I'm sitting in the day surgery ward waiting with my mom. She will go into surgery for a malignant melanoma on her hand.
The olfactory system IS amazing. I imagine there are hospital smells, but I wouldn't know. I was looking for the hospital coffee shop an hour ago. Someone helpfully said, "Follow your nose" assuming that I had a sense of smell. I don't.
I learned that a melanoma is cancer in the melanin: the cells that control skin pigmentation. A melanoma, if not caught soon enough, can spread to the lymph nodes, and then I guess, everywhere.
Meanwhile, my mom says she's had a good run. She's almost 91. Now I will go back to waiting.
The reading was fun to do, mk. I like when hubski distracts me.