Today, I finally had a small growth right between my eyes removed. It was done as a walk-in, lie back for fifteen minutes while my forehead was numbed, sliced open an inch, and the thingy removed, incision sewed, and then back out. Now I have a vertical bandage that is slowly driving me crazy.
I know I am not alone with my dislike of having anything near (or touching) my eyebrows. My wife, kids, and grandkids all tease me by threatening to rub them the wrong way. Today, I had to grit my teeth and bear it while the doctor taped towels all around my face so he could isolate the surgery area. Naturally, as soon as he told not to raise my hands to my face, I developed an itch on the side of my nose. The impulse grew larger and larger until I had to physically restrain one hand from flying to my nose with the other one. Finally, the assisting nurse noticed my face twisting to and fro and asked me if I had an itch. She had to ask me twice because I’d taken my hearing aids out and didn’t hear her the first time. She reached out with a gloved finger and rubbed the side of my nose. She will be featured prominently in my will.
So now I am sitting here in my computer room, glasses at a strange angle because they can’t sit properly on my bandaged nose, and writing this post. I have to stop every once in a while and hold an ice-filled bag to my face to help stem the slight swelling the Doctor said I might have. Once the swelling goes down, I can look forward to little ‘raccoon eyes’ from the surgery. My cat already thinks I look strange because she shied away at first and then, naturally, got curious and sniffed the bandage. She even lay on my chest for a while just to make sure I was all right.
Chapter two of my novel, Wanderlust, has been released. You can find it at the same URL as in my original post here, but click the number ‘2’ for the second chapter. The overall title is named for Chapter 1, but that was because there was already a title named that same and Booksie will not allow two identical titles on their site. Go figure. I am also working on some chapter art that may make the story seem a bit more real.