I arrived around noon to a trendy and full waiting room. A few people my age and a couple of older women with bandages on their faces sat staring into space. In the trendiest of neighborhoods, West Broadway and Spring in SoHo, my dermatological surgeon, Dr. Dacko slices, snips and sews.
I went into an exam room. My chest area, around where you wear a long necklace, was numbed. We waited. Then the carcinoma was cut out while we chatted about the ubiquitous nature of cell phones (because I had to charge my phone in the surgeon’s office). Dr. Dacko is young, pretty, friendly. So is the RN Elizabeth.
Dr. Dacko said “Now, about the recovery, you’re not allowed to chop down any trees.”
“That’s funny,” I said, “Because that’s what my family does on Christmas. We chop down our own tree. This year, I’ll pass the hatchet.” (ha ha, we all laughed!)
Then Elizabeth told me as she bandaged the big gaping hole, “Okay, you can go out for lunch now. Come back in an hour and we’ll see if we have to cut more. If not, we’ll stitch you up.”
I felt confused. Here I was in the middle of surgery and I’m told to go out to lunch?!! True, the office is an awesome neighborhood. Okay. Well, I did have good idea — Christmas shop and manicure. I hopped up, but then, yes, felt a little whoozy. So I sat down again for a few minutes until the dizziness passed.
Then I was out on the sidewalk with the vendors, the hip Europeans, and the people who lunch. I got to the Paul Frank Store and the Sur La Table store and even visited a 2nd floor manicure salon east of Broadway for some frosty blue polish.
Back at Dr. Dacko’s office, I was told they got it all and they stitched me up (although they biopsied another area too.) The feeling of getting stitches in your chest was weird — like someone pulling on the lapels of your jacket, only I wasn’t wearing a jacket.
I have to report that I felt a bit sorry for myself last night. I didn’t feel that the kids and Chris coddled me enough at all. While it’s true in the middle of my surgery, I was shopping and pampering myself in SoHo, I still felt someone should’ve felt my forehead and said, “Poor baby. Don’t worry. You’re going to be okay.”
I considered posting a picture of my chest and the stitches on this blog, but it looks pretty yucky! It will heal.
3 thoughts on “Pass the Hatchet”
Gettin’ woozy at your description, but so glad you’re doing okay. I really like “like someone pulling on the lapels of your jacket, only I wasn’t wearing a jacket.” Rest up, you are so loved.
BSC are so common with us fair haired, blue eyed people. So glad you found this early.
I have had several removed and my Derm does a full body check every 6 months. The wound from these healed slower than when I had several moles cut out. There is no way I would tell you to relax, so trust your dr. and say a prayer of thanks for the medical advances.
PS: We all need someone to hold our hand, cool our feverish forehead, and tell us: “I love you”, “I am here for you”, and “it will be allright”. Adelle