He Left Me In Stitches

Selfie of My Ear 3_11_2016. Can you ear me now?
@DWDavis (11711)
Pikeville, North Carolina
March 11, 2016 4:09pm CST
A couple months ago I went to see the dermatologist about a bump on my ear. At first I thought it was a pimple. It wasn't. I bumped it while showering and it began to bleed. It didn't want to stop. I finally got it to stop bleeding by applying pressure and called to make an appointment with the dermatology office we'd once taken Z to. I got in to see the PA. She examined the bump, injected some numbing agent, and shaved it off. The part she removed went to the lab. I got two weeks of slow healing of the spot where it was. When the lab results came back they indicated I had an atypical blood vessel growth in that area of my ear. The dermatologist office said it was probably nothing but scheduled an appointment for the actual doctor to look at it. Evidently, the doctor hadn't planned to just look. When I got there everything was ready for him to cut out another sample. He went deeper and took more than the PA had. Now I have three stitches in my ear and a week or so to wait for more conclusive results. The doctor says he doesn't see anything worrisome. I hope he's right. In the meantime I've got bandage on my ear and, now that the numbing has worn off, quite a bit of pain as well. The dermatologist did promise not to leave me with a notch in my ear. He just left me in stitches.
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@Corbin5 (109896)
• United States
11 Mar 16
Well that just plain has to hurt! Ouch. The bandage is has a kind of tough-guy look to it though. A brawl perhaps!
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
LOL! My wife said it looks like I was attacked by a marshmallow, and lost.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
11 Mar 16
Are the stitches better than a notch? Sorry you had to go throught that procedure but it is always a waiting game with the doctors.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
The stitches are temporary and a notch would have been forever. I just hope when the stitches come out there isn't an odd scar.
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@Susan2015 (21059)
• United States
11 Mar 16
It would be kind of hard to sleep too. If he doesn't see anything worrisome, that's a great thing.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
Getting to sleep is going to be a challenge, as is not getting awakened during the night if I roll over on it.
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@GrannyGee (1768)
• Louisburg, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
I liked your choice of words 'He just left me in stitches.' I hope it isn't anything serious, and it heals quickly.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
Thank you. The doctor did have a very congenial bedside manner.
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@HazySue (22017)
• United States
24 May 17
Ouch. I can't begin to imagine how much that hurt. I take it it was nothing serious, I hope it wasn't.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
24 May 17
It was benign. Some sort of blood vessel cyst. Once it healed there have been no more problems.
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@HazySue (22017)
• United States
26 May 17
@DWDavis I'm glad to here it.
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@vandana7 (66160)
• India
3 Apr 16
So ..what is the result with the actual doctor.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
3 Apr 16
The growth turned out to be benign and he doctor does not expect it to come back. I have a follow up in 3 months to make sure it is really all gone.
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@vandana7 (66160)
• India
3 Apr 16
@DWDavis ...That is a good news. :)
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@moffittjc (43944)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Mar 16
When I was in college, a buddy of mine was a bouncer at a local bar. One night he was trying to break up a fight and one of the dudes bit off part of his ear. Thankfully, they were able to find the piece of ear on the ground and they got my friend to the hospital in time to re-attach his ear. He had a bunch of stitches in his ear, plus the bandages. I remember him saying how much pain he was in once the medicine wore off.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
14 Mar 16
I guess there are a lot of nerves in the ear and being it's all skin and cartilage, they are highly susceptible to pain. Mine are, that's for sure.
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@moffittjc (43944)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Mar 16
@DWDavis When I was little, I had a babysitter that used to grab me and my brother by the ears if we ever did anything wrong. It hurt so freaking bad that we were afraid to even try anything out of line, for fear of the ear grab! lol
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@nanette64 (17729)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Mar 16
Oh, owie-oomie @DWDavis . Makes ya wonder how people can have 10 ear-piercings done don't it? I sure hope everything's going to be okay. I hope you don't sleep on your left side.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 Mar 16
I tend to toss and turn so last night, every time I tossed, I woke up and turned back to the right.
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@nanette64 (17729)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Mar 16
@DWDavis Who needs an alarm clock when you've got an ear boo-boo.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Mar 16
I have a piece of dry skin on my nose I need to have checked. I hope I don't get a notch either.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
I hope it turns out to be something easily taken care of and leaves no notch.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Mar 16
@DWDavis If they want to, they can take a bit off all over my nose! I wouldn't miss it.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Mar 16
That sounds painful. I once got that area pierced, and it did hurt. Not as badly as my nipple, but it did hurt. I feel your pain.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
If this is what a piercing feels like I don't know why you would ever have more than one done.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Mar 16
@DWDavis - It was one of the few trendy things I've done. Funny thing is, we figured out that my last girlfriend before my present one was the one who pierced that part of my ear. Small world.
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@msiduri (5750)
• United States
11 Mar 16
Sounds miserable. But when you're all healed, here's the perfect ear cuff for you:
Silver or Gold tree frog ear cuff, ear cuff jacket, no piercing needed. Fake cartilage ear cuff featuring a cute tree frog in antiqued gold or
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
The ear cuff is really cool. Wouldn't my students be surprised to see me wearing something like that?
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@msiduri (5750)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@DWDavis LOL! I imagine a few eyebrows would be raised. Others would ask where you got it.
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@marlina (75083)
• Canada
14 Mar 16
Just reading about it makes me cringe. Good luck with the results.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
14 Mar 16
Thanks. I'll be glad to get the sutures out on Friday. At least it's healed up enough I can sleep on that side again.
@sugartoes (41248)
• Greencastle, Indiana
12 Mar 16
of all places to have stitches at, well I sure hope it's nothing serious & everything will come out alright. good thing you still have a ear ha ha ha
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 Mar 16
The stitches are very small. My doc could do some fine needle point. The ear is still tender but I'm hoping I can go back to sleeping on that side in a few days.
@Platespinner (16784)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Mar 16
Ouch! I hope the tests come back benign and the pain eases quickly!
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 Mar 16
Thank you. The pain has subsided quite a bit since this afternoon when the numbing agent first wore off. Now that hard part is waiting for the results.
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@jaboUK (54518)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 16
At least he didn't cut out your sense of humour. I hope the results are good when you et them.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
Thanks for the good wishes. The doctor thought the results will likely be good since there was no sign of the bump coming back since the last time I was in two months ago.
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@Juliaacv (31360)
• Canada
11 Mar 16
I hope that it heals, I would imagine that sleeping would be a challenge as you wouldn't be able to sleep on that side or on your back for fear of hurting it again.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
And that is the side I usually sleep on. I won't be for a while, now.
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@jahunt (1391)
• United States
11 Mar 16
Wow, that is not the good way to get left in stitches! I hope all the tests turn out in your favor.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
Thank you. I am feeling confident the problem has been resolved but will feel better when the test results confirm it.
@Teep11 (7094)
• United States
11 Mar 16
That sounds like an ordeal. Something that seemed simple at first turned out to not be so simple. I hope it heals quickly.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
Thank you. I never imagined a little bump on the ear would need this much attention.
• United States
11 Mar 16
That sounds very painful & hope your test results come back ok
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
Thank you. The doctor seemed confident the results would show no more problems.
@Tampa_girl7 (25868)
• United States
11 Mar 16
Ouch, I can feel your pain. I hope that you heal quickly.
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
I hope so, too. The first procedure seemed to take a long time to heal.