Friday, June 19, 2009

Black Eyed

I am not a happy chappy.
Last Tuesday my dermatologist operated to remove a basal skin cancer from my forehead. The result is that under the bandages there is a huge inverted T cut made to prevent creating a permanently raised eyebrow.
At first I had pressure bandages on top and wrapped right around my head. They made sleep near impossible. I removed them as directed on Wednesday morning and went to work. However as the doctor advised I now have a huge black eye. (This is not mine, I have brown eyes, but you get the picture).
The stitches come out next Tuesday,

Working in a library of adolescents, I fielded lots of questions and tried to advise them to slip, slap, slop as I had sunbaked too much when their age. One obnoxious child told me that sunbaking was girly and gay. Perhaps I should have stressed the surfing rather than lying on the beach part of those days of my youth.
Now that my two days of work are over, I am just sitting at home feeling sorry for myself.

I am working one day next week then my current stint will be over, I will have worked 13 days in 7 weeks. I have been asked back for 4 days over 2 weeks at the end of August. The women I work with are very nice, most of the students (above example excepted) are reasonable but the drive each way is long, meaning I am away from home for 9 and half hours. However the money is too good to refuse.


Fran said...

Oh no, dear Brian. That is not good. I am so sorry that you have to deal with this. And that kid sounds obnoxious.

Prayers your way!

motheramelia said...

The black eye is, of course, just temporary. The lack of sleep must have been really hard. It would have been for me. Prayers for quick healing.

I spent four years of my youth in Panama and got many sunburns (I'm not sure anything but zinc oxide was available then and we didn't use anything). So I know what you are going through and it's not fun. I've used sunscreens since my late teens and they've helped a bit, but that early damage seems to be irreversible.

Alcibiades said...

Praying for your speedy recovery, and giving thanks it was removed in time.

Leonard said...

Yes, remove those troublemaking patches! Sometimes I look liked a pickled non-puritan after my annual ¨burn off¨ sessions...there are clear disadvantes to be rosadito.

Brian R said...

Thanks for the prayers. Except for a bit of zinc cream on the nose and cheek bones it was considered non-cool to use protection back in the 50's and 60's when most of the damage was done.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Prayers for quick healing!

Paul said...

My dermatologist actually gave me UV treatments for acne when I was in 7-9th grade.

Swift healing for you and prayers for income (been there).

Doorman-Priest said...

Poor you. Cyber hug.

June Butler said...

Brian, I'm late here. Your stitches are out, and your colors may be all gone. I pray all is now well.

Brian R said...

Thanks Mimi
Yes 12 stitches came out last Tuesday, still some bruising under the eye but swelling has gone. Still wearing a bandage but may leave it off tomorrow.