated position since the surgery. It makes for a very poor night's sleep. Chris asked Dr. G. if I could sleep without the extra pillows and she agreed. I tried it last night and woke up with extra swelling under my chin. Since the lymph nodes have been removed from the right side of my neck, there's no drainage, hence the swelling. I'll be seeing a specialist in the lymphedema clinic in the next few weeks. The swelling will be a life-long condition, so I need to know how to deal with it so that it doesn't get worse.
Once I've had more time to heal, I'll get scheduled for a radiation simulation. I expect it will take place in 2 weeks or so. As I learn more, I'll post.