Thank you so much everyone for so many good wishes.
I don't think I have ever had so many texts and e mails and phone calls and so on. And they really really helped.
The deed is done. I have had the second procedure which was, indeed, much bigger than the first.
I was almost an hour having it done and had so much anaesthetic pumped in but at one point in one spot it wore off. My goodness did I yelp as I felt one of the internal stitches going in. They were brilliant though and put more local in straight away.
It is just wearing off now and is very painful plus, inspite of cauterising it, stitching it inside and out (12 this time) and adding steri strips, it is bleeding a little and visible through the pressure dressing. I have no idea what the size is like but we are guessing 4 1/2 " or bigger. Big old op and big old scar but done.
They identified that the recent pain, like red hot needles, from the previous wound, which developed last week and got steadily worse was I was rejecting just one of the the internal stitches for some reason. My body was fighting it and there was a hole where 'bad stuff' was coming out. Yuk. But they said it probably wont happen again. I hope not.
I now have to be totally non lifting, non pulling, non stretching etc for 6 weeks. Apparently it is even more vulnerable to opening and tearing when the stitches come out. It was a different consultant and she said it was in the worst possible place for moving. Ah well.
The bad news is they have also checked out another area of concern which they think is a basal cell carcinoma but they are so much easier to treat than melanoma. So I have to go back for a biopsy on that.
There are days when staying positive is harder, but the good wishes and prayer and love have really really helped.
I have a page I made at the weekend to share. It uses a collection by Mel Designs at Pickleberrypop and is called play with words.
I used it to scrap the monthly on UKS detailing my pretty serious Sudoku addiction
Today I am thankful
- to be so supported by everyone - thank you all
- that the procedure is over
- the care of the hospital staff