I underwent a little minor surgery today. Nothing major.
I intended to take a before picture, but I forgot. It dawned on me while I was sitting on the "operating" table at the doctor's office.
For the past six months I've had a little lump on my left knee. I noticed it sometime last Summer, thinking it was a bug bite. It was tender to the touch, and about the size of a dime. Then it went away.
A couple of months later, it came back. Same place. This time it swelled up to about the size of a quarter and really hurt to touch it. I figured it was a spider bite or something, and had gotten infected. So I took a safety pin and tried to poke it, to drain it out. Got nothing out but a little blood. A week later, it just went away.
Fast forward to last Monday. 5 months later, with no occurrence with "the bump", when suddenly it starts to swell again. And hurts. Like the dickens! It's GARGANTUAN, and turning a purplish-red color. I can't even stand to have my pant leg touch it, it's so tender. I've started to feel the circulation cut off in the back of my knee and down my leg.
This morning when I got dressed for my run, my running tights rubbing on my knees KILLED!
So, I decided it was time to get it checked out.
I imagined to myself all the crazy possible causes of "the bump": a spider really did bite me, and then planted it's spawn under my skin, and the swelling is all the baby spiders trying to get out.
Or, it's a malignant tumor, and I have some kind of weird bone cancer that presented in my knee, but is now spreading through my whole body.
Or, it's just some weird infection, caused by who knows what. Shaving my legs? Bumping into a table? Falling down? Or a spider bite? That's what my doctor thinks anyway. So, his solution was the drain the fluid out of my bump. So he took me into this sterile room. Has his nurse unload all this sterile equipment onto a sterile tray. I got a little nervous when I was needles, scalpels, scissors, and other stuff scary doctor stuff. So, my doctor numbed the surface, then took his scalpel, and cut open my bump. Then he proceeded to squeeze.
The squeezing was COMPLETE TORTURE! Apparently the anesthetic only worked for my skin and not underneath. HOLY CRAP it hurt. Massive amounts of puss and blood came oozing out of my knee. What, TMI? I warned you this post would be gross, so Wah.
So, after all is said and done, I can only surmise that what I had on my knee was just a completely freaky, huge, ginormous ZIT.