Tucker had a lump sticking out the side of his neck.  Walnut sized.  Noticeable and concerning.

Very concerning.

I tried to minimize the concern, since Tucker’s mind always goes to extreme diagnoses and imminent death.  But I can’t say mine didn’t go there too.  And I wonder if he’ll ever get to a place in his life with the naivete of taking things in stride.

Turns out, it was a swollen lymph node due to infection.  He had strep throat.

The pediatrician said every single parent’s mind goes straight to “The Big C” when they see a lump protruding  from anywhere glandular in the child’s body.  (Count me among the majority.)  He said 99.99% of the time, a swollen lymph node is nothing to worry about, and one way I can tell is that a lymph node will fluctuate in size.  A cancerous anything will just get worse, if left untreated.

So the lymph node can stay enlarged for months, with still no need for concern.   Well, then.  This I can handle.

I’ve lost the privilege of believing it won’t happen to us.  It has.  It could.

A friend said, “A family like yours deserves a free pass.  You’ve done your time.”  His family is nine months into a battle with their daughter’s brain cancer.  His family deserves a free pass too.

Life doesn’t give it very many of those.

Strep has never sounded so good to me.

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