I could have titled this post NO BIG THING….
But it wasn’t until it was all over, and all was said and done that I stopped worrying about this procedure and how long this uncomfortable process would take.
I’ve been living with The Thing on my forehead for the past couple of years. I never thought anything of it. It was just a mole. Not a dark mole, just one of those “age spot” things – until it wasn’t.
It started to change shape. It spread. It got shiny edges, and when Doogie Houser pointed it out and said to go have it looked at, I did. Right away.
The biopsy was no big deal, but the diagnosis that came in the form of a phone call while boarding a flight to Ohio set me on edge.
“It’s a basal cell carcinoma, very slow growing.” said the nurse on the other end of the line.
And all I could think was “Get it off! Get it off! Get it off NOW!” Crazy girl, you’ve been living with this for a couple of years, and since the biopsy you have LESS of it now than you did before. Calm down, it will be taken care of.
And yesterday was the day.
Rain had pounded these gorgeous roses to the ground over night!
NUMB IS MY FRIEND!
The worst part about the whole process is the getting numb part. Thanks to those who had contacted me about the amount of time this whole thing can take, I came prepared. I had loaded several episodes of Grace & Frankie on to my tablet. I had my Bluetooth headset charged and ready to go. I had the hexie stars English paper piecing at the ready, a bottle of water, and I was ready to settle in.
Mohs surgery is really interested. They try to be as least invasive as possible, removing only a bit of the lesion at a time, checking it under a microscope after freezing and dying the tissue sample to make sure that all margins are clear before they stitch you back up. The bandage above is before stitches.
The waiting in between phases can take an hour or more – in my case it was about an hour and a half while I stitched away and giggled myself through 2 episodes.
My center is ready to applique to a background!
I’m not sure what color yet, but it will likely be either ONE piece of background, or maybe 4 sewn into a large 4 patch for interest surrounded by pieced borders. Just not sure yet. I didn’t even get time to think about it because they came in and said “Good news! We got it all! Time to stitch you up and send you on your way.”
SO HAPPY! I had heard from others that this can take 3 or 4 tries to get it all, with all of that waiting time in between the tries. Color me happy and send me home.
Numb and smiling.
There are two layers of stitches, and she did a vertical closure instead of a horizontal one, not wanting to raise my eyebrow permanently into a startled expression. THANK YOU! LOL! No clown eyebrows required. Any scarring should be minimal and hidden behind my bangs.
While driving home I got the phone call from my other doc’s office with the results of the day’s previous bone scan. Time to up the calcium and vitamin D –and time to add Fosamax to my weekly regimen. This getting older thing is just kicking my butt. Osteopenia. WHAT? I eat heathy foods. I have an active lifestyle, what is with this stuff?
I always heard that after 50 it was mend, mend, mend, patch, patch, patch. Fish oil for cholesterol, Calcium & Vitamin D for bone density. Line them all up on the counter, and I’ll take them. I’ll travel with them, and do what I’m supposed to, but wow.
As for how things feel this morning? Like I’ve been hit with a hammer. Or an anvil. It should improve over the next couple of days, and I don’t have anything big on the agenda so I can just take it easy.
Taking it easy means I’m likely to spend today cleaning out my inbox and just puttering around the studio. Maybe choosing fabrics for the hexie star?
Mona’s most recent top finish!
Mona used the String X pattern from the free patterns tab to make this quilt for her guest room bed. It turned out SO pretty! I had an ulterior motive when I handed her the string bin. I wanted her to make a dent in it. Did she? NOPE!! Long live the strings – they self-replenish!
TONIGHT! The drawing for the winner of the March Quilty Box. Did you get your entry in on that post?
And I think that just about catches me up for now.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage Lone Star Quilt shared by Siobhan.
Keep your heart and your mind open! I love the vibrant colors in this one!
Have a wonderful day, everyone!