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    DH's Mohs Surgery & Nose Reconstruction

    Today was not a good day for DH. He had a nose biopsy on June 22 which was diagnosed as Basal Cell Carcinoma. This a.m. he had the Mohs surgery to make sure all the margins were clear. The surgeon reads the slides on site. One has to wait about an hour in a little waiting room after each "slice". Patients rotate in & out of the treatment rooms & wait to find out if more needs to be taken off. The surgeon didn't get it all the first time, so had to take more on the 2nd round. DH ended up with a crater on the end of nose the size of a dime! So...how to "close" was the next decision. The recommended procedure was to cut open his nose to create a flap to pull down over the surgical site rather than take skin from the neck for a graft. It involved much suturing. We were there a total of 4 hrs. He already was worn out when he went this a.m. (has other chronic health problems) & felt even worse when he came home. His whole nose is covered with a huge pressure dressing. He said the pain is 2nd worse only to the fractured arm he had 3 yrs. ago. I feel so bad for him. He can't really take narcotic pain pills, & Tylenol just doesn't do that much, so he is suffering through. He was supposed to ice it for 10 min. every hour till bedtime. Our ice packs were too heavy, so I wet a wash cloth & put it in the freezer. I slid it in a plastic bag so he wouldn't get the dressing wet. The ice was to reduce swelling & bleeding.

    I hope tomorrow will be a better day for him. Hoping & praying all heals well with no complications.

    #2
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    Saying prayers for your DH.


    Jeannette

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      #3
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      Sounds like he is going to have a rough night ahead of him. I hope he can relax - maybe he will be so exhausted sleep will come for a while despite the pain. Too bad he can't take opiates. Your idea of freezing wet washcloths in a baggie is a good one. If regular washcloths are too heavy for him because of his pain right now, you can cut some pieces of flannel and wring them out in cold water for your cold packs. Much lighter.

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        #4
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        So sorry for all of the pain - hope and pray that tomorrow (or maybe the next day) brings relief to him and rest for you.

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          #5
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          Sounds like a rough day. I hope your hubby will be able to get some sleep tonight...... and you too.
          Ginny B
          Levittown, NY

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            #6
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            I hope he feels better soon, and you too xxxx

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              #7
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              So sorry to hear he had such a rough day. Hopefully he is worn out enough to sleep. Prayers for a quick recovery.
              Karen
              Life is short - Live everyday to the fullest

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                #8
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                If its not to late can you get a face cloth wet and wring it out then put that in the freezer? If you rotate some of those that should help keep him comfy.

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                  #9
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                  Sending prayers for pain relief and fast healing for your dh...
                  Carol

                  Sewing Mends The Soul ~ Author Unknown

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                    #10
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                    Poor guy! That sounds terribly painful I hope they got all the margins now and that each day is much better. Good idea on the frozen face clothes.

                    Terri

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                      #11
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                      I hope he has a good night and that tomorrow will be a better day for the two of you.I am sending prayers for a speedy recovery.
                      :icon_wave:Joan

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                        #12
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                        Praying for him, I know what he is going thru. I've had 4 surgeries
                        under my eye for melanoma. One time was 52 stitches.
                        Tell him to hang in there. The pain will fade, the scars will fade.
                        Praying for you too. Everyone use sunblock, please!

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                          #13
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                          What an ordeal. Hope he's feeling better soon.

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                            #14
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                            Sending good thoughts you you both .

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                              I guess we all need to remember to wear sunscreen when we're outside. I'm really bad at remembering and I should know better. My mother-in-law had the same cancer on her nose. I truly sympathize with what you and your husband are going through. It's so unfortunate that he can't take pain medicine. My sister doesn't tolerate medications well at all. She recently had surgery to remove part of her tongue due to cancer and just had to get by with Advil, Tylenol and I think the doctor prescribed a higher dose of something similar for her. Don't know if she ever took it. All I can say is hang in there. Is he able to take anything to at least help him sleep?
                              Goodbye Europe! Hello California! Home sweet home.

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