We don’t ordinarily think about our various body parts unless something happens that accentuates it. Nothing is worse than an earache unless your back hurts which is surpassed only by tendonitis or anything else that happens to hurt. Prior to having the surgery on my nose to remove basal cell carcinoma, I really hadn’t given my nose much thought. It was big but not horrendously so just a normal nose.
I didn’t worry about the surgery except that it drives me crazy to have someone near my face. When my doctor was looking at that doomed spot originally, it took all my effort not to sucker punch him. I behaved. While the surgery was going on the doctor kept telling me to close my eyes; however, when I did, the fear blossomed into a giant, overwhelming substance prompting me to reopen them. Finally, the doctor explained that something could fly into my eye and damage it. With that scary warning, they stayed closed.
After the first cut was completed, the Ipod on my phone serenaded me through the relief. Since I had to stay in the room and wait until the biopsy was complete, I updated my children by texting info out to them saying that all was well and I was waiting for the biopsy results while listening to my favorite tunes each of which evoked some memory. The results came back that I needed further cutting so back to work the doctor went. He, the nurse, and I chatted about the music and enjoyed, at least I did, the variety of music playing.
Soon, it was over and I went back out to my son and we headed home. My nose was still numb but total relief flooded me. It was over, done, finished. The nose was sensitive for about a week throbbing every time I bent over. It was tender to the touch, even my pillow, for the first 24 hours or so, but after that was fine. There is nothing to fear. My nose looks fine and the flap procedure erased a couple of wrinkles. The worst part was the band-aid adhesive that itched so much I stopped wearing them. If you are ever diagnosed with basal cell, never fear just get it taken care of. There are a lot worse things that could happen.