Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pill works

7AM - The pill works!
My Xanax tranquilizer prescription advises to take one pill at bedtime the nite before surgery.  I am able to tell you that the pill works!  I feel a little punchy even this morning and do not even walk right yet.  I take a 2nd tranquilizer 30 minutes before the procedure.

Some readers advised me to ask the hotel for shuttle service to the doctor's office.  So, I asked and found out that shuttle service is available.  I will not need to take a taxi.

My skin cancer surgery is scheduled for 1pm.  This is an out-patient procedure.  My surgeon, Doctor Jeffrey Bortz, will perform the Mohs micrographic surgery in his office.  As the tissue in the cancer area is removed, the doctor himself examines the tissue to determine if all cancer cells are removed.  And finally after it has been determined that all margins are cancer free, the doctor does the surgery to cover the wound by the use of adjacent skin.

4PM - Surgery done!
After surgery, the doctor's office called me a taxi for the ride back to the hotel. I went to my room in order to write to you about the operation. And then I fell asleep! Wow!

It is now 8pm. I just woke up still sitting in front of my computer. Would you believe that I could NOT recall if I had written to you about my operation or not?!  How completely weird!

8PM - Surgery story
For me the surgery was easy.  That Xanex pill really works great.  I had no worries or anxiety during the procedure.

During the preparation and actual operation, I was reclining back in a large doctor's chair that reminded me of an adjustable recliner.  Prepping me and the actual operation only took 40 minutes.  I waited another 20 minutes in the waiting room for the results of the tissue examination.

When the results came in I was told that the tissue margins showed that all of my cancer had been removed!  I would not need anymore tissue to be removed.  Isn't that great?

The wound was closed with internal stitches.  Then the skin from the top and bottom of the wound was stretched closed and stitched together.  When I was shown the site of the procedure with a mirror, all that I saw was a horizontal line less than 3/4" long.

During the procedure I had no pain and absolutely no anxiety.  However, right now it is 8pm and I am still pretty punchy from the Xanex anti-anxiety medication.  Right after this post to you I am going to bed for another nap!

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