One Month After My Two Skin Cancer Surgeries

One September 11, a month ago, I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my face and another one removed from my back.The facial incision extends an inch and a half while the one on my back stretches to three inches. I have spent the past month recovering from those surgeries.

I was a good patient and did not ride my bike for the first two weeks after the operation. Actually, I was surprised that I did not even have the energy to take the bike out in that period. I was also taking a round of antibiotics to protect the two wounds.

Wilford Hall team treats ENT patients in Honduras
I started riding again after two weeks, but on a very restricted basis. I rode less than 10 miles on each of my first two days compared with a usual of 20 miles a day.

For the first three weeks after the surgeries I napped from one to two hours a day in addition to a full night’s sleep. So, my body was clearly in recovery mode.

At this point, a month later, I feel that I am about 80 to 85 per cent recovered. I am able to ride 20 miles a day although it is in two sections of around 10 miles each. I no longer need to nap.

In the past month I have added about a pound to my body weight. I think my appetite was curtailed from the procedures, too. My resting heart rate remains in the low 40s.

In summary, I consider myself well along on the road to recovery. I went into the operations a healthy
74 year old man and I am now finding my way back. I hope these details about the operations and my recovery have been of some value to you. I was surprised at how much they took out of me.

In talking about my skin cancer experience, I have been amazed at how many people have direct experience with it. To read more on the subject, check out my page: Skin cancer facts in general and my three skin cancer surgeries in particular.

Tony

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4 responses to “One Month After My Two Skin Cancer Surgeries

  1. Glad you are feeling better!

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  2. It probably takes longer to bounce back as we get older. I had two minor injuries this summer, both of which took nearly two months to recover from… am now feeling (nearly) as good as new :).

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    • Yes, to both, Vinny. I am two years older now and this time I had two operations. Last time the one cut was just over an inch long. This time the incision on my face was 1.5 inches long and the one on my back was three inches long. I figure that for more than double the healing necessary. I am still not totally recovered. In addition, I got a flu shot last week which I think slowed me down, too.

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