Also, I asked her about the really raised, painful, itchy scar I have where I had my port installed/removed. It was about 1/5 inch raised from my skin. Not quite a keloid scar, more what they call hypertrophic. She said she could inject it with Kenalog if I wanted. Kenalog is a steroid, and it thins the skin and often makes hypertrophic scars better. No guarantees. But she said within a day or two, it would help make it less painful and itchy. I asked about side effects/risks, and she said that the injection "stings."
Please be advised: you and your surgeon may have different definitions for the word "sting." Also, I didn't realize until I said OK that she meant Right Then.
HOLY MOTHER OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND PURE. That hurt!!
The poor nurse probably has broken fingers from my death grip. At least I didn't scream this time. Just a few yelps!
Anyhow no before picture, since the whole thing happened pretty fast -- much faster than my brain currently works to think about taking before pictures. But here is a "night of" picture and a "five minutes before I published this post" picture.
She can do it again in 3 months. Yippee!?
She advises against any lumpectomy scar revisions, since I Heal Like Shit. If we try to fix the little weirdness from the lumpectomy scar, which is already not a super great idea since radiated skin doesn't heal that well, I'll just end up with at least some other scar, that might heal like this one. So. That's backburnered until at least October anyway. In the meantime we can watch and see what this scar does.
OK. I have lots of thoughts and bits floating about in my head, but small short thoughts is all I can manage right now. Ciaozers.