Tuesday, January 08, 2008


I went to the dermatologist for the follow up visit. Turns out it was a follow up visit. Turns out I'm not so much healing "right".

"Are you still keeping it covered?"

"It pulled apart. When did that happen?"

"It would be better if it hadn't scabbed" interminably long pause "but it'll be fine."

"If it's a cosmetic issue and you don't want to wear a band-aid, just cover it with the bacitracin like this," looks as though line of goop the width of the tube opening has been laid plain upon my head, "so no air gets in at all."

Raise your hand if any of this is counter-intuitive and therefore something you wish you'd known earlier. Much earlier.

Raise your hand if you think that dispensing this information as though it were common knowledge should be classified as a capital crime.

My hand is firmly raised. If you shank your boyfriend when you find him bed with the plumber I don't think the government should have the right to kill you. If you play fast and loose with my health and feelings of identity while treating me like I'm the idiot in the room I will truss you up and hand you over to W. and his cronies myself. With glee.

So....I'm sad...and discouraged...and about to turn 39.



  1. Sorry about the doc's lack of "intuitive" instructions! Sometimes I don't ask enough questions because I feel like it should be obvious, but it isn't. Why do I do that?

    Don't worry about 39. It wasn't so bad!

  2. I wasn't going to leave a comment; instead, I tried to IM you, but you're not on.

    I'm so, SO sorry. This truly sucks and I agree that your doctors should be ashamed of themselves for not being more clear and concise with the directions for your home care. I still believe you'll be fine, but I hate that it's not going smoothly.

    As for the turning 39 thing - that hasn't hit me yet. I'm still teaching myself to think in terms of how I FEEL rather than what it says on my driver's license. My 30s have been good, and I'm trying to see it as "I have one more year of 30s to enjoy, then I get to see what 40s feel like." Really, it's all just so much self-delusion, but it seems to be working for me....

    I love you. Know that.

  3. Hey, dammit.

    Turning 39 better freakin' ROCK. Seriously. Because I'M turning 39 in like, three weeks.

    Feel better, sister.

  4. Can't wait to be 39! Can't wait for you to be 39! Can't wait for that scar to heal. So you will feel better and all this will be over. I know. Acne, all my life. Huge scars and open wounds and having to face the public! Hate it. But the truth is you look at your self under a microscope so it never helps but never hurts for someone to say... you look great, no worries.
    Did you tell the DR.PIG that he sucked giant green donkey dick? Whats his number I will tell him. I have nothing to lose and it might just get me commited! Never hurts to have a truly crazy friend at your disposal. Kind of like winged monkeys only I speak the English!

  5. Anonymous5:42 PM

    Dude.(translation, I'm sorry)

  6. Anonymous9:25 PM

    I'm sorry that your dr.s had thought they'd also done a mind meld when they did your surgery. How were you to know all of that without them telling you so? I think you could take GJK up on her offer and let them have what they've got coming. It will get better, it's just going to take a little longer.

    I think I'm older than most of you, I turned 52 last Summer and my BEW is 56.

    Trust us, life does keep getting better and better. Things change, things sag, our bodies ache a bit Meh, we're here to tell that tale, that counts. It's better than being dead.

    I honestly wouldn't go back and do my life again at anything younger than 35. I can't guarantee it for you but for me, the past decade and counting have been better than anything I would have thought possible. Here's hoping that continues.

    My Gram died at 93 and kept telling me that it just keeps getting better and better. I'm beginning to understand that.

    Wishing you all a good shift in attitude and a long life.

    Best to all,
    Laurie B