On Monday I had surgery to remove a lipoma on my forearm. It was just done in the doctor’s office with a local anesthetic. I had debated about having it done for a couple weeks because there’s always the chance of infection and with RAAM less than 7 weeks away I don’t want anything to go wrong. I probably wouldn’t have done it except that I had a much larger one removed last year that was a bit complicated to get out and it wasn’t sore more than a couple days.
It was very small compared to several others that I have but it’s right at the edge of the armrest of my aero bars and has been red and sore after long rides. I figured that I’d get a couple days into RAAM and it would be too sore to use my aero bars. I’ve been going to Strode Family Practice for over 10 years. I used to see Dr. Strode and really liked him but it started getting hard to get appointments with him. When I needed to get in once they said they could get me in right away with Dr. Carter who was a new doctor with the practice. He’s about my age and has been very active outdoors and although he still thinks I’m a bit crazy he understands what I do. He always tries treating me so that I can continue training. When he stitched up my arm, he did it so that it could take some abuse so I wouldn’t have to worry about it while riding.
Monday night I woke up a couple times because I was putting pressure on it. Yesterday I rode on the bike path and barely felt it. Today I went mountain biking and could hardly feel it. Yesterday I got a pneumonia vaccine and I felt it a lot more when I was riding than I did where the lipoma was removed.