Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pre Op

This has been an unusually stress filled week, and it's the week before Mothers Day rolls around.

Triple stress action coming.

My dermatologist found some skin cancer on my chin right under the left corner of my lower lip.

It's just basal cell so apparently no great cause for alarm.

But this coming Monday I roll out of bed at the ungodly hour of 4 something am to be at Georgetown Hospital at 5:30am for surgery at 7:30.

How lucky was I that somebody cancelled that spot?

On GG's suggestion, I went to Plastic Surgery At Georgetown, where she worked for many years to see her favorite Doctor.

Now you must remember my legal name isn't Jane, it's rather long and very Irish Catholic.

So I go by Jane.

Imagine the surprise of both myself and the nurse when Dr. Pittman was "Are you GG's ex?"

When I said "yes", the nurse whirled around on her stool and said "Jane"?

Outed. Again.

And imagine their surprise when the "responsible adult" who comes to pick me post op is GG's sister, mother of the former Mr. B, now Mr. Big Shot, who just had her own surgery, same Doctor, though a much more difficult procedure a scant two weeks ago.And do you know how hard it is to find a responsible adult who isn't working on Monday morning?

I think the stressful part comes from all the phone calls from different departments in the Hospital  asking me the same questions. My answers are pretty much "no", which makes me feel very healthy. But one more round of this and I might take some recreational drugs.

Just for fun you understand.

Oh my god, the worst of it all? No gardening for 10 days after surgery!!

Why oh why is it always no gardening just when I've gotten strong enough to dig up and move a rosebush by myself?

Glass half full:


 I'll be able to fill the house with lily of the valley


 And lilac.

And I'm promised a little scar which might make me at 5'2 and 110 lbs. look a tad  more dangerous.

Get back Jack!






















42 comments:

  1. Best of luck Jane....
    Very " tongue in cheek" post....you'll be just fine!
    Can I check back on you?
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Linda, please do and check in pre surgery because I'm going to go with Sarah's suggestion and host a flowers in the house on Monday.

      If you've never done it you might find it fun.

      Details to follow.

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  2. Oh gosh, sorry you have this medical issue - over soon but stressful. Hope you can back to your lilacs and lilies soon.

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    1. Thank you Lisa. God knows the weeds will await me.

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  3. What did I just say about the one line in your posts cracking me up.....seriously though, thank you GG for the suggestion and make sure you do just what the dr. tells you. When Carlos is done with the lattice, put him to work in the yard.

    And think about hosting A Flowers In The House party on Monday so we can send you lots of pretty bouquets. xo

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    1. Sarah, what a good idea, let's do it! Dear god thank god Carlos doesn't read the blog, there would be another woman telling him I need help in the garden/house.
      Another good idea tho...

      What was the one line this time?

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    2. :) I laughed about how lucky you got with the appt. time slot. We'll all be thinking about you. xo

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  5. Oh, Jane, dear, never a dull moment with you. This latest surgery will be easier than your last, and you will be up and out and gardening in no time. Put up your feet, hug the kitties, and enjoy the flowers that we all will be sending to you on Monday. Wishing you the best ... I will be thinking of you.

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    1. Ain't that the truth! Tho I long for a serene life, really I do.

      So you'll be joining in Monday? Hurrah! And I'll be back to work Tuesday, much easier.

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  6. Oh my.. Thinking of you and sending good thoughts. The peonies have passed on here, but the magnolia has its first bloom... There will be flowers of some sort for Jane on Monday!!

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  7. Thinking glass half full thoughts with you, dear Jane.

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  8. FITH! Yay! I'll have some "proper" flowers to show.The Man's office sent him a professional bouquet.
    And let me echo the "no gardening" because I know how easy it is to muck things up, don't I?
    signing off with one-handed typing...

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    1. Uh I hear you....remind me again on Monday will you?

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  9. Oh Jane, that sucks, it really does. And since you can't be in your garden I hope your nice neighbors will swoop in and take care of things, and that you will treat/indulge yourself a bit too. A house filled with lilacs and lilts of the valley sounds like paradise to me. We are still at the scylla/forsthia stage here. xo

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    1. Thank you Jen. I was walking around the garden begging it to take it's time. So much gone already, the peach tree, ornamental plum, tulips, narcissus, boom, done.

      And the peonies are loaded with buds ready to blast off. Whoa, spring, take a breath!

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  10. Unfortunately this is routine for my other Fair Faced friend in California who gets checked twice a year and is always on the look out for those little basal cells. Well now you know where else you're famous! Who knew? Shall I set my alarm in solidarity Monday morning? I'll at least be thinking of you, surrounded by Lily of the Valley that hasn't even peeped up out of the ground here as yet, Gus and Lucy and iced lattés and there arren't any cooking restrictions???xoxo

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    1. Did I just put two r's in aren't?

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    2. You did but I thought you were just practicing your Spanish and rolling your rrrrrs.

      Yes, set your alarm and text me to make sure I'm up!

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  11. I guess we're all getting to be wide-brimmed hat age. Maybe you could wear a decorative pack of butts in your T-shirt sleeve to make you look even more dangerous.

    Take good care of yourself.

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    1. And 90 sunscreen age. Who the hell makes 90 sunscreen?

      Thanks Steve, we were just talking about you last post....

      xo

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  12. I've had the basal thing too. Right on top of my head. After surgery, it took a while for my hair to fill in and at 4'8" everyone knew it! Sending you wishes for an easy recovery and less stress.

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    1. Oh God, must be hell if you color your hair and everyone but you knows when your roots have grown out!

      Thanks for the well wishes.

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  13. What a teeny tiny little world! Hope all is OK but no gardening for 10 days? Can't you just put a bandaid on it? Look who dropped by, Steve!!!! I guess we brought him by telepathy.

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    1. I know, that's what I did after the biopsy, tho they were horrified I was going to go home and garden.

      It's my day off I told them, duh. They're worried about dirt.

      And I had met the Docyor at a party once about 2and a half years ago.

      I guess a plastic surgeon remembers faces.

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  14. I'll be thinkg good thoughts. Here's to a quick recovery and your return to gardening. xo

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    1. Thank you Michele. Wish you could bring over dinner!

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  15. Hope it went well, I'm stitched up from a basel cell mole they took off of the groove on the left side of my nose.

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    1. Ayyiyi, must have been recent, when do you get the stitches out?

      Hope yours went well!

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  16. Prayers and good healing thoughts you way

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    1. Thank you, all gratefully accepted.

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  17. Jane,
    I have been reading your blog for years now. I used to comment, but have been quiet for some time. I just wanted to let you know I think you are brilliant, amazing, and wildly amuzing...Not to mention far too witty & wise. I hope it goes well on Monday.

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    1. Wow, thanks I needed that. Comment more often:-))

      I remember you.

      Thank you. Hope all is well in your life and the dogs.

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  18. Glad to know you have friends everywhere. Get well soon.

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  19. Best wishes! Wish I had your BMI!

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  20. Oh Jane... I
    'll be sending you tons of positive vibes on Monday! But I'm sure everything will go super smoothly!
    Get well soon!!

    Xoxo
    Elle

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  21. Will be in your corner on Monday - well, at Jazzercize, but will dance five minutes in your honor. Hope all goes quickly and well. xoxo

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  22. Worry not! It may be a new experience for you but the docs and nurse have been to this rodeo many many times! Buy a bottle of Vitamin E gel caps to use on your little scar. You just take little nip off the end of the capsule and then dab some on the wound a week or two after.mit really does help it heal nicely. Best wishes!

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