January 27, 2016
Yesterday was the day of my MOHS Surgery to remove the Basal Cell Carcinoma (Skin Cancer) from the inner corner of my left eye. (Read my story here.) MOHS Surgery is done in stages, they remove a diagnosed portion of skin and send it off to the lab for testing to see where the cancer is on the layer of skin, then they go in and remove another portion, if needed, based on the lab results. I had to go under the knife twice having two portions removed, which was less than I had mentally prepared myself for- so I am VERY grateful for that. Three hours and seven stitches later, I was sent home with my eye all bandaged up. My surgeon was AMAZING (thank you Dr. Park!!) and assured me that all of the skin cancer was removed and that I was very fortunate to catch it so early. My experience couldn’t have been better, given the situation. And it goes without saying, I’ll definitely be having myself checked each year from now on, no question.
I was happy to go home, but once we got here, my discomfort level spiked. I’m not going to lie, the past 36 hours have been a little rough, as my eyelid swelled up three times it’s size, making it really difficult to see. Icing every hour, keeping my head elevated and a few doses of Tylenol have been my saving grace. :) Needless to say, I’ve been catching up on my DVR (Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Pretty Little Liars & Vampire Diaries), watching some of my favorite movies (Austenland, Pride & Prejudice, Endless Love- the new one, In Your Eyes) and taking lots of naps. Even though my surgery was on my face, I still have most the post-op limitations, which means I have to rely on my family a lot right now. No lifting, no straining, etc.
Since removing my bandages this afternoon, the swelling has gone down quite a bit. My eyelid is still more than double it’s size and it’s slowly changing from bright red to a purplish-blue bruise. I look like I’ve been punched in the eye a few times, no joke. My eyelid is in much worse shape than my actual incision, which appears to be healing nicely, thank goodness! I’m hoping that the swelling will go away soon because it’s starting to make me feel a little crazy. But, I promise, I’m trying to be patient.
I know this update is super late in the day, but looking at my computer for five minutes last night gave me a raging headache. I’ve been avoiding it since then, just in case. I’m thinking the pressure from the bandage was messing with my eyesight or something. I’ve been posting this for the past ten minutes and no headache yet, so I think I’m in the clear! YAY! Thank you to all of you that have reached out, said prayers and given our family love through this process- we appreciate it so much! XO!