I had my second op on Monday afternoon. They were running late so I didn't get into theatre until 5 pm.
I had erroneously thought that the wide margin excision was going to be on the surface around the edge of the original melanoma site but the surgeon explained that he needed to cut away tissue beneath it, in case any abnormal cells had infiltrated to a deeper level. At least no skin graft would be required.
This time around I found the procedure a little more uncomfortable. There was much zapping and sizzling with the cauterization tool and firm pressing down with thick swabs so I presume there was some blood letting going on. I could feel the none too gentle tugging of the surface skin being yanked closed and stitched and then there was a blast from a spray can before the dressing and bandage was applied.
The tissue removed is being sent to the lab in Liverpool for testing. The surgeon is confident it will be clear. If they do find anything though I don't think I want to have any more surgery. As it is supposedly a non aggressive form of melanoma I may just take my chances and carry on.
I have been in quite a bit more pain this time around but that's probably because it was a little more invasive.
My walking pole has come in handy to help me wobble around the house but I haven't been able to get up and down the stairs. I actually quite like sleeping on the sofa beneath the big stained glass window. The moonlight shining through it is quite magical and, as it faces east, the rising sun also catches the colours in the glass.
P has been very good fetching and carrying for me. He stocked up on convenient ready-meals from the supermarket for our supper these past two evenings but I think I am ready to try to prepare some "real" food now!
Once I have the stitches removed and the 4 to 6 week recovery period is over I shall look forward to getting out and about again. It will be spring by then. Lovely.