Thursday, August 4, 2016

You've Got To Be Kidding!!

On June 28th I had a routine appointment with my primary care physician. He saw a very small, red spot on my face in the little space where my nose is connected with my face. He referred me to the Good Skin Dermatology Clinic and there, I was scheduled for a biopsy of that little spot. That was done on July 20th and on Monday, August 1, I was told I had a  Basal Cell Carcinoma.    

Today I had  a procedure done called  Mohs Surgery

Now I don't know about you, but having needles near my nose hurt! But after that, it was a painless procedure.  That is.............until they started poking me with that needle again, this time near my cheek area. Dr. Swanson is also a plastic surgeon and after he removed all the cancer area, he wanted to make sure the surgical area was completely numb before he  proceeded to repair the "hole" where the cancer was so I won't have an ugly scar.  When I asked him "do I have five or so stitches there"? he replied more like 25 stitches. Now, pray tell me people, where does one find room to put 25 stitches inside and out of such a small area? I'll show you once the dressings are off.  I get the stitches out next Tuesday Morning.

I wanted to "throw" in these photo just for fun. This is Joe with Nurse Hope, one of his many chemo nurses.  She asked him if he would like to be the first one to use the new Poppy Pocket and then tell them what he thinks of it.

It holds his pump and the tubing. He said sure. His to keep and free. The only thing we both see is we wish there was a choice between white or black. He thinks its much easier then the one he wore before that had straps  that he could put over his shoulder or around his waist. 

This is nurse Jennifer with Joe. He teases her saying she wears a mask so he can't see her grinning when she gives him his neulasta shot in his belly. When ever they are accessing his port or hanging chemicals they have to gown up like this including a mask to protect themselves...... and all these caustic meds are going in Joe.......just sayin..