Cancer sucks.

Luckily, Percocets don’t.

Update: Thanks everyone for your kind words and thoughts. I really appreciate it. But my little problem was NOTHING compared to the things other folks are going through, and my prayer is that by laughing with/at me you will be reminded/prodded to go to the dermatologist every year and get checked out. It’s fast, it’s easy, and best of all you pay someone to look at you while you’re naked…it’s like being DSK without the felony charges!

50 Responses to “Bingleystein”

  1. JeffS says:

    If that’s your noggin, Mr. B, you owe us some details.

    After I drink a toast to your continued health and good fortune, of course.

  2. nightfly says:

    Geez, what happened?

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Cancer can once again FTFOAD.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    The curse of pasty pale shanty Irish skin: They found some squamous cell carcinoma on my noggin so they strip-mined it out today. As there’s nothing there that can be harmed they could scoop relatively deep. Fun stuff. That’s why for the past year or so I’ve been most dapperly fedora-attired.

    Tattoos are so yesterday; all the cool kids have sutures.

  4. Ebola says:

    Holy crap! Get better Uncle `o mine!

  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    Use SPF 4000, my young Jedi!

  6. leelu says:

    Mr. B,

    I am paying for my years as a bronzed beach god. I’ve had close to a dozen removed or killed. My dermatologist has made sure I know what to look for, and given me what I call “Chemo in a tube” to apply when something suspicious pops up.

    Regular visits to the dermo should now be your routine.

    And keep wearing the fedora.

  7. Mr. Bingley says:

    Hey leelu!

    I never was a bronzed beach god. As I like to say I can get a sunburn from the Moon as my skin only comes in two shades: pale and lobster. I always wear a hat, long pants and SPF 50.

    Ah well, now I have a Doctor’s Note™ to spend every daylight hour on our next vacation in a nice dark bar…

  8. Dr Alice says:

    Hear, hear. My dad went completely bald early on, has similar skin and at age 80, he is the possessor of a fine collection of scars over his scalp. Hats are your friend.

  9. major dad says:

    Geez Bing that’s gnarly, keep your hat on and no more than one drink with a percocet. Thanks for sharing, hope you don’t get ‘roids….

  10. JeffS says:

    Hey, Bing, if you put studs on your temples, you can out on Halloween as Frankenstein!

  11. Yojimbo says:

    Good grief, Charlie Brown!

  12. tree hugging sister says:

    I’d say your sawbones had a fine, steady hand judging by the straightness of the line. I’m glad he got it all out and I’ll bet your forehead is a wrinkle-free zone now as well.


  13. Fausta says:

    Now tell the truth: What does the other guy look like?

  14. Don’t look now, Bing but I think that doctor performed a hairectomy.

  15. bruce says:

    I got one just like that, AND I’ve just finished the radiotherapy. Coincidence?

    Radiotherapy is like that scene from Alien where he pops up from Hurt’s belly. You have to wait a few days, then the weird stuff pops out of your head and it heals, then hopefully all better.

  16. Mr. Bingley says:

    My crow’s feet are one!

  17. bruce says:

    PS It’s also a facelift! And wait till you get the skin grafts: play chess on your head?

  18. bruce says:

    Croswfeet Gone?

  19. Mr. Bingley says:

    Bruce, my facial skin is stretched so tight that when I try and smile my left leg lifts up…

  20. Paco says:

    Gad, man, I had no idea! God bless you and speed you -no, hurtle you – to a complete recovery.

  21. Wow, didn’t know. All the best and kick Cancer’s ass!

  22. Greg Newson says:

    Good luck,Mr Bingley, that looks like it’s gonna hurt for a while.Sleeping might be a problem.Maybe a glass of your favorite distilled beverage before bedtime might help.

  23. kae says:

    Where’s the bolts in yer neck?

    Take care fair-o.

    (from another fair-o)

    Lurking in dark bars sounds like the prevention to me!

  24. gregor says:

    geez, man. glad to see you’re staying on top of stuff like that, nothing to shrug off and hope it goes away like a friend of mine did some years ago. not a good decision.
    Oh, don’t be scared if you find a bag on your front porch one morning this weekend, I’m thinning out the iris beds.

  25. Ave says:

    Dearest Bingley just remember God created just a few perfect heads and the rest he had to cover with hair. IMHO your rakish charm is only getting better.

