I’m ‘armless

Yesterday I went to a specialist I had been referred to see about a lump on my arm, the size of a small pea, that had been bothering me for a few months.

I was expecting just an initial consult. I certainly wasn’t expecting to hear “That’s a tumour and we’d best take it out right now if you have time.” Even if they did follow that sentence up with “Don’t worry, it’s probably benign.”

I’m not sure if specialists have a dry sense of humour or none at all.

I am such a trouper that even having had half my arm cut off (well a small bit of it anyway) I was at work by 11. However today it hurts more than yesterday, and if anyone’s ever tried washing their hair without getting one arm wet they would know it is very difficult, involves a willing partner to pour water over your head for you, and is best not done when the morning is a chilly 5C (41F) and the bath is not terribly full, leading to violent shivering and a rather rushed affair.

I have no idea why it looks like my arm and desk glows in the dark, because it actually does not – I suspect my crackberry’s camera function is not quite cutting it – however this is the new look I am sporting.




12 Responses to “I’m ‘armless”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    That’s so scary! I’m sorry. I’ve also had to have a willing partner help me shower. Not as much fun as it sounds. 🙂
    It was my husband. Just to be clear.

  2. mark Says:

    Time to make up a goddamn good story about a koala and a crocodile fighting and while you were rescuing the koala by wrestling the crocodile the croc twisted and took a chunk out of your arm. Embellish as you see fit. Here’s hoping you have a bad ass scar for a battle wound! People will have to buy you drinks while you tell the story!

  3. 12ontheinside Says:

    Jenn: But oh, did I laugh when the boyfriend asked me if you have to wash conditioner off.
    Mark: Brilliant, I will use it over the weekend, I’m going to an engagement party where I will know 1 person – the prospective groom – so it gives oodles of opportunity for mischief.

  4. WT Says:

    I think you got a tattoo.

  5. sashimi Says:

    erm…just wondering..how do you type one handed? 😉

  6. ...love Maegan Says:

    omg I would have stayed home from work FOR SURE. Hope you heal quickly!! Happy Weekend

  7. Frank Says:

    Good thing it wasn’t some computer chip implanted by aliens…or was it?

  8. ege Says:

    Ouch! But are you sure they didn’t install super-power gamma-rays while they were in there? That would explain the glowy…

  9. Pamela Says:

    oh darn.. I was going to say what Frank said. Like maybe green kryptonite — you super woman.

  10. 12ontheinside Says:

    WT: HA! no, not at all, I am surprisingly conservative in many ways. (Sure, completely not in others)
    sashimi: Slowly!
    Maegan: I wish I had stayed home.
    Frank: I hope not. Although I did wonder the other day if it isn’t a good idea to insert a chip in my body that would open the work swipe doors, so I didn’t have to carry my ID tag around all day. That must have been a day when my outfit had no pockets.
    ege: I tried opening a jar last night and couldn’t so I suspect not, although that would have been kinda cool.
    Pamela: I’ll take the superwoman bit, thanks.

  11. Greg Says:

    Always better to err on the side of safety.

  12. 12ontheinside Says:

    Greg: Yup. Althugh there seems to be a ditch in my arm now where there used to be a lump.

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