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By Wyatt Earp | November 25, 2009

Cut Me Mick

By the time you read this, I may already be sliced open.

I am scheduled for Mohs surgery today at 7:30am. The surgery is for my skin cancer, which is located near my left temple. It’s an outpatient surgery, but the procedure is supposed to take most of the day. Essentially, the docs remove a layer of skin via scalpel and examine it for cancer cells under a microscope. The motion is repeated as necessary, and hopefully, they’ll fix me up without a huge chunk of my face missing.

I looked at a few before and after photos online, and they looked rather scary. Not that it matters, since a hole in my face can only improve my looks, but the important thing here is that they remove all of the cancer. The last thing I need is for it to spread.

To be honest, I am a little freaked out about the whole thing and I could use a prayer or two if you can spare one. I have post set up for the rest of the day, since I’ll probably be all doped up for a while. I’ll post an update when I can.

5pm Update: Well, the procedure was successful. All of the cancer was scraped out and they sewed me up and sent me on my way. Of course, once the local wore off, it felt – and still feels – like there is a knife in my skull. Hurts a lot. I’ll post more about it – with gory, gruesome pictures – tomorrow. I can’t really do anything for two days, so right now I’m sitting around trying to recover.

Thanks for the prayers, guys! Looks like they did the trick.

Topics: Cancer | 30 Comments »

30 Responses to “Nip/Tuck”

  1. hutch1200 Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Godspeed. Keep your chin up, and your spurs on.

    Don’t lose face over this..Ok, I’m a moron. Just a little cancer comedy humoer there!

  2. Ed Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Let the doctors do their thing and let the big man upstairs handle the rest.

    I have a razor knife I can help get that stuff if the doctors miss any of it.

  3. Ralph Short Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    As a person who has undergone this twice for the same type of cancer I am sure you will be fine, Wyatt. They do great work these days and after a few months the incision will be practically invisible.

    Hang in there.

  4. MUD Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Best damn nap I ever had, No wait that was the colonoscopy. One end or the other and a good nap in between. Eat lots of turkey and pie and remember the sunscreen from now on. MUD

  5. CaptainAmerica Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Don’t worry dude. You are WAYYYY better looking than Rocky after the fight.
    Hang tough pal. I’ll check on ya when you’re up and around.

  6. USAdmiral Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Take it easy. No surgery is easy but you will do fine.

  7. Wes S. Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Prayer sent. Good luck.

  8. Sebastian Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Good luck. I hope they get it all.

  9. Sully Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Best wishes Wyatt…. and enjoy your Thanksgiving!!!

  10. Ingineer66 Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Best Wishes from the left coast.

  11. Rob in Katy Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Same here from the south coast, get better soon!

  12. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Prayers said, candles lit.
    Men with scars are sexy!

  13. Jim Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Prayers inbound. Good luck Wyatt — I know it won’t ease your mind but I’ve had three relatives go through this procedure, and all came through with flying colors and (so far) no recurrence of the cancer, including one gent who is now 89. Stay well.

  14. Jon Brooks Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Good luck from the North Coast. Does lake Erie qualify?
    Ask them to use those ‘doughnut hole cutters’. Ask them to to do both sides and then get the horn implants. Imagine the impact in the interrogation room when you tell them..confess or Go To Hell! Hope I got a chuckle:)

    God speed.

  15. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Good Luck from all your supporters in Vegas………

    We are praying for you………

    God Bless the PPD…….

    God Save the CPD……….

    God Bless America……..

  16. Teetop Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Good luck, Wyatt. I wish you nothing but the best.

  17. Uncle Ray Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    You’re always in our prayers, but especially today! Good luck and good health!

  18. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Have you looked in the mirror? There may really be a knife in your head!

    Glad it turned out well.

  19. Edee Elwell Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 7:02 pm


  20. Sssteve Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Never quit praying bro! Sounds like all is well so far!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  21. Robert B. Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    God grant you a speedy recovery and no reoccurrance. Best wishes, and keep up the great work… both here and on your “day job.”

  22. RT Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Said lots of prayers for you the past month and especially the past few days. :) You have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and this is one reason.

  23. Sebastian Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I hope you at least have some good narcotics.

  24. Wyatt Earp Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Sebastian – No such luck. Extra strength Tylenol.

  25. Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    With you buddy. This morning in the empty engine bay of an F-16, I found myself wondering how things were going.
    Sorry I haven’t been keeping up. New job in a new place and the Missus back in Kansas.
    Take it easy and enjoy those who will do the waiting hand and foot. I know how ya feel! My large exit incision is still sore on occasion. The percosettes after the surgery were rather nice, I have to admit.

  26. Kate Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Extra strength Tylenol? Pfft! Are you serious? Jiminy crickets! Hmmm… Hey….I’ve got a few leftovers from my most recent surgeries. Ya want I should send ya some? *batting eyelashes* Nothing heavy duty mind ya….just some darvocette and hydrocondone. :) I’m goofy enough, I don’t need the help.

    Seriously, I’m pickled tink you’re doing so well, other than the itch yer gonna have as ya heal. :) You’ve been in my prayers quite a lot lately.

  27. Wyatt Earp Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Glenn – The hangar of an F-16. Jealousy. Peaked.

    Kate – No, thanks, The pain is a bear, but it’s nothing a few pints of Guinness couldn’t fix. Well, after the first 24 hours, anyway.

  28. Jim Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I hear that Turkey, Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce do wonders after this. I’m just sayin’.

  29. Kate Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Guinness eh? Is that like hydrogen peroxide? Heh. Hmmm….never been too fond of chewing my adult beverages, but whatever aids in your recovery is alright by me. :D

  30. dragonlady474 Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Thank God everything is okay! I prayed that it would be.