03 August 2007


Nose crater battle scars

Last week, when I had a nasogastric tube on my face to drain my stomach, the clip that held the plastic hose accidentally injured my nose. I was still on morphine at the time, so while it felt like I'd been punched in the face, I didn't really care.

A couple of days later, when we removed the bandage, the nurse who'd put it on was a bit horrified (and quite apologetic) at what had happened. Today the last of the scab fell off, and now I have a couple of nice craters in my nose:

Nose craters

So now I look like I've been punched in the face too. Battle scars!

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And now : the nose. Where will it stop ?

I don't know about you, but in the hospital I got that feeling that they kept inventing new ways of sticking tubes into one's body. I asked them, and it seems they do leave your toes alone, although I'm not sure they won't invent something about them too.

What you have to go through...

For the first time ever, I start understanding what they meant about cancer patients being "ordinary heroes" : you do have to cope with lots of things, big and small, and always something new.

Well, it was nice reading your blog again, although I skipped a part of the music thing, but JH will enjoy it. He has been planning on e-mailing you, but seems too tired to write in english, which represents an effort.

Take care. And don't smash your nose into the door.
Doh! I'm sure that will diminish over time; just tell folks that you were in a slight altercation.
Chicks dig scars!
Hi Derek. I am a friend of Scott Schnaars who runs the website Hope for Holly. I have know Scott since his college days. Anyway, just wanted to let you know, I have 3 of those scars on my nose and it was only from adult acne but nonetheless they are unappealing. That is, of course, unless you make up a fantastical story to go along with the scars. I personally like to use the "I was walking on a bed of hot coals and a couple flew up and burnt me on the nose leaving these 3 wonderful scars. And it can be fun...change it each time someone asks where they came from. Good luck to you and I hope your recovery is speedy.
Wow, I randomly was browsing the net and accidentally fell upon your page. I'm sorry about the nose-scar, eeps. (I have a nasogastric tube in right now, not too fun, but I eventually got used to it. I have spent years going from NG, to NJ, to the PEG, TPN, and now I'm back to the NG tube again, haha..)

I wish you all the best in the future, keep fighting.