Plastic Surgery

I am not going to bore you with a blow by blow account of the gory details but my lesion excision and biopsy went well yesterday,  thanks to the Plastic Surgery team at the Cottage Hospital.  The utterly charming Professor Rai and his team of wonderful professional, kind and supportive nurses all did their utmost to put me at my ease.  They are a shining example of all that is great about our National Health Service.  Not for profit but for the patient.

I was impressed by the little hand held buzzing device that the surgeon held against my leg to block the pain whilst he injected the anaesthetic.  Apparently it works by blocking the pain signals from travelling along the nerve to the brain. What a great little gadget.

The lesion was quite large and the healing and recovery process is going to be longer than I originally anticipated.  Two weeks of complete rest at first, keeping my leg raised as much as possible and six weeks of further care before it is properly healed. No walking around and just limited activity for a while.  I should get the biopsy results in a couple of weeks and feel hopeful that further surgery will not be required.

Although only a minor procedure it has still caused some pain, discomfort and inconvenience,  however, for me it is worth it if it means that I am less likely to become seriously ill from skin cancer.

I really do not understand how so many people are willing to put themselves through far more invasive procedures purely in a quest for youth and beauty.   It seems like madness.

P has been looking after me since the op.  He made lunch,  endless cups of tea with hobnobs and paracetamol and even braved the rain last night to get a takeaway.  He's a softie at heart really.

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  1. Mmmmmm! Hobnobs and paracetamol! My favourite combination. Your recovery is more important than your new house. You don't have to get everything totally shipshape straightaway. Look after yourself and get well soon JayCee!

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    1. Thank you YP. I am disappointed that I cannot get fully involved in the house move but at the moment I just want to have some quality sofa time.

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  2. So glad it went well. Now take it easy, v.difficult over the next few weeks, I know.

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    1. Thank you veg artist. Great timing isn't it!

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  3. Leg up, chin up, everything else up.

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  4. I wish you well Jaycee. Why do these things come at inconvenient times?

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  5. Hope you have a pile of good books to keep you company whilst you are having to rest up. Thank heavens it's done and dusted and hopefully the Biopsy won't reveal anything nasty. I imagine you will be having a quiet Christmas now.

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  6. What lengths someone will go to to avoid helping with a house move! Seriously enjoy the rest. Arranging the furniture in the new place can wait.

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  7. Rest wont be so easy on moving day although it will help with coming out of a rental so there wont be one big panic on one afternoon. I expect you can ease in at a leisurely pace and only move yourself when the house is prepared by P. Excellent news that it all went well yesterday.

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    1. Thank you Rachel. P is going to move everything gradually and just get the larger items moved in a week or so. Hopefully I shall be more mobile by then.

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  8. So glad that all went well yesterday, and hope the results of the biopsy are good. Difficult though it may be, enjoy these next few weeks of relaxation.

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    1. Thank you CG. Enforced relaxation may be a good thing. It puts life into perspective.

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  9. Good to hear that the procedure went well and that you were treated with care. Can't take that for granted these days. Hoping for decent news from the biopsy.

    Looks like my previous suggestion of a comfy chair and ottoman was on target. Keep the leg elevated. Frankly, initially, you will want to keep it elevated because it will probably hurt like the devil when it isn't. Nice to hear that P is taking good care of you. Now you just have to take care not to overdo things and let the healing take place.

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    1. It's true Mary. I have just hopped into the kitchen to make some tea and it hurt like blazes until I got back on the sofa and raised my leg again.

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  10. You've done the right thing by getting this done sooner rather than later, I'm sure you will have a good result. Glad to hear the NHS is taking good care of you!
    Hobnobs, I recall them. I did find McVitie's Chocolate Digestives here in a shop but am disappointed as they they don't taste like I remember. I noted that the 'chocolate' is not real chocolate now but a flavored coating, grrrr, nothing stays the same!
    Take care, be well again soon.
    Mary in NC

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    1. Thank you Mary.
      I used to love the dark chocolate digestives but haven't had one in ages.

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  11. Glad your surgery went well and hope your recovery goes smoothly, JayCee. Follow the doctor's orders! You will have many happy years in your new home to look forward to!

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    1. Thanks Ellen. I am looking forward to moving in soon.

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  12. I think you send P for some Foxes Classic chocolate biscuits and a bottle of your favourite tipple. Have a speedy recovery and good look with the move.

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    1. He is just opening a bottle of fizz now, Dave.

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  13. Look after the leg and let others do the work. Hope all news is good news

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    1. My walking partner has just visited with a home made ginger cake and an offer to help with the move. Such a lovely lady.

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  14. Friends and a lovely husband - and a ginger cake - lucky you.e

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    1. I do feel very lucky indeed today Weaver.

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  15. Oh JayCee , sorry to hear of your ‘ bit of trouble ‘ but good that you have got it sorted ….. the NHS did a great job. Wishing you a speedy recovery …. make sure you keep resting. Sending love. XXXX

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    1. Thank you Jackie. Reading everyone's good wishes makes me feel better already xxx

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  16. Good to hear that it all went well....now rest and let everyone else take the strain.

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    1. That is difficult for me... I just want to dive right in there and sort everything out! I am restraining myself though and waiting impatiently on the sofa.

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  17. I came to check in on you yesterday, but crept away without making a comment. I'm glad that you're back home with your elevated leg. Pro tip: If you get a laser pointer, you can sit on the sofa sipping tea and just point to where you need things placed. It will make your life easier. :D

    Seriously, take care, and I know how hard is must be to just sit when you've been so anxious about getting into your new home.

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    1. Thank you for popping by yesterday, Debby. If you hadn't crept away you could have shared some of the delicious ginger cake.

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  18. Hope you mend well, my husband has just had the same procedure. Like you. I'm amazed at the lengths some people will go to to 'improve' their looks. All that I care about is hanging on to what there is of my sight,hearing and teeth! Oh, and my brain as well!

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    1. Thank you, and I hope that your husband's procedure has a good outcome too.
      My sight and hearing are not great any more and my teeth may need some work soon, but at least I still have hair!

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  19. Best wishes for a benign result of the biopsy. Just imagine having the sofa time after moving to sit and contemplate your options. Sometimes the beter ideas come after you have lived in the place a little and worked out how your day flows in it.

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    1. Thanks Mr T. I forsee lots of sofa time up until Christmas.

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  20. I hope you get a good result from the biopsy. The waiting for it is the hardest thing. Enjoy a good rest, you'll probably need another after the move! Take care.x

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    1. Thanks Marksgran. I did have to smile when the surgeon said the results will take around two weeks but try not to worry!

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  21. Glad to hear it all went ok and make the most of the enforced leisure and being waited on. It may never happen again!
    xxx

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