Good news and bad news. The good (if it can be called that) is that wide excision is not recommended for me as the problem area is relatively small, coupled with my other health problems that mean I would have difficulties healing up from so large a wound. I'm told my situation would be best helped by the Bascom pit picking operation, it being far less invasive and with a high success rate. The only worry on my part is that they prefer doing it under local anaesthetic which there's no way I could deal with, but other than that it sounds good. The bad is that I can't afford private treatment and the quickest I could be seen on the NHS is 5 months after they receive a referral which has to be argued about with my GP (and not get lost in the admin system in Portsmouth which I'm told happens quite a lot). Could it get worse in the meantime? I'm also told they wouldn't be able to do the pit picking op within 3 weeks of an I&D. I'm already having to deal with increasing pain and discharge, so am bracing myself for another hospital trip in the new year. Supposing I do get to see a surgeon outside of the PCT, that won't be until the middle of the year. With my healing difficulties, it could be the majority of the year lost to this disease which has cost me my only income source. It's a grim place to be right now, everyone looking forward to 2015 and me writing it off before it's even begun.