Thursday, November 29, 2007

I’ve never heard this before....so I have to share it with you.

I made an appointment with a dermatologist because my elbows have been cracking and just plain UG-O-LY looking and no matter what I did, I wasn’t able to make them smooth. And I would just love having ‘smooth as a baby’s bottom’ elbows before the springtime.

The appointment was last week. After getting a prescription for some magic elbow cream the doctor asked if I needed him to look at anything else.

I was about to say "no" when I realized that I had a small, mildly annoying, red, dry patch of skin on my back for the past year or longer.

As soon as he lifted my shirt he said, "That’s cancer". (As if I should have known.)

Just like that.

So, yesterday I went to a skin cancer specialist in New York City to treat Basal Cell Carcinoma.

It’s cancer, but not life threatening.

The specialist did a recipe of electricity, cyrosurgery, laser surgery and a dash of radiation. It’s all taken care of and it is all gone now.

During the electricity part of the procedure, I started feeling faint and told the nurse. They immediately had me lay on my stomach and in turning over I grabbed the metal side of the bed and received a painful jolt of electricity, enough to numb my left arm for a few minutes. Of course, only this type of thing could happen to me.

Anyway, I can’t help but think that there has to be someone else out there who is as ill-informed as me when it comes to this type of thing.

If you ever have a red, dry patch of skin that does not go away, get is checked out immediately.

Oh yeah, and don’t go and touch anything metal if you ever receive electro dessication treatment, unless you like that kind of thing.

9 comments:

Morning Glory said...

Yikes! How awful to hear those words. I'm glad it was successfully taken care of. I have a little spot like that on my leg that my doctor didn't seem to be concerned about when I asked him. I may go to a dermatologist.

Dawn said...

That's a scary, amazing story. I'm so glad you went for something else. I have a large knobby thing on my wrist which doesn't hurt. But I should get it checked out.

I had to laugh at the previous story about the male lawyer who seems to be rather oblivious, and his equally oblivious, blind, or non-caring female partner!

Nadine said...

That's a scary experience. I'm so glad you are okay now. I'm glad you got it taken care of.

Yellow Mama said...

I am sooooooo glad you got it taken care of! Blessings

nancygrayce said...

Uh Oh! I have a pretty new scaly red spot on my stomach that I was just chalking up to ezema or something....i suppose now I'll have to get it checked out! Thanks for the warning. I'm sure you will be fine....I'll bet the electric shock therapy was exciting! :)

Sue @ Praise and Coffee said...

Theresa,
I'm so glad you found that and that you're going to be ok!

Thanks for sharing it with us, I would never think that about a patch of dry skin.

Sue

Kate said...

Sorry to hear about your issues. It's amazing what we pass off as just a normal issue. I am so glad all is well with you.

Many blessings,
Kate

Linda said...

Hi, I just came by here via Big Mama. I thought you were going to say you have psoriasis because I had red patches and that was the culprit cause. Thanks for this reminder to be a little more observant.

Looney Mom said...

Scary. Glad it's all taken care of! I don't know what I'd do without my sweet, sweet friend!