Update on the pre-op appointment is next, although if you've got a problem with needles you may want to stop reading here.
So...it might be best to talk a bit about the mass that was removed from my right eyelid in December before I get into the pre-op info. The ophthalmologist at Langley AFB and an assistant removed the bulk of the tumor on my eyelid with a local anesthetic. This means they used lots of eye drops the numb the hell out of my eye, and finally inserted a needle with general anesthetic several places around the eyelid and finally into the eye itself. It sucked. I'm not afraid of needles and could get shots all day long, but having a needled inserted into my eyeball was quite anxiety producing. After that needle it was a piece of cake.
Now, moving on to the pre-op....the very nice dermatology specialists had several of us folks who were going to be receiving MOHS surgery to have their cancer tumors removed watch a video. The video was great except that it talked about taking some extra tissue around the actual tumor to ensure all the cancer was removed. That particular method isn't going to work well with me because there IS no extra tissue on the human eyelid. The other issue the video raised that concerned me was the fact that is talked about doing multiple sessions of general anesthetic to get all the cancer.
I was less than thrilled by the idea of having a needle go into my eyeball not only once, but possibly several times. It was a concern I raised with the surgeon who was understanding, but said the only other possibility was to put me to sleep for the day so they could do the removals as necessary. Being put to sleep was not a thrilling idea either because I need to be able to eat frequently to manage my hypoglycemia.
The other super great thing that happened is I got the results back from the biopsy done on the other side of my face. It's showing pre-cancerous (which means it's on its way to becoming cancerous, but isn't quite there yet) which brought me a lecture to