Another check mark! — I had a spot of cancer removed from my nose this week. (Merry Christmas to me!) The procedure isn’t bad but it involved lots of waiting. The doc takes minimal cells and examines under a microscope. He continues to do that until they have clear cells and all signs of cancer are gone. It conserves the flesh as they don’t gouge out a big crater. My surgery took two passes which equals three hours. They saw another spot and did another biopsy on the same side of the nose so I have that to look forward to. The worst part was that it’s where my eyeglass pad rests so it gets annoying.
The prep – Prior to the procedure, I received instructions. It could take three to five hours although I know someone who was there for eight! They talked about bringing snacks to enjoy in the waiting room with a microwave and a fridge. There is a restaurant in the same building and your driver could bring you food. First, these things give me anxiety and I can’t eat. With new protocols in place they don’t use the waiting room. I was put in a surgical room and remained there for the duration. No fridge, no microwave and no TV. Shuffling patients in and out between passes would involve significant cleaning so it’s easier this way. I wondered why they didn’t update their information sheet. It wouldn’t take that much. I could do it for them for free!
The silver lining – Everything has a silver lining. Because of covid-19, most of my bandage is covered by my mask and I don’t look too goofy. At least not more goofy than usual!
Another loss – Recently we lost a grandcat. Matilda was ancient by cat standards. She was 24 years old. In cat years that super ancient. She was a great cat loved by all. She left on her own terms passing in her sleep. RIP Tillers!
Marching along – This is the last weekend in 2020. Many folks are looking to 2021 as a fresh start and a year of change for the good. I do too but I suspect that for a while it will be business as usual until changes are allowed to root. The beloved husband and I are in the high risk group for a variety of reasons so we will be in line for the vaccine as soon as it’s available to us. I’m not quite ready to kick the bucket and I don’t like to be sick so I take this stuff seriously. We have a new home to move into and an old one to sell. Who knows what else will come along but we are ready.
So how was your week?