The day when Owen got out of hospital and I had a lump removed from my head

The top of my head
A photograph of the top of my (balding) head showing a few post-op stitches, kindly taken by the lovely Jane.

Today has been a day of medical adventures, for Owen and for me.

First, we’re delighted to report that our nephew Owen was discharged from hospital this afternoon and is now safely back home. Jane, on her lunch-hour, went to see Owen, Eddie and Rebecca at the Sick Kids at and reported that Owen was looking much better then, and they were hoping that he’d get out tomorrow. Isn’t God good.

Secondly, my head. On 10 January I reported on my blog that I had a sebaceous cyst on the top of my head, and given that my hair is now receding it was looking more obvious. I had it checked out with my GP who referred me to their Cutting People’s Heads Open™ specialist.

I suspected that the doctor would look at it and refer me to St John’s Hospital, Livingston, which is what my GP said might happen. But she didn’t. No! She just operated there and then. Needle in … and then, well, I can’t tell you what happened because a) I was numb, and b) it was on top of my head and I couldn’t see that from where I was sitting. The cyst is being sent to pathology to make sure that it wasn’t malicious, or anything.

I do know, however, that I have to take things easy for 48 hours and not wash my hair. Which will be horrible, because I don’t really feel that I’m clean until my hair is washed. (I wonder if the New Testament has anything to say about that.)

So now, I have a lumpless head. But by Jiminie it doesn’t half hurt now! Even after a couple of paracetamol.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

4 thoughts on “The day when Owen got out of hospital and I had a lump removed from my head”

  1. GOD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “When someone has a swelling or a blister or a shiny spot on the skin that might signal a serious skin disease on the body, bring him to Aaron the priest or to one of his priest sons.
    (Leviticus 13:1-2)

    In the immortal words of Jade Goody from Big Brother 3 (UK), “Am I min-ginn’?!”

    Oh, I’ve kept reading:

    “When a man loses his hair and goes bald, he is clean. If he loses his hair from his forehead, he is bald and he is clean.
    (Leviticus 13:40-41)

    Looks like I’m ok, after all.

    I got this in an email from my good friend Kenny last night, which made me laugh for ages:

    Chris asked if they had to shave your head but I explained it was just baldness.

  2. malicious? conspiracy theories raging already?

    Cutting People’s Heads Open™ specialist. Wow, what a job.

    Glad things are on the mend for both you and the wee man!

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