For the past three weeks I have been secretly very worried about some nasty blisters behind Beloved's ear.
It all started with an angry red patch which rose into blisters, one of which bled profusely, then apparently healed. The next time I looked another blister had appeared, the patch had grown.
I've been having a few very short nights over this, waking up long before dawn and lying in bed, thinking unpleasant thoughts and playing out some serious scenarios in my head.
We finally saw a dermatologist at the local hospital today, who very quickly, without any hesitation at all, diagnosed Basal Cell Carcinoma, a very common, non-spreading cancer, which can and must be removed as soon as possible, but shouldn't cause any further trouble. Once you've had it, it'll probably return at some stage, but it almost never turns malignant. Just keep an eye on sore patches in exposed areas of your skin and have a specialist look at them if they worry you.
Guess who is feeling on top of this wonderful world this evening?