I wanted to share my experience with you because as an overly neurotic person who absolutely hates needles, cutting + pain. I felt that sharing how great the experience was might make it easier for anyone else who may have to have a mole removed.
I saw Dr. Alam at Northwestern. When I arrived, I was very nervous and even took an anti anxiety pill that I had gotten for this appointment. I was afraid it would be painful + that just knowing my skin was being cut would be too much for me. I am happy to say that this was not the case. Dr Alam and his staff were so wonderful. One of the doctors stood right next to me and asked me questions about my job, LA vs. Chicago, etc. during the procedure. I did not feel any pain at all. I felt one tiny pinch for a second. That was it. I never could have imagined feeling absolutely no pain but that was how it went down. I couldn't be happier.
It has been about 3 hours and I definitely feel like my back is a little tender but I wouldn't even rate this as being painful. I did take a vicodin 2 hours ago just to ensure I wouldn't feel anything. I think it's working :)
So don't let fear stop you. And if you are afraid of a grim diagnosis that is more reason to go. When caught early, cancerous moles can be removed. If you do need one removed it really isn't a big deal at all. Take it from the girl who asks for a butterfly needle when having her blood drawn. I went it by myself and did just fine. Even filled my antibiotic prescription afterward and picked up some post procedure/sis is coming to Chicago hydrangeas + tulips at Whole Foods.
The follow up is pretty simple. Stitches will be removed in 3 weeks. I cannot get them wet and cannot work out. I have to keep a bandage over the stitches and keep it hydrated with vaseline. I am so happy that this is behind me. I am healthy, was able to share my story + inspire others to see their doctors and know that I will be better about putting sun screen on every day from now on. It was a wonderful wake up call.
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Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word. Let's stay safe this summer!