I saw the GP for my follow up in regard to my parotid issue. He's put me on another 10 days of antibiotics. My parotid had improved out of sight but still a small painful lump remains.
He has ordered blood tests to rule out some auto-immune disorders but I really thing it's a waste of time. The fertility specialist ordered much more comprehensive auto-immune and genetic tests only a year ago and they all came back clear so I can't see things changing in such a short space of time.
I also changed the date of my surgery. It fits in much better with our schedule but the downside it's 2 weeks later than before (now on 19th April). The other good thing is that the anaesthetist that the ENT originally chose for me is working on this date and while I don't know how much he works with regional anaesthesia, I've been told by many people he's REALLY nice and willing to be flexible.
Now that things have settled into a routine I hope to start sewing again.