UPDATE: I’d like to welcome any readers who might have arrived here via web searches for “mucous seal”. It’s been three years since I had mine removed and I’ve had no complications. Good luck!
Daddy’s kinda hurtin’ right now. On Wednesday, I had what’s called a mucous seal removed from the bottom of mouth, near my tongue. It was this little cyst the size of half a peanut. I’ve had it for more than a month. It was painless, not causing me any problems, but to be on the safe side, I went to the doctor to get it checked out.
She told me to leave it for a month to see if it would go away on its own. It didn’t, so I had it cut out. The procedure itself took less than ten minutes. She froze my mouth and then used a scalpel to cut the damn thing off. Three stitches were put in to seal the wound.
Afterwards, I wasn’t given antibiotics or any other post-op drugs. The pain is almost non-existent, well except for the first two hours when it hurt like a sumbitch. The problem is that my tongue has swollen to comical proportions. Because my tongue is so big now, it’s difficult to swallow and speak. The speaking I can do without, though I talk with a lisp now as many of you have heard. It’s the eating that I’m having a hard time with. A swollen tongue also has lowered mobility so I can’t use my tongue to dig food out of my teeth.
I have to eat bites of food that are really small so it takes me even longer to consume my meals. I’m getting the impression I’ll probably lose some weight because of this.
When I do talk, it’s almost impossible to talk without a lisp. The lisp makes you say things you normally wouldn’t say. It’s like the lisp makes you want to talk like a moron. This of course all good because I start my new job on Monday and my co-workers first impression of me is that I’m some idiot.
I’m hoping by Monday, the swelling will have subsided enough that I can speak and eat somewhat normally. Until then, I’ll be like Kramer from that Seinfeld episode where Mel Torme thinks he’s mentally challenged.