Mohs on the Nose

I’m sorry to say, I have another BCC. This time, it’s on my forehead, right at the hairline. I had a small, red spot that looked like a pimple. Because it had been there a few months, and because it hadn’t changed, I saw my surgeon. I hoped it would only need to be frozen. He took one look and said it needed to biopsied. It was a long week of waiting for the results, but they came back positive.  If you’ve already needed Mohs, the chances of needing it again, elsewhere, are very high, so the results weren’t a total surprise.

Biopsied Spot

The Biopsied Spot

As I did with Mohs on the Nose, I’ll be blogging about the upcoming surgery and recovery. The new blog is called Woes of Mohs, and you can find it here.

It’s been 18 months since my surgery, and I’m pleased with my results. No one notices what’s left of my scar, and that’s a good thing.

To those of you about to have Mohs, try to relax and just go with it. The surgery is better than having cancer eat away at your face. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them. Any comments below are delivered to my email.

Good luck, and DON’T FORGET TO WEAR SUNSCREEN!

All Healed!

 

This is my last post to this blog. I want everyone to know how much their support has meant to me through this ordeal. All your emails, Facebook posts, cards and gifts – especially the gifts!! – helped lift my spirits when they were pretty low. With all sincerity, THANK YOU! With your help, I made it through, no worse for the wear.

Oh, and the broken foot? It’s all but healed. I don’t have day-to-day pain, but if I take my dogs for a long walk, it hurts by the time I get back. At least it’s getting there.

Again, thank you all for being such wonderful friends. AND – you know what I’m about to say – DON’T GO OUTSIDE WITHOUT YOUR SUNSCREEN! :-)

Today marks eight weeks since the surgery. My nose continues to heal, although I think it’s 90% there now. These pics were taken today and were not Photoshopped.

8 Weeks Post-Op

8 Weeks Post-Op

The scar continues to fade, as does the redness. I still use a touch of concealer to even my skintones. Overall, I think it looks pretty good, considering what it looked like just eight weeks ago.

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My final appointment with my surgeon was Monday, and he said he was happy with how my healing is progressing. Here’s a pic taken today.

4 Weeks Post-Op

Compared to one week ago.

3 Weeks Post-Op

No question, it’s healing like gang busters.:-) The little “pit” is where there was a stitch hiding. Dr. M. dug in there and pulled it out, so there’s a tiny scab over it. It should all even out shortly. A friend also suggested I start using Dr. Blaine’s Scar Therapy, so I put that on my nose at night. It’s only been two nights, so there are no results to report yet.

More flowers arrived, this time from our friends in Tucson. The card said they wanted to wait until I could actually smell the roses before they sent them. :-)

Thanks, Joe and Kathi!


Foot Update:

The broken foot isn’t as healed as I’d like it to be at this point, after all, it’s been almost six weeks! One of my gf’s, the physical therapist, came over a couple of nights ago and taped my foot. It made a huge difference in the pain level when I walk. Just that little bit of support worked wonders. We’ll see if there’s a significant difference without the tape after we’ve done it for a week. It’s too bad that my amazing healing abilities seem to apply only to my nose and not to my foot.

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My surgery was three weeks ago today. I decided to be adventurous and try to cover my redness with makeup. Here’s the result. The resolution isn’t great since I had to use my laptop camera.

The skin’s surface is still rough, and I expect it to continue smoothing over as time passes.

3 Weeks Post-Op

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Remember after I did some research on sunscreens, I decided to try Keys Soap Solar Rx Cosmetic Moisturizing Sunblock, SPF 30? It arrived last week and I’ve been using it since. The BIGGEST test was whether it stung my eyes by the end of the day. Good news! It didn’t! The first time I used it, I thought it was a little too sticky for a moisturizer. The second time, I discovered that if I use less, it’s not sticky. I also remembered reading a couple of reviews that said a little went a long way. Yep. It’s true.

Keys Soap Solar Rx Cosmetic Moisturizing Sunblock, SPF 30

I can’t vouch for how it protects against sunburn, since I’m deathly afraid of being in the sun now, especially as my nose heals. (I can’t use anything on my nose except Aquaphor until I see the surgeon next Tuesday.) That said, I don’t have real reservations about its effectiveness, based on the review from EWG’S 2010 SUNSCREEN GUIDE. At least for the foreseeable future, I’ll be using this.

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