It turns out that el presidente has some skin cancer caused by sun exposure on his head. When we went to see the surgeon, he asked us if we could come in on Monday (today) at 6:30. We told him that we could, and he carried on with the various things that needed to be done before then.
As we were leaving, he handed us a paper with all the information. At the top, the appointment time was listed--18:30, just like he said, 6:30. Of course, at the time, both of us were thinking that he meant 6:30 am, and he AcTualLy meant 6:30 pm.
Here is a “before” picture sitting in the waiting room.
We went upstairs, when called, and presidente changed into the things that were provided. The nurse asked him for something, to which he responded by reaching into his pocket and giving me his telephone. “Dear,” I said, “she asked you for your EKG test and blood work results.”
“Oh :/” he said.
Then she looked at me and asked me if HE speaks Spanish. I wish I could put one of those bouncing laughing heads right here on the blog.
After he had changed, he looked at me as if to ask what I was waiting for. I told him that the nurse told him to put his things in the locker and take the key.
“oh :/” he replied.
Eventually, the nurse came back in and told me that I had to go downstairs and wait. I asked Doug if he thought he would be okay if I wasn’t there to translate for him. It is a good thing that the surgery went well, because the last thing he said to me was, “Get out of here!” Thankfully he was laughing!!!
I should say that the surgery went pretty well. At the very end, after they had sewn him up and the nurse was cleaning his hair. She discovered another lesion. He hates the idea of having to do it all again, but, of course, there is no option there.
Not sure why he need a surgical hat when they were operating on his head. They had to have taken it off immediately.
He has an adorable frankenstein style scar and 10 stitches. One of our girls told him to look at the bright side…he got 1/2 of a facelift as a bonus. Too bad the other lesion is on the same side of his head…
In other good news…his ability to speak Spanish has returned.