You can see that the shaving goes to about midline in the back. All that bald area is covered with a clear piece of tape. This was after Jeannine worked so very carefully to comb out the hair on the right side of my head. You can see the pink in this picture. A male nurse did come in with a shower cap that was towel-lined and wet. He rubbed some of that side to get some of the blood out. This was after that had dried somewhat.
Here is a closeup of the black dressing over the wound. I said that it looked like a giant black SLUG crawling up the back of my head! :) You can't see them, but there are 4 staples place around it. That is what my home health nurse told me the next day when she took this closeup picture.
This just gives you a little better perspective of the size of the wound and the drain which was hooked to continuous suction that was electric and attached to the end of my bed.
Looks pretty normal (although shaggy) from this side.
About the first thing I did after I got home and ate was to have Jeannine shampoo my hair holding over the sink. She gently dried it and just the straightening iron to smooth it. Like I said, from the front I look pretty normal, but the back is hiding a whole other world!
This is just a close up the home health nurse took of the two incision on the left side of my neck where they took the lymph nodes. I have some feeling in between those incisions, but none for a ways below the bottom one, and no feeling from the top one all the way to the top of my ear. What's interesting is that I can stick my finger in my ear, and I have feeling, but I can't feel my ear at all. There's no feeling in front of my ear, either. The first time I reached up to feel that side of my jaw (without a mirror), I touched this flabby thing, and couldn't figure out what in the world that growth was on the side of my head - it was my ear lobe!! :)
I included this picture to show what the lower one looked like about Sept. 1, about a month after I discovered it. It was dark in the center with kind of a yellowish ring around it. It was smaller than a dime. It was at this time, I was frantically trying to get a dermatologist to see me!
This picture was a day or so before surgery. At this time it was bleeding/draining to the point that I had to carry a tissue with me at all times, and sometimes it would run clear down my neck before I could catch it.
At the time of this posting, it is Friday, the 28th, about 3:30 pm, and I have not heard yet about the pathology report from surgery.
Still in His hands....