Friday, July 8, 2011

NO, my husband did NOT hit me...

Earlier this year, I noticed a harmless-seeming little bump inside my upper lip. It looked like I had just bitten my lip or something. This little bump grew and grew. Finally, over the holiday weekend, it became so large that it showed on the outside, and became very tender.
Most of y'all know that I work for a dermatologist, and I went to my boss and showed him my "harmless" bump wondering what I could do to make it hurt less. To my horror, he told me he felt it really should be biopsied. NO! I don't want a biopsy. He said we should do it soon and offered to do it on the spot, but did mention that he thought it would bleed quite a bit, being on the lip and all. Well, Ibuprofen thins the blood, and as all derby girls, I live on the grace of Ibuprofen most days. He decided it would be in my best interest to wait a couple of days before doing the biopsy. Yesterday, at the end of our work day, we went through with the biopsy. It hurt a bit, and I could actually see myself bleeding, since apparently this growth was attached to the artery that runs across the lip. Ugh. So, now today I have three stitches in the inside of my upper lip and a bruise that looks like I lipped off (pun intended) to the wrong guy.
Is it sad that I am wearing my derby shirt to avoid having people look at my sweet husband with suspicion? I have already been asked what happened to my face three times, and I have only left the house once since coming home from practice last night. I have just taken to answering with "I play roller derby" because it is easier than answering with the whole truth.
I am a little nervous about the results of this biopsy, and my face hurts, and I just want it all to be over and done with.
I did go to practice last night (how's THAT for dedication?) but really wasn't able to skate much. I managed a few laps, and a few of the easier drills, but decided against doing falls, pushing and hitting drills. Last thing I want is to split my stitches.
So, that has been my weekend thus far. Hope everyone else is doing better!


  1. Ouch! That sounds gross and unpleasant! I hope the results come back okay. And should have posted a picture. Just sayin'.