OK, something wasn’t right. So, I went back to see the doctor.
I was told I had a throat infection, and possibly an infected lymph node.
Another week went by, and I was still in a lot of pain. The lump was still increasing in size, and I was getting rather concerned.
This time, the doctor did a thorough examination, then went to talk to a senior doctor, who also did a thorough examination. And then they took some blood.
I say some blood; they took pints of the stuff! And that’s not easy to do with me as I have very small, almost invisible veins. The two doctors had summon a nurse to try and take the blood after they had each failed more than once to find a vein.
Eventually, they got the blood they needed without wringing me dry. And a letter was sent to the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at Blackburn Hospital, asking for an appointment with a consultant.
Now it wasn’t just me who was concerned…