It took 2.5 hours to get to Boston this morning (rush hour) and another 1.5 to get back. All so I could spend 15 minutes with my surgeon. But hey, he’s such a nice guy; it’s a pleasant 15 minutes.
Also, he said reassuring things. For instance, my ear looks good still. No sign of an infection or the unhealthy/irritated skin I had prior to surgery. He did clean out some gunk, the result of the grafted skin not working quite like normal ear skin, and that helped the clogged sensation a bit. According to him, this is around the time when my nerves should be healing and reconnecting, so it would be completely typical to feel pain and possibly other weird sensations as my brain tries to make sense of the confusing signals the nerves are sending. Even some small skin debris could feel unpleasant.
He also felt up my face and neck, as docs tend to to do. The nodule over my ear that he believed was tumor is still gone, and apparently I had a hard lump under my ear too that he described as suspicious. That was there a few weeks but is now gone as well.
So while this certainly isn’t conclusive, it’s reassuring. And probably worth having needed to get up at 4:30 a.m. to get to my appointment. Now I want a nap before my second doctor appointment of the day…