Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"How Can I Miss You if You Won't Go Away?"

A few years back when we were newlyweds Bob had a small, irregular pale brown patch on his back that was itchy.  I urged him to have the doctor check it out, and when the ointment she gave him had no effect I made an appointment for him to see a dermatologist.  It turned out to be basal cell carcinoma, much less aggressive than melanoma and easy to treat by removing the lesion.  The doctor has been seeing Bob regularly ever since, and removes a small lesion almost every year.  Early this year a lesion appeared on Bob's nose.  This time the dermatologist referred Bob to a plastic surgeon, and yesterday was the big day.

She removed some tissue, did a quick biopsy and then removed a little more. At that point there was a hole in his nose the size and shape of three stacked dimes.  By the end of the day (we were there from 8:45 until after 4:00) the hole had been neatly stitched up, with instructions to remove stitches in one week.

Poor Bob. His face swelled on the side of the lesion and as of last night he could barely open his left eye.  A large bulky bandage covers the wound, making it impossible to wear his glasses anyway.  We are here for another night it looks like.  Kristen and Jason are so sweet about not minding time to heal, but I really don't want to wear out our welcome. I guess we will be playing it day by day.

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