After the surgery, I had a somewhat large gray blotch on my inner right thigh. It didn’t look as colorful as black-and-blue mark, but I thought maybe it was a sign of internal bleeding or a blood clot. However, because the size and shape didn’t change, and it didn’t hurt at all, I thought I’d wait till I met my surgeon again to mention it.
On Monday, I had an appointment with a dermatologist for an unrelated issue. As she was looking me over, I showed her the blotch. “I have no idea what this is,” I said.
She looked at it closely. “You know what?” she said. “I think it’s adhesive.”
She took a cotton ball, put some rubbing alcohol on it, and rubbed a small area. It worked. I immediately knew what the blotch was — it’s the residue left by the adhesive (Footnote 1) where my penis and catheter tube had been taped down.
I felt like an idiot. I picked up some cotton balls and rubbing alcohol from Target after work, and it took about 10 minutes to rub the entire blotch off. Then I used a scrubber to get rid of any leftover adhesive. Now it’s all gone. A few days ago, I would have sworn that it was under the skin, not on top of it. And I probably would have guessed what it was if it had been sticky.
Two days later, I met the surgeon and told him about it. He’s not one to laugh, but he looked amused.
1. Warning: TMI in the second part of this sentence.