I’ve written more than a few posts about some of my embarrassing moments (I have so many to choose from):
- Lobster Man Strikes Again
- Another One of Life’s Embarrassing Moments
- Embarrassing Stories – A Wonderful Way to Get to Know One Another?
- Another Benefit of Sharing Embarrassing Moments
- Add One More to Life’s Embarrassing Moments
- Well, That Was Embarrassing…
Thankfully, it’s been a while since I felt a need to write another one.
But I think it’s that time again. And this time, it’s for a moment that hasn’t even happened. Well, technically it has.
Today I went to my dermatologist for a surgical procedure known as Moh’s Surgery.
Here is some info about the procedure from the Skin Cancer Foundation:
Mohs surgery is considered the most effective technique for treating many basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), the two most common types of skin cancer. Sometimes called Mohs micrographic surgery, the procedure is done in stages, including lab work, while the patient waits. This allows the removal of all cancerous cells for the highest cure rate while sparing healthy tissue and leaving the smallest possible scar.
The procedure is done in stages, all in one visit, while the patient waits between each stage. After removing a layer of tissue, the surgeon examines it under a microscope in an on-site lab. If any cancer cells remain, the surgeon knows the exact area where they are and removes another layer of tissue from that precise location, while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. The doctor repeats this process until no cancer cells remain.
This was actually the second time I have had the procedure done; the first time was back in October.
That first surgery required the doctor to go through the removal process twice. While the actual surgery is just a few minutes, the wait for the lab results is quite time-consuming. I was at the doctor’s office for over five hours that first time.
Today, I was lucky in that the doctor only had to go through the removal process once, and I was there for just about two hours.
Both times, the procedure was done on my forehead, once on the right side, once on the left.
I left the office with a bandage covering half my forehead, and there is so much packing of gauze underneath it that it bulges out at least an inch.
And now I have to go teach five classes tomorrow and explain each time to the students why I have this obscenely large bandage on my forehead. When I mentioned this to the doctor, he said I could use it as a teaching moment to tell the students to make sure they use sunscreen and to cover up when they go outside.
So I guess that will be the major takeaway from tomorrow’s class.
I had to go through this same experience back in October, but that won’t make it any easier this time around. So in a way, tomorrow’s embarrassing moment has happened before.
Plus, I have about 30 students this semester who I also taught last semester, so this will be their second time to see me in such a condition.
I can only imagine what they’ll be thinking…