(photo courtesy of pooch.org)
yesterday i had some skin cancer removed on my leg (2 spots right next to each other). it is known as basal cell, the slowest growing form of skin cancer and the most common. this isn't the first time and i'm sure it won't be the last time. i go see the dermatologist every 6 months for a complete body checkup and in between visits, i vigilantly keep an eye on my skin, noticing things,etc. i noticed that many people who don't get their skin checked up ask me, well, what does it look like, what do i need to look for? people think of skin cancer as melonma and involving moles. that is just one form of it. i don't have many moles, so the type that i 've had involves the skin. i look at things that suddenly just appear like discolored areas, itchy, scaly, or red spots. one spot on my arm looked like a waxy clear whitehead. if i do find a spot, i try to notice the size, color, shape, etc. and then just watch it. at the next visit, i'll show my dermatologist areas of concern. these 2 spots i had removed were hit with that stuff they burn warts with - that was done about a year ago. so on my last visit, we discussed how red they still were and decided a biospy was in order.
i think i have a total of 18 stitches between the two spots. i had to keep my leg up yesterday to keep the blood from pooling in the area, so that meant relaxing in bed; something i rarely do! my intentions were to work on some digital collage stuff using my new tutorial sent to me by my friend, Laurel (thanks!), but that didn't work out because ONCE again the dvd player in my laptop is not working. (and you know what that means, another long drawn out phone call with Dell- ugh). so i watched tv and caught up on all my tivo'd episodes of "Desperate Housewives". i have to say though, i was itching to sit down and create something! i'll be up a little more today.
I hope you're out and about soon, Kecia. I'm so sorry to hear about this. Take care...ReplyDelete
wow, that was quite the mini surgery! glad you keep an eye out - all of our years of baking in the sun takes it toll! who would have thought? love, momReplyDelete
Yikes! 18 stitches is a lot! Keep that leg up as much as you can until it gets better - I know how frustrating that is from when I broke my ankle last year. How on earth can you do ANYTHING with your leg higher than your heart - unless you're a contortionist, which I am far from being! Take care.....ReplyDelete
I hope your up and about a bit more today Kecia. Best to have those spots zapped off so you dont have to worry about them. I have a curious spot on the tip of my nose that used to be a freckle when I was a kid.. its different now. I should get it checked out one of these days!ReplyDelete
I hope you'll be creatingsomething fun today!
heal quickly sweet friend. i am glad to know that you are well and staying on top of those places. you are one wise bunny.ReplyDelete
good for you for being so aware and taking care of yourself.ReplyDelete
Oh Ms. Kecia, Take care of yourself. Take it easy and slow.. Time to sit and Create somemore.. Feel better, jamieReplyDelete
oh you poor baybee!(with French accent to make you smile) You and Barry are chasing each other out of the O.R. He got one out of his face two weeks ago today and also had some serious "embroidery" done. Keep your leg up, if it hurts get some ice but make sure to keep your toes warm. I am sending you some Reiki Distant Healing; just find a good book to read, that will do the trick, and plenty of chocolate. Often enough doctors forget to tell you that chocolate is still the best medicine. Love from here.ReplyDelete
Oh my, ouchie. I hope you get to feeling.like yourself soon. It is tough not being able to do what you want when your leg has to be above your heart. Take care of yourself.ReplyDelete
Glad to see that these spots got caught in time! Would hate to see a wonderful person like you suffer if these spots didn't get caught!ReplyDelete
That sucks, but I'm glad you don't ignore it!ReplyDelete
I hope you are feeling better by now!!! Sorry you had to go thru that!!! Miss you girl.