  26. Gary from Jersey says:

    Looks like they used a chisel, but that’s OK because the alternative is much, much worse. I know this because a dozen visits to the skin doc left me looking like a dart board. Not as bad as your noggin, but still: vacations in a dark bar is a good idea. Maybe your health insurance will pay for it.

  27. RebeccaH says:

    Wow, Bingley. Is that natural, or did they have to shave you? And if they had to shave you, how on earth did they find the nasty bad cells in the first place?

    My dad had those as well. Spent the latter part of his years under a hat and long-sleeved shirts, which he absolutely hated.

  28. John says:

    Wow. Best of luck on avoiding any more of those.

  29. missred says:

    hope all ends well – good idea to stay in dark bars during daylight hours. has always worked with my fair skin!

  30. NotMyProblem says:

    Best of luck. As you say cancer sucks, glad yours was caught early. My husband has recently been diagnosed with colorectal (stage iv). Nothing fun about it.

  31. Chancy girl says:

    Certainly seems like an extreme way to shrink a bald spot.

    Sending good karma your way!

  32. Dave E. says:

    Wow. Glad for you that they got it though. I’m definitely into the hat mode now too.

  33. Mr. Bingley says:

    Rebecca, for some reason I am the only one in our family who has lost all the hair back there.

    I blame George Bush.

    But it did make seeing/finding the skin spots a heck of a lot easier!

  34. Mr. Bingley says:

    Aw Not, I’m so sorry. My little problem is (was dammit WAS) nothing compared to that, which is why I can joke about it and hopefully prod folks along to get to a dermatologist every year. My thoughts and prayers for a full speedy and effective treatment for him!

  35. razorbacker says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    If you shaved your head and got a tan, you’d look just like a football.

  36. Mike Hill says:

    That’s some high quality gray matter leaking all over the dome. Fortunately you have so much to spare.

    Good luck.

  37. The Old and Unimproved Dave of Sydney, Australia says:

    Not so much ‘keyhole surgery’ as ‘missile silo surgery’…..

  38. Donna D. says:

    Wow Mr. B, feel better soon, next vacation – spend at Krogh’s in a nice dark corner!

  39. Gunslinger says:

    Glad to hear you’re okay Mr. Bingley.

    You should’ve had them install a 4G receiver or at least WiFi in the hole.

  40. Deborah Leigh says:

    Good to hear that you’re okay. Hopefully, you got the nice pain reliever for the restful recovery. By-the-way, nice work by the doc. Now, what’s the tall tale that you will craft should someone notice? Make it good.

    And remember, hats are your friend. Get well!

  41. Kathy Kinsley says:

    “Ah well, now I have a Doctor’s Note™ to spend every daylight hour on our next vacation in a nice dark bar…”

    A silver lining to every cloud, as they say. 😀 But seriously, man, as a woman with a bit o’ Irish red in me, take my advice – that fedora is a health as well as fashion statement!

    Otoh, you can go hillbilly like me and wear one of those HUGE straw hats that probably rate to SPF 60 for the whole body… 😉

  42. Yojimbo says:

    I was just wondering how Claude is holding up. Is he off his anti-anxiety meds yet?

  43. Mr. Bingley says:

    Claude has been snoring on the couch.

    He’s holding up quite well!

  44. Mr. Bingley says:

    Guns, I’m half afraid Google install some type of advertising device there…

  45. Kate P says:

    I guess you couldn’t get them to make the stitches spell “I heart bacon” or anything cool like that, huh? I’m glad all they took was bad cells and no brain cells–wishing you speedy healing!

  46. Mark says:

    Nothing finer than going to the doctor and being treated with the medical equivalent of a melon baller.

    I strongly recommend you treat it with something along the hops or grape lines.

  47. Mr. Bingley says:

    I tell ya, Mark, I am always loathe to combine booze with pain meds, given the liver complications that arise, but I can assure you that once I’m off these things there will be some serious grape-and-distillate treatment going on.

  48. Rob says:

    Good Luck, Mr B, and get well soon. Last time I had stitches, they used those big Frankenstein stitches on me, too.

  49. KingShamus says:

    Get well Bingley. Keep on swilling, sir.

  50. Jim - PRS says:

    Wow. Just saw this now. I think cultivating a bar room tan is a swell idea.

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