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Today's home helper and I bonded over Westerns.

I'm sneezing and have a streaming nose. One of those sinus rinse things reduced the symptoms for a whole minute or two, I've also taken a Loratadine/Claratyne.

What do they grow here in [location redacted]?

Anyhoo. Now I have to go and have a basal cell carcinoma removed from the top of my head. (Not because of the hayfever, just because I made this appointment weeks ago).

I hope I don't sneeze at a bad moment.

And I hope they don't shave my head. It's right on the top, so if they do I'll have a tonsure and that's not a good look on anyone.

I decided not to ask in advance about whether they would have to shave a patch. I figured I have to have it done regardless, so there was no point in knowing in advance and getting worked up about it. I'm sure I've got a beanie somewhere in the house.


That was quick, I'm back. Nine stitches. When she hoiked the skin together at the top of my head, I could feel it pulling back my face - I guess this is what a brow lift feels like. Apparently I'm going to have a headache soon.

I've been told not to do anything strenuous today, like running or serious excercise, let's hope I remember that. (Also, keep it dry for 48 hours, then wash gently and dry thoroughly with a hair dryer, go back Friday, stitches out in a fortnight).

And I got to see it afterwards, floating in a jar. It was gross. So gross that if anyone were to be disturbed by the sight of my nine stitches, they need only google "basal cell carcinoma" to see what got removed.

While I couldn't call my recent dermatological adventures traumatic, I'm really looking forward to them being over.


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Sep. 4th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
Nine stitches sounds like a lot!
Sep. 5th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
And apparently it's lightning bolt shaped.

Harry Potter!
Sep. 4th, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
I did indeed google it. Most impressively disgusting, but better out than in, I'm sure.

I'm glad it was less traumatic than it might have been.


Sep. 4th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Indeed. It wouldn't have survived so long if I could have seen it.
Sep. 4th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
So did they shave your head or not?
You got a face lift for the price of a basal cell removal!
But 9 stitches...big one, huh?
Sep. 5th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
No, just trimmed a little. At least I think that's all they did, it's really hard to get a proper look. And I must say, given my face looks no different, that real facelifts must hurt like the blazes. (It's the next day now and my head feels weird.)

A giant festering monster on the top of my head!!!!!Er yeah. A little on the large side apparently.

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