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I am booked in for surgery on Monday for a BCC removal on my top lip and to he honest would like some reassurance. (If possible)
Today's the day Sharkey
Keeping my fingers firmly crossed that you'll do really well today and that you'll be back to being as handsome as ever in a few weeks time.
I'm sorry that I can't answer your specific questions but I'm responding the bump this one up the list so that people get a second chance to reply on those questions for you.
“Scars are tattoos with better stories.” – Anonymous
Hi. Just a quick update. Really didn't go as planned. Had an extreme reaction to the anesthetic and went into anaphylatic shock and according to the anesthetist was pretty close to Cardiac arrest and was put into an induced coma for 24hours.
Obviously my life became more important than the cancer very quickly so no operation. For now everything is on hold. Was released from hospital last night having checked no damage to my heart etc... for now I am just resting up and coming to terms with everything. Will fill in the gaps at some point.
Goodness was a terrible experience for you.. so glad that you are ok, recovering well and are back home. I hope the docs come up with a plan for removing the cancer soon.
I have sent you a private message. Let me know if you don't receive it.
4 weeks after the aborted operation. Still very tired. But news just in...they are confident it was the muscle relaxant that caused the reaction and have booked me in for surgery this Monday 11th December. Weird feelings of excitement, relief and apprehension.
Best wishes for your procedure on Monday. You have certainly had a tough journey so far.
I am just beginning my journey and am researching alternatives. At this point I am leaning towards MOHs microscopic surgery where the patient only has local anaesthetic and the surgeon cuts and examines the specimen as they remove the cancer. I have an infiltrative bcc on the tip of my nose so it has a high risk of recurrence and disfigurement so this process only removes what is necessary and is the least intrusive.
My problem is I will have to travel over 1000kms as it is only done in the capital city.
I can certainly understand your mixed feelings. I have downloaded an app - Glenn Harrold which has helped with feelings of anxiety and given me breathing techniques to practise.
Thank you Fred for your good wishes. Mohs was discussed as an option for me. However as this is a relatively new procedure in the UK the waiting list meant I wouldn't be able to begin treatment for around 9 months and so the chances are my bcc would have grown further and negate the benefits as the area to clear would be larger...as I just want this thing off my face and having great confidence in the surgeons dealing with me I am confident long term that they will do a great job in keeping scarring to a minimum. Although I am ready for a long haul to get to that point. Good Luck with your procedures. I have started a blog to help get my feelings out there as far as anxiety etc goes and it is helping me greatly.
Good luck Sharkey2007 hope all goes well on Monday (I had a short notice BCC removal last month and was grateful that I didn't have that long to think about it!)
I've had 5 BCCs removed from my face in the last year and can honestly say that the scars fade so quickly - even the one with an H flap. Bio oil has worked wonders!
Someone said to me that scars are tattoos with more interesting stories - so something to talk about when you meet new people? So far I have been attacked by a shark, a bengal tiger scratched my face and I had a crazy game of conkers - you can imagine the looks I get but it makes me smile :)
I have a 3 inch long scar at the base of my neck - two bouts of thyroid surgery for cancer - and it's very rare that anybody notices it and even rarer that they say anything.
I'm quite disappointed as I'm always keen to trot out a story of a knife attack (you should see the other guy!) or claim a Casualty 'emergency tracheostomy with a bic biro and a penknife'.
I once told a diving instructor in Tobago that my Compeed blister plaster (that I was wearning because my fins rubbed) was the plastic surgery reconstruction after a shark bite.
I also rate BioOil very highly - but recommend that even if you're covered in moles that might need to be removed, only buy the smallest bottle. I bought two big ones and didn't get more than an inch into either.
Yeah I keep saying to myself the old (not PC) adage 'chicks dig scars'. And as my user name suggests my nickname is Sharkey. So many people ask why and I have trotted the 'bit by a shark' story out so many times I believe it myself (a scar from a car accident up my arm helps bring it to life). So it may be just more fuel for the fire! Thanks for the bio oil advice. I will definitely be getting involved in that.
My blog where I will be keeping track of my progress is here... I will be posting another chapter tonight theoveractivemindofmarkcurwen.wordpress.com/
Thanks for the positive comments. Haha another Shark bite story...that is 3 of us so far! Cheers for the heads up on the Bio Oil I would hav3 definitely just gone as big as I could get.
That's a 'boy thing' Sharkey - bigger isn't always better and it isn't always cheaper either (if you don't use most of it).
I should say my sister couldn't use BioOil - it brought her out in a rash. So if you know anybody who has a half used bottle knocking about, see if you can scrounge a dab or two before you part with your dosh.
Good luck tomorrow Sharkey!
Thank you Coffeegal...Came down a day early as didn't want to risk it with the bad weather. So sat trying to chill in a hotel room with my big bro.
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