After months of worrying about it getting bigger, I finally told my doctor about a lesion I had on my toe. I kept thinking, even though it was getting bigger, that it would go away. It wasn’t a mole on top of the skin, it was what looked like an ink smear, under the skin.
Finally I told my doc about it during a doctor’s visit about something unrelated. I wasn’t going to say anything, but on a whim I did. He got a good look at it and said it had to be removed. He didn’t like it. He didn’t think it was melanoma or anything, because it was a slow grower, but still wanted it taken out.
On May 28th I went into a dermatology place here in town on referral and they looked at it. They agreed it should be dug out. So on the spot that’s what they did. It was a 5.5cm black and brown lesion. They were really good about it. The worst was the shot to numb it. Holy cow! That lidocaine shot burned for almost a full minute before it numbed my toe. I had a few choice trucker words while it was kicking in lol… but once it kicked in, I felt absolutely nothing :D
They used a funky tool to dig in there and remove it. Once it was removed they cauterized it which was great. Not only has it kept it from bleeding (until today anyhow) but it kept it from hurting. Hasn’t hurt one bit.
Every day I’ve changed the bandaid as I was instructed, along with using an ointment on it. I’ve pretty much stayed off it as instructed as well, the tiny bits I’ve walked on it, I’ve used sandals and not sneakers.
Today I did walk some, about ten blocks total, in sandals and with the bandaid. I was stir crazy and wanted to walk some. When I got home though… it was bleeding. Right through the bandaid. First it’s done that in the last two weeks. I thought… shit… it was too soon.
Two bandaid changes later and it’s calmed down some. I suspect I dislodged the scab from it being cauterized. Ooops! Didn’t mean to. A bit worried that after two weeks it’s bleeding now though. So I’ll call tomorrow and ask about it.
I’ve never had anything like that done before so I don’t know what is normal.
No results back yet from the testing of what they took off my toe. Hopefully I’ll hear on that soon. My generalized anxiety disorder is going a bit bonkers over it. I’m sure it’s fine though.