Mohs on the Nose

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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. ┬áIf 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.

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Wow! What a relief! I expected the worst when my bandage came off this morning, but it was a piece of cake. I expected it to hurt like crazy when the stitches were taken out, but it didn’t. “Why not?” you ask. Because they’re the dissolving kind.:-) Dr. M. said he was “very pleased” with the way my nose looked at this stage. He cleaned it up a little, put on a new, smaller bandage, and told me to come back next Thursday.

Bandage Off

Bandage Off

After A Bit of Cleanup

The actual surgery site didn’t shock me at all. Like I said, I was expecting the worst. I still have swelling and bruising, and of course, it’s very sore. As long as I can see a little progress each week, I’ll be happy.

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My face hurt the minute I woke up today, but I expected it. I discovered that when I moved my mouth to eat or talk, it pulled on the tape covering the bandage, which applied pressure to the surgery site. OK, I can go without talking (for a little while), but I can’t go without eating. I was also feeling depressed about the whole situation, in general. The realization hit me that 1.) I had had cancer, and 2.) That I’d had major facial surgery, and 3.) I would be the latest Bride of Frankenstein once my bandage came off. 

One of my girlfriends had planned to come over this morning and bring me a latte. It sounded like a great idea at the time, but this morning, it wasn’t a good idea at all. I had to call and cancel, even tho I really wanted to see her and catch up on things. 

I managed to give my two dogs a bath and get some laundry done, but other than that, it was a low-key day. I noticed as the day went on that the soreness when I moved my mouth was lessened. 

Tomorrow I’ll attempt to shower and wash my hair, which should be interesting, considering I can’t get my bandage wet under any circumstance. I have some clear plastic that I’m thinking about cutting to fit my face, then using waterproof tape to hold it in place while I shower. We’ll see how it goes. 

Originally I hadn’t planned to share my surgery pics with anyone, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought, “What the hell?” It is what it is, and I can’t change that. I know how much I appreciate seeing actual patient photos, so I hope mine are helpful to the next person. 

For now, it’s been a long, blue day. I felt the need for some comfort food, so DH brought home some ice cream. It helped…a little:-)


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