Well, not my man parts, thank heaven.
More than 20 years ago, I was struck on the head with a bottle during a failed mugging attempt. As a souvenir, ever since then there has been a small lump, I assume to be a cyst of some kind, on the top left front of my skull. It was never painful, and didn’t seem to change size or evolve in any way, so I just ignored it. I did mention it once to a doctor during an examination; he give it a quick look and saw nothing worth treatment or removal.
About a month ago, the lump began to change. It seemed a little swollen and, well, looser. I had pretty much resolved to see a doctor about it next week. Then today I went in to get a haircut.
The nice young goth lady at the haircutting parlor picked up a comb and swept it through my hair, snagging the lump on the first try. “Oh.” she said. she started snipping around, then gasped and said, “Oh my God, your’re bleeding!” I looked in the mirror and sure enough, I was; in fact, it was running in a narrow stream down my face. Someone brought some paper towels and alcohol swabs and I began to dab away the blood. After a few minutes the bleeding stopped and the poor haircutter began to gingerly work around the area of the injury. Then there was another gasp. “Er, something just came off”. I reached up with my bloodied paper towel and sure enough, there, laying loose on the top of my head, was a fleshy…thing about the size of the nail on my little finger. I patted around on the top of my head and yep, the lump was gone.
To her credit, the no doubt traumatized haircutter finished the job, with both of us apologizing profusely to each other for the drama. The manager had me fill out an incident form, then sort of hustled me out of the joint. I didn’t think to grab the, uh, lump on the way out.
So, I’m baffled why something like that would ride for twenty years then all of a sudden fall off. I’m still going to see a doctor anyway, but what can I show them? “Well, I had a lump here, but now I don’t.”
Anyway, that’s one way to get a free haircut, how was your day?