Today was a big day for me. After about 3 years of worry, I finally had a procedure this morning to remove skin cancer from my forehead. I'm suppose to put ice on it for 15 minutes every hour so I'm just going to be online for a few more minutes since its already been an hour and a half since the surgery. The biopsy showed a single cell non-matastasizing skin cancer, and I had to have a plastic surgeon remove it. In one week I go back for a check up and to have the stitches removed, so keep your fingers crossed. I hope they got it all in one go.
If you are squeamish, don't read the rest.
What did it feel like? First they had to numb my forehead. I felt a few needle pricks from it being numbed. The Dr. came in about 10 minutes later and covered my face with a cloth. A few of the pricks still hurt so he gave me more numbing stuff. I felt and heard some scraping noises and I had to seriously resist wanting to jump off the table. I had to stick my hands under me because I wanted to put them over my face. I imagine it felt much like getting a tattoo. At once point I heard this nose and asked if he was putting stitches in but he said no, and didn't tell me further. Then I realized he was probably taking small slices of skin for the lab. Then I felt a whiff of burning flesh? Did they caurterize it? I don't know. I was too jittery to ask. Afterwards, the top of my head was numb and yet it itched. I had to scratch carefully since I couldn't feel myself scratching.
Afterwards I felt pretty shaky. I sat in a restaurant for awhile with my boyfriend until I was sure I could drive home alone. After a small burger and some ice cream, I felt worlds better and drove myself home.
Update: I just got my stitches out today. The Dr. said I was good to go! I'm so glad that is over with.