I don't know why I'm unburdening myself here, except that it's somehow a little easier to do it to the imaginary people in my computer than it is the real people in my day-to-day life...
Some years back I had an actinic keratosis on the side of my nose, and it was treated by means of a chemotherapy-sort-of cream, which made it go away, but left a little patch of scar tissue.
Recently, that little patch of scar tissue started itching, and I scratched it, and it started bleeding...
...and it didn't stop.
And now I have a horrible-looking bleeding sore on the side of my nose that has grown noticeably despite my use of antibiotic ointment and hydrogen peroxide and aloe vera creams to stop it.
Yesterday I went to a dermatologist/cosmetic surgeon to get it looked at and, having no medical insurance, am waiting on a referral to the local teaching hospital for a biopsy.
Truthfully? I'm scared $#!+less.
If I have not been my usual chipper self these last couple months, now you know why, but I figured y'all deserved an explanation for my erratic posting and sometimes bitter retorts.
Hopefully all will be well here after some attention in the next month or two and VTFP will return to its normal cheerful snark.
Thanks for bearing with me.