If you have already seen me or will see me in the near future you will notice "it". A red, painful bump on my neck that I have had since April. Initially, I thought it was a swollen gland, since that happens to me a lot. After two doses of antibiotics and a horrible CT scan, I made the trip today (with my wonderful and calming sister, Kyle) to the ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) doctor. Turns out "it" could be one of two things: 1.) a sort of cyst or 2.) something that has "cat scratch" in it's name, which I have dubbed cat scratch "fever". Kyle and I could not remember the medical name for it. I will be getting an ultrasound on Monday to determine which one it is. If it is a cyst, I will have surgery to have it removed. If it is cat scratch fever, I will be put on antibiotics. If the antibiotics don't fight it, then I will have surgery. Turns out, my cute little kitty Oreo, may have given me some of her bacteria through a scratch or bite, which got into my blood and then settled in my lymph node.
To anyone I have had contact with or will have contact with: I AM NOT CONTAGIOUS! No matter the result you can't catch what I have. I immediately came home and googled to get more information and cat scratch fever is rare and not contagious.
To my sister: thank you for going with me! Your reading of The Bernstein Bears as we waited calmed me and my fears of Mrs. Grizzle "The Babysitter". But really, I do appreciate you going!