Earlier this year I noticed what looked like an ingrown hair on the back of my neck. When it didn’t go away after four months, I went to a doctor. She gave it a light squeeze and said it was nothing to worry about. I’d had ingrown hairs before and I know that they go away after a few weeks. Unsatisfied, I asked for a referral to a dermatologist.
The dermatologist looked at it, squeezed it and also said, it's nothing to worry about. He suggested, if I wanted, that he could take a biopsy and send it to the lab. That was what I wanted. So we did.
I got the call back that it was, in fact, squamous cell carcinoma and I needed to see another dermatologist to have it removed. She dug a giant hole in the back of my neck. In order to ensure removing the offending tissue in its entirety, they also remove a ‘margin of healthy tissue.’ In my case, she wanted to remove 4 millimeters all around.
Check out the hole in my neck, here.
I was instructed to keep Aquafor or Vaseline on the wound…
This is a subjective accounting of my experiences with staying at Motel 6 almost exclusively for just over five months straight. In my mind there is a quintessential Motel 6 experience. It's all about ease, simplicity and convenience.
It goes like this:
The sign is clearly visible from the highway and it's easy to find the property entrance.
There are a couple of parking spaces near the office reserved for people checking in.
There is someone at the desk who is friendly and helps me check in quickly.
The rate I'm charged is the same as the one in my reservation confirmation email.
I am given a ground floor room as I requested on my reservation.
The door to my room is within a few steps of a parking space.
The facility includes a functional ice machine, a microwave (either in the lobby or in the room), and a coin operated laundry facility for guests.
The windows in the room open to allow fresh air, but have screens to keep bugs out.