Removing a Patch of Skin 08/26/2009

Phew….sure am glad that’s over with.

The procedure itself took less than 10 minutes. The other 40 minutes was spent giving me more shots because I kept on feeling the doctor cutting on me. The sound and feeling reminded me of using poultry scissors to cut up a chicken. 

The size of the spot was smaller than a green pea, but he cut out a large, oval, 2-inch area to get all of the pre-cancerous growth. Then he stretched the skin and sewed it together. It took 5 stitches. He tried to cauterize the area but stopped since I kept on flinching because I could feel it.

The other spot was treated with chemicals and should just blister and the go away.

My forehead stayed numb for most of the day. Then it finally woke up, angry, right after 7 PM.

I was amazed to see/feel what facial muscles are involved in the smallest things. Since the skin is so tight right now, laughing, sneezing, coughing, being surprised, eating, chewing gum, etc., hurt. Any kind of emotion seemed to end up hurting.

This morning is much better. I even slept without tearing anything open.

The first 24 hours will be over with a little after noon. That’s when I will wash it for the first time. Since the cut is right at my hair line, I won’t be able to keep it bandaged. Combing and blow drying my hair should be interesting 😦

I go back in two weeks to get the stitches taken out.

I received two car chases last night. One of them is almost 30 miles away. I’ll put those off until tomorrow morning. 

I was lucky that it was caught early. I almost didn’t bother because I have a lot of moles on my body and it took me a long time to realize that there was something not quite right with this one. If it had not been on my forehead where I see it every day, I probably wouldn’t even have noticed.


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