Post MOHS surgery x3- 5 days later

 

 

I have had so many people checking in on me over the last few days, I just wanted to say thank you so much. I am so grateful to have so many friends and family members who have taken the time to call or text, or order my family dinner, drop of gifts and goodies, bring me drinks or offer to go get me more pain meds when the ones prescribed to me just weren’t cutting it!

I thought I would update everyone real quick as to how it’s going! First off, I drove today! That was a pretty big deal, and probably just a little too soon. While, I’m not really in as much pain, I’m still babying the incision on my leg, it’s probably at the biggest risk of the stitches busting or becoming infected. It also seems that if I’m on it too much, my ankle and foot begin swelling…so for now, I’m still on the couch. Luckily I work from home and have plenty to keep me busy!

We changed all of the bandages on Sunday…even though I have pictures and I was there and knew full and well what was happening, it is still a shock to look in the mirror and see.

First was my head as this was the bandage that was bugging me the most, the tape was stuck in my hairline, so of course I lost more hair that I didn’t have to spare…I’m TRYING to let it grow again, but it seems like it’s just going to stay short. Anyway, overall it didn’t look too bad, and if I try to find a positive from it, it’s kind of like a mini botox or face lift or something….on one side of my forehead….wonder if I can get insurance to cover treatment for the other side? The incision site really never bothered me too terribly, unless I was laughing, yawning, eating, talking….ok, so I guess it did bother me, but I can assure you that the headaches were WAY worse. I don’t know if it was from all the numbing medicine or the tugging and pulling or both maybe, but I am talking full blown migraines. EVERYTHING

was getting to me, the light, noise, everything…and I was already cranky and tired…so it wasn’t good. 

In comparison, this was a much longer incision than my last MOHS on my forehead, 2 years ago….and interestingly it runs right into that first scar. This time my doctor chose to run my stitches in a line on my head rather than vertically like the previous doctor had, I’m interested to see how it heals and if it scars bad?

Why do I look so angry???

My leg was next, I was so scared to unwrap it, but it actually wasn’t as bad as I had feared, just have to remember to keep taking it very slow!

I know you’re probably looking at that and thinking I must be crazy, but really, I’m most concerned with that spot right in the middle opening up! There is a big indention that she warned me about, but I can live with that, the alternative was cutting a longer incision, down through the top of my foot. Um nope, indention is fine! The bruising wasn’t too bad when we checked this one on Sunday. It’s a bit more sore today, so I’m thinking, it’s probably beginning to bruise more.

Last was my chest, I don’t know why or what happened, but that tape would not budge. It had became one with my skin and did you know that the skin that’s kind of under your arm is the worst place in the world to have tape stuck to? Just don’t stick it there. Trust me. After 30 minutes of Kelsey taking a little off, waiting for me to stop screaming, then taking a little off…etc…OH and I almost forgot to mention the stitch that had somehow managed to weave itself into the tape…yeah, it’s a good thing Kelsey saw it before she ripped it off, that would not have been a pleasant moment.

Ok, there’s no sugar coating this one, it looks bad. It looks awful. The lighting is not good, but it’s yellow, and blue, and a little black, maybe brown…purple and did I mention red? And it hurts. And it’s swollen, it looks like I’m growing some weird thing off the side of my chest. And my poor skin is being pulled and tugged in ways it just wasn’t meant to. And one more thing I would like to address…because maybe someone will come up with some really cool answer to this…how on earth am I supposed to wear a bra?! And yes, I need to wear a bra…one because I was blessed in that area, and two because of the gravitational pull of the earth and kids, well lets just say my skin is getting even more abuse from the tightness and whatever. It’s awful, I can only walk around holding myself up for so long. I spent hours last night looking online for a post surgery bra. All I could find were ones for breast augmentation. Ugh. I don’t need that! I even looked into things like shoulder surgery, there were a few recommendations like strapless bras and camis, but again…that blessing I mentioned and strapless bras are of the devil. So, this morning I found a very old, very stretched out, cotton bra from Victorias Secret vintage 1990 and that is what is working. I’m not sure how long it’s going to last before it gives out though, it has seen better days. So if anyone has any good ideas, please let me know because I’m at a loss and I still have over a week before the stitches get to come out!

Anyway, that’s how I am. I’m so ready to get past this bump in the road and move on, but I think it’s going to take a little longer than I originally hoped! I will update you all again soon!

 

Day 3 after MOHS on my nose…

Ha!  That just made me laugh…MOHS on the nose…I think I’ve been laying around too long, I’m starting to feel a little crazed.  Anyhow, 3 days post surgery and I thought I would share some pics with you as well as my website which I finished AND a news article that our local paper here in Kingwood published about my experiences.  Whew…I’ve been busy! This first picture is from yesterday…

This second one was taken after a fitful night of sleep and dreaming of being thrown into a MMA fighting ring….from the looks of the picture I’m not sure you can say who won this fight!

OUCH, looking at it makes my face hurt even more.  The lovely shades of yellow and purple would please all my LSU friends, however I’m more of a natural look kind of girl, and this just doesn’t look too natural!  The swelling has gotten pretty bad around my entire left eye.  Most of the pain radiates from the bridge of my nose around my cheek area…I’m guessing from the undermining and tugging that had to be done to stretch that skin over my nose…hmmm, wonder if that works like a little face lift type thing?

In other news I FINALLY got my website finished, well for the most part.  I am not happy with the domain name and I’m trying to figure out how to shorten it.  There are a few other tweaks I still need to do but I’m pretty excited about it!  Please check it out and let me know what you think!  http://www.leilanimobiletan.wix.com/leilanimobiletan

And last but not least, our local paper here in Kingwood has published an article telling my experiences with skin cancer, tanning and my new airbrush tanning business.  Stephanie Thomas did such an awesome job sharing my story and I am so excited to see it in print!  Right now it can be read online at http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/kingwood/news/skin-cancer-patient-finds-passion-amidst-struggles/article_3240d260-0704-53e8-8551-ce6c58c0d4be.html .

So as you can see, even though I am down for a few days recovering I have been pretty productive!  Now I have school to catch back up with…so if you need me I will be imagining a life as a CSI agent as I’m studying Theory of Crime or maybe I’ll just stay here in bed and spend one more day watching marathon shows on Investigative Discovery! 😉