Trip to dermatologist not about vanity

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 04:02 PM.

So on the appointed day, I presented myself at Down East wondering exactly what was in store for me. From the get-go I liked these people.

We walked up to the counter and I had a hotel flashback. I requested a room with extra pillows. The lady grinned without missing a beat and said my room would be ready as soon as housekeeping finished with it.

The place was busy with a lot of folks going in and out but the operative term is “in and out.” I learned later they didn’t keep patients waiting. An appointment was an appointment, on both sides of the book. Nice.

Dr. Tommie Canipe did the honors on my ear, assisted by his wife. I guess all physicians learn common terms because he also said, “This may sting a little.” He didn’t lie. It did sting a “little,” like Vesuvius was a “little” eruption.

He whittled away, checking it and whittling some more. It was like doing a hedge, making sure it was shaped just right.

I’d told him up front not to tiptoe around what he had to remove. I didn’t have one smidgen (to use a popular political phrase) of cosmetic vanity. Anyway, my ears seldom saw the light of day.

While the doctor was trimming, his wife good-naturedly complimented me for smelling good instead of like beer as most Chapel Hill alum tend to do. I guess school spirits vary.



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