Thursday, April 8, 2010


He's a regular to minor surgeries. Today he's here to have three of his skin lesions excised - one possible basal cell carcinoma in the crease of his nose, another behind an ear, and a possible squamous cell carcinoma on an eyelid. He doesn't seem too concerned, but then he's taken his hearing aid out so I can't really ask him. He doesn't even grimace as the local anaesthetic is injected, although I'm sure it must sting his nose at least.

Before long, there's an area sheet over his face and the doctor is working on him with a scalpel. As the doctor excises the second lesion, the nurse hears a strange noise. "Is that ... is he ... ?"

Yes he is. He is asleep, and snoring.

